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VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and Brett Carroll hit a bases-loaded triple and scored on a throwing error as a Washington Nationals split squad defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Thursday.
Washington starter Edwin Jackson pitched five innings of two-hit ball after giving up 13 earned runs in his past three spring starts. One of those hits was to Atlanta's Jason Heyward, who homered over the 35-foot high center field fence.
Carroll, who appears to have made the Nationals roster as a reserve outfielder, hit his three-run triple off Atlanta reliever Cory Gearrin.
Mike Minor started for the Braves and gave up two hits through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth, when Washington scored six runs.
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His stride was short and his head stayed down as his eyes followed the pitch toward the plate.
Jason Heyward extended his long arms, starting his picturesque swing, and propelled his bat through the strike zone at precisely the right time.
The bat met the ball at the perfect place and sent it flying toward left-center field, too far for any outfielder to track down.
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Height: 6-3; Weight: 195
Hometown: Berkeley Lake, Ga.
Experience: Third season
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Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen will start the season on the disabled list because of trouble in his right elbow.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday that Storen wouldn't be ready for opening day on April 5.
Storen played catch Tuesday for the first time in a week and felt no pain in his inflamed elbow.
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Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list due to a sore elbow.
Storen reported no pain in his elbow Wednesday after playing catch Tuesday. He underwent an MRI exam last week that showed no structural damage.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he expected Storen to be ready by the middle of April.
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Asencio was battling Yahan Flande for the final spot in the Braves’ bullpen and apparently lost the battle as he is headed to Cleveland.
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Brandon Beachy pitched a spring-high six solid innings as the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees tied 5-5 in 10 innings on Wednesday.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda had his longest outing, too, allowing two runs in seven innings. He struck out six.
Eric Chavez had three hits with a double and three...
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2012 (15) | 2011 (2) | 2010 (9) | 2009 (6) | 2008 (8) | 2007 (15)
2011 Affiliate Records
MLB: [89-73] NL East
AAA: [78-65] International League – Gwinnett
AA: [61-79] Southern League – Mississippi
A+: [60-78] Carolina League – Lynchburg
A: [60-80] South Atlantic League – Rome
R: [39-29] Appalachian League – Danville
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