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Two innings in

Ryan Church led off the top of the second with a double to the gap in right-center off Schmidt. A well-struck ball.

That brings up Escobar. Keep in mind this battle for an outfielder's spot between Escobar and Chris Snelling. Neither has ever been healthy, but both can hit. They're both out of options. I bet only one makes it.

Escobar bloops one to center that Pierre misjudges, allows to fall in front of him. So Escobar tried to take second. Unwise. Thrown out there. Church at third, one down. (Base running? Not yet improved. Good thing there's a month of these games.)

Brian Schneider -- who Manny Acta said before the game should absolutely drive in more than the 55 runs he drove in last year -- comes up in a clear RBI situation. And ... he walks. So our first at-bat for Larry Broadway (Duke) with runners on first and third and one out. Travis Lee is on the shelf for a while with a strained oblique muscle, and this is Broadway's chance.

And Broadway bounces into a 4-6-3 double play. (Which means we get to hear Foreigner's "Double Vision.")

Hill back on the Hill for Washington. Wilson Betemit, the former Braves prospect acquired in a trade last year, has a chance to be the everyday third baseman for LA this year. He leads off and grounds to Lopez at second, who ranged a bit to his right to make the play. We'll have to keep a close eye on how he makes the move from shortstop this spring.

Hill then gets Mike Lieberthal (former Phillie, new Dodger backup catcher) on a come-backer. Hil's sinker seems to be sinking today. The only ball that hasn't been on the ground in the first seven batters was Pierre's line-drive single -- and now it's eight batters, as Andre Ethier grounds a single through the hole on the right side. Ken "I Heart Huckaby" now up. Catching today, and he hit a weird little pop fly that Hill caught.

After 2: Dodgers 2, Nationals 0

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 2, 2007; 1:24 PM ET
 
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