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Cel-uh-brate good times, Come On!

Yes, the rockin' strains of Kool & The Gang played here at HSCS. Nationals 12, Astros 5.

Details: Ray King allowed a wind-blown two-run homer to Astros prospect Hunter Pence. But Honest Abraham Nunez countered for the Nationals in the eighth, and Chad Cordero -- no save situation necessary -- came on to pitch a perfect ninth, needing only 10 pitches to retire three batters.

Josh Wilson: 3 for 3 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Chris Snelling the only other National with two hits. And the Nationals are now 2-6 in Grapefruit League play.

The encouraging sign was definitely the pitching. The homer Simontacchi allowed was wind-blown, as I said, and he took it in stride. And Bergmann was excellent. "I'm not here just to start or relieve," he said. " I'm here to pitch in any capacity."

Tomorrow: Matt Chico goes against the Orioles in Ft. Lauderdale, another game on MASN. It'll be an interesting start for him, a time when he really could make a significant stride toward the rotation.

From the Full Disclosure Department: I will not be making the trip to Ft. Lauderdale. I will leave the team in the capable hands of Olympics Guru Amy Shipley (though I will file a story on them regardless). Instead, I will depart HSCS tonight (after filing a story, naturally) and report to Tampa for the ACC Tournament. Just one day, then I'll return for Nationals-Mets Saturday in Viera (Even Better). (Others who will attend the ACC Tournament: Ryan Zimmerman, Austin Kearns and, I believe, Brian Schneider. Heading over for tomorrow evening's tilt involving Zimmerman's Cavaliers of Virginia, who could be playing Duke.)

I may post to the Journal tomorrow during the day some time. I just don't think it'll have much to do with the in-depth, up-close-and-personal analysis you're used to getting from us here at the Journal. Please don't hold it against me.

Until then ...

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 8, 2007; 3:56 PM ET
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Hey Barry, thanks for the great live blogging of today's game (and all the games, for that matter).

What's wrong with Nook Logan? His 0-3 day today brings his spring total (by my count) to 3-15, 5 K, 2 BB.

Is Acta starting to reconsider his decision to preeemptively name him the starting CF?

Posted by: JammingEcono | March 8, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Check that - 3-18, actually (forgot to include today's ABs).

Posted by: JammingEcono | March 8, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

JammingEcono - I actually think the defense N00k has been playing has been solidifying his spot in CF. Acta is probably not likely to underestimate the importance of his D with this pitching.

I have no clue, but I wonder how many of his at bats have been lefty?

Posted by: SomeRandomHobo | March 8, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Barry-sorry you have to travel to Tamper to see your Dookies in the airport on the way back to Durham. So who's your pick to win the ACC now? Or can you tell us Zimm/Kearns's picks? A little UVa/Kentucky(at least KU are his boys) insight from those guys?

Posted by: ACC Tourney | March 9, 2007 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Re Nook Logan's ABs, Thorne to Martinez: "When do managers start worrying about their regulars' not hitting?"

Martinez: "opening day."

Posted by: JohnR | March 10, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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