Nats (88-62) vs. Marlins (75-75) at Marlins Park
The Nats and Marlins continue their series on Tuesday night in Miami with one of the better pitching matchups of the 2016 season. In one corner is Nats right-hander Tanner Roark (15-8, 2.75), with the fifth-best ERA in the majors. In the other is Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (15-8, 2.99), a two-time All-Star and former NL Rookie of the Year.
Roark has been on fire lately with just three earned runs allowed across his last four starts.He shut out the Mets through seven innings in his last appearance. Roark, though, has had some trouble with the Marlins this year. He's allowed 17 runs - 15 earned - in 21 2/3 innings in four starts.
Fernandez has not been as good lately with 10 earned runs allowed in his last three starts. But in three of this last five outings he's tossed at least six shutout innings. That includes a 14-strikeout performance against the Dodgers two starts ago.
Fernandez has been dominant against the Nats this season. Through three starts he's allowed three runs with 29 strikeouts in 19 innings.
Runs may be hard to come by in this one, especially with the Nats missing several of their regulars. Daniel Murphy remains out with leg soreness. Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman are both getting the day off.
First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Marlins - Jose Fernandez
CF Trea Turner
2B Stephen Drew
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
LF Brian Goodwin
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark
2B Dee Gordon
LF Marcell Ozuna
3B Martin Prado
CF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
SS Adeiny Hechevarria
RHP Jose Fernandez
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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.