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Nats in need of statement win against heavy-hitting Cubs

Nats in need of statement win against heavy-hitting Cubs

Nationals (19-10) at Cubs (22-6)

The final scores have been somewhat close, but the nationals have failed to show up at the plate in the first two games of their highly anticipated series against the N.L. Central-leading Cubs.

The Nats needed a four-run eighth inning to make things close on Friday, and a two-run eighth inning on Thursday to make the final score look respectible.

But the bottom line is that the Nats' bats need to heat up. 

That won't be easy on Saturday, as the Nationals go up against Jason Hammel (4-0, 1.24 ERA), who is a perfect 9-0 in his career against the Nationals.

First pitch: 4:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzalez vs. Cubs - Jason Hammel


CF Ben Revere

SS Danny Espinosa

RF Bryce Harper

1B Ryan Zimmerman

LF Jayson Werth

3B Anthony Rendon

2B Stephen Drew

C Jose Lobaton

LHP Gio Gonzalez


CF Dexter Fowler

RF Jason Heyward

3B Kris Bryant

1B Anthony Rizzo

2B Ben Zobrist

LF Jorge Soler

SS Addison Russell

C Tim Federowicz

RHP Jason Hammel

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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.