It took 14 innings and though the Yankees grabbed another from the Nats in the second of their three-game series, the 27-time World Champs saw plenty on Saturday to make them believe they could see the Nationals again this year. The strongest evidence for that suspicion? The Nats bullpen.
"To be honest I was having trouble remembering when we got our other three runs it was so long ago," Yankees manager Joe Girardi quipped after the game.
The Nationals bullpen held the Yankees scoreless and hitless for seven straight innings until finally cracking in the 14th when Jayson Nix and Derek Jeter opened the frame with singles off Brad Lidge. A batter later, Mark Teixeira broke the scoring drought to put the Yankees on top.
"They're a very good team," said Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez. "They got a lot of young guys and their pitching is solid so they're gonna be good for a long time."
Freddy Garcia, however, took it a bit further.
"They got everything: starting, reliever, bullpen. They got a pretty good chance to win the division."
High praise for a franchise that, in its current existence, has failed to put together a winning season, let alone a single playoff appearance.
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.