Nationals at Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.
First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
Radio: MLB.com (Rays)
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Rays - Jake Odorizzi
After more than two weeks of spring training drills, and after a few intrasquad scrimmages, the Nationals are ready to take on their first real opponent of 2016. Their Grapefruit League schedule begins on Wednesday with a 1:05 p.m. matchup at the Tampa Bay Rays.
Manager Dusty Baker told reporters he plans to get a good look at Tanner Roark and Joe Ross, with the duo expected to be the Nationals' No. 4 and 5 starters come Opening Day. Roark will get the first crack with Ross to follow.
There are no stars in the lineup today with Dusty instead relying on some of his younger players and a good group of potential bench options. Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor are the headliners. The Rays, however, will trot out Evan Longoria and Kevin Kiermaier, among others.
SS Trea Turner
2B Wilmer Difo
RF Matt den Dekker
1B Tyler Moore
CF Michael Taylor
LF Chris Heisey
3B Jason Martinson
C Jose Lobaton
DH Spencer Kieboom
(RHP Tanner Roark)
RF Mikie Mahtook
CF Kevin Kiermaier
3B Evan Longoria
DH Logan Morrison
LF Desmond Jennings
1B James Loney
SS Tim Beckham
2B Nick Franklin
C Curt Casali
(RHP Jake Odorizzi)
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."
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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.
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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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