Nats (30-21) vs. Phillies (26-24) at Citizens Bank Park
The Nats begin an 11-day road trip on Monday night with their seventh matchup of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. They are 2-4 against the Phils with both of their wins coming on the road at CBP.
Tanner Roark (3-4, 2.71) will pitch the opener in his 11th start of the season. He's coming off two consecutive strong outings with just two earned runs allowed in 13 2/3 total innings pitched. Roark tossed seven scoreless frames with just two hits allowed against the Phillies back on April 28.
Starting for Philly will be right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.97). He has faced the Nats twice this season. He went seven shutout innings in a win on April 27, but on April 15 got shelled for six runs (5 ER) in a loss.
The Nats' lineup is per usual, including Bryce Harper who has homers in six straight games (7 total) at Citizens Bank Park. If he hits one tonight he'll have the MLB record for homers in consecutive games at one ballpark.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Phillies - Jeremy Hellickson
CF Ben Revere
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark
CF Odubel Herrera
SS Freddy Galvis
3B Maikel Franco
1B Ryan Howard
C Carlos Ruiz
2B Cesar Hernandez
LF Tyler Goeddel
RHP Jeremy Hellickson
RF Peter Bourjos
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Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here.
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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