Category: Washington Nationals

Final Recap: Nationals 5 – Mets 0

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The Washington Nationals (46-32) defeated the New York Mets (40-36) by the final score of 5-0 tonight. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • In a rain-shortened outing Matt Harvey went 3.2 innings while allowing 1 run on 4 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3.
  • Jerry Blevins was charged with 2 runs in 1.1 innings of relief on a 2-run homer by Bryce Harper.
  • Hansel Robles pitched 2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 2 batters and striking out 2.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 1-4 with a double. It was the Mets only extra base-hit of the night.

Well if it couldn’t get much worse last night for Mets fans it certainly did tonight. The Mets were completely blanked offensively by Nats starter Lucas Giolito who pitched four rain-shortned innings and the Nationals bullpen who pitched five scoreless innings in relief. The Mets were only down 1-0 before mother nature intervened in the bottom of the fourth and caused an 85-minute rain delay. However when Matt Harvey was pulled after the delay, reliever Jerry Blevins served up a 2-run home run to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the fifth which almost seemed to put the game out of reach, despite the Mets only being down 3-0. 

The Mets certainly had an opportunity in the top of the sixth inning to claw back into the game after loading the bases with one out. But former Met Oliver Perez would have other plans and strike out James Loney, as well as retire Wilmer Flores on a fly ball to center field to end the Mets lone threat. Another ho-hum outing for the Mets offense and things will not get any easier with Max Scherzer on the mound for the Nats. 

Despite Matt Harvey being tagged with the loss it wasn’t necessarily his fault Mother Nature made her presence felt and cut his outing short. Harvey looked to be pitching better than his last start in Washington when he was absolutely tattooed. Harvey unfortunately now becomes the quickest Mets pitcher in history to approach ten losses in a season. Tough break for the Dark Knight tonight as much of it wasn’t the fault of his own.  

Curtis Granderson did not come out to play right field after the rain delay as it seems he is dealing with a mild right calf strain. Apparently this injury caused Granderson to sit on Sunday against the Braves and it may cost him a start tomorrow evening against the Nationals. It doesn’t seem to be anything too serious, but with the Mets rash of injuries this season we will keep a close eye on it. Alejandro De Aza replaced Granderson in right field after the delay. 

The Mets have now dropped back five games in the standings behind the Nationals, and will look to at least salvage a game out of this series tomorrow night. The Mets now sit in third place and can’t afford to keep losing ground as they are probably in their toughest stretch of games this season prior to the All-Star Break. The Mets could quite frankly be out of the race prior to the break if they don’t begin stringing some wins together soon. They have one game against the Nationals remaining in this series, four against the Cubs next at Citi, three against the Marlins at Citi, and four against the Nationals at Citi to close out the first-half of the season. That is as tough of a schedule as they can face right now and there needs to be a sense of urgency heading into tomorrow’s finale. 

  • Tomorrow’s series finale will take place at 7:05 pm et and can be seen on both SNY and ESPN 2.
  • Logan Verrett (3-4, 4.14 ERA) will receive the spot start tomorrow evening for the Mets and oppose Nationals ace Max Scherzer (8-5, 3.52 ERA).

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Nationals 7:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (40-35):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Brandon Nimmo (L) LF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P

SP: Matt Harvey RHP (4-9, 4.64 ERA)

Washington Nationals (45-32):

1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Wilson Ramos (R) C
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
8. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
9. Lucas Giolito (R) P

SP: Lucas Giolito RHP (MLB Debut)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.

Game Notes:

METS-NATIONALS NOTES: New York is 58-46 in Washington all-time…The Mets have won five of their last seven games in Washington…New York is 8-5 in D.C. since 2015…New York won two of three from the Nats in D.C. from May 23-25.

YO IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL: Yoenis Cespedes is hitting.387 (12-31) with four doubles, three homers and eight RBI in seven career games at Nationals Park.

NATURAL FLO: Wilmer Flores is 4-for-his-last-8 and has hit .319 (22-69) with four doubles, two homers and 12 RBI in 24 games in June.

FACING A STARTER IN DEBUT: Lucas Giolito will become the fourth starting pitcher to make his major league debut against the Mets this year…He joins Aaron Blair (April 24 vs. Atlanta), the Dodgers’ Julio Urias (May 27 at Citi Field) and Jameson Taillon (June 8 at Pittsburgh)…New York is 3-0 in those starts, but only Aaron Blair suffered the loss…Urias and Taillon had no-decisions…The three pitchers posted a combined 5.79 ERA issued eight walks and struck out seven.

LONEY AIN’T NO PHONY: James Loney has hit in seven straight games (9-26, .346) and in 14 of his last 15 games (18-54, .333)…Loney has reached base safely in 22 of the 25 games he’s played with the Mets.

THE DARK KNIGHT VS. NATS: Matt Harvey went 3-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 10 starts vs. Washington from 2012-2015…Harvey is 0-2 with a 12.91 ERA in two starts vs. the Nationals this season…He is 0-1 with a 10.45 ERA in his last two starts at Nationals Park…Harvey is 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA in five career starts at Nationals Park.

Final Recap: Nationals 11 – Mets 4

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The Washington Nationals (45-32) defeated the New York Mets (40-35) tonight by the final score of 11-4. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Noah Syndergaard was lit up for 5 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings pitched. He walked 3 and struck out 5 in his worst outing of the season.
  • Sean Gilmartin wasn’t better in relief allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings pitched.
  • Wilmer Flores was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s.
  • Brandon Nimmo collected his first and second Major League hits by going 2-4.
  • Travis d’Arnaud was 3-4 with three singles.

Tonight’s game was flat-out ugly no matter which way you slice it. The Mets jumped on Nationals starter Joe Ross early tagging him for four runs in the first three innings before the game imploded before our very eyes. Taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third, Noah Syndergaard was tagged for five runs and would be removed after the inning. The Nationals played small ball against Thor swiping a season high five bases off of him and hitting singles to drive in runs. It was the shortest outing of Syndergaard’s career and there are now question marks surrounding him after this start. The questions certainly merit warrant after he departed his last start with elbow discomfort and he now had the worst start of his season. New York Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert has reported that Syndergaard is dealing with bone chips in his pitching elbow and is trying to delay surgery until after the season. Syndergaard however denied the report after the game, stating nothing is wrong with his elbow. Fingers crossed the latter is the truth. 

This was not the kind of outcome the Mets had hoped for after a promising early 4-0 lead, and then the Nationals scoring 11 unanswered runs. In a battle to regain control of first place, with tonight’s loss, the Mets now sit four games out of first place and the best they can do is come out of this series two games out of first. The road over the next two games doesn’t get any easier as the Nationals send two electric pitchers to the mound to face the Mets struggling offense. Ya gotta believe that the Mets can right the ship tomorrow after a tough day both on and off the field, with question marks now surrounding both Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Let’s keep the faith and hope for a crucial victory tomorrow night. 

  • The Mets and Nationals will square off in the second game of their three game series tomorrow evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s game on SNY and MLB Network.
  • Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64 ERA) will look to help the Mets swing momentum back in their favor while opposing Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito who will be making his Major League debut.

 

 

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Nationals 7:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (40-34):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Brandon Nimmo (L) LF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (8-2, 2.08 ERA)

Washington Nationals (44-32):

1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Wilson Ramos (R) C
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
8. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
9. Joe Ross (R) P

SP: Joe Ross RHP (6-4, 3.11 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY & MLB Network.

Game Notes:

METS-NATIONALS NOTES: New York is 58-45 in Washington all-time…The Mets have won five of their last six games in Washington…New York is 8-4 in D.C. since 2015…New York won two of three from the Nats in D.C. from May 23-25.

METS RECORDS: The Mets have won four of their last six games…The Mets are 29-6 when they score four or more runs and 11-28 when they score three or less runs.

BOMBS AWAY: The Mets have hit 14 home runs in their last six games at Nationals Park, including six home runs in three contests this year.

HEY YO: Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .350 (21-60) with three homers and eight RBI over his last 16 games…He has eight multi-hit games in his last 16 contests…is hitting.385 (10-26) with four doubles, three homers and eight RBI in six career games at Nationals Park.

LONEY AIN’T NO PHONEY: James Loney has hit in 13 of his last 14 games, going 17-50 (.340) with four doubles, one triple and one homer during that span…Loney has reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 games and in 21 of the 24 games he’s played with the Mets.

LOCKDOWN: Jeurys Familia has 26 saves, the most in the majors…Is 26- 26 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has a franchise record with 26 straight saves to open a season…Familia has saved 42 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record…It is also the longest active streak in the major leagues.

ALMIGHTY THOR: Noah Syndergaard has won six straight decisions dating to May 11 and he has posted a 1.71 ERA during that stretch…Syndergaard reached 100 strikeouts this year in 81.1 innings, the fastest in team history by innings…Syndergaard is fourth in the majors with a 2.08 ERA and averages the fastest fastball (98.1), slider (91.3) and change-up (90.1) this year.

THOR VS. WASHINGTON: Has faced Washington once this season and four times in his career… Is 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA  in four career starts against Washington… Has struck out 33 and walked six…His 33 strikeouts against the Nationals are the most versus any team he has faced…His 1.33 ERA against the Nationals is his second-lowest versus any team he has faced more than once.

METS VS. ROSS: Joe Ross has made two career starts against the Mets and is 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched…Ross has struck out ten and walked one…This is Ross’ first start against the Mets this season…Notable numbers against Ross are provided below…

  • Kelly Johnson: .667 (2-3), 1 2B
  • Wilmer Flores: .333 (2-6), 1 RBI
  • Neil Walker: .333 (1-3), 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • Curtis Granderson: .167 (1-6), 2 K
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .000 (0-3), 1 K
  • Travis d’Arnaud: .000 (0-2), 1 K

Final: Nationals 12 – Mets 1

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The Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets this afternoon by the final score of 12-1 at Tradition Field. This game concludes the Mets games at Tradition Field this spring. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Matt Harvey got the start and pitched 2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits. He had 1 walk and 2 K’s. Harvey’s big mistake came on a 3-run home run off the bat of Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman.
  • Noah Syndergaard came on in relief and pitched 3 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, with a strikeout. Syndergaard’s lone mistake came off a 2-run homer from Nationals LF Jayson Werth.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-2 this afternoon with a double.
  • David Wright was 1-2 with a single.
  • Travis Taijeron was 2-2 with a solo home run.
  • Jeurys Familia struggled this afternoon pitching 0.2 inning allowing 5 runs (2 earned) with 2 walks and a strikeout.
  • Mets are winless in last 13 Spring Training contests.
  • The Mets have scored 1 run in their last 24 innings.

The Mets were simply outplayed this afternoon, as two pitches cost them five runs, and the bats were again silent today. It’s fair to wonder if the players are simply bored at this point with as long as the spring has been, and are ready to get going against Kansas City Sunday night. Either way there shouldn’t be an excuse for poor play today, including  a throwing error by Lucas Duda, a misplayed ball by Cespedes, a fielding error by Eric Campbell, a catching error by Familia, and the team in a run scoring drought this late in spring. Antonio Bastardo allowed one of Familia’s inherited runners to score in the 9th before retiring his final batter. I’m leery on Bastardo, but we will see how he performs when the games that matter start. The Mets have two opportunities in the next couple of days to show better results in Las Vegas against another National League favorite in the Cubs. Either way I will not be hard on this team unless this play translates to regular season games, but it is difficult not to ignore the sloppy play recently. 

 

  • The Mets will head to Las Vegas to play the Chicago Cubs tomorrow evening, with first pitch at 8:05 pm et. The game can be seen on MLB Network.
  • Jacob deGrom has been scratched from his start, as he will stay behind in Port St. Lucie with his wife who is expecting their child any day now. RHP Paul Sewald will make the start for the Mets against Cubs righty Ryan Williams.

Nationals vs. Mets Lineups 12:10 pm et

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Nationals:

1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
5. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
6. Jayson Werth (R) LF
7. Wilson Ramos (R) C
8. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
9. Trevor Gott (R) P

SP: Trevor Gott RHP

Mets:

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P

SP: Matt Harvey RHP

  • Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

RHP MATT HARVEY: Is making his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring…His last outing came on March 24 vs. Houston…

RHP NOAH SYNDERGAARD: Will make his fifth spring appearance… Syndergaard does not have a decision but has posted a 2.04 ERA (4 ER/17.2 innings)…He has issued one walk and struck out 19…

JIM HENDERSON: Posted 1.0 scoreless inning yesterday…Has allowed two earned runs in 9.2 innings this spring (1.86 ERA)…He has issued one walk and struck out 12 in 11 games…

CURTIS GRANDERSON: Is 7-for-his- last-20 (.350) with four doubles in his last six spring games…Granderson is hitting .295 (13-44) this spring with four doubles, one triple and three RBI.

VIVA LAS VEGAS: The Mets will close their exhibition season with two games in Las Vegas at the home of their Triple-A affiliate vs. the Cubs… The Mets play the Cubs on Thursday, March 31 at 8:05 p.m. (ET) and then play at 4:05 p.m. (ET) on Friday, April 1…

FIT TO BE TIED: The Mets have had five tie games this spring, the most such games in franchise history for a single Spring Training.

Final: Mets 4 – Nationals 4

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The New York Mets played to a third straight tie this afternoon against the Washington Nationals by the final score of 4-4. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • David Wright was 2-4 this afternoon with a HR and 2 RBI’s.
  • Michael Conforto returned to the Mets lineup and was 2-4 with a 2-run HR.
  • Neil Walker was 2-3 with a run scored and a triple.
  • Steven Matz pitched 5.2 innings allowing only 1 run and 1 hit which came off of the bat of Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson. Matz issued 4 walks along with 5 strikeouts.
  • The Mets bullpen struggled this afternoon as Logan Verrett, and Jim Henderson combined allowed 4 hits, and 3 runs in 1.1 innings pitched. Jerry Blevins was also charged with the blown save by allowing Henderson’s inherited runners to score.
  • SS Asdrubal Cabrera did not play as expected today. He went 3-4 in a minor league game today instead and will be in tomorrow’s lineup.
  • Interesting fact, Nationals RHP Yusmeiro Petit was included with 1B Mike Jacobs in the Carlos Delgado trade to the Marlins back in 2005.

 

  • The Mets go to Jupiter to face the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow afternoon, with a 1:05 pm et start time. The game can be seen if you have an MLB.tv subscription or heard on WOR 710 AM.
  • Bartolo Colon will make his final Grapefruit League start against Cardinals young right-hander Carlos Martinez.

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Mets vs. Nationals Lineups 1:10 pm et

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Mets:

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) DH
2. Juan Lagares (R) CF
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
5. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
6. Roger Bernadina (L) RF
7. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
9. Ty Kelly (S) 3B

SP: Logan Verrett RHP

Nationals:

1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Jayson Werth (R) LF
5. Clint Robinson (L) 1B
6. Wilson Ramos (R) C
7. Brendan Ryan (R) SS
8. Jason Martinson (R) 2B
9. Tony Campana (L) DH

SP: Joe Ross RHP

  • First pitch is at 1:05 pm et and can be seen on SNY or heard on WOR 710 AM

Game Notes:

RHP LOGAN VERRETT: Will make his fifth appearance of the spring and his second start…He does not have a decision and has posted 1.50 ERA (one earned run/6.0 innings)…He has allowed seven hits, has not issued a walk and struck out two…

LAST TRIP TO VIERA: The Mets will play their last game ever at Space Coast Stadium today…The Nationals are moving to West Palm Beach in 2017.

TEAM HITTING: The Mets are hitting .282 as a team this spring, the fourth- highest average among NL clubs…The Mets have a .360 on-base percentage this spring, ranking second among NL teams, behind Arizona (.373).

NL LEADERS: Wilmer Flores ranks third among all NL players with a .440 (11-25) batting average this spring… Flores is also third among NL players with a .531 on-base percentage…Eric Campbell is second among all NL players with a .563 on-base percentage…Campbell leads all NL players with 10 walks this spring… Campbell is also tied for first along with teammate Alejandro De Aza among NL players with nine runs scored…Travis Taijeron is seventh among NL players with a .385 batting average.

Lineups: Nationals vs. Mets 6:10 pm et

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Nationals:

1. Michael Taylor (R) CF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. Stephen Drew (L) 3B
4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
5. Chris Heisey (R) RF
6. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
7. Reed Johnson (R) LF
8. Jose Lobaton (S) C
9. Matt den Dekker (L) DH

SP: Lucas Giolito RHP

Mets:

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) DH
7. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Juan Lagares (R) LF

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP

  • First pitch is slated for 6:10 pm et, and can be seen on SNY and heard on WOR 710 AM.

Game Notes:

DAVID WRIGHT: Is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut tonight… Wright was 0-3 with a sacrifice fly in a minor league game yesterday… Wright was 1-5 with a single in a minor league game on Monday…He took live BP on Tuesday…

RHP BARTOLO COLON: Is making his third start in Grapefruit League action tonight…Earned the win in his Spring debut on March 7 vs. Detroit… Tossed 3.0 innings and allowed one run on four hits with two strikeouts… Surrendered four runs on six hits in a no-decision on March 12 vs. St. Louis…

TEAM HITTING: The Mets are hitting .282 as a team this spring, the fourth- highest average among NL clubs…The Mets have a .359 on-base percentage this spring, ranking second among NL teams, behind Arizona (.371).

 

NL LEADERS: Wilmer Flores is leading all NL players with a .455 (10-22) batting average this spring…Flores also leads all NL with a .552 on-base percentage…Eric Campbell is second among all NL with a .533 on-base percentage…Campbell leads all NL players with nine walks this spring…

VS. WASHINGTON: Tonight’s game is the third this spring vs. Washington and the first at home…New York lost 9-4 on March 3 at Viera and fell 9-5 on March 11 at Viera…

 

Mets vs. Nationals Lineups 1:05 pm et

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Mets:

  1. Alejandro De Aza (R) LF
  2. Juan Lagares (L) CF
  3. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
  4. Dominic Smith (L) DH
  5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
  6. Marc Krauss (L) 1B
  7. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B
  8. Roger Bernadina (L) RF
  9. Ruben Tejada (R) SS

SP: Steven Matz LHP

Nationals:

  1. Ben Revere (L) CF
  2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
  3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
  4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
  5. Jayson Werth (R) LF
  6. Clint Robinson (L) DH
  7. Tyler Moore (R) 1B
  8. Wilson Ramos (R) C
  9. Danny Espinosa (S) SS

SP: Stephen Strasburg RHP

Today’s game will not be televised but can be heard through the Washington Nationals Radio Network if you have MLB.tv Premium.

Game Notes:

Today’s available pitchers for both squads:

METS: LHP Steven Matz, LHP Sean Gilmartin, RHP Logan Verrett, RHP Zack Thornton.

NATIONALS: RHP Stephen Strasburg, RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Nick Lee, LHP Felipe Rivero

VS. NATIONALS: Today’s game is the second of six matchups with the Nationals and second of three in Viera…The Mets fell in their Grapefruit League opener in Viera on March 3, 9-4…Washington visits Port St. Lucie on March 18, 27 and 30.

LHP STEVEN MATZ: Will make his second start of the Spring today and his first against the Nationals… Made his Grapefruit League debut on March 7 at St. Louis…He allowed one run on one hit in three innings… In that outing, Matz struck out the side in the second inning before allowing his only run of the game in the third…

ALEJANDRO DE AZA: Is in today’s starting lineup…Was 2-3 with a double and two runs scored on Thursday vs. St. Louis…Is batting .462 (6-13) with two doubles and five runs scored in six games this Spring…

WILMER FLORES: Is in today’s starting lineup…Was 2-3 on Thursday and is batting .500 (7-14) with one double and one RBI in six games played this Spring…Each of Flores’ five starts this Spring have come at third base.