- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN JUPITER, FLA.

CARDINALS 3, NATIONALS 0

Odalis Perez pitched well in his last start before Opening Day, going six innings and giving up three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five. But the Nationals scored less than four runs for the fifth time in six games.

Manager Manny Acta and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman both said they’re not worried about the offense, which managed just four singles — one from Perez and another from pinch-hitter Pete Orr.

Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols drove in two runs. Right-hander Anthony Reyes gave up three hits in six shutout innings.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP BULLPEN

Has given up two runs in four games after blowing back-to-back leads.

UP PETE ORR

Just keeps hanging around; batting .371 this spring.

DOWN NATIONALS’ OFFENSE

No one’s concerned, but slump must end before Opening Day.

DOWN NICK JOHNSON’S HAIRCUT

Lightning-bolt sideburns and a rat tail? Is it 1992 again?

OVERHEARD

“A play like that cost us a couple runs. It’s not tolerable,”

— Rob Mackowiak on the sixth-inning fly ball he lost in the sun

BY THE NUMBERS

14 Runs the Nationals have scored in their last six games.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Morning showers, 67 degrees.

Viera: Mostly sunny, 75 degrees.

FIVE-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Braves at Lake Buena Vista, 1:05 p.m.

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

Friday: Off

Saturday: vs. Orioles at Nationals Park, 6:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Braves at Nationals Park (regular-season opener), 8:05 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 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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