Nats (67-47) vs. Braves (44-73) at Nationals Park
Bryce Harper was originally listed out of the lineup on Sunday by the Nationals, but then became a late addition about 90 minutes before game time. That was a nice turn of events for the reigning MVP, who had missed the previous five games with a stiff neck. He had an MRI on Saturday morning that came back clean, and has now been given the go-ahead
Chris Heisey is in left field with Jayson Werth getting the day off. And Clint Robinson is playing first with Daniel Murphy out of the lineup.
The Nats will send Tanner Roark (12-6, 2.88) to the mound opposite Braves rookie Tyrell Jenkins (2-2, 3.92). Roark has a 1.78 ERA in 13 career outings against Atlanta.
First pitch: 1:35 p.m.
TV: CBS-9, MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Braves - Tyrell Jenkins
2B Trea Turner
CF Ben Revere
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Clint Robinson
LF Chris Heisey
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark
CF Ender Inciarte
SS Erick Aybar
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Matt Kemp
RF Nick Markakis
2B Gordon Beckham
C Anthony Recker
3B Chase d'Arnaud
RHP Tyrell Jenkins
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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.