Nats (7-1) vs. Phillies (5-5) at Citizens Bank Park
The Nationals head up I-95 to Citizens Bank Park to face the Phillies on Jackie Robinson Day. In addition to players across the MLB wearing No. 42 jerseys, Philadelphia has a special pre-game salute planned to recognize the anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen will serve as the honor guard at the game, while former Philadelphia Stars players will be recognized for their contributions in the Negro Leagues era.
It should be a poignant scene in Philadelphia, where the City Council today passed a resolution officially apologizing to Robinson for the racial taunts he faced from the Phillies early in his career.
Joe Ross will be the starting pitcher tonight for the Nationals. He has been working on a new pitch -- a splitter -- since the beginning of spring training, but did not debut it in his first start this season. Tonight could be the night, reports Nationals Insider Chase Hughes.
The Phillies starters, for their parts, have been spectacular so far this season. Through 16 innings pitched, they're averaging a combined 2.14 ERA with 75 Ks. Hellickson owns a 1.54 ERA through two starts, and whether he can keep up that magic on the mound will be a key storyline tonight.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Joe Ross vs. Phillies - Jeremy Hellickson
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 Emmanuel Burris
SS Freddy Galvis
CF Odubel Herrera
3B Maikel Franco
1B Ryan Howard
C Carlos Ruiz
LF Cedric Hunter
RF Peter Bourjos
RHP Jeremy Hellickson
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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.