Nats (42-25) vs. Padres (27-41) at Petco Park
After an impressive win in the first game of their road trip on Thursday night, the Nationals will look to keep it going in San Diego with a 10:40 p.m. first pitch at Petco Park. There's a good pitching matchup in store, but one that will probably give the Padres some mixed feelings.
Starting for the Nationals will be Joe Ross (5-4, 3.01), whom the Padres drafted in the first round back in 2011, but then traded to Washington in 2014. He has since developed into a very good young pitcher and a potential cornerstone starter for the Nats for years to come.
Lefty Christian Friedrich (3-1, 2.12) will take the mound for San Diego. He's allowed only five earned runs over his last four starts, a stretch of 24 2/3 total innings.
First pitch: 10:40 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Joe Ross vs. Padres - Christian Friedrich
CF Michael Taylor
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
3B Anthony Rendon
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Joe Ross
CF Jon Jay
1B Wil Myers
RF Matt Kemp
3B Yangervis Solarte
LF Melvin Upton, Jr.
C Derek Norris
2B Ryan Schimpf
SS Alexei Ramirez
LHP Christian Friedrich
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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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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.