Nats (88-60) vs. Braves (57-91) at Turner Field
The Nationals will get a nice boost on Sunday with the return of starter Joe Ross from the disabled list. Ross has been out since July 2 with right shoulder inflammation and has taken a long road back. He began a minor league rehab assignment in July, only to have it ended due to a setback. Now he's finally ready to return and start for the Nats.
Ross is only expected to be available for about three or four innings today, so that Nats will keep a close eye on his pitch count. Expect a lot of relievers to pitch in this one.
Starting for Atlanta will be right-hander Matt Wisler, who like Ross was once a Padres prospect. Wisler is 6-12 with a 5.00 ERA this season. He last saw the Nats on April 13 when he gave up three runs in six innings in Atlanta.
The Nats will be without Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman, who all have the day off.
Sunday's game will be the finale of the Nats and Braves' head-to-head season series. It will also be the last game the Nats ever play at Turner Field.
First pitch: 1:35 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Joe Ross vs. Braves - Matt Wisler
2B Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
CF Ben Revere
SS Danny Espinosa
3B Wilmer Difo
RHP Joe Ross
CF Ender Inciarte
3B Adonis Garcia
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Matt Kemp
RF Nick Markakis
C Tyler Flowers
2B Jace Peterson
SS Dansby Swanson
RHP Matt Wisler
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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.