- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN VIERA, FLA.

With so many players and coaches in camp, the Nationals have used just about every available uniform number. In fact, there are only three unused numbers this spring between 1 (Willie Harris) and 93 (Devin Ivany): 13, 20 and 33.

Thirteen, of course, is the kind of number someone has to request. It won’t be imposed on anyone.

The Nationals unofficially have retired 20 and 33. Frank Robinson’s No. 20 already was known, but the Lerner family has requested Frank Howard’s No. 33 not be used in order to honor the Senators great.

Classy move, to say the least.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP — GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE

Kicks off tonight with Nationals-Marlins in Jupiter.

UP — THE REGULARS

All but Zimmerman, Young and the injured catchers making the trip tonight.

DOWN — SLIDING PRACTICE

Johnson looks more than a little rusty.

SIDEWAYS — MIDDAY STORMS

It seriously came down at a 90-degree angle for a while.

OVERHEARD

“Alright! We went 1-for-11!”

— Lastings Milledge after Shawn Hill mowed through his live batting practice session against Milledge, Wily Mo Pena and Elijah Dukes

BY THE NUMBERS

522

Days since Nick Johnson last played in an organized game.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Flurries, 41 degrees.

Viera: Morning showers, 59 degrees.

FIVE-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Marlins at Jupiter, 7:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: vs. Georgetown at Viera, 11:30 a.m.

Friday: vs. Marlins at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Orioles at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Astros (ss) at Kissimmee, vs. Orioles (ss) at Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/north: Take Route 528 East (Beachline Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit Interstate 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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