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Viva Vidro!

I've got to admit, I've given little thought to Jose Vidro this year. He's been a great player in the past, but I've just had this feeling that his best years are behind him -- that he's more of a .270/10/60 kind of guy. Oops. Sorry.

Jose Vidro led off the 10th inning with a home run against Philly southpaw Rheal Cormier -- a home run that wasn't in doubt the moment if left his bat -- to lead the Nats to a 5-4 win over the Phillies Thursday afternoon. As has been the case, Washington jumped out to an early lead before the Phillies battled back to tie the game at 3 in the fifth inning. Loiaza was perfect through five until -- without warning -- he lost it completely.

So far, the pitching has been just the opposite of what I had expected. The starters [with the execption of one inning each] have done well enough, but it has been the relievers who have pitched "lights out" thus far. The Nats also got another 10 hits, which again shows that trends in spring training mean absolutely nothing.

Guzman is starting slow -- I wouldn't leave him in the #2 position much longer -- he can work out the kinks down in the order.

We're 2-1 and heading to Florida. Whoooooo!

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