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Nats-Marlins game canceled after lightning struck stadium pole


Nats-Marlins game canceled after lightning struck stadium pole

Rained out baseball games are common in spring and summer, but the weather that caused Friday night's game between the Nationals and Marlins to be canceled was not your average storm.

There was torrential downpour and a bolt of lightning even struck a light tower at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. That caused a power outage for a bank of lights.


That's some scary stuff. It also came at an inconvenient time, as Friday was the Nationals' last night game before they head north. They do have a 6:05 p.m. exhibition game against the Twins in D.C. on April 1, however, giving players one more chance to hit at night before Opening Day. 

But that's pending weather, and the 10-day forecast has an 80 percent chance of rain for April 1 with thunderstorms expected. The Nationals could very well have lost their last night game before the schedule shifts later during the regular season.

"I always like to have my teams play a couple games under the lights because when the season starts you probably play 80 percent of your games under the lights," Dusty Baker told AP. "You've got to get acclimated to seeing the ball, picking up the rotation -- it's a different game at night."

The pitching rotation is also a concern, as Tanner Roark lost his Friday start and was moved to Saturday. That pushes back Joe Ross, who left his previous outing with a right heel contusion. 

[RELATED: Nats outright bench player Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse]

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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.