News that avoided the radar: Bret Boone, who had been trying to make a comeback at age 39, decided at the end of April to retire. In 13 games with Class AAA Columbus, he hit .261. . . . 1B Nick Johnson, who learned Thursday that he will miss an estimated four to six weeks with a tendon injury in his right wrist, said yesterday he must wear a hard brace for two weeks. After that, doctors will reevaluate his injury.
THE NEXT THREE
|Tonight||7:05||at Orioles||Odalis Pérez
|MASN, MASN2, WDCA-20|
|Tomorrow||1:35||at Orioles||John Lannan
|MASN, MASN2, WJZ-13|
|Monday||7:10||vs. Phillies||Tim Redding
BY THE NUMBERS
Outfielders in yesterday's Washington starting lineup whose quick-fact bios in the official team game notes include the word "mired" (Lastings Milledge, Wily Mo Peña.)
"Just because we're playing the Orioles, I'm not going to use the closer in the seventh inning."
-- Manager Manny Acta, on the infancy of the Nats-O's rivalry