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For those dealing with the back end of winter in D.C., I present to you some not-so-happy Washington Nationals ballplayers who are also dealing with "winter" in the Sunshine State this weekend.
The Nationals faced a rematch against the St. Louis Cardinal Saturday, the team that knocked them out of the post-season last year, during an exhibition game in Florida.
Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs on five hits over three innings, striking out four; Bryce Harper hit his first homer of the spring as the Nationals hung on to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 at Champion Stadium.
Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler threw a decent couple of innings in his first start of spring training. But the Nationals lost to the Atlanta Braves, a team that is expected to be a top competitor for the division champs this season.
Gio Gonzalez made his first start of the spring a good one, throwing two hitless innings as the Nationals beat the Mets in front of 3,611 fans at Tradition Field.
Stephen Strasburg made his first start of the spring and gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work including a home run as the Mets beat the Nationals 5-3.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Young showed up to Nationals camp today after agreeing to a Minor League contract on Thursday afternoon with the intent of adding more pitching depth to the club.
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw to Tyler Moore, Roger Bernadina, Chad Tracy and Chris Snyder as part of the first live batting practice session of the spring.
As Nationals manager Davey Johnson continued to watch the progression of his pitching staff during the early part of spring training; he has been impressed overall by what he has seen.
Jordan Zimmermann turned in the best start by a Nationals pitcher this spring going six innings, allowing two hits and striking out two as the Nats beat the Mets 3-2 at Digital Domain Flied.