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Welcome to Historic Space Coast Stadium

Is there a better venue in sports? (Don't answer.)

Thanks for your questions to Jason Bergmann. I'll shoot a bunch his way and work up a post in the coming days. Need to tally those Guess the Rotation results as well.

Today, Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler make their 2008 debut on 3WT (1500 AM/107.7 FM), so that takes some of the burden off me to provide in-game updates. Happy to hand over the baton.

Here's your lineup against the Marlins for the 1:05 p.m.

Cristian Guzman -- 6
Lastings Milledge -- 8
Ryan Zimmerman -- 5
Nick Johnson -- 3
Austin Kearns -- DH
Wily Mo Pena -- 7
Alex Escobar -- 9
Ronnie Belliard -- 4
Wil Nieves -- 2

Tyler Clippard on the hill. He's a finesse right-hander, and Manny Acta said it's important for the club to see him in a game because it's hard to tell if his deceptive delivery is really deceiving anyone in bullpen sessions. "Deception in the bullpen gets you nowhere," Acta said. Clippard is in the mix for a starting spot, but likely on the outside looking in right now.

Other pitchers today: Jason Stanford, Mike Bacsik, Tristan Crawford, Charlie Manning and perhaps Saul Rivera.

Highlights from today's $.35/$.50-edition: as I said yesterday, I wrote about Josh Smoker and his experience in major league camp. Lastings Milledge and the idea of the green light leads the notebook. Sheinin chimed in from Port St. Lucie with a few words from our departed friends, Brian Schneider and Ryan Church.

Also, Acta showed us a DVD from his hometown of Consuelo in the Dominican Republic that is supposed to be used to promote his foundation, impActa Kids. The foundation's Web site is up and running, and though the DVD is in Spanish (he hopes to have one in English at some point), he's getting stuff cranked up.

He specifically thanked readers of the Journal for their contributions (some of you put that in the memo lines of your checks). Anticipating the next question, here's the address again to send contributions.

impActa Kids Foundation
P.O. Box 459
Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071

Get your radios cranked up. A 1:05 p.m. start.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 29, 2008; 9:09 AM ET
 
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