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Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in two runs and Mark Teahen also drove in a pair as the Nationals walloped the Astros 8-0 at Space Coast Stadium.
In the weeks leading up to Opening Day, hope springs eternal at major league ballparks.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched three scoreless innings in his Spring Training debut as the Nationals and the Cardinals played to a 3-3, nine inning tie at Space Coast Stadium.
Gio Gonzalez pitched three scoreless innings in his first start of the spring while Jayson Werth and Mark DeRosa each homered as the Nationals beat the Braves 5-2.
As Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg gets ready to embark on his first full season after Tommy John surgery, manager Davey Johnson is keeping a watchful eye on him to make sure he is not overthrowing but he has no doubt that Strasburg is ready to go.
The 32-year-old went through all of spring training last year knowing there was something wrong with his left shoulder.
The Nationals are hosting a second round of tryouts for positions as the team's four presidential mascots.
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