Game updates? You want game updates?
Good luck with that. (Carolina big over Florida State, actually. But then, you're probably interested in Nats-O's. I'm having my staff work on it.)
I can, however, bring you a little bit of baseball-related news.
Mark Redman appears set to sign with the Braves, according to a source I heard from today. He was one of those remaining pitchers that might have come cheap and could have given the Nationals some innings, perhaps. He went 11-10 with a 5.71 ERA for the Royals last year, when he was (ahem) an all-star. He's left-handed. I was told early in camp that the Nationals weren't interested. Unclear what their interest was in the end. And it only took a minor-league deal to get him, so they definitely could have brought him in for very little money. But one source said that he decided on the Braves (who lost Mike Hampton yesterday for a while) because he wanted to go to a contender. The Nationals (breaking news) aren't contenders this year.
Either way, take him off the board (according to people who would know).
Other tidbit: I got on the elevator at the media hotel here in Tampa this morning, and there was Johnny Holliday, Voice of the Terrapins (VOT). I know Johnny from my days covering the Terps (who, again, I expected to see play today, but then, so did Johnny, yet he had his luggage and was headed over to Jacksonville to see his daughter rather than calling Terps-BC in about 10 minutes).
Anyway, Holliday will be the host on MASN's pre- and postgame shows for the Nationals this year, joining some guy named Ray Knight (who may or may not have been involved in a World Series in the mid-80s). He's looking forward to it. He used to do some fill-in work on the old HTS network on Orioles baseball.
(Aside: Former Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton explaining his miserable FSU performance right now.)
So Holliday will do about 130-140 of those pre- and postgame shows, which are 30 minutes each. He and Knight are going to meet soon and try to build some chemistry, etc. They've spoken by phone. Holliday may even fill in for MASN play-by-play man Bob Carpenter in the event that Carpenter has a conflict/day off/etc.
The plus about having Holliday around: He's local. People in the DC area know him (or, at least, those in College Park). Knight played in New York and managed in Cincy and lives in Atlanta. Don Sutton made his biggest case for the HofF by playing in LA, and he has called games in Atlanta. Carpenter has made most of his career by calling the St. Louis Cardinals and lots of college basketball in the Midwest.
And with that, I offer this vague and small update: Matt Chico got "hammered by the middle of the Orioles' lineup," according to Olympic guru Amy Shipley, who is in Fort Lauderdale covering my behind ... I mean, covering the game today. I'll get more details as they become available.
Oh, wait, they're available. This is what Ms. Shipley just sent me:
Chico gave up three runs in the third inning on a double, three singles and a walk. He had full counts on Melvin Mora and Nick Markakis, but allowed a hard single up the middle that nearly took off his kneecaps to Mora and walked Markakis on a pitch low and outside. That was two runs. Aubrey Huff than pounded out a two-run single.
"I felt OK about it," he said. "I made some mistakes I wish I could take back, but overall I learned a lot."
He was delighted that he struck out Tejada in the midst of the big inning.
Thanks for checking in.
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