Nationals (58-40) vs. Padres (42-56) at Nationals Park
The Nationals rallied to win Saturday night's game in walkoff fashion on Stephen Drew's RBI triple. On Sunday, they will look to win the rubber match and take their season series against the San Diego Padres.
Top prospect Lucas Giolito (0-0, 4.70) will make his third MLB start for the Nationals. He gave up four earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings against the Mets his last time out.
Lefty Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.55) will start for the Padres. He lost to the Nats on June 17 when he gave up six earned in six innings in San Diego.
Bryce Harper gets the day off with Chris Heisey in at right field. Ben Revere is also off with Michael Taylor in center.
First pitch: 1:35 p.m.
TV: CBS-9, MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Lucas Giolito vs. Padres - Christian Friedrich
2B Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
C Wilson Ramos
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Chris Heisey
CF Michael Taylor
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Lucas Giolito
CF Travis Jankowski
1B Wil Myers
RF Matt Kemp
3B Yangervis Solarte
LF Alex Dickerson
2B Ryan Schimpf
SS Alexei Ramirez
C Derek Norris
LHP Christian Friedrich
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.