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Nationals travel to face Cardinals in 1st TV game of spring


Nationals travel to face Cardinals in 1st TV game of spring

Nationals at Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.

The Nationals head to Jupiter on Sunday to play at the St. Louis Cardinals, the only team in baseball that won 100 games last season. The Nats will see some of St. Louis' regulars including Kolten Wong - who recently earned a nice contract extension - Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams. On the mound for the Cards will be Deck McGuire, who was picked 11th overall by the Blue Jays back in 2010 but has yet to make his MLB debut.

Right-hander Blake Treinen gets the start for the Nationals. Don't read too much into that, as he is not in the mix for a starting job come the regular season. Behind him will be the Nationals' bench All-Stars featuring Michael Taylor, Trea Turner, Clint Robinson and Jose Lobaton.

Today will be the first time to catch your Nats on television, as MLB Network will have the broadcast. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
TV: MLB Network
Radio: (Cardinals)
Starting pitchers: Nats - Blake Treinen vs. Cardinals — Deck McGuire


CF Michael Taylor
SS Trea Turner
1B Clint Robinson
RF Chris Heisey
2B Stephen Drew
LF Reed Johnson
3B Matt Skole
C Jose Lobaton
DH Spencer Kieboom
(RHP Blake Treinen)


2B Kolten Wong
SS Aledmys Diaz
3B Matt Carpenter
CF Randal Grichuk
1B Matt Adams
LF Brandon Moss
DH Anthony Garcia
RF Nick Plummer
C Eric Fryer
(RHP Deck McGuire)

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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.