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    VIERA, Fla. (AP) - It took a lot longer than he wanted, but now Adam LaRoche can stop bugging Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson to write his name in the lineup.

    "I'm sure he was getting sick of hearing it from me," LaRoche said. "He finally said, `I've got to put him out there and shut him up."'

    LaRoche, who has been bothered by ankle and shoulder injuries, delivered an RBI single in his first at-bat of the spring and also played solid defense at first base as a Nationals split squad defeated the New York Mets 8-2 Saturday.

    Washington right-hander Chien-Ming Wang also made his first start of the spring, allowing two runs on three hits over two innings. He threw 43 pitches, 26 for strikes.

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit two doubles and drove in two runs. Wilson Ramos also had two hits and two RBIs.

    Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey had a rough outing, giving up five runs and eight hits in three innings. The good news, at least from Dickey's point of view, was that he was able to gather some information about the approach Nationals hitters were taking against him.

    "I faced these guys so much during the regular season last year, and the year before, that they've got a pretty good idea of what they need to do to probably have success - and I need to identify what that is," Dickey said. "I think I took a step in that direction today, so that was good. But certainly you'd like to have better results."

    Wang breezed through the first of his two innings, but struggled in the second. He said his sinker dipped more than he wanted.

    Johnson liked what he saw as Wang competes for the fifth spot in the rotation.

    "How it was coming out of his hand, and the movement he was getting, it was fun to watch," Johnson said. "When you think of it, at the back end of a rotation having a Chien-Ming Wang, with his experience and what he's throwing now ..."

    LaRoche, limited to only 43 games last season because of a torn labrum, had come to spring training hoping to get plenty of early playing time. His surgically repaired left shoulder was still a little sore, however and when he sustained a slightly sprained left ankle during a baserunning drill, he was sidelined for the start of spring.

    Though he didn't have to make any hard throws Saturday, LaRoche said his shoulder feels fine. The big question was how he would feel running the bases and moving around in the field.

    "It felt pretty good," he said. "Not great, but good enough. I hope it progresses every day for the next four or five days and hopefully get rid of it."

    LaRoche will make the trip to Jupiter on Sunday when the Nationals face the St. Louis Cardinals.

    NOTES: Nationals OF Bryce Harper (left calf strain) is still a couple of days away from returning to the lineup. "He's probably waiting around the corner to tell me he's ready. I would say, `When I get clearance from the trainer, I want to see you go through a full workout, and then you'll get another day' and then you'll be ready for me."' ... Nationals OF Rick Ankiel was scratched from the lineup because of a tight hamstring. ... Roger Bernadina started in left field for Washington against Detroit on Saturday despite having a sore right elbow. ... Danny Espinosa started at shortstop for Washington's other split squad against Detroit. The team has no plans to move Espinosa from second base, but Johnson said earlier this spring he wanted Espinosa - who played short at Long Beach State - to get some time there in case regular shortstop Ian Desmond gets hurt during the year. ... The Mets signed Kevin Mulvey to a minor league contract. Mulvey was a second-round pick by New York in 2006, but was traded to Minnesota as part of the Johan Santana trade in 2008. ... Mets CF Andres Torres, who had been bothered by a tight right glute muscle that kept him out the past two games, started and went hitless in three at-bats Saturday. ... Ike Davis and Omar Quintanilla each had two hits for the Mets.

     
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    New York Mets
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Andres Torres, CF3000012 .429
        Matt den Dekker, CF2000021 .300
    Justin Turner, 2B3000000 .214
        Jordany Valdespin, 2B2010011 .300
    Jason Bay, LF3000020 .000
        Vinny Rottino, LF2000003 .167
    Ike Davis, 1B3120010 .400
        Val Pascucci, 1B0000100 .167
    Zach Lutz, 3B3110021 .200
        Wilmer Flores, 3B1000000 .000
    Mike Baxter, RF2000100 .308
        Cesar Puello, RF1010000 .333
    Josh Satin, DH3000034 .250
       a- Adam Loewen, PH-DH1000012 .333
    Rob Johnson, C2011000 .167
        Lucas May, C2000012 .400
    Omar Quintanilla, SS3021101 .400
    Totals36282314  
    a-struck out for Satin in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Ike Davis (1, Stammen), Rob Johnson (1, Stammen), Omar Quintanilla (1, Severino)
    RBI - Rob Johnson (1), Omar Quintanilla (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Omar Quintanilla (1)
    SB - Mike Baxter (2, 2nd base off Lidge/Leon)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Cesar Puello 1
    DP - Parnell-Quintanilla-Davis, Puello-Pascucci
    PB - Lucas May (1)
    E - Omar Quintanilla (1, Throwing)
    New York Mets
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    R.A. Dickey (L,0-1) 3855120 9.00
    Jeremy Hefner 1000110 0.00
    Bobby Parnell 1100000 0.00
    Robert Carson 1111110 9.00
    Miguel Batista 1221000 2.08
    D.J. Carrasco 1000000 0.00
    WP - R.A. Dickey (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 26-20, Jeremy Hefner 9-5, Bobby Parnell 3-3, Robert Carson 9-5, Miguel Batista 6-5, D.J. Carrasco 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 1-5, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Miguel Batista 2-1, D.J. Carrasco 2-1
    Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 17, Jeremy Hefner 4, Bobby Parnell 3, Robert Carson 4, Miguel Batista 5, D.J. Carrasco 3
    Washington Nationals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Desmond, SS3010010 .118
        Blake Kelso, SS0001000 .000
    Mark DeRosa, 2B1100200 .571
        Jarrett Hoffpauir, PR-2B1000000 .100
    Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3122001 .556
        Anthony Rendon, 3B1110000 .231
    Adam LaRoche, 1B2111011 .500
        Tyler Moore, 1B2121000 .308
    Jayson Werth, RF3110001 .200
        Randolph Oduber, RF1000001 .000
    Wilson Ramos, DH4022001 .182
    Jason Michaels, LF4000022 .333
    Brett Carroll, CF2000001 .294
        Michael Taylor, CF1100100 .000
    Sandy Leon, C4120000 .500
    Totals32812734  
    Batting
    2B - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (2, Dickey, Dickey), Anthony Rendon (3, Batista), Tyler Moore (1, Batista), Wilson Ramos (1, Dickey)
    SF - Blake Kelso (1)
    RBI - Blake Kelso (1), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (4), Adam LaRoche (1), Tyler Moore (2), Wilson Ramos 2 (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (3), Adam LaRoche (1), Wilson Ramos 2 (2)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    E - Jarrett Hoffpauir (2, Misplayed grounder)
    Washington Nationals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Chien-Ming Wang (W,1-0) 2322120 9.00
    Craig Stammen (H,1) 3200040 0.00
    Brad Lidge (H,1) 1000030 3.00
    Atahualpa Severino (H,2) 1200020 6.75
    Jeff Fulchino (H,2) 1100110 0.00
    Ryan Mattheus 1000120 0.00
    WP - Ryan Mattheus (2)
    Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 17-13, Craig Stammen 19-19, Brad Lidge 10-10, Atahualpa Severino 9-9, Jeff Fulchino 10-6, Ryan Mattheus 11-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 3-1, Craig Stammen 3-2, Brad Lidge 1-0, Atahualpa Severino 1-0, Jeff Fulchino 1-1
    Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 10, Craig Stammen 11, Brad Lidge 4, Atahualpa Severino 5, Jeff Fulchino 5, Ryan Mattheus 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4310
    Game Time - 2:41
    Temperature - 77
    Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - UMP Nonindividual