- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN JUPITER, FLA.

MARLINS 3, NATIONALS 3

 JUPITER, Fla. ” Game 1 of the exhibition season resulted in a tie.

 Down 3-2 in the top of the ninth, the Nationals stormed back and tied the game on Pete Orr’s bases-loaded infield single. When the Marlins failed to score in the bottom of the inning, both managers agreed to call this one off.

 Mike Jacobs had given the Marlins the lead with a two-run homer off Rob Bell in the sixth.

 Washington’s Lastings Milledge was flashy in his Nationals debut, going 2-for-3 with a double, two stolen bases and two runs. Wily Mo Pena drove in Milledge with a sixth-inning double that momentarily gave Washington the lead. And Elijah Dukes contributed his own double, a hard liner to the right-center gap, completing an impressive night for the club’s new-look outfield.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP — WELCOME BACK, NICK!

In uniform (left) and in the lineup for Game 1.

DOWN — WATCH OUT, NICK!

Gets plunked on first pitch.

UP — MATT CHICO

Two scoreless innings in first outing.

DOWN — THE TEMPERATURE

On the bright side, at least everyone will be prepared for Opening Night in the District.

OVERHEARD

“I’m not sure you can actually field this team without making a trade. I’m not sure that’s not possible if everything goes well. There’s going to be some tough decisions.”

— General manager Jim Bowden on the excess of players legitimately in the running to make the Opening Night roster

BY THE NUMBERS

20 — Players the team likely will cut by March 10 so the Nationals can have a more workable roster in camp.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Partly cloudy, 38 degrees.

Viera: Sunny, 61 degrees.

FIVE-DAY SCHEDULE

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

Tomorrow: 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.

Monday: vs. Cardinals at Viera, 1:05 p.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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