- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 29, 2007


 PHILADELPHIA Dmitri Young isn’t quite ready to call it a season.

 The veteran first baseman, who hasn’t played since getting hit in the head by a batted ball on Sept. 15, took batting practice yesterday for the first time and expressed hope he can play at some point this weekend.

 “It would be cool,” he said. “But if not, looking back on it, I had a great year.”

 Young, who ranks seventh in the National League with a .323 average, has indirectly helped teammate and close friend Robert Fick with all the time he has missed. Fick is hitting .333 since Young was hurt, raising his average to a season-high .235.


5.27 Nationals’ runs scored a game since Wily Mo Pena was acquired on Aug. 18. They averaged only 3.88 runs before the trade.


Nationals LHP Matt Chico (6-9, 4.75) vs. Phillies RHP Adam Eaton (10-9, 6.33), 3:55 p.m., Chs. 5, 45, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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