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Nats vs. Astros — 3/4/10

Mar 4, 2010, 3:03 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Osceola County Stadium, spring home of the Houston Astros.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Hello from Osceola County Stadium, site of today's Grapefruit League opener between the Nationals and Astros. It's another chilly, windy day here in the Sunshine State. But for the first time this year, we've got an actual ballgame taking place.

I'll be updating this post throughout the day with lineups and game details, so check back here periodically for anything new. I'll create new posts for any non-game-related items, so also be sure to check for those.

Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: KBME-AM (Astros radio via MLB Gameday Audio)
Weather: Sunny, 58 degrees, Wind 17 mph LF to RF

CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Adam Kennedy
RF Elijah Dukes
1B Chris Duncan

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  1. natsfan1a - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    dum da da da, dum da da da,da da dee da dee daaa – charge! Nice pic, btw.

  2. Anonymous - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    I like this "game day" preview post. Thank You. If we get them for every game I'm going to be checking the natsinsider blog first thing every day. Is the first radio broadcasted game going to be Monday's?

  3. natsfan1a - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Anon, I think the first radio broadcast is scheduled for Monday and the first MASN broadcast for Tuesday.

  4. natsfan1a - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Anon, I think the first radio broadcast is slated for Monday and the first MASN broadcast for Tuesday.

  5. natsfan1a - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Uh, oops.

  6. Farid in Idaho - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    1:05 PM Nationals @ Marlins WAXY 1:05 PM Nationals @ Astros KTRH This is from the Nationals Audio/Video page for today. Two games, both being broadcast (though by the other team's announcers)If you click "today's games," it shows yesterday's. You have to click "next day" to get to Thursday's (today's) gamesAs far as I can tell, there's manna from Heaven for Nats' fans (If you replace the bread with radio waves).

  7. Farid - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Of course, you have to have or whatever they are calling it today for your computer.For me in Idaho, that's the only way I can listen to Nats' games.

  8. Anonymous - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Assuming you have and gameday audio. Sorry — being in Idaho, that's the only way I can listen to/watch Nats' games.Farid

  9. MissChatter - Mar 4, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    The MLB At Bat 2010 app on the iPhone also has gameday audio

  10. 320R2S15 - Mar 4, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    How many innings will Mock go?

  11. nattaboy - Mar 4, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Is there any Nats media folk at the other game? I would love some reporting on how Dunn looks at first over there. I know this is where Riggleman is, but…That being said, go Nats! hooray baseball!

  12. peric - Mar 4, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Every single beat reporter, including Mark Z, go the same game, get the same interviews as a result … isn't there anyone there who like to go off the beaten path?

  13. markfd - Mar 4, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Mark,Enjoy Osceola County Stadium it is my favorite place to watch a game in the Grapefruit League.

  14. jcj5y - Mar 4, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    I recognize that Guzman is awaiting the birth of a child, but I think he's been in camp a bit this spring. I have heard Rizzo and others say multiple times that they need to be sure his shoulder is healthy. Enough times that I'm starting to believe they have serious questions about it. Do you have any first hand observations? What are the chances that the team pronounces Guzman's shoulder unhealthy and starts him on the DL to give Desmond a shot?

  15. nattaboy - Mar 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Guz has been in camp. I saw him taking grounders, making throws, and htting guzman singles all over the filed in bp. Looked healthy to this guy

  16. natscan reduxit - Mar 4, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    … don't need to go to at all to listen to the game. Just check into the Astros' broadcaster at:… and hit "Listen Live". First pitch just thrown.

  17. Anonymous - Mar 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Mark:You should try CoveritLive for live blogging–its a lot easier for you, and for us to follow.

  18. natscan reduxit - Mar 4, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    … my turn. Oops! Guess I fogot about Uncle Bud's black out button. Guess we DO have to work our way thru' the MLB web site

  19. Doc - Mar 4, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Way to go Mark! Give that man a mike!

  20. markfd - Mar 4, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Mark-Thanks for the play-by-play nuggets, nice pitching by Mock and Martin, unfortunately I cannot say the same for soon-to-be minor league camp assignees Martis and Peralta! 😦

  21. JayB - Mar 4, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Mark,Astro's Broadcast crew called E6 on Danny E on the first ball hit "right too him"…."how can that not be an error"….Did you see it and if so what do you think?

  22. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 4, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    JayB: Didn't get a good look at it. The sightlines in the press box here are horrible thanks to dividers between all the windows. Plus I was transcribing Mock's interview at the time. The play was originally scored an error but changed to a hit, looked like it was slightly to Espinosa's right. You also have to remember that spring training official scoring is never as good as regular-season scoring. It's often done by PR guys, not MLB-hired scorers.

  23. Anonymous - Mar 4, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    I know this is spring training and I know I shouldn't be concerned. But haven't we been hearing for a week now that the pitching is ahead of the hitting………….

  24. Doc - Mar 5, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    I dunno, maybe things are improving. I mean the Nats are losing 2 games in one day–last summer they only lost 1 per day.





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