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Ring one up for Zimmerman

The Nationals came into today's game having scored just five runs in their first three Grapefruit League games. Ryan Zimmerman upped that in the top of the first off Shawn Chacon, ripping a line-drive, two-run homer that got out over the left field fence in a hurry.

Zimmerman is now 4 for 4 (including the Georgetown game) on the spring with a homer and three singles. He also put on a show during batting practice.

Steven Shell, the right-hander who is getting this chance because he impressed in bullpen sessions, got roughed up a bit in the first, allowing a triple to Mark Loretta -- one that went under the glove of Austin Kearns, who looked like he expected to catch the ball -- and a double to Lance Berkman.

After one, Nationals 2, Astros 1.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 2, 2008; 1:25 PM ET
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