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Firsts From RFK

Friday, April 15, 2005; Page D10

First pitch: Livan Hernandez, right, to Craig Counsell. Called strike. Play was stopped and the ball was thrown into the Nationals' dugout.

First foul: Second pitch, Brian Schneider slid trying to catch it, and wound up in the Nats' dugout.

Nationals' starting pitcher Livan Hernandez. (Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)

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Thirty-four years of waiting for baseball ended Wednesday night.
President Bush, pictured, tosses out the ceremonial first pitch.
Vinny Castilla powers the Nats to a 5-3 victory in the home opener.
Thomas Boswell: RFK Stadium was rocking like the old days.
Mike Wise: Passion and politics converged Wednesday.
The fans' exuberance overwhelms the minor glitches at the stadium.
Players were overwhelmed by the atmosphere and turnout.
Castilla was one single away from hitting for the cycle.
Notebook: Jose Guillen does not want to talk about his past.
The city's powerbrokers mix business with pleasure.
Mayor Williams found plenty of supporters at RFK Stadium.
It was a night of historic firsts at RFK Stadium.
Fans took warnings to heart and take Metro to RFK Stadium.
Local news stations covered the game with gusto.
There were many sights and sounds long not heard in D.C.
News & Notes: The home opener by the numbers.

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Gallery: Photos from the home opener on a historic night.
Panorama: Livan Hernandez throws the first pitch.
Panorama: The view from the top of RFK.
Audio: Post columnist Thomas Boswell sets the scene.
Audio: post.com's Anne Rittman from RFK Stadium.
Discuss the game.
Thursday's box score.

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First ball: Third pitch, outside.

First strikeout: Counsell by Hernandez, looking.

First groundout: Royce Clayton to second baseman Jose Vidro.

First walk: Luis Gonzalez, by Hernandez, in first with two out.

First at-bat: Brad Wilkerson, flied to right on third pitch from Javier Vazquez.

First Nationals walk: Jose Vidro with one out in first.

First hit: Nationals' Nick Johnson, right, on a ground-ball single to left field in first inning.

First double play against: Jose Guillen, grounding to short in the bottom of the first, forcing Jose Vidro at second.

First double play turned: Grounder to shortstop Cristian Guzman by Diamondbacks first baseman Chad Tracy in the top of the second. Guzman flipped to Vidro, who forced Shawn Green at second before throwing to first.

First 1-2-3 inning: Top of the third, Livan Hernandez got Quinton McCracken to ground to first, Javier Vazquez to ground to second and Craig Counsell to ground to first.

First strikeout of the side: Vazquez got Hernandez looking, Brad Wilkerson swinging and Johnson looking in the bottom of the third.

First hit against: Diamondbacks' Luis Gonzalez, a ground ball off the glove of shortstop Cristian Guzman, who was shifted to the right of second base, with one out in the top of the fourth.

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