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Taylor provide power in Nationals' 4-2 win over Marlins


Taylor provide power in Nationals' 4-2 win over Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Taylor's opposite-field, three-run homer proved to be all the runs the Washington Nationals needed Wednesday in a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.

The 24-year-old right-handed-hitting outfielder from nearby Fort Lauderdale sent a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall to give Washington a 4-0 lead in the third inning.

"The other way seems to be his power," Washington manager Dusty Baker said.

Making his second start of the spring, Miami's Wei-Yin Chen cruised through the first two innings, but the Nationals solved him in the third. He retired the first seven Washington batters before Trea Turner reached on an infield single. That started a run of five consecutive hits.

A free-agent signee in the offseason, Chen said he made a conscious effort after the second inning to throw more change-ups than he normally would.

"I was just working my change-up so I didn't throw it in a normal pattern or how I would use it in a regular-season game, but we are getting close to the opening of the season, so maybe in the next game or in the next few games I will start to try to get on track and try to use it as in a real game," Chen said through an interpreter.

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Miami scored both of its runs in the sixth. Dee Gordon tripled for the second-consecutive day, driving in Destin Hood. Gordon raced home on a wild pitch.

Nationals shortstop Danny Espinosa ended a 0-for-17 start with a single through the left side in the fourth, part of his two-hit afternoon.

In his spring debut, Marlins closer A. J. Ramos retired the side in order in the ninth.


Starting for Washington after RHP Bronson Arroyo was scratched because of shoulder soreness, Blake Treinen struck out the side in the first of his two scoreless innings. The righty allowed one hit and walked one while striking out four.


Arroyo first alerted the Nationals to his shoulder soreness following a throwing session earlier in the week. "He didn't respond between starts," Baker said. The manager said Washington made the decision to scratch Arroyo Tuesday night. The 39-year-old missed all of last season after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman took the field for the first time this spring. The Nationals have been bringing Zimmerman along slowly after last season's diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. Zimmerman played five innings on Wednesday, will DH on Thursday, then play six innings in the field on Friday. "We had a plan from the beginning and he hasn't had any setbacks -- which is nice," Baker said.


Atlanta makes the trip to Viera to face the Nationals in what will be Stephen Strasburg's third spring start.

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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.