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One in the books

So Shawn Hill on the Hill. He's a sinker-baller, and a good pick to be the No. 2 or 3 starter this year. Finally feels healthy, he says.

And on his first batter of the spring, Wilson Valdez, he gets what he wants: A grounder to short. Problem: Jimenez throws wide of the bag at first in an effort to get the speedy Valdez. E6. (Kinda makes you yearn for a healthy Guzzy, doesn't it? Among the things you never thought you'd say.)

Anyway, Valdez then steals second, and Schneider's throw goes into center field. (Keep telling yourself: It's the first game. It's only the first game. It's March 2. It's March 2.) Valdez stays at second.

And that would be Pierre with a run-scoring single to center. No one out, and it's Dodgers 1, Nationals 0.

So Nomar's up. And if I had a chance, I'd tell you the news that Frank Robinson has rejoined the Commissioner's office as an advisor to executive vice president Jimmie Lee Solomon. But I don't have time, because Hill just bounced one in the dirt that got away from Schneider, and Pierre took third. Wild pitch.

(If you're keeping score at home, that's an error and a wild pitch in the first inning of play this spring. Defensive improvement is one of Acta's absolutely non-negotiable points this year. We'll see.)

Nomar grounds to second, moving the runner over (fundamental baseball), and Hill gets to more grounders -- Pierre scored on the first -- and gets out of it.

End 1: Dodgers 2, Nationals 0

Robinson: I'm going to have to do some work on that story. Remember that he was with the Commissioner's office before he took the job managing the Expos and then came to Washington.

Inning-by-inning updates are over, I think. (Of course, I've said that before.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 2, 2007; 1:13 PM ET
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Thanks for the updates Barry! Some of us can't get radio in our office...but were dying to find out what happens!

Posted by: NatsFan | March 2, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Longing for Guzman, oh boy.

Posted by: BoysOfSummer | March 2, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

That's good news about Frank. Although the Nats weren't wrong not to have him part of the baseball operations, he deserves to have some role as an ambassador of the game.

Posted by: Rich | March 2, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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