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Houston at Washington

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    Washington2

    Astros 10, Nationals 2

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    VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Given all he's been through the last year, it was hardly surprising Stephen Strasburg was "amped up" for his spring training debut.

    The 23-year-old right-hander struck out three and gave up two runs and three hits in the Washington Nationals' 10-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday.

    After having Tommy John surgery in 2010 and making just five starts last September, Strasburg wasn't as consistent as he would have liked, particularly with his off-speed pitches. But he was happy with throwing 44 pitches, 26 for strikes.

    "The biggest thing I noticed was that it was very easy for me to go out there," Strasburg said. "My arm felt a lot stronger. It didn't feel like it was getting tired as fast (as last year). I mean, it was pretty much a breeze. I was a little erratic at times, but I know that's going to come with repetitions and just fine-tuning the mechanics."

    Stadium workers preparing for the game discovered a surprise guest - a raccoon - roughly 2 1/2 hours before game time. The raccoon scurried through the stands for at least 30 minutes, but was eventually captured by a trapper and removed from the stadium.

    Houston starter J.A. Happ was pleased with the way he made adjustments in his two innings of work. The left-hander gave up one run on three hits while striking out one.

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson didn't sound surprised that Strasburg was a little hyped up Sunday.

    "The year Stras has been through, with his physical abilities, it's kind of hard to throttle down," Johnson said. "He's real hard on himself, but it is fun watching him, even when he's amped up and overthrowing."

    Houston catcher Chris Snyder, who hit solo home run on a 3-1 fastball - Strasburg called it a "here it is, hit it" pitch - had never faced the much-hyped Nationals pitcher. He came away impressed.

    "He's got live stuff, definitely," Snyder said. "That first fastball he threw me, it gets on you (quick), and then he buckled me with a curveball. (The home run pitch) was just a strike fastball. He was trying to get back in the count."

    Snyder was also pleased with the way Happ and reliever Henry Sosa were able to get out of jams against the Nationals, who stranded two runners in the second and third innings.

    "You'd like to say every time out you'd want them breeze through their two innings, or (through to their) pitch count," Snyder said. "But actually, you get more evaluation when they get in those situations, and it was good."

    Happ told reporters he was simply trying to recognize the adjustments he needed to make on the mound during the game. He was particularly happy with the way he bounced back after giving up a lead-off walk to Washington's Michael Morse in the second inning, even though he did eventually give up an RBI single to Jason Michaels.

    "I felt like I slowed up a little to Morse on the walk, then I corrected that and kind of got my rhythm back and made some good pitches," Happ said. "I feel pretty good about it."

    Houston's Fernando Martinez had two hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer off Washington reliever Tom Gorzelanny, who gave up seven runs in one inning. J.D. Martinez also homered for the Astros.

    Washington outfielder Bryce Harper went 1 for 2 with a single. He also made a diving attempt on a ball hit into the right-field corner in the eighth inning. Harper couldn't come up with the catch and Houston's Brian Bixler got a triple.

    Johnson was asked if he thought Harper should have stayed on his feet and tried to hold Bixler to a double.

    "At that point, make a great play," Johnson said. "What the heck, we're eight runs down. I liked his hustle."

    NOTES: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is expected to make his spring debut Wednesday when Washington hosts St. Louis. LaRoche has been bothered by a sprained left ankle and a sore left shoulder . Astros manager Brad Mills has tentatively written outfielder Carlos Lee into the lineup for Monday's game against Atlanta, but was still waiting for updated medical reports. Lee sustained a mild right hamstring strain Friday.

     
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    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jordan Schafer, CF2110000 .500
       a- George Springer, PH-CF2000020 .000
        Henry Villar, SS0000000 .000
    Marwin Gonzalez, SS4100011 .000
        Brian Bixler, SS1110000 .500
        Brandon Barnes, CF0000000 .000
    Brian Bogusevic, RF1200110 .000
        Brad Snyder, RF1000100 .000
        Jake Goebbert, RF0000000 .000
    J.D. Martinez, LF2214100 .500
        Justin Ruggiano, LF1001000 .000
    Fernando Martinez, DH21231001.000
       b- Scott Moore, PH-DH10101001.000
    Matt Downs, 2B3000001 .000
        Joe Thurston, 2B2000003 .000
        Michael Kvasnicka, C0000000 .000
    Brett Wallace, 3B2000113 .000
        Diory Hernandez, 3B2000000 .000
    Chris Johnson, 1B3010012 .333
        Jonathan Singleton, 1B2000020 .000
    Chris Snyder, C2211110 .500
        Rene Garcia, C1000000 .000
       c- Delino Deshields Jr., PH-2B1000010 .000
    Totals351089710  
    a-struck out for Schafer in the 5th
    b-singled for F. Martinez in the 6th
    c-struck out for Garcia in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Jordan Schafer (1, Strasburg), Fernando Martinez (1, Strasburg)
    3B - Brian Bixler (1, Clippard)
    HR - J.D. Martinez (1, Gorzelanny), Fernando Martinez (1, Gorzelanny), Chris Snyder (1, Strasburg)
    SF - Justin Ruggiano (1)
    SH - Jordan Schafer (1)
    RBI - J.D. Martinez 4 (4), Justin Ruggiano (1), Fernando Martinez 3 (3), Chris Snyder (1)
    2-OUT RBI - J.D. Martinez 4 (4), Fernando Martinez 3 (3)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Downs-Johnson, Hernandez-Thurston-Singleton
    PB - Chris Snyder (1)
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    J.A. Happ (W,1-0) 2311110 4.50
    Henry Sosa (H,1) 2400020 0.00
    Paul Clemens (H,1) 1000000 0.00
    Lucas Harrell (H,1) 2311110 4.50
    Fernando Rodriguez (H,1) 1000020 0.00
    David Carpenter 1100000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 14-10, Henry Sosa 15-14, Paul Clemens 3-3, Lucas Harrell 14-10, Fernando Rodriguez 7-7, David Carpenter 4-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 3-1, Henry Sosa 1-3, Paul Clemens 3-0, Lucas Harrell 2-2, Fernando Rodriguez 1-0, David Carpenter 2-1
    Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 9, Henry Sosa 10, Paul Clemens 3, Lucas Harrell 9, Fernando Rodriguez 3, David Carpenter 4
    Washington Nationals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Desmond, SS3000012 .000
        Anthony Rendon, SS2000002 .000
    Danny Espinosa, 2B2010000 .200
        Jarrett Hoffpauir, 2B2000101 .000
    Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2010001 .500
        Chad Tracy, 1B2011000 .250
    Michael Morse, DH2110100 .500
       a- Tyler Moore, PH-DH1000002 .000
    Jayson Werth, CF2000013 .000
        Bryce Harper, RF2010010 .400
    Mark DeRosa, 1B20200001.000
        Mark Teahen, PR-3B2000011 .000
    Wilson Ramos, C2000003 .000
        Carlos Maldonado, C2000011 .000
    Jason Michaels, LF2021000 .750
        Corey Brown, PR-LF2110000 .500
    Brett Carroll, RF2000014 .250
        Eury Perez, CF2010000 .500
    Totals36211226  
    a-lined out for Morse in the 7th
    Batting
    RBI - Chad Tracy (1), Jason Michaels (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy (1), Jason Michaels (1)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    E - Ian Desmond 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)
    Washington Nationals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Stephen Strasburg (L,0-1) 2.2322031 6.75
    Tom Gorzelanny 1377412 63.00
    Ryan Mattheus 1.1000120 0.00
    Jeff Fulchino 1100000 0.00
    Brad Lidge 1000010 0.00
    Tyler Clippard 1111210 9.00
    Drew Storen 1000020 0.00
    HBP - Bogusevic (by Tom Gorzelanny)
    WP - Stephen Strasburg (1), Tom Gorzelanny (1), Ryan Mattheus (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 22-18, Tom Gorzelanny 33-13, Ryan Mattheus 13-9, Jeff Fulchino 4-4, Brad Lidge 5-5, Tyler Clippard 14-6, Drew Storen 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 2-3, Tom Gorzelanny 3-0, Ryan Mattheus 2-1, Jeff Fulchino 1-2, Brad Lidge 1-1, Drew Storen 1-0
    Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 11, Tom Gorzelanny 12, Ryan Mattheus 6, Jeff Fulchino 4, Brad Lidge 3, Tyler Clippard 6, Drew Storen 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3363
    Game Time - 3:03
    Temperature - 63
    Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Paul Nauert