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Osuna Is Slammed Again

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 11, 2005; Page D11

MIAMI, April 10 -- There was no way to dress up Antonio Osuna's last two outings, so he didn't.

"I have no excuse," the Washington Nationals reliever said Sunday. "They kill me."

Osuna had his second straight horrendous outing in an 8-0 loss to the Florida Marlins, allowing two walks, four hits and four runs. He recorded only two outs in the eighth inning, when Juan Encarnacion launched a grand slam that completely eliminated any hopes of a Nationals comeback.

Put that together with his performance Friday night, when he gave up six runs in one-third of an inning, and his ERA is 42.43. More importantly, he twice allowed the Marlins to blow open games the Nationals had fought to keep competitive.

Osuna said he felt good, but had problems with his location. He said he was told during his warmup session that his body is dragging behind his arm.

"I want to get out these bad outings," Osuna said.

Manager Frank Robinson said he would stick with Osuna for now. "We have to find a spot where he can have some success," Robinson said.

Wilkerson's 'D' Gets an 'A'

Brad Wilkerson, who has started every game in center field, made an outstanding running catch against the wall to rob Miguel Cabrera of an extra-base hit in the first. Wilkerson could move back to left during the upcoming series in Atlanta. "I'm going to work on things in center field until they tell me different," he said. . . . Right-hander Tony Armas Jr., on the disabled list with a strained right groin, will throw two innings in a simulated game Monday.

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