- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 7, 2009

Cabrera’s appearance causes stir; Hill OK

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s not exactly Manny Ramirez returning to Boston, but Daniel Cabrera’s first appearance against his old team got plenty of attention.

“I’m not going to say I miss them. It’s a business, and they decided they weren’t going to bring me back,” Cabrera said Friday. “I don’t think about the past. This is 2009, and I’m with the Nationals now.”

Orioles manager Dave Trembley also sidestepped questions about Cabrera’s departure.

“We did our best, and there was a consensus of opinion to move on,” he said. “How’s that for an answer?”

On Friday, Cabrera allowed four hits and a run in two innings while walking two. He has worked with pitching coach Randy St. Claire on mechanical issues that come with his 6-foot-9 frame.

“It’s just continuing to work on what Randy’s working on with him and continuing to stretch him out,” manager Manny Acta said. …

Right-hander Shawn Hill was examined in Pensacola, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews after he was scratched from his Thursday start with elbow soreness. Andrews found inflammation, the Nationals said, but didn’t see any structural damage. Hill will begin throwing again in several days after taking anti-inflammatory medication.

ORIOLES 6, NATIONALS 2

After Cabrera left with the score tied at 1-1, the Orioles beat up on Washington’s next two pitchers. Ross Detwiler and Preston Larrison combined to give up five runs (four earned) in 1 2/3 innings.

The Nationals’ biggest bright spot was left fielder Roger Bernadina, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of diving catches.

— Ben Goessling

TEMPERATURE CHECK

Daniel Cabrera [DOWN]

Outing against former team wasn’t sharp

Roger Bernadina [UP]

Two doubles, two diving catches put outfielder on the map

Orioles’ beer guy [UP]

With enormous fish-shaped hat and Jamaican accent, you can’t say he doesn’t leave an impression

QUOTABLE

“Usually, that’s what guys do. They either play themselves out of camp or they play that way and make our decision tougher.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta, on Roger Bernadina’s performance this spring

SATURDAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Partly cloudy, 73 degrees

Viera: Mostly sunny, 78 degrees

THREE-DAY SCHEDULE

Saturday: vs. Mets in Port St. Lucie, 1 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Mets in Viera, 1 p.m.

Monday: vs. Astros in Viera, 7 p.m.

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