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Gio Gonzalez makes first start of second half vs. Dodgers

Gio Gonzalez makes first start of second half vs. Dodgers

Nationals (56-38) vs. Dodgers (53-42) at Nationals Park

The Nationals lost to the Dodgers on Tuesday night and in doing so fell to 0-4 against L.A. on the season. The Nats have actually lost six straight against the Dodgers dating back to last season and nine of their last 12 going back to 2014.

On Wednesday, they will hope to break that streak with Gio Gonzalez (5-8, 4.70) making his first start of the second half of the season. Gonzalez allowed two earned runs against the Mets his last time out, but only made it 5 2/3 innings. For more on Gonzalez' first half and his expectations moving forward, click here.

Starting for L.A. will be right-hander Bud Norris (5-7, 4.17), whose outing was bumped up a day due to Hyun-jin Ryu's injury. Norris faced the Nats in each of his first two starts this season and gave up eight earned runs in 12 innings.

The Nationals have Anthony Rendon back in the lineup after he missed two games with flu-like symptoms. He's in at third with Daniel Murphy moved back to first.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzalez vs. Dodgers - Bud Norris


CF Ben Revere
LF Jayson Werth
1B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
3B Anthony Rendon
2B Trea Turner
SS Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez


LF Howie Kendrick
2B Chris Taylor
3B Jacob Turner
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Scott Van Slyke
CF Yasiel Puig
C Yasmani Grandal
SS Charlie Culberson
RHP Bud Norris

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

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. 


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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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches


Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

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.