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Nationals: Daniel's frightening first inning

Daniel Cabrera started out pitching aggressively, but Brian Roberts and Adam Jones both hit the ball hard to put runners at first and third with no one out. Nick Markakis followed with a chopper to second to drive in the first run of the game and things just deteriorated from there.

Manager Manny Acta said before the game that the coaching staff has been working with Cabrera to lengthen his stride, and that was apparent from the start, but he still fell behind each of the first six hitters he faced. He eventually walked the bases loaded before striking out Luke Scott and getting out of the inning when left fielder Roger Bernadina made a spectacular diving catch to rob Felix Pie of a likely three-run double.

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Huff's pregame prediction: Aubrey Huff was true to half his pre-game promise. He said he was going to just stand at home plate and challenge Cabrera to throw three strikes by him and then steal second base at his first opportunity. Huff did foul off some pitches before getting the predicted walk, but he made good on his word and stole second base on Cabrera's first pitch to Ty Wigginton.


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