Wrapping up a Friday
Marlins 4, Nats 1. Tyler Clippard allows a wind-aided homer to lead off the game, and said afterward that this early in the spring, "My command's not where I need it to be." Fair enough. He's a command guy, and that has to -- and I'm sure will -- improve.
Jason Stanford followed with two good innings, Mike BAcsik was wacked around for three hits and two runs in his inning of work, and Saul Rivera mopped up with a perfect ninth.
Offensively, not much to say. Ryan Zimmerman had two singles in his two at-bats, and he's 3 for 3 (including G'Town game, which won't count in stats) on the spring. "He looks ready," Acta said. Zimmerman said he's now very comfortable when he arrives at spring training. "Just having a couple years experience helps," he said.
Nick Johnson had his first hit, a single up the middle. But he clearly is not happy with his swing. When Johnson doesn't feel comfortable, he says he's "sliding" or "skating," meaning his weight is getting out on his front foot too early, and he's not allowing the ball to travel to him. He really concentrates on staying back on the ball and not reaching for it. That takes time, particularly after a year off.
Rob Mackowiak injured himself rounding first base on an error. He had hernia surgery in October, and the athletic trainers think he just broke up some scar tissue in his side. He's listed as day-to-day, but I wouldn't expect one of those days to be tomorrow.
And Bret Boone: In his second at-bat, he doubled. He was quite excited about it afterward. "It felt great," he said, and it was clearly a bit emotional for him, even in spring training, even when making the team is a long shot. It was his first at-bat since July 30, 2005. The next day, he was released by the Twins.
Have a good Friday night. John Patterson on tap vs. the Orioles tomorrow. Should be fun.
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