Nationals vs. Yankees in Viera, Fla.
After taking Tuesday off, the Nationals are back at it on Wednesday with the New York Yankees in town. Stephen Strasburg will get his fourth start of spring training. So far he has allowed five earned runs through nine innings on 10 hits and five walks.
Behind Strasburg will be a good amount of regulars including Ben Revere, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. There is one notable absence, though. Danny Espinosa is out after getting hit by a pitch on his right hand in the Nats' last game. That will certainly be something to watch over the next several days.
There are few regulars playing for the Yankees, but they will have Masahiro Tanaka on the mound. He is their best starter, so that will be a good test for the Nats. Strasburg will also square off with Dustin Ackley, who was picked second behind him in the 2009 MLB Draft.
First pitch: 5:05 p.m.
TV: MASN, MLB Network
Starting pitchers: Nats - Stephen Strasburg vs. Yankees — Masahiro Tanaka
CF Ben Revere
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
DH Chris Heisey
C Wilson Ramos
SS Brendan Ryan
2B Stephen Drew
(RHP Stephen Strasburg)
LF Brett Gardner
CF Aaron Hicks
2B Dustin Ackley
C Austin Romine
1B Chris Parmelee
DH Gary Sanchez
3B Rob Refsnyder
RF Chris Denorfia
SS Ronald Torreyes
(RHP Masahiro Tanaka)
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.