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The Top Twenty Five

The Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Duke (63) 12-0 1,623 1

2. Michigan (2) 13-0 1,547 2

3. Arizona 12-0 1,474 3

4. Louisville 12-1 1,434 4

5. Indiana 12-1 1,378 5

6. Kansas 11-1 1,313 6

7. Syracuse 11-1 1,197 9

8. Ohio St. 10-2 1,079 10

9. Minnesota 12-1 978 11

10. Gonzaga 12-1 946 13

11. Illinois 13-1 929 12

12. Missouri 10-2 912 7

13. Florida 9-2 810 14

14. Cincinnati 12-1 761 8

15. Georgetown 10-1 718 15

16. Creighton 12-1 629 16

17. Butler 10-2 591 18

18. Michigan St. 11-2 447 19

19. San Diego St. 11-2 437 17

20. New Mexico 13-1 389 -

21. Notre Dame 12-1 361 21

22. Oklahoma St. 10-1 333 22

23. NC State 10-2 270 23

24. Pittsburgh 12-1 219 24

25. Kansas St. 10-2 149 25

Others receiving votes: UNLV 52, North Carolina 38, Wyoming 28, Temple 21, VCU 15, Kentucky 13, Wichita St. 11, UConn 9, UCLA 6, Maryland 5, Oregon 3.

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Nationals vs. Astros spring training opener: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Nationals vs. Astros spring training opener: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Nationals will send Max Scherzer to the mound on Saturday as they take on the Houston Astros in what will be their first organized game of baseball since facing off in the 2019 World Series.

Washington and Houston have shared their spring training facility in West Palm Beach since 2017 and have made it a tradition to kick off their respective Grapefruit League schedules against each other.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez hopes his players will "act professional" when facing the Astros, a team mired in controversy, for the first time.

Here's everything you need to know before first pitch Saturday night.

Nationals vs. Astros Spring Training Opener: How to Watch

Who: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros
What: Grapefruit League opener
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:05 p.m. ET
Where: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL
TV Channel: You can watch Nationals vs. Astros on MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

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Manager Davey Martinez hopes Nationals ‘act professional’ in first spring training game against Astros

Manager Davey Martinez hopes Nationals ‘act professional’ in first spring training game against Astros

When the Nationals take the field the for their Grapefruit League opener on Saturday against the Houston Astros, Washington skipper Davey Martinez isn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary from his players.

“I’m hoping that on our side—I can’t tell you anything about the Houston Astros or what they’re going to do, whatever—but for us that we act professional, we go about our business and get ready for the season,” Martinez said. We’re going to “go out there and compete and just get ready to play.”

Max Scherzer will be making the start for the Nationals and is only expected to throw a couple of innings. He’ll be facing reigning Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year Cristian Javier, manager Dusty Baker announced Thursday.

The Astros and Nationals, who faced off in the World Series last October, have shared the FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches spring training facility in West Palm Beach since 2017. They’ve opened their respective Grapefruit League seasons against each other every year since.

Although the Nationals didn’t lose to the Astros in a pivotal postseason series like the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers did, several of their players including Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, Kurt Suzuki, Howie Kendrick, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Zimmerman have weighed in on the scandal that’s dominated baseball’s headlines for most of the offseason.

Saturday’s contest will be the first of six Grapefruit League games between the two teams.

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