Livan to usher in Nationals era at RFK

Originally Published: April 13, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

• 7:05 p.m.: The Fenway Faithful get their first look at Randy Johnson in pinstripes.

Orlando Hernandez
O. Hernandez

Livan Hernandez
L. Hernandez

• 7:05 p.m.: Many miles apart, the brothers Hernandez give us insight into pitching instinct. Chicago's Orlando – El Duque – works against the Indians in Cleveland. In Washington, Livan pitches the Nationals' home opener against the Diamondbacks.

• 7:10 p.m.: Mike Piazza probably starts at catcher for the Mets and reserves a spot in the trainer's room  knowing that he's got to work with Victor Zambrano, who leads the league in bounced fastballs and ricochet shots off a catcher's body.

• 8:05 p.m.: Roy Halladay of the Jays leads first-place Toronto into Texas. Halladay has struggled in Texas more than in any other park in the majors the last four seasons, compiling an 8.86 ERA in four starts.

The Good, Bad and Ugly from Wednesday
The Good: Enthusiastically honored by Red Sox fans on Monday, Mariano Rivera comes back and closes out the Yankees' 5-2 victory Wednesday.

The Bad: Detroit starter Jason Johnson faced nine hitters and got one out, allowing seven hits, a walk and five runs.

The Ugly: Colorado pitchers issued 10 walks Wednesday, and the Rockies lost their seventh consecutive game. Byung-Hyun Kim walked four in an inning.

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