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Scherzer, Fister face off as Nationals play at Astros


Scherzer, Fister face off as Nationals play at Astros

Nationals at Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.

Having already faced Jordan Zimmermann and the Tigers this spring, the Nationals will get another look at an old friend on Tuesday as they take on Doug Fister and the Houston Astros.

Fister signed a free agent deal with Houston this winter after pitching two years with the Nats. He had the best season of his career with Washington in 2014, but struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness in 2015, ultimately losing his job in the rotation. He is trying to regain his form as a starter with the Astros, who last year made the playoffs with an AL Wild Card spot.

The Nationals are sitting all of their regulars, but will have Max Scherzer on the mound. He'll have a good test with Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Gomez all playing for Houston.

First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: (Astros)
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Astros — Doug Fister


RF Matt den Dekker
SS Trea Turner
CF Michael A. Taylor
1B Clint Robinson
DH Tyler Moore
3B Jason Martinson
2B Wilmer Difo
LF Reed Johnson
C Jose Lobaton
(RHP Max Scherzer)


2B Jose Altuve
RF George Springer
SS Carlos Correa
LF Colby Rasmus
CF Carlos Gomez
DH A.J. Reed
1B Jon Singleton
3B Colin Moran
C Jason Castro
(RHP Doug Fister)

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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.