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Some Post-Game Notes

Some post-game notes...

* The Nats, with an 8-3 victory, are now 5-5 in the Grapefruit League.

* With runners on first and third in the second inning today, Manager Manny Acta called for a suicide squeeze. John Lannan was up, so why not? Lannan got a pitch low in the dirt from NYM starter Livan Hernandez and fouled it off.

"But I'm glad I foul-tipped it," Lannan said.

(Ronnie Belliard, breaking from third, would have been out by a country mile.)

Later in the at bat, Lannan got a bunt down -- he knocked it right back to the pitcher -- which kept Belliard at third but advanced the trail runner to second. The Nats failed to score in the inning, though, after lead-off man Cristian Guzman popped out.

* This was start No. 3 for Lannan. The lefty, speaking after the game, seemed pleased with his progress. He threw strikes. He allowed four hits and two runs in four innings, throwing just 48 pitches. The team had hoped for Lannan to hit 60 pitches this game, so Lannan threw 15 more in the bullpen before hitting the showers.

* We didn't see Tim Redding today, but the former Nat was pitching today in the Mets' "B" game against the University of Michigan. Either the Wolverines have a stellar lineup this year, or Redding's game is still a bit off. His line: 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R.

* This was, by far, the best crowd of the season at Space Coast: 5,594. The stadium was almost entirely full. Temps in the low-80s.

* Austin Kearns was in the lineup today, first game back since missing roughly a week with a blister on his left palm. He went 1-for-2, lining a single to left in his first at bat. "When you haven't played in a while," Kearns said, "it always takes a while. I've felt better and I've felt worse."

By Chico Harlan  |  March 8, 2009; 4:53 PM ET
 
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