NATIONALS 2, ORIOLES 1

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Deserving better

Steve Trachsel's final exhibition start was a dandy, but he ended up with no decision. Trachsel left after six innings with the score tied 1-1. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out two. The only run came on a homer by Washington's Felipe Lopez in the third. "Curveball was really good today," Trachsel said. "I'd just like to be a little bit better down in the zone with my split." Dennis Sarfate replaced Trachsel to start the seventh and hit Ryan Langerhans with two outs. A wild pitch moved Langerhans to second, and he scored on Jesus Flores' single to left field. Oscar Salazar cut off the throw from Brandon Fahey, who started at third base before moving to left, and got Flores in a rundown, eventually making the tag.

Flashing leather

Adam Jones hasn't always looked smooth in center field as he adjusted to the bright Florida sky and swirling winds, but he deserved a Gold Glove yesterday. Jones sprinted forward and made a diving catch to rob Lopez in the first inning, ending up on his stomach with the ball in his glove's webbing. In the second, Dmitri Young sent a long drive to center that looked like it would clear Jones' head for an extra-base hit. But Jones slipped into another gear, picked up speed and reached up to make the catch in full stride. "The positives today were Trachsel and Jones," manager Dave Trembley said. "[Jones] got some real good jumps on the ball out there."

Lockdown lefty

Left-hander John Lannan won't make the Nationals' Opening Day roster, but he looked like an ace yesterday. He limited the Orioles to one run and three hits in six innings, walking one and striking out five. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and were silenced from there. Chris Roberson walked, stole second, moved to third on a fielder's choice and came home on Salazar's grounder. "Their guy pitched good," Trembley said. "We let him off the hook in the first inning. But he throws real good strikes, changes speeds, good command on both sides." Lannan might rejoin the team if Shawn Hill can't make his start April 13.

On deck

The Orioles will take one last look around the Fort Lauderdale complex and board a flight to Baltimore after today's game against the New York Mets. Daniel Cabrera makes his final exhibition start for the Orioles. He's 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in five appearances, allowing six earned runs (11 total) and 17 hits in 17 1/3 innings. Cabrera committed two errors in his last start against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla.

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