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Kershaw, Strasburg square off in opener of Nats at Dodgers

Kershaw, Strasburg square off in opener of Nats at Dodgers

Nats (43-27) vs. Dodgers (38-33) at Dodger Stadium

The Nationals' west coast road trip continues on Monday night as they move on to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers. It's a matchup of NL powers and the opener will feature quite the pitching matchup.

In one corner is Stephen Strasburg (11-0, 2.90), the Nationals' best starter so far this season. And in the other is Clayton Kershaw (10-1, 1.58), the game's best pitcher who is enjoying a career year in several categories. 

Kershaw's ERA, strikeouts (133) and WHIP (0.66) all lead baseball, but it's his lack of walks that is most impressive. He's got a 0.6 walks per nine innings rate and a 19.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's only given up seven walks total in 108 innings this season.

Strasburg has, of course, also been very good, and this will be the first time since 1900 that two NL pitchers with at least 10 wins and one or zero losses will face each other this early in a season (via STATS).

First pitch: 10:10 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Stephen Strasburg vs. Dodgers - Clayton Kershaw


CF Michael Taylor
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
3B Anthony Rendon
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Stephen Strasburg


LHP Clayton Kershaw

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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."


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

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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.