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Through two

So Oswalt struck out Church to start the second, but then Schneider hit an infield single, D'Angelo "E6" Jimenez singled to center and Larry Broadway followed with a bloop single to right to drive in a run. But that would be it against Oswalt. Logan struck out and Lopez hit a hard grounder that was speared on a diving play by Astros first baseman Lance Berkman.

Schneider now hitting .600 on the spring. Jimenez hasn't made an error yet, but he has had the advantage of having no balls being hit to him yet. Nats up 2-1 going to the bottom of the second.

1B competition: A couple people asked about this earlier. With the first cut coming up tomorrow, I don't think there's any way either Broadway or Lee will be gone by then. This thing needs to develop. I would say this, though: Broadway likely is going to have to start really hitting the ball hard in order to win the job. And Acta said we will see Dmitri Young in a major league game at some point -- I'd guess in the next week or so. He's another contender.

Ensberg begins the bottom of the second with a scorched line drive back up the middle for a single. But Hill then strikes out Luke Scott swinging and Richard Hidalgo looking, then watches Nook Logan track down a well-hit ball from Chris Burke.

Through two, Nationals 2, Astros 1

(Perhaps Nationals pitchers could have incentive clauses in their contracts: $50 for each scoreless inning tossed. Would probably only cost the team a few hundred bucks a month.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 7, 2007; 1:30 PM ET
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Barry, I think you,re on to something. I am pretty sure the fans could pass a hat for each shutout inning. Hey, they used to throw change at the Jax in Anaheim.

Posted by: cevans | March 7, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that we will never even have to consider incentive like that since it just plain isn't going to happen this year.

Posted by: Paul | March 7, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Careful! Stan's going to revoke your credentials.

Posted by: Chris | March 7, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Seriously. It beats singing old Neal Diamond songs.

Posted by: cevans | March 7, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I,m tellin ya, there,s a whole marketing campaign to be had, there.

Posted by: cevans | March 7, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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