- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 15, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN VIERA, FLA.

NATIONALS (SS) 8, INDIANS (SS) 4 INDIANS (SS) 3, NATIONALS (SS) 2 (5½ INNINGS)

Matt Chico became the fourth pitcher this week to turn in a strong outing, giving up one run on three hits in five innings. Aaron Boone hit a two-run homer, and Jason Dubois added a two-run shot pinch hitting for Boone.

Jesus Colome, Luis Ayala and Chad Cordero combined for three shutout endings to end the game.

Jason Bergmann pitched four innings in the rain-shortened second game in Winter Haven, Fla., allowing three runs (one of them earned) on three hits in four innings. Ryan Langerhans did not start because of an abrasion on his left hand, but he could have played.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP - PITCHING COMPETITION

Chico becomes latest starter to make his case for a spot.

UP - BOONE BROTHERS

Aaron drives in three; Bret 2-for-4 with a nice play at second.

DOWN - OUTFIELDERS’ HEALTH

Wily Mo Pena out up to a month, Elijah Dukes day-to-day; paging Ryan Langerhans …

DOWN - ATTENDANCE

2,300 fans on a beautiful Friday afternoon? What gives?

OVERHEARD

“My goal is basically to go out there and try to hit my 30 [homers] and hit 100 RBI and 100 runs scored and try to go out there and have a Gold Glove year in the outfield. Typical goals.”

— Elijah Dukes on his goals for the season

BY THE NUMBERS

23 Total bases for Cristian Guzman in nine games this spring.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees.

Viera: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees.

FIVE-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Dodgers at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Orioles at Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

Monday: vs. Mets at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday: vs. Tigers at Lakeland, 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday: Off

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.

— Ben Goessling

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