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Patterson looks ready

So John Patterson wrapped up his spring with 6-2/3 innings of five-hit ball in which he allowed one earned run -- a solo homer by old friend Matt Cepicky -- in a 2-2 tie that (mercifully) ended after nine innings. Patterson said he thinks his velocity was slightly down from the 91-93 mph he was at in his last start, but after admittedly running out of gas in the fourth inning of his previous start, he threw 91 pitches -- which puts him in line to throw more than 100 on Opening Day.

"I made another good jump with my mechanics," he said. "I felt pretty strong all the way through." Said he threw some good sliders/cutters, cut off a couple of changeups (which isn't unusal for him) and good bite on the curveball. And he'd take that pitch count to get through seven innings, because that'd give him 20 pitches or so to get through the eighth as well.

DL moves: Escobar, O'Connor, Johnson and Ayala. All expected.

What else? Ummmmmm, team seemed happy to get outta here. Columbus tomorrow. Norfolk on Friday. RFK on Saturday. You sick of the Orioles yet? No? Good, because you're going to hear about them for the next few days.

Oh, and pretty amusing that on the day I decide to point out MASN's graphics struggles recently -- which, admittedly, came in spring training, and as many of you have pointed out, shouldn't overshadow the fact that it's great to have a pre- and postgame show -- that we screwed up the Kory Casto/Bernie Castro picture in our otherwise solid preview section. Yes, it's embarrassing.

Happily, through the magic of the World Wide Web, you can now click on the PDF of the projected starters (a group in which Casto might not ultimately be included) and get a picture of Kory Casto. Unfortunately, it'll be a bit more difficult for us to change the ink-and-paper newspaper (only $.35).

There: The Nationals have admitted their mistake in not getting season tickets out sooner (damn that delivery company) and I have admitted our mistake in screwing up the photo (damn that mislabelled AP photo). We all know where ultimate responsibility lies.

With that, I offer a farewell from Viera. Perhaps you can see the tears streaming down my face through your computer.

But, of course, I guess if we're going to continue the Journal, I might talk to you from Columbus.

Here we go.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 28, 2007; 3:52 PM ET
 
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