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Mid-afternoon randomness

Some stuff that's happened here since we last spoke.

* A special, as-yet-to-be-determined prize goes to anyone who can figure out what the "B" on my hat stands for in that video in the last post. (Manny Acta has been adamant that it's B for Barry, but it's not.)

* Ryan Zimmerman doubled to right field -- taking a Braden Looper pitch on the outside corner -- in his one at-bat today. Remember, Acta is trying to cut down on Zimmerman's at-bats this spring, so he was pulled right after just one time up today.

* Nick Johnson sliced a ball down the left-field line and turned a single into a double, with a nice slide at second. "Better than riding the bike," Austin Kearns said to him, a reference to all that time spent on the exercise bike during his injury.

* Tim Redding was impressive. He became the first Nats pitcher to be efficient enough to go three innings on a 40-pitch limit. He allowed three singles, all of the groundball variety, didn't walk anyone and recorded a nice strikeout of Chris Duncan, who looked at a little breaking ball. "I couldn't have drawn it up any better," Redding said.

* Elijah Dukes becomes the first National to homer at HSCS this spring, a solo blast through the wind in the fifth. All is going well with him thus far.

* Eric Milton has not been contacted by the Nationals, so take some deep breaths.

* Sidney Ponson, however, is throwing for a variety of teams in Jupiter, Fla., tomorrow, and I'd be surprised if the Nats didn't drop by and see that session. Again, doesn't mean they'll sign him.

* Saul Rivera now on to pitch the top of the ninth, with the Nats leading the Cardinals 3-2.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 3, 2008; 3:19 PM ET
 
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