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Magic numbers: 59, 36, 20, 4.56, .227

Manager Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals watches

Manager Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals watches his team take batting practice before the start of the opening day against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (April 1, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

59 Seconds of video showing an Astros vendor using the men’s room with his tray of snow cones on the floor of the stall. The vendor was fired, and the incident made for an uncomfortable first week for new team president Reid Ryan, the son of Nolan. As if the Astros’ season wasn’t bad enough.

36 Braves retired in a row by the Pirates’ Harvey Haddix, who had a perfect game for 12 innings before taking the loss in the 13th back on this date (May 26) in 1959. Haddix lost his perfect bid on a throwing error by Don Hoak and lost the game on Joe Adcock’s homer (later ruled a double after Adcock passed Hank Aaron on the basepath). Among the 19,194 attending that night in Milwaukee — Bud Selig.

20 Minutes of conversation between the Dodgers’ Don Mattingly and Andre Ethier, who was upset with the manager’s comments saying that some players were “not competing.’’ Mattingly didn’t name names, but with Ethier’s 15 RBIs and recent benching, he evidently figured it out himself.

4.56 ERA of Marlins’ Alex Sanabia, who admitted to spitting on the baseball in a game this past week against the Phillies. Sanabia said he didn’t know it was illegal, adding, “My intention was I need more grip.’’ Judging by his ERA, he might need more spit.

.227 Team batting average of the Nationals, who entered yesterday ranked 29th, sandwiched between the Mets (.228) and Marlins (.221). With his club’s ineptitude, Davey Johnson said he’s not shaving until they hit better. Said the manager, “I feel I couldn’t get any uglier.’’

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