The Nats lost to the Astros (ESPN Boxscore) in Manny Acta’s “homecoming” (Florida Today). The Nats manager spent 16 years in the Astros organization (The Wash. Times) and still lives near their Kissimmee spring training complex. Is it just me or are the Nats the team everybody wants to schedule for homecoming?
The good news is P Shawn Hill looks good so far (Florida Today, The Wash. Times, The Post, respectively). Acta thinks if Hill remains healthy “the rest will take care of itself.” The pitcher had Tommy John surgery in 2005.
Every day, P Jon Rauch carries the burdens of being freakishly tall (The Post). He says he is 6-11 because “I grew up under power lines I swam in the Ohio River. Ate a lot of peanut butter.” He also adds that a Mini Cooper was comfortable than he expected. In 2002, he hit one out against Roger Clemens, but had to be told to “run, dummy” by the catcher. By the way, he is a pretty good relief pitcher as well.
Cristian Guzman played shortstop in the “B” game in Viera, but will DH today. Acta has Guzman alternating days in the field. I am hoping Acta makes Guzman the full time DH during the National League schedule this season. Alex Escobar was scratched due to injury. In other news, Jon Rauch is tall.
Histroic Space Coast Stadium’s food gets a look from Florida Today with a focus on the hot dogs. Mmmm, stadium hotdogs.
Ever wonder what a day in the life of Jim Bowden (The Wash. Examiner) is like during spring training? Me neither.