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Taylor plays well in return to lineup; Zim rests foot


Taylor plays well in return to lineup; Zim rests foot

The Nationals lineup on Sunday - once it was corrected with a late adjustment - featured the return of Michael Taylor to center field and the exclusion of Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Taylor was not 100 percent, but was ready to rejoin the lineup. Zimmerman was originally in there batting cleanup before becoming a late scratch.

Zimmerman, it turns out, is still nursing a sore left foot. He returned from the disabled list on July 28 and, though he has played very well lately, the Nationals knew there would be some complications involving his plantar fasciitis. That was the case on Sunday, but he should be good to go for Monday's series opener against the New York Mets.

"Foot's a little sore," manager Matt Williams explained. "It's one of those things. We can't get him over that threshold to where it just won't go away. So, little sore after yesterday. We gave him today. We stayed off him as much as we possibly could today and it worked out. He'll be good to go tomorrow."

Taylor lifted the Nationals to victory with a pinch-hit, walkoff homer on Friday night, but was then out of the lineup for Saturday's game. He made a full return to start on Sunday and ended up notching a two-RBI double in his first at-bat.

"Big double. Early double for us that got us on the board," Williams said after Sunday's 8-4 win. "He just continues to play well. He's not 100, but he's getting closer and closer. He didn't have any problems today banging it around, diving back into base and going into a base. He's progressing well."

Bryce Harper was impressed with Taylor's performance on Sunday given the rookie's injury. Taylor also recorded a single and reached base two other times on errors by Braves infielders.

"I think going through, my bursa [injury] also. Mine erupted so it wasn’t the same, but he’s doing what he’s doing. He’s a great center fielder. He’s fun to watch at the plate, and when they hang that slider he’s launching; hopefully they hang the slider for the rest of the month and he keeps launching doing the things he can. He has good at-bats. He’s an electric player for us, so when he’s on base he’s going to score because he can run. He’s fun to watch. I'm excited to have him back and hopefully he can stay in there for a long time to come."

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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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.