- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

SEEN & HEARD IN VIERA

Staff ace John Patterson held court by his locker with a group of reporters discussing the mysterious “gyroball” of Red Sox import Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Patterson pulled a baseball out of his locker and demonstrated how a fastball, slider and curveball spin. Supposedly, Matsuzaka’s gyroball spins like a bullet shot out of a gun.

Patterson and the reporters agreed that the gyroball may not even exist, that it perhaps is pure myth. But what if it does exist? What is it?

“Guys, it’s a screwball,” Patterson said.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

HOT: GANG’S ALL HERE

No Belliard, but everybody else reports

COLD: LUNCH SPOTS

Fast-food options north of Space Coast Stadium

HOT: SPACE COAST STADIUM RENOVATIONS

Blue seats arrive, no sign of teal anywhere

COLD: CORDERO’S CONTRACT

No deal, going to arbitration

BY THE NUMBERS

40

Players invited to the club’s accelerated development program that starts today

20

Pitching prospects in the club’s accelerated development program

OVERHEARD

“It’s growing around here, huh? More coverage for the Nats. Ooh, yeah.”

- Manager Manny Acta on the arrival of reporters and cameramen from D.C. television stations.

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Pitchers and catchers workout, 9 a.m.; position players take physicals.

Tomorrow: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m

Thursday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Friday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Saturday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Sunday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Monday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

- Ken Wright


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