* Third base coach Manny Acta will manage the Washington Nationals. Manager Willie Randolph said he has several candidates he’s considering.
* The team has begun talks with Randolph about his contract extension. Randolph said there’s no timetable, but GM Omar Minaya said he doesn’t want the manager to go into next season with lameduck status.
* Second baseman Jose Valentin was re-signed to a one-year deal.
* Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said the team has been in contact with agent Scott Boras regarding lefthander Barry Zito. Wilpon also said he’s been in contact with Tom Glavine, adding, “I would like to see Tom Glavine return.”
* David Wright, Jose Reyes and John Maine, just off the plane from the Japan All-Star tour, were present at the ceremonial groundbreaking at Shea Stadium today.