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Ross faces off with Chen as Nats play at Marlins


Ross faces off with Chen as Nats play at Marlins

Nats (10-3) vs. Marlins (4-7) at Marlins Park

One of the most pleasant surprises for the Nats so far this season, right-hander Joe Ross is set to make his third start of 2016 on Wednesday night as the Nationals continue their series at the Miami Marlins.

Ross has been outstanding through two outings with a 0.61 ERA. He's allowed just one run through 14 2/3 total innings with eight hits and four walks surrendered. Tonight he'll face a lineup stacked with lefties, as Ichiro Suzuki is starting in center field. Yep, that's 42-year-old Ichiro set to play one of the more demanding defensive positions. The ageless wonder.

The Nats are going with their usual lineup with lefty Wei-Yin Chen on the mound for the Marlins. Chen has struggled so far with a 5.56 ERA in two 2016 starts, but he's certainly no easy matchup and is probably due for a bounce back outing.

First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
Radio: 99.1 FM, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Joe Ross vs. Marlins - Wei-Yin Chen


CF Michael Taylor
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Joe Ross


2B Dee Gordon
CF Ichiro Suzuki
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Justin Bour
3B Derek Dietrich
C J.T. Realmuto
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
LHP Wei-Yin Chen

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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. 


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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches


Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.

Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:

It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.

Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.