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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Nationals spring training live blog, Jayson Werth Debut Edition

By Adam Kilgore

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End, 3:48: The Nats won, 5-3. Drew Storen yielded a double to Lucas Duda and two runs, one unearned, on several hard-hit balls. Bryce Harper almost ended the game by throwing out a runner at home from right, but Derek Norris couldn't corral the throw. Storen finished it off with a strikeout.

Top 8, 3:21: The Nats lead, 5-1, after Corey Brown's RBI chopper in the seventh. Bryce Harper had his second at-bat against Bobby Parnell. After a big hack and a miss at the first pitch, Harper chopped the third pitch to first. Brown bolted home from third and was thrown. He slid into the catcher, apparently hurting his left ankle. We'll check on that.

The attendance today is 2,658.

Mid 6, 2:36: Livan Hernandez is about to chat about his outing. There will be a break in updates. David Wright walked, but Cole Kimball struck out Ike Davis. Derek Norris made a nice catch at the backstop to end the inning. Nats up, 4-1.

End 5, 2:29: Bryce Harper pinch-hit for Jayson Werth with one out and lashed an opposite-field to left, his big-league hit, off Pedro Beato. Ryan Zimmerman ended the inning by grounding into a double play, but Harper slid hard into second baseman Brad Emaus trying to break it up.

Cole Kimball in for Detwiler. His line: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 28 pitches, 18 strikes.

Mid 5, 2:23: The trend that started yesterday is continuing today: The Nationals are really playing sharp ball. Detwiler allowed a leadoff single through the right side by Fernando Martinez. He and Ivan Rodriguez executed a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play, Martinez out by a mile. Ryan Zimmerman ended the inning by handling Jose Reyes's throw and making a slick running, sidearm throw.

Bot 4, 2:13: The Nats have take a 4-1 lead, starting a rally after Jayson Werth struck out looking to start the inning. Ryan Zimmerman walked, Michael Morse singled and Adam LaRoche drove in Zimmerman with a weak chopper. Pudge Rodriguez doubled to score Morse, and Danny Espinosa smashed a two-run homer to right against Daniel Alvarez. The Nats are still at it with a single by Marrero.

Mid 4: 2:02: Ross Detwiler looked sharp in his first inning, striking out Ike Davis looking at a curve ball and Lucas Duda as well. Brad Emaus reached on a broken-bat single. Ian Desmond made a running throw to end the inning, aided by Marrero's scoop at first. Good game defensively for him, which is a good sign. Also, a solid debut for Detwiler's new mechanics.

End 3, 1:52: Marrero's good inning ended with a thud. Ian Desmond hit a hard groundout to third, and Marrero tried to advance to third base on Wright's throw across the diamond. It was not a smart choice. He made the third out at third base.

Ross Detwiler is the new pitcher for the Nats. Hernandez's line: 3 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 41 pitches, 23 strikes.

Bot 3, 1:49: Willie Harris ripped a single off Livan Hernandez, but otherwise he cruised through what we assume is his final inning. Jason Pridie struck out looking at a slow curve. Chris Marrero ended the inning with a nice catch near the dugout railing of David Wright's foul pop-up. Marrero's glove has improved quite a bit, Nationals people think, but he needs some work.

As so often happens, Marrero led off the third with a single to right and went to second on an error. Nyjer Morgan made the inning's first out by popping up a bunt. He's 0 for 5 this spring.

End 2, 1:37: The Nats are still scoreless. Michael Morse recorded their first hit, a chopper to third that David Wright couldn't handle. Morse was thrown out stealing second. Ivan Rodriguez walked, but Danny Espinosa struck out to end the inning.

Mid 2, 1:27: Livan Hernandez escaped the second with no runs despite a one-out double by Lucas Duda. Hernandez struck out Brad Emaus to start the inning. Nyjer Morgan made a diving stab on a liner to end the inning. Mets, 1-0.

End, 1 1:20: Jayson Werth drew a six-pitch walk in his first at-bat with the Nationals, but Niese otherwise shut them down. Nyjer Morgan grounded to second, Ian Desmond lined to first and Ryan Zimmerman flailed awkwardly at strike three. 1-0, Mets.

Mid 1, 1:14: The Mets scored their first run when Jose Reyes scored on a David Wright sac fly. Reyes smashed a double to right, then moved to third on Willie Harris's fly out to center.

The run-scoring play was interesting. Wright hit a shallow fly to right-center. Nyjer Morgan called "I got it!" Typically, center field has first refusal. But Jayson Werth, after Morgan hollered, forcefully yelled, "I got it!" Morgan ceded. Good communication between new teammates, and with a logical result: With Reyes on third, Werth had a better chance to throw out Reyes at the plate than Morgan. Werth made a strong throw, but the speedy Reyes barely beat it. 1-0, Mets.

Pregame, 12:58: The Nats are trying to keep rolling after a crisp, 9-3 win yesterday over the Mets. Livan Hernandez opposes Jonathan Niese. First pitch in minutes. I'm going to shoot for an update every half inning or so, with the latest up date on top. The sun is out now after a morning deluge. The new, $250,000 drainage system at Space Coast Stadium seems to have held up nicely.

By Adam Kilgore  | March 1, 2011; 12:58 PM ET
 
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Comments

Guess the Natinals better win as many games as they can in Spring Training.

You know, give their fans something to feel happy about. Since they won't be winning to many games come the regular season.

I say come mid-May Natinal fans will be already talking about the Redskins.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Huh. I guess a new drainage system means that the Nats will be staying in Viera. Pity.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 1, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Woo-Hoo! Game on (hopefully). The Mets shipped a few if their regulars to Viera today (Davis, Wright, Thole), so let's see what the team can do against them.

Posted by: BinM | March 1, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Zimmerman is in mid-season form, getting embarrassingly fooled by some scrub pitcher who'll be bagging groceries at a Publix in a few weeks.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, 3 O's went deep in the 1st inning off one of Tampa's young, stud pitchers.

Don't get too jealous Natinal fans.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and that Markakis guy has gone deep twice already today.

He's pretty much better than 99% of the Natinals players.

Oooops.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

O's are up 6-0

Natinals are down 1-0

And the Natinals are losing to the Mets, the Mets, of all teams.

Hahahahahahaha

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I guess Nyjer is gettin' his ticket ready for AAA?

Posted by: 141stvb | March 1, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Why do you like to hear yourself? You really should get a life

Posted by: JDB1 | March 1, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

You really should get a life

Posted by: JDB1 | March 1, 2011 1:52 PM

No, he should just die in a fire

Posted by: Kev29 | March 1, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, no need for hatred just because your Natinals stink.

And the "die in fire" post has been reported to both The Post and my local police department.

O's still winning, Natinals still losing.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

That was to poop

Posted by: JDB1 | March 1, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

And the "die in fire" post has been reported to both The Post and my local police department.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 1:56 PM

Way to waste everyone's time, c*cks*cker

Posted by: Kev29 | March 1, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Must make you feel like a big man to talk big and tough anonymously on the internet.

How does your boyfriend feel about your tough-guy internet persona?

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Has Nyjer gotten the ball out of the infield yet?

Posted by: hoo93 | March 1, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and the O's are up big time, while the Natinals, yep, they're still losing.

Get use to it Natinals fans. You'll be hearing alot of "O's are winning" and "Natinals are losing" this year.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

And that's why Pudge still has value; Strike-em-out, throw-em-out; end inning.

Posted by: BinM | March 1, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, isn't it time to get back to your abandoned tool shed behind the elementary school?

Posted by: Finnucane | March 1, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and the O's are up big time, while the Natinals, yep, they're still losing.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 2:12 PM

What's the Nats score now, you retarded baboon?

Posted by: Kev29 | March 1, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Only Natinals fans would get all giddy (and not to mention name-calling) with their team winning against the terrible Mets in the 2nd Spring Training game.

Hahaha, guess Natinal fans need to be happy about something.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Harper gets his hit and more importantly slid hard into second trying to break up a double play. Poop's right, It won't mean a thing when beat Baltimore because it will on be Spring but man it will still have that swing! Apologies to the Duke.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | March 1, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, this guy has issues. He spends every day, posting multiple times, only to get a reaction out of people. Even if he had nothing better to do with his life, which is obvious, wouldn't he move on at some point? Or, is this his whole identity?

Dude, you can get all defensive if you want, but there's no way you've ever shared the company of a woman...no way. It's doubtful you've ever accomplished anything of note (graduating middle school doesn't count). With every post, you are saying that you have nothing better to do with your life.

Please, after your non-funny, sarcastic response, go take a look in the mirror. Or at least spend a few minutes thinking about whether this is how you want to spend the days of your life. There's a whole world out there. I'm sure you can find something more rewarding than this.

Good luck to you.

Posted by: sollazo | March 1, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't exactly have the warm & fuzzies just yet but this sure beats that 0-11 start to spring training last year, doesn't it?

Posted by: shanks1 | March 1, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"Bryce Harper pinch-hit for Jayson Werth with one out and lashed an opposite-field to left, his big-league hit, off Pedro Beato."

I believe this is the guy that the Mets TV crew absolutely had to interview on a back field yesterday while Harper was getting his first ever AB against big league pitching. As a result, Harper was shown only in a small cutaway on the screen without a word being mentioned about him. So that'll show you, Beato. Should have been studying the hitters, not running your mouth!

Posted by: FeelWood | March 1, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"Seriously, this guy has issues. He spends every day, posting multiple times, only to get a reaction out of people. Even if he had nothing better to do with his life, which is obvious, wouldn't he move on at some point? Or, is this his whole identity?"

He's a troll, dude. Ignore him. Don't egg him on. That's just what he wants.

Posted by: FeelWood | March 1, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

shanks1: amen

Has anyone noticed. . . out of 42 pitches thrown so far today, only 4--that's right 4--have not been strikes.

It's only Spring and only game 2 but there seems to be sharpness present

Posted by: baseballyay | March 1, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The Orioles at best will be lucky to be third in a division with the Yankees and Red Sox for the foreseeable future.

Good luck with that Orioles fans.

Go Nats.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | March 1, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS.

besides, it's probably just kilgore when he get's bored.

Posted by: onesandfours | March 1, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I know its difficult, but if people just realized if they didn't feed the trolls they would just die off and this could go back to being an excellent blog; for now, only AK's posts make the trips worthwhile. You don't have to burn a trolls house; you can just cut off his food supply (attention) and he'll wither away.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | March 1, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Looking good Nats so far! Wish I was there to see the game. Keep up the good work & I believe y'all win more games this season! Can't wait for baseball season to start already! GO NATS!!!!

Posted by: mink23 | March 1, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

POOPY says: "Meanwhile, 3 O's went deep in the 1st inning off one of Tampa's young, stud pitchers."

Of course POOPY smokes too much POOP. The O's scored 10 runs off some guy fighting to be a middle reliever and a rookie. Bravo.
Slow clap.

All while giving up 6 runs to the Rays traveling AA roster after giving up 4 runs to the Pirates yesterday. Rocking a team ERA of 5.00? Very impressive.

Posted by: stantonpark | March 1, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Stantonpark, don't go wrestling with a pig. You only get yourself all muddy. Plus, the pig enjoys it.

Posted by: gilbertbp | March 1, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Brown bolted home from third and was thrown. He slid into the catcher, apparently hurting his left ankle."

I think if I got thrown into a catcher I might get hurt too. Who heaved him, anyway? Must be a pretty big dude.

Posted by: FeelWood | March 1, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I personally would love to see the Nats and the O's both have winning seasons. I don't understand why one feels that one team is far superior to the other.

I tend to ignore the trolls, especially this one in particular, but this has totally gotten out of hand.

I want to find out what's going on in the 2nd ST game of the season, featuring a number of everyday starters for the Nats, but because of one individual's desire to incite true Nats fans it's just not fun nor funny anymore.

Until the Post reigns this individual in, then the Washington Post shall no longer receive any hits to their site from me. This will also include any and all advertisers on their site in addition to all of their partners as well.

There are plenty more sites that cater to true Nationals fans without this ridiculousness, and I can obtain local news/weather/etc elsewhere. Good night and God bless.

Posted by: erocks33 | March 1, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey Poopy remember when you were making fun of the Nationals in the 1st inning of a spring training game and claiming that the Os were better? The Nats won and you're talking smack in a spring training game.

Oh and last I checked, remember when the Orioles finished in last place in the AL east for the last three years and second to last before then since 2003 and will never compete for an AL East crown? Oh and remember when Baltimore had one of the worst owners in sports behind Donald Sterling? Oh and remember how Baltimore is Baltimore and a worthless US city except for a one square mile radius?

I just took a Mcpoopy poop on you and your miserable team and city. Talk smack when it's the regular season next time please.

-Poop

Posted by: amavroukakis | March 1, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

2-0...

Championship!

Posted by: Kavorka | March 1, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

OMG - Harper contacted the ball? Did he spit on the ground too? Maybe he talked to someone? Did he tie his shoes? WTF? No one cares about a March scrimmage. Give the kid some space to grow.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 1, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

For real, it is not clear why being a Nats fan or Os fan is mutually exclusive. I grew up in the DC area in the 80s, the only baseball I had to root for was the Os, and I loved them growing up. When the Nats came to town, I adopted them immediately as my new favorite team since baseball in Washington was always the goal... but... the Nats and Os play in different citys in different leagues... I don't see the reason to pit them against each other except for the 6 times per year that they actually meet on the field of play... personally, the ideal situation for me would be the Nats beating the Os in a 7 game World Series...

Now, if a Phillies fan or Mets fan got on here and started making noise, that would be a reason to get worked up. And if Os fans want to spit venom, then I would advise them to start joining Yankees and Red Sox blogs and letting them have it... those are their true rivals.

Posted by: Ghost7 | March 1, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

What's great about spring training? Your team wins and these people are involved in it: Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Drew Storen, Bryce Harper, Derek Norris, Corey Brown. Yeah, I know it doesn't count but it's still nice to see.

Posted by: baltova1 | March 1, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey P00PY_MCP00P,

We all know you are one sad, pathetic O's fan who has had to deal with an owner as bad, if not worse, than Dan Snyder.

Get the F off our board.

Posted by: berou | March 1, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Put another curly W on the board. I could get used to this. The only downside I see from this game is that Storen was a little shaky in the 9th. But it's his first ST game, so no big deal just yet.

Posted by: js_edit | March 1, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to Natinals fans to get excited over a Spring Training win.

Of course, right now, the Natinals are more games over .500 than they will be at any point during the regular season. So with that in mind I guess I can give most Natinal fans (all 3 dozen of them) a pass for being giddy over beating the lowly Mets.

Gotta love the maturity level of various posters on here, wishing death and other negative things to happen to someone, and saying said anonymously over the interweb. Or even the posters who wish to spit on the 1st Amendment want want to censor (or worse remove) someone with whom they disagree. Talk about making your loved ones proud.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Why was Ryan Zimmerman handling Jose Reyes' throw in order to throw Reyes out? :)

AG: I love the frequent, detailed updates, but a proof-read before you post would go a long way...

Posted by: dabagley | March 1, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Nobody's pseudonomously pooping on my parade. It's March, the sun is shining, and there's a reasonable hope of some decent baseball going on here. @baltova, I know where you were going but I'd add some of the old guard to the littany: Morse, Pudge, Livo, Zimm, and LaRoche. And of course, Werth is going to pan out. Five Thursdays from now...

Posted by: Jackmathias | March 1, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody lend the Mets a few more bucks?

Go Nats!

Posted by: cr8oncsu | March 1, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

A few points.

1. I find P00PY_MCP00P to be hilarious. I really do.

2. The strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play may be my favorite play in baseball. I can't get enough.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 1, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Another win in spring training, but Storen was very shaky, and Brown apparently sprained an ankle. A win is a win, but this one may have had its costs.

Posted by: BinM | March 1, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Must make you feel like a big man to talk big and tough anonymously on the internet

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P
=========================================
Wow, I'm impressed that you would use your real name to post under Poopsi...

Posted by: bromisky | March 1, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

ghost: my thoughts exactly

Posted by: buster_c | March 1, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

1. I find P00PY_MCP00P to be hilarious. I really do.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 1, 2011 5:28 PM
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Probably the smartest Natinals fan on here.


Side note, I bet all these "root for both the O's and Natinal fans" are also rooting for both the Redskins and Ravens.

Yeah, that's the ticket........

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

poopy guy is hilarious, keep it up.

more importantly though - kilgore: love the coverage bro but can we get someone to edit your stuff right quick before ya post it up. fo reals

Posted by: dls5kk | March 1, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Kilgore harking back to the days of ticker tape. Much appreciated. Newspapers are still important, it's just changed over the years.

Posted by: Brue | March 1, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

You find Poop funny???? Wow. The lamest of the lame.

I used to be an O's fan but they're now 2nd place to the Nats. I would still like the O's to win but Poopy makes it hard to do so...along with Angelos.

His mind is so small that he can't believe that one can have a second favorite team. Incredible.

Posted by: charley42 | March 1, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah clown, it's called loyalty.

I'm sure your husband would just love it if you had a 2nd favorite hubby.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

oh POOPY,

You are so ignorant in so many ways. The 1st Amendment only protects you from the government infringing on your right to free speech. You can have your ridiculous and infantile opinions, but no one here (or The Post) has to let you spout off. It is fun to watch you embarrass yourself over and over, however.

Quit smoking the POOP, POOPY...

Posted by: stantonpark | March 1, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Geez Poophead,

I didn't know that teams made you sign loyalty oaths in order to root for their team. Your arguments don't ever contain any intelligence, logic or any rationality.

Posted by: charley42 | March 2, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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