Nats (73-50) at Orioles (44-79) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
BALTIMORE — Beltway baseball is upon us. The Nationals are in Baltimore to kick off a four-game series (two in Charm City, two in D.C.) between the Mid-Atlantic's teams.
The big news before Monday's tilt was that the Nats placed Stephen Strasburg, the game's scheduled starter, on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness. In his place will be 24-year-old A.J. Cole, who will be making his first start of the 2016 season. It's a particularly important outing because the Nats need a starter to go deep in this game to help alleviate a fatigued bullpen. Cole will be opposed by Orioles right hander Dylan Bundy (6-4, 3.36 ERA).
With the game at an American League ballpark, the Nats will have Jayson Werth serve as designated hitter while Ben Revere will patrol left field. Other than that, the Nats are trotting out the typical lineup.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN 2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - A.J. Cole vs. Orioles - Dylan Bundy
CF Trea Turner
DH Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP A.J. Cole
CF Adam Jones
LF HyunSoo Kim
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
DH Pedro Alvarez
C Matt Wieters
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy
RHP Dylan Bundy
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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.
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.
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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