[Updated 8:08 p.m.]
The opener of the Nationals' interleague series with the Blue Jays has been postponed due to heavy rain in the region. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, with a rescheduled game starting at 1:05 p.m. and followed by the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest.
Jordan Zimmermann will start the first game of the double-header, as he was scheduled for Monday night's game. Max Scherzer will remain as the starter for Tuesday night. The Blue Jays will start R.A. Dickey for the first game and right-hander Marco Estrada for the second.
The Nationals will look to call up a 26th man for the first game, but they are not sure whether it will be a pitcher or a position player. All signs, however, do point to them adding another arm to help out their tired bullpen.
"It depends. We have to look at who is available, who is scheduled to pitch today, who may be available tomorrow. No decision has been made yet. We'll do that in the morning," manager Matt Williams said.
Tickets for Monday's rainout can be used for Tuesday's doubleheader opener or comparably priced tickets to a future game.
Heavy rain struck Nationals Park in mid-afternoon, forcing both clubs to move batting practice indoors. The rain eased up for awhile, then struck again in heavier amounts early in the evening, forcing the postponement.
"The field is pretty bad, so what we don't want to do is get somebody hurt," Williams said. "If it's unplayable, then sloshing around out there does nothing but end up badly. That being said, we're going to schedule two for tomorrow and see if we can go get them."
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.