When he was removed from his start against the San Diego Padres on Aug. 5, Livan Hernandez tossed his glove into the stands at RFK Stadium, an act of disgust at his performance and frustration in being removed. A fan scampered out of the stadium that night with the glove, even though team officials made several pleas to get it back.
Last night, after he pitched the Washington Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, Hernandez said the fan wants an elaborate package in return for the glove: season tickets next year, playoff tickets this year -- and $18,000.
"He can have it," Hernandez said. "He thinks it's my lucky glove, but I'm not superstitious."
Hernandez had offered an autographed jersey and a brand-new glove.
Ailing Guillen Moves to Left
Outfielder Jose Guillen had an MRI exam Monday that revealed tendinitis in his right elbow flexor, and he was listed as day-to-day. Robinson's intent was to talk Guillen out of playing, but Guillen wouldn't listen. "We got in one of those little arguments," Guillen said. Instead, because the injury bothers him when he throws, Guillen played left field for the first time this season. Brad Wilkerson played right, where there are more long throws. Guillen and Wilkerson had two hits each. . . .
Shortstop Cristian Guzman went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .188. Worse, though, is how he looks in the field. With two outs in the ninth, Guzman made his sixth error in eight games -- causing closer Chad Cordero to give up an unearned run -- and his 14th error this season. His high the previous three years was 12. . . .
Remember February, when Endy Chavez was supposed to be the Nationals' starting center fielder? Now, after a May trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd, Chavez resides as the Phillies' fifth outfielder. "They told me to be patient," he said. "But for now, that's the way it's going to be."
The Nationals demoted Chavez in spring training in large part because he didn't walk enough. For Philadelphia, he has three walks in 94 plate appearances. . . .
Jose Vidro went 0 for 5 to end a six-game hitting streak in which he went 11 for 23.