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Airhead

Quotable: "Let's check out the replay on that one." -- Johnny Pesky, while doing a radio broadcast

So I forgot to stick a couple things in the actual ink-and-paper newspaper (only $.35) yesterday. First baseman Travis Lee has a slightly strained oblique and did not participate in Bonus Intrasquad Baseball yesterday or the day before. Not to worry, Manager Manny Acta said yesterday. They're just taking a precaution.

And right-hander Jesus Colome -- he of the abscess on his right buttock last week -- came down with the flu and was sent home. A few people have raved about his nasty stuff here, but he can't control the ball in the strike zone. We'll see.

MASN Madness: When I arrived an hour ago, Nook Logan was already on the field being shadowed seemingly by the entire crew from the "Gladiator." MASN is apparently taking these TV ads to a new level. Logan, Felipe Lopez, Austin Kearns, Brian Schneider, Nick Johnson, Chad Cordero, Jon Rauch and Ryan Zimmerman have all been subjected to lengthy (one- to two-hour) filming sessions. Today, I believe, is the last day. I'll get a couple thoughts on how it's gone for later posts.

Also: Construction continues on HSCS. Seats seem to mostly be in, and the sun canopies over a couple sections are up. But there are two big lifts out in front still, dozens of workers roaming around, and even though the entire place has been painted red, white and blue and looks much sharper, there are still hints of the old place (like the yellow trim on some windows and the gutters). I'll get more of an update on this, too.

Duke-Maryland. Missed all but about six minutes of the first half while driving to Orlando to pick up my wife at the airport. So I have no comment.

Today: Short workout, the last (thank the almighty) workout before games start tomorrow. Shawn Hill vs. (I'll check on Dodgers' starter, too) in Vero Beach. Will be on Washington Post Radio ("Because there's always more to the story," or something like that) with the golden-throated Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler back for their second year together. They're doing 10 broadcasts this spring. MASN checks in with its first game Saturday when the Orioles come here. Haven't seen Bob Carpenter and/or Hall of Famer Don Sutton yet, but I'm sure we will tomorrow.

Off to the clubhouse. Will check in later.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 1, 2007; 8:07 AM ET
 
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