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Murphy again out of Nats' lineup for series finale at Giants

Murphy again out of Nats' lineup for series finale at Giants

Nationals (61-43) vs. Giants (60-44) at AT&T Park

The Nats will aim for a series win in the finale of their four-game set at the San Francisco Giants with Daniel Murphy once again out of the starting lineup. Murphy left Friday night's game with leg tightness and continues to sit as a precaution. Jayson Werth is also getting the day off.

The Nats will have a new player in the mix, though, as closer Mark Melancon has been activated one day after he was traded to Washington from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nats' bullpen needs the help and today could be the day he makes his debut.

Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.44) gets the start opposite former ace Matt Cain (2-6, 5.95). Gonzalez is coming off a strong outing against the Indians where he gave up two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. He seems to have turned a corner lately and will look to keep it going against the Giants.

First pitch: 4:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzalez vs. Giants - Matt Cain


2B Trea Turner
CF Ben Revere
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Chris Heisey
SS Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez


SS Eduardo Nunez
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
C Buster Posey
LF Mac Williamson
1B Brandon Belt
2B Joe Panik
3B Conor Gillaspie
RHP Matt Cain

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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. 


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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches


Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

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.