- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 27, 2007

SEEN & HEARD IN VIERA

The drill is called 27 outs. Manager Manny Acta, fungo bat in hand, barks out a situation and then hits the ball anywhere in the field.

Acta expects proper defensive execution on each hypothetical situation. If the players make the right decision with the ball and execute properly, Acta awards the defense an out. If they botch a play, they start over.

On the 27th out, Acta yells out, “Two outs and a runner on second” and hits a soft liner to right. Right fielder Austin Kearns charges, picks up the ball and fires to the plate.

The throw was high, forcing catcher Robert Fick to jump, and the ball went off Fick’s glove. Acta relented and didn’t make the players start over. Afterward, somebody jokingly said Kearns missed his cutoff man by 120 feet.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

Cold: Broadway’s bats

Manufacturer sends wrong order

Hot: Intrasquad games

Let the action begin

Cold: First precipitation

Calling for scattered thunderstorms today

BY THE NUMBERS

24

Wrong bats Zinger mistakenly shipped to Larry Broadway

288

Broadway’s batting average last season in New Orleans, tops among all minor leaguers

OVERHEARD

“I used to love basketball, and I can’t even follow it anymore. In the situation that I’m in right now, I can’t even afford to be thinking about football or anything else. A few of those hours have to be dedicated in trying to find those four starters.”

- Manager Manny Acta on how many hours per week he thinks about baseball

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Intrasquad game, 11 a.m.

Tomorrow: Intrasquad game, 11 a.m.

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

Friday: vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Orioles in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Dodgers (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.; vs. Astros (ss) in Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.

Monday: vs. Braves in Lake Buena Vista, 1:05 p.m.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Partly cloudy, 49 degrees

Viera: Scattered T-storms, 80 degrees

- Ken Wright

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