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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.
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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.
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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.
Ryan Zimmerman had three hits on the day as he continues to get at bats as a designated hitter while continuing to strengthen his surgically repaired shoulder in hopes of returning to play third base later this spring.
Jordan Zimmerman had his worst outing of the spring, giving up eight runs on nine hits over three innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat up on the Nationals 16-10 at Space Coast Stadium.
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.
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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.