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Wright and Conforto homer off Petit as Mets tie Nationals


Wright and Conforto homer off Petit as Mets tie Nationals

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Steven Matz pitched one-hit ball for 5 2/3 innings, David Wright and Michael Conforto homered and the New York Mets tied the split-squad Washington Nationals 4-4 Sunday.

In his fifth and final appearance of the spring, Matz left with a 4-1 lead. The left-hander didn't allow a hit until Clint Robinson's two-out homer in the fourth.

"I felt good and was attacking the zone early. In the last inning I was running out of gas. It was a really humid day," said Matz, who struck out five and walked four.

Wright hit his first home run, a solo drive in the first off Yusmeiro Petit. In the second, Neil Walker tripled and Conforto homered.

Wright added an RBI single in the fifth.

"Right-center field is a power spot. I was just glad to see him get in there and get four (at-bats)," manager Terry Collins said.

Matt den Dekker had an RBI single in Washington's two-run eighth.

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was scheduled to play for New York but instead played in a minor league game on a back field. He stayed in for four innings and got three hits.

Cabrera strained a knee tendon on March 10. His rehab had him on schedule to be ready for opening day in Kansas City next Sunday.

Cabrera doubled and singled in a minor league game Saturday as the designated hitter. The Mets newcomer is 7 for 13 in three minor league games since the injury.

"He said he wasn't ready for the defensive side. He said he hadn't seen any game groundballs," Collins said.


Nationals: Petit, likely will be the club's long man in relief, yielded a pair of homers among the eight hits New York had against him in 4 1/3 innings.

Mets: Matz is scheduled to make a final exhibition start against the Chicago Cubs in Las Vegas on Friday. Collins said he may be able to use Matz in the second game in Kansas City next Tuesday, saying: "He is (a possibility)."


Mets: OF Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder), 1B Lucas Duda (neck) and Conforto (back) all returned to the lineup after minor injuries earlier in the week. The three combined to go 1-for-10 with a homer and two RBIs.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 3.21) will start Monday in Viera against the Miami Marlins.

Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 6.62) gets the start as New York travels to Jupiter to face St. Louis and RHP Carlos Martinez (0-1, 2.79).


Nationals OF Michael Taylor's strong spring (20 for 44) could force the club to make a tough decision on his playing time in the outfield, which already features National League MVP Bryce Harper, leadoff hitter Ben Revere and $21 million man Jayson Werth.

Bench coach Chris Speier served as manager of the traveling split squad while manager Dusty Baker stayed in Viera to watch the home split squad against Atlanta.

"He's done everything," Speier said of Taylor. "People in the organization have said he's a comer and the real deal. He's another one that's going to make it really tough on Dusty. You get a guy like that, how do you keep him out of the lineup?

"I'm glad I'm only doing this for a day. The other good thing is Taylor's on my team."

MORE NATIONALS: Harper, Strasburg feeling right at home in DC

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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.