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Castilla Sets Record, Makes Error

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 23, 2005; Page D11

NEW YORK, April 22 -- With all the hoopla surrounding the Washington Nationals' first homestand, one of the overlooked details was that third baseman Vinny Castilla didn't make an error. No big deal? Well, during that stretch, Castilla ran his streak of consecutive chances without an error to 271, a major league record for third basemen.

The streak reached 272 Friday night before Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets hit a bouncer to third in the sixth inning. The ball skipped up on Castilla and over his glove, his first error since July 4, 2004.

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Nationals officials weren't notified of the streak until Friday night at Shea Stadium, when an Elias Sports Bureau official mentioned it. The old record was 261, set by Don Money, a District native, when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973-74.

Castilla, who entered Friday night's game against the Mets with 41 chances on the season, had 89 consecutive errorless games, 10 short of the major league record of 99 set by John Wehner with Pittsburgh and Florida from 1992 to 2000 and matched by Jeff Cirillo with Colorado and Seattle in 2001-02.

Silent Guzman

Nationals Manager Frank Robinson said he might talk to shortstop Cristian Guzman about his recent policy of not talking to the media. "The worst thing that he can do is not talk at all," said Robinson, who added that's particularly true when a player enters a new market. Guzman entered Friday's game hitting .140.


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