- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD IN VIERA

Let’s hope the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has the best promos and commercials in Major League Baseball, because the network definitely has worked hard on them.

MASN’s production crew has been going sunup to sundown filming spots with various Nationals and actors. MASN’s intricate production can tie players up with filming for more than an hour.

The Nationals should get the good-guy award for being so patient. …

Apparently, it’s no longer all here in Viera. Yesterday, Space Coast Stadium employees removed signs that read “It’s all here in Viera” from the stadium’s outfield fence.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (up)

Finally, games begin

TRAVIS LEE’S SIDE (down)

Could miss first week of games with a strain

STAN’S BACK (UP)

Club president rejoins camp

BY THE NUMBERS

18 Games Robert Fick started last season at catcher.

6 Games Fick started last season at first base.

3 Games Fick started last season in right field.

OVERHEARD

“Robert, his value to us is in the fact that he can play three positions and stand at a fourth one. He can play catcher, first and outfield, and he can stand at third, too.”

— Manager Manny Acta on Robert Fick’s versatility

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

Tomorrow: 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.

Tuesday: vs. Braves in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday: vs. Astros in Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday: vs. Astros in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Morning showers, 52 degrees

Viera: Isolated thunderstorms, 84 degrees

Ken Wright

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