- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 29, 2008

SAN DIEGO - This ballpark has plenty going for it. The setting in the heart of downtown San Diego is pristine. The old Western Metal Supply Co. building doubling as the left-field foul pole is very cool. And the beach/park area behind the right-center field fence is great for families who want to both watch the game and relax.

But there’s one major design flaw at PETCO: the location of the visitors bullpen. It’s down the right-field line, practically in play. The problem? The visitors dugout is on the third-base line. The Padres don’t have a problem because their bullpen is behind the center-field fence. But it’s almost like the architects forgot to build two bullpens and then had to find a way to squeeze one more in at the last minute.

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BY THE NUMBERS

3-11

All-time record for the Nationals at PETCO Park entering last night’s game.

TODAY’S GAME

Nationals LHP John Lannan

4-5, 3.57

Padres LHP Wil Ledezma

0-2, 4.65

3:35 p.m. MASN

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