- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009


The Nationals attempt to hit reset on their season when they open a new series in Atlanta. 7:30 p.m., MASN


The Masters

The fact that Tiger Woods is only five back after the first day makes the final three rounds must-see TV.

Frozen Four

After a day of practice, Thursday night's winners return to Verizon Center on Saturday for the NCAA men's hockey championship.

Mets at Marlins

After beating up the Nationals to open the season, Florida faces a stiffer test. New York's payroll is only $129,841,188 higher than Washington's.

Capitals at Panthers

Washington finishes the regular season in Florida on Saturday. Next stop: Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Washingtontimes.com ” An excerpt from Chatter

Mark Zuckerman breaks down what the Nationals need after getting swept in their first series by the Marlins. For more, visit our Nationals blog, Chatter, at washingtontimes.com/weblogs/chatter.

1. More-effective starting pitching. John Lannan, Scott Olsen and Daniel Cabrera surrendered 19 runs in 12 innings.

2. Better defense. Some mistakes are unavoidable; Adam Dunn is going to be an adventure in left field. But Ryan Zimmerman is better than this, and he knows it.

3. Better, more-patient at-bats. I finally started to see this late in Wednesday's game, especially during the attempted ninth-inning rally. A little more of that approach earlier in games, and the Nats could knock the opposing starter out sooner.

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