- The Washington Times - Friday, March 16, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD

NATIONALS (ss) 2, TIGERS 0

DODGERS 6, NATIONALS (ss) 3

VIERA, Fla. — Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander no-hit Washington over four innings as the Nationals suffered their first shutout of the Grapefruit League season. Austin Kearns’ seventh-inning single was the only hit the Nationals could muster all game against Tigers pitching.

Nationals rookie starter Matt Chico shut out the Tigers over four innings. Chico threw 67 pitches, with 43 of those going for strikes.

The Tigers scored their first run of the game in the seventh inning off Tim Redding. Redding walked Tigers shortstop Ramon Santiago, who promptly stole second base. Backup Tigers catcher Dane Sardinha singled home Santiago.

Meanwhile, Jason Bergmann was roughed up for four runs in 21/3 innings in the Nationals’ 6-3, split-squad loss to Los Angeles in Vero Beach. Bergmann, in the mix for a spot in the starting rotation, surrendered wind-aided home runs to Luis Gonzalez and Nomar Garciaparra, and he also walked five.

Dmitri Young, making his first appearance in a big league game this spring, went 2-for-3 with a homer and RBI single off Dodgers ace Jason Schmidt.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

SHAWN HILL: NO. 2 (UP)

Right-hander earns second billing behind Patterson.

PLAYING THE KIDS (UP)

Marrero, “Smiley” Gonzalez get chance to play against Dodgers.

SPLIT-SQUAD NIGHT GAMES (DOWN)

Even worse when they’re followed by a 12:35 start in Winter Haven.

BASEBALL VS. HOOPS (SIDEWAYS)

Players’ attention tested by NCAA tournament.

BY THE NUMBERS

9

Roster cuts the Nationals plan to make this morning.

18

Cuts they still will need to make to get the final roster down to 25.

OVERHEARD

“I’m surprised they had a jersey with my name on it. I thought I’d get 96 or something.”

— Dmitri Young, called up from minor league camp for one game

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Indians in Winter Haven, 12:35 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Mets in Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Marlins in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Monday: vs. Dodgers in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday: vs. Marlins in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday: vs. Braves in Viera, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday: vs. Astros in Kissimmee, 7:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/north: Take Route 528 East (Bee Line Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Boulevard (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Boulevard/Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approximate time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/south: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Drive and follow to the stadium. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Rain, 41 degrees.

Viera: Thunderstorms, 82 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman

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