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Nats (ss) at Astros – 3/10/11

Mar 10, 2011, 11:22 PM EST

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Osceola County Stadium, spring home of the Houston Astros.

This is the Nationals' only split-squad day of the spring. They already won the afternoon game in Viera, beating the Mets 6-5 behind five scoreless innings from Chad Gaudin and a pair of RBI apiece from Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche.

Tonight, Tom Gorzelanny takes the mound for the first time this spring, facing the Astros in Kissimmee. Given Gaudin's strong outing today, not to mention the impressive showings so far this spring from Ross Detwiler and Yunesky Maya, Gorzelanny may be feeling a little pressure to perform right out of the gate.

Bryce Harper, by the way, wound up not playing in the afternoon game wound up getting one at-bat in the afternoon game, flying out to left. Have to figure he'll also work his way into this one. If you want to listen, the Astros' radio feed should be available online…

NATIONALS (ss) at ASTROS
Where: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: Astros radio via XM and MLB Gameday Audio
Weather: Cloudy, 62 degrees, Wind 14 mph out to RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS
LF Roger Bernadina
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Jerry Hairston
C Wilson Ramos

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  1. sm13 - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Mark — It's rare to catch you in an error, but the bix score says Harper was 0-1 entering the Met game as a PH in the 8th inning. But, I'll bet he'd be up for playing two!

  2. Positively Half St. - Mar 11, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    I am enjoying the success of the Nats during spring training to the point that I am in no rush for the regular season to start. Let's just enjoy the leisurely pace of these games, the improbable success, and the chance to appreciate Brian Bixler and Chad Gaudin as stars.The regular season is likely to disappoint in comparison, but for now the hints of trading someone as inconsequential as Laynce Nix are enough to sustain me as I wait for buds to break.+1/2St.

  3. Anonymous8 - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Mock is mucking it up again. Saved a run by Roger Bernadina to Ramos.

  4. LoveDaNats - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Yeah, Mock. Not so good.

  5. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Whoops, don't know how I missed Harper's AB in the earlier game. Sorry about that. He went 0-for-1 with a flyball to left.

  6. Andrew - Mar 11, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    Bryce Harper does it again. Legs a single into a double with great hustle and now batting .375WOW

  7. TimDz - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    sm13 said… Mark — It's rare to catch you in an error, but the bix score says Harper was 0-1 entering the Met game as a PH in the 8th inning. But, I'll bet he'd be up for playing two! _______________________________Speaking of errors…What is a "bix" score?

  8. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:55 AM

    What's a "bix" score?That's easy:http://www.freehandmusic.com/artist/bix-beiderbecke-4968

  9. Anonymous - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Yup Harper looks like the real deal. Just like Strasburg. Now you really have to wonder if, after a year or two of minor league seasoning and training if he might hit .400?

  10. Big Cat - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Bring "the kid" north and we will make a run at the Phillies

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  12. Tcostant - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Must read Bryce Harper article in Sunday's Post.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/10/AR2011031005325_pf.html

  13. Jeff L - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Mark,so what is your opinion on the leather at ST. Are we going to see as many errors?

  14. Mark'd - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Good BHarper story by Sheinen. Thanks for the link.

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