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Spring has Sprung in Viera!
Posted By Marien Hornyak On Feb 25 2013 @ 10:29 am In Washington Nationals | No Comments
After a couple of weeks of drills, simulations, and conditioning, It’s finally time to play some ball. In the Grapefruit League, the Washington Nationals are 0-1-1, having lost their first game to the New York Mets last Saturday and tieing 2-2 in 10 innings with the Marlins on Sunday. Despite the not-so-impressive record (and the fact that Stephen Strasburg allowed a two-run homer in the first inning of Saturday’s game), the Nationals are looking pretty good this early on. Veterans like Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche haven’t played yet, but 2012 Rookie of the Year, Bryce Harper, has gone 3 for 5 so far; 2011 first-round draft pick, Anthony Rendón, hit a two-run blast in Sunday’s game; and Jordan Zimmermann (the most underrated and least talked-about pitcher in the Nationals’ starting rotation) had a solid three innings in Sunday’s game, allowing two hits and one earned run.
So what are the key points for the Nationals in Spring Training this year?
As you can see, there’s plenty going on in Viera, Florida this month, and plenty to look forward to. And keep an eye out for the World Baseball Classic, which begins on Saturday. The Nationals’ Roger Bernadina has already left Spring Training to join Team Netherlands, and Nats’ pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Ross Dettwiler will join Team USA if the team makes it to the second round. And if you’re not a “Nationals Insider,” regular-season single-game tickets go on sale this Thursday. So stay tuned – opening day will be here before you know it!
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