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Gio Gonzalez tuned up for the World Baseball Classic by throwing three scoreless innings, allowing three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. But it wasn't good enough to prevent the Nationals second straight loss as they fell to the Astros 4-2.
Roy Halladay out-pitched Stephen Strasburg throwing four scoreless innings as the Phillies beat the Nationals 6-3 at Bright House Field Wednesday.
Dan Haren gave up one run on two hits and struck out two over three innings. Danny Espinosa and Chad Tracy each drove in two runs as the Nationals beat the Astros 7-1 to improve to 5-3-2 in the Grapefruit League.
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.
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.
Stephen Strasburg allowed one run on three hits and struck out six in his second start of the spring as the Nationals and Mets played to a 4-4 tie at Space Coast Stadium.
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.
Jordan Zimmermann was impressive in his first Spring Training start and Anthony Rendon hits a two-run homer as the Nationals played the Marlins to a 2-2 tie after 10 innings.
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.
It took me a little while on Saturday to digest the news that Earl Weaver passed away at the age of 82.