- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN VIERA, FLA.

 Among the many challenges involved in opening a new ballpark is filming the video segments for the Jumbotron.

 Normally, a team would reuse several segments and graphics from the previous season, but the Nationals don’t have that luxury. Why? The scoreboard at Nationals Park is in high definition. The old one at RFK was, well, what’s one grade below analog?

 So a team of video producers are in town this week getting shots of players and coaches to use at the new park. Without revealing any secrets here but having seen the massive scoreboard in person, fans should expect to be dazzled.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP Athletic outfielders

Pena, Dukes, Milledge, Maxwell could be four-man linebacking corps.

DOWN President’s Club

Seats still available? Maybe $300 a pop is a bit too steep.

UP Luis Ayala

Feels lucky that hunting accident wasn’t more serious.

DOWN Catchers

Lo Duca, Estrada recovering from injuries. Flores still isn’t here.

OVERHEARD

We’re not going to be able to put Elijah in a bubble. He’s out there like everybody else.

Manager Manny Acta on the team’s decision to keep Elijah Dukes out of sight this winter

BY THE NUMBERS

173 Appearances by Jon Rauch the last two seasons, tops in the majors among relievers.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Freezing rain, 37 degrees.

Viera: Mostly cloudy, 85 degrees.

FIVE-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Full-squad workout, 9:45 a.m.

Tomorrow: Full-squad workout, 9:45 a.m.

Sunday: Full-squad workout, 9:45 a.m.

Monday: Full-squad workout, 9:45 a.m.

Tuesday: Full-squad workout, 9:45 a.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

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

 From Melbourne/south: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. At the traffic circle, turn right on Lake Andrew Drive. Turn left on Judge Fran Jamieson Way. Turn right on Stadium Parkway and follow to the stadium on the left. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

Mark Zuckerman

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