- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 22, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD IN VIERA

RFK Stadium has held countless international soccer exhibitions, but talk of it playing host to a baseball exhibition this summer between USA Baseball and the Chinese national team has been scrapped. The planned game conflicted with a D.C. United match scheduled the same day.

“It turns out that it was on a date which conflicts with D.C. United,” Nationals president Stan Kasten said. “We’re not going to be able to do it for this year, but we’re starting to forge relationships with USA Baseball because we’re interested in that kind of thing for visiting countries. It would be the kind of thing that we would get embassies involved with and just putting our stamp out there as people who are really concerned with baseball wherever it is on the globe.”

The proposed game was a way for the Nationals, who do not have a working agreement with any club in the Pacific rim region, to wield more influence in Asia. Kasten said the team is spending more time and money in Asia to access information on available free agents, particularly players from Japan.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

Hot: Guzman’s shoulder

Shortstop resumes throwing today

Cold: Two tenants

International exhibition at RFK scrapped because of D.C. United

Hot: Patterson’s live BP

Opening Day starter looked good against real bats

Cold: Cordero’s arbitration hearing

Meeting puts Nats’ closer two days behind rest of pitchers

BY THE NUMBERS

$500,000

Difference disputed in Chad Cordero’s salary arbitration hearing on Tuesday

76

Games Cordero has saved for the Nationals the past two seasons

OVERHEARD

“They didn’t try and tear me down like they do with other players. I was very pleased.”

- Closer Chad Cordero on his salary arbitration hearing Tuesday in Phoenix

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Tomorrow: 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.

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

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

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


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