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Through two

So the Nationals (and if you didn't notice, they're not exactly fielding a lineup of regulars today) went down in order in both the first and second against Ricky Nolasco.

(And seriously, if you haven't checked in in a while, look at the news below about Pedro Astacio. It's much more interesting than the in-game stuff.)

Chico battled in the first inning, throwing a ton of pitches. He walked Dan Uggla with one out, and then had a pretty fierce struggle with Miguel Cabrera, as good a hitter as he'll face in the regular season (except, perhaps, Pujols). After Cabrera fouled off several two-strike pitches, Chico got him to check his swing at a breaking pitch for strike three. Impressive. Might have thrown 25 pitches that inning, but got out of it unscathed.

Bottom of the second, he allowed two-out, groundball singles to Reed and Treanor, but got out of it with a lazy fly ball from Nolasco. So at the end of two:

Nationals 0, Marlins 0

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 20, 2007; 1:38 PM ET
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Barry, is Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez hurt? I notice he was replaced by Amezaga after one at-bat--unusual even for spring.

Posted by: Steven J. Berke | March 20, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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