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New Nationals manager Matt Williams said his team's spring training will be trying a few new things.
Chris Young gave up one unearned run over four innings and pitched what was likely his last start in a Nationals uniform as the Astros rallied with a five-run seventh inning to beat the Nats 6-4 at Osceola County Stadium.
Jordan Zimmermann allowed one earned run over six innings while Danny Espinosa and Adam LaRoche each homered to lead the Nationals to a 9-3 win over the Braves in rain-shortened seven inning game at Space Coast Stadium.
WTOP's Craig Heist is with the Nationals for spring training in Viera, Fla.
Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann turned in his best outing of the spring by tossing six scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out one, but the Nats lost to the Tigers 5-1, falling to 10-11-2 in Grapefruit League play.
Stephen Strasburg allowed one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out eight in his strongest outing so far this spring. But the Astros came up with a three-run eighth innings and beat the Nationals 4-2.
With two weeks left before the Washington Nationals leave camp, the team announced it sent outfielder Eury Perez to Syracuse, its Triple-A affiliate team, as well as right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, catcher Sandy Leon and infielder Anthony Rendon to Double-A Harrisburg.
To no one surprise on Wednesday morning, Nationals manager Davey Johnson named right- hander Stephen Strasburg his Opening Day starter for the second consecutive season.
For the first five innings it looked like vintage Stephen Strasburg. However, that quickly faded when the pitcher gave up four runs in a six run Atlanta sixth inning. The Braves sent the Nationals to their fifth loss in their last six Grapefruit League games, winning 7-2.
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