Nationals vs. Astros in Viera, Fla.
With exactly two weeks left until Opening Day, the Nationals take on the Houston Astros once again in Grapefruit League action. Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nats in his fourth spring outing. Gio has allowed three earned runs on seven hits and eight walks in total 8 2/3 innings so far.
Behind Gio will be a bunch of regulars, including Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Ben Revere is getting the day off and so is Jayson Werth.
Right-hander Scott Feldman will start for Houston. Carlos Gonzalez is the one big name playing for the Astros. Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer are off on Monday.
First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
Radio: 1580 AM, MLB.com, XM 185
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzalez vs. Astros — Scott Feldman
CF Michael Taylor
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
DH Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
LF Matt den Dekker
SS Stephen Drew
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)
RF Jake Marisnick
SS Marwin Gonzalez
CF Carlos Gomez
DH Tyler White
3B Luis Valbuena
1B Matt Duffy
C Jason Castro
2B Danny Worth
LF Eury Perez
(RHP Scott Feldman)
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.