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Rendon drops in lineup ahead of first matchup between Nats and Mets

Rendon drops in lineup ahead of first matchup between Nats and Mets

Nats (23-15) vs. Mets (21-16) at Citi Field

The Nationals return to action on Tuesday night in their first matchup against the New York Mets of the 2016 season. As expected, the two teams are right there at the top of the NL East with only a game-and-a-half separating them.

The opener will feature the best pitchers on each staff in Max Scherzer (4-2, 4.15) and Noah Syndergaard (3-2, 2.53). The last time Scherzer faced the Mets was in his final start of 2015. That day he tossed his second no-hitter of the season and struck out 17 batters with zero walks. Syndergaard has made three starts against the Nats in his career with just four earned runs allowed and 23 strikeouts in 20 total innings.

There is a minor change to the Nationals' lineup with Jayson Werth now batting second and Anthony Rendon hitting sixth. Both players have been struggling this season, but perhaps batting in a different spot can help get them going.

First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Mets - Noah Syndergaard


CF Ben Revere
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Max Scherzer


RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
LF Michael Conforto
CF Yoenis Cespedes
2B Neil Walker
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
C Kevin Plawecki
1B Eric Campbell
RHP Noah Syndergaard

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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.