- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 3, 2007

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Dodgers 12, Nationals 7

VERO BEACH, Fla. — The Manny Acta era opened on a down note yesterday. Ex-Baltimore Orioles outfielder Larry Bigbie homered twice for the Dodgers and drove in five runs to ruin Acta’s managerial debut. Bigbie belted a three-run, fifth-inning homer off reliever Chris Schroder.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY — UP

Jim Bowden’s parents celebrate 50th wedding anniversary at game.

HOLMAN’S VISITORS CLUBHOUSE — DOWN

Metal cages serve as lockers.

FRANK BACK IN BASEBALL — UP

Ex-skipper rejoins commissioner’s office.

STEROID SEARCH?

Local K9 unit sweeps Nationals clubhouse.

BY THE NUMBERS

2 Errors committed by the Nationals (both by D’Angelo Jimenez) in yesterday’s spring opener.

5 Runs ex-Oriole Larry Bigbie drove in yesterday for the Dodgers, accounting for 10 total bases.

OVERHEARD

“Don’t give up, never give up, we love you Dodgers, we love you Dodgers.”

— Unknown female Dodgers fan apparently bleeding Dodger blue into the background of yesterday’s radio broadcast

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

TOMORROW: 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.

FRIDAY: vs. Orioles in Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 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: Partly cloudy, 55 degrees.

Viera: Morning showers, 75 degrees.

Ken Wright

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