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Nats face Longoria, Rays in first spring training matchup


Nats face Longoria, Rays in first spring training matchup

Nationals at Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: (Rays)
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Rays - Jake Odorizzi

After more than two weeks of spring training drills, and after a few intrasquad scrimmages, the Nationals are ready to take on their first real opponent of 2016. Their Grapefruit League schedule begins on Wednesday with a 1:05 p.m. matchup at the Tampa Bay Rays.

Manager Dusty Baker told reporters he plans to get a good look at Tanner Roark and Joe Ross, with the duo expected to be the Nationals' No. 4 and 5 starters come Opening Day. Roark will get the first crack with Ross to follow.

There are no stars in the lineup today with Dusty instead relying on some of his younger players and a good group of potential bench options. Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor are the headliners. The Rays, however, will trot out Evan Longoria and Kevin Kiermaier, among others.

SS Trea Turner
2B Wilmer Difo
RF Matt den Dekker
1B Tyler Moore
CF Michael Taylor
LF Chris Heisey
3B Jason Martinson
C Jose Lobaton
DH Spencer Kieboom
(RHP Tanner Roark)

RF Mikie Mahtook
CF Kevin Kiermaier
3B Evan Longoria
DH Logan Morrison
LF Desmond Jennings
1B James Loney
SS Tim Beckham
2B Nick Franklin
C Curt Casali
(RHP Jake Odorizzi)

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Former National Jayson Werth pleads guilty to DUI in Arizona

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Former National Jayson Werth pleads guilty to DUI in Arizona

Former National Jayson Werth pled guilty last week to driving under the influence in Arizona. 

The plea deal stems from an April arrest, when Werth was at the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria. 

He was sentenced to a diversion program, ordered drug and alcohol screening, and fined more than $1,600, along with having his driver's license suspended. 

The Mariners said it didn't affect their decisions to not call him up before he retired this summer. 

The Nationals inducted Werth into their Ring of Honor earlier this month. The team was not aware of the charges against Werth at the time, according to reports.

In January 2015, Werth pled guilty to reckless driving after he was cited for going 105 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone of the Beltway in Virginia. He served 10 days in jail for those charges.

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Harper drives in 100th run, Nationals beat Marlins 7-3

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Harper drives in 100th run, Nationals beat Marlins 7-3

Anthony Rendon homered and drove four runs, Bryce Harper reached 100 RBIs in a season for the first time and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Monday night.

Juan Soto and Matt Wieters also homered for Washington, which broke it open with four runs on three pitches in the fourth inning.

Harper started the big inning, driving in his 100th run with a sacrifice fly that scored Adam Eaton and put Washington ahead 3-1. Harper, a pending free agent who may be playing his final home series at Nationals Park, got a standing ovation from the sparse, rain-soaked crowd. His previous high was 99 RBIs in 2015, when he won the NL MVP Award.

Rendon and Soto then homered back-to-back on the next two pitches from Sandy Alcantara (2-2). Rendon lofted a two-run shot, his 23rd, down the left-field line, and then Soto lined one into the visitors' bullpen in left-center to make it 6-1.

Rendon extended his on-base streak to 32 games, the longest active streak in the majors.

Peter O'Brien had two hits for Miami, which had won three straight. The Marlins left 10 men on base.

Justin Miller (7-1) allowed one unearned run in the fifth in relief of Stephen Strasburg, who was pulled after throwing 100 pitches over four innings. Strasburg gave up a run on three hits and four walks while striking out five and hitting a batter.

Strasburg hasn't lost since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 22.

Alcantara allowed six runs on seven hits and five walks in four innings.

The Nationals trailed 1-0 in the first when Rendon's double scored Eaton and Harper.


Marlins: Manager Don Mattingly expects RHP Jose Urena, who experienced leg cramps last time out, to make his next scheduled start Friday in New York. "He ran yesterday," Mattingly said. "It looks like he's going to be fine. He's getting an extra day (Thursday) anyway. I think he'll start."

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark went home Sunday to be with his wife after the recent birth of their third child. He is still slated to start Wednesday.


Marlins: RHP Jeff Brigham (0-3, 5.84) makes his fourth major league start and first against Washington.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.57) needs 10 strikeouts to reach 300 for the season. He's 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA against the Marlins in 2018.