Nats (20-12) vs. Tigers (14-17) at Nationals Park
Monday was one of the crazier days in recent memory for the Nationals with Stephen Strasburg's contract extension, Bryce Harper's ejection and Clint Robinson's walkoff homer. The end result of Monday's game was a win and the Nats will look to make it two in a row on Tuesday with right-hander Joe Ross (3-1, 1.23) on the mound.
Ross will see the Tigers for the first time and missing from their lineup will be Miguel Cabrera. Victor Martinez is instead playing first base for Detroit.
The Nationals have Jayson Werth back in there ready to face Tigers starter Michael Fulmer (1-1, 6.30), who was also picked in the 2011 draft, along with Ross.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 99.1 FM, XM 183
Starting pitchers: Nats - Joe Ross vs. Tigers - Michael Fulmer
CF Ben Revere
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 Ian Kinsler
RF J.D. Martinez
1B Victor Martinez
3B Nick Castellanos
LF Justin Upton
C James McCann
CF Anthony Gose
SS Andrew Romie
RHP Michael Fulmer
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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.