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    Nationals 5, Braves 2


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Gio Gonzalez said he wanted to "jump out of the chute" in his spring debut for the Washington Nationals.

    And he wasn't kidding.

    Gonzalez pitched two scoreless innings, allowed only one hit and struck out two as the Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves, 5-2.

    Gonzalez said he was fired up for his first game as a National after being traded by the Oakland Athletics after last season.

    "I wanted to get started right off the bat," he said. "I was throwing hard and may have been a little overanxious, but I had a lot of fun out there."

    Gonzalez's pitches were registering in the high-90s, a lot more than most pitchers want for their first spring outing. Gonzalez said the numbers might have been exaggerated, but he wasn't sure.

    "I had my adrenaline pumping," Gonzalez said. "If that is what the radar gun says, then my arm is lying to me. Maybe the radar guns were more juiced than I was, but I'm not sure."

    Kris Medlen started for the Braves and went two innings. He gave up three hits, including the Werth homer, and gave up three hits.

    Medlen is a candidate for one of the two vacancies in the Atlanta rotation. He is coming off a surgically repaired elbow. Medlen pitched only 2 1/3 innings last season after starting 14 games in 2010.

    Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman also made his spring debut. He was 0-for-2, but made seven putouts. He injured his right kneecap during fielding drills on Feb. 28.

    But the day really belonged to Gonzalez.

    He was 16-12 last season with the Athletics and was acquired for three pitching prospects. He struggled with his control last season, but walked only one in his two innings against the Braves.

    "I thought he looked great," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He didn't look rusty at all. I had a pitch count on him and he reached it in the second inning, but he looked strong so I let him go."

    Gonzalez was the subject of trade rumors after last season, but said Washington is a perfect fit for him and he's looking forward to being in Washington for a long time.

    "Washington is where I want to be," Gonzalez said. "I still feel like I am fighting for a job in this rotation."

    Since John Lannan led the Nationals with 10 wins as a starter last season, Gonzalez probably doesn't have to worry about having a spot in the rotation.

    Gonzalez, 26, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, traded to Philadelphia, and then swapped back to the White Sox before being dealt to Oakland. He feels like he has found a permanent home in Washington.

    "I liked the trade," Gonzalez said. For the first time in my life, I was the main man in the trade."

    Jayson Werth, coming off a disappointing 2011 season, homered to right to put the Nationals ahead, and went 1-for-2. Chad Tracy doubled in two runs in the third to put Washington ahead, 3-0.

    Brett Carroll had two hits for the Nationals.

    Notes: Braves Hall of Famer Phil Niekro arrived in camp and will work as an adviser until March 10.Atlanta 3B Chipper Jones missed his third straight game with an injured left heel. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was nothing to worry about. .. Washington's Jordan Zimmermann will start on Tuesday against St. Louis in Viera. Shelby Miller will start for the Cardinals. ... Washington 1B Adam LaRoche was expected to play, but is slowly working his way back following surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff damage in his left shoulder. He is expected to sit out Wednesday's game against St. Louis as well.

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    Washington Nationals
    Ian Desmond, SS3000010 .000
        Andres Blanco, SS2000022 .000
    Danny Espinosa, 2B3010001 .250
        Jarrett Hoffpauir, 2B1000001 .000
    Ryan Zimmerman, 3B1100211 .333
        Anthony Rendon, PR-3B1110000 .167
    Chad Tracy, DH2012011 .222
       a- Jason Michaels, PH-DH1000001 .600
    Jayson Werth, CF2111001 .250
        Eury Perez, CF2000001 .400
    Mark DeRosa, 1B2111000 .750
        Tyler Moore, 1B1001010 .000
    Bryce Harper, RF4010011 .455
    Wilson Ramos, C2000011 .000
        Sandy Leon, C2010000 .500
    Brett Carroll, LF4120010 .400
    a-hit into fielder's choice for Tracy in the 5th
    2B - Anthony Rendon (1, Varvaro), Chad Tracy (1, O'Flaherty)
    HR - Jayson Werth (1, Medlen), Mark DeRosa (1, Venters)
    SF - Tyler Moore (1)
    RBI - Chad Tracy 2 (3), Jayson Werth (1), Mark DeRosa (1), Tyler Moore (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy 2 (3)
    Team LOB - 5
    DP - Hoffpauir-Blanco-Moore
    E - Ian Desmond (3, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Fulchino (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Washington Nationals
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    Yunesky Maya (H,1) 2211010 4.50
    Atahualpa Severino (H,1) 0.2111110 10.80
    Austin Bibens-Dirkx (H,1) 0.1100010 0.00
    Sean Burnett (H,1) 1100110 0.00
    Jeff Fulchino (H,1) 1100000 0.00
    Chad Durbin (S,1) 1100100 0.00
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        Luis Durango, CF1010100 .600
    Martin Prado, 3B3010000 .333
        Josh Wilson, 2B2000002 .000
    Brian McCann, DH2110101 .500
        Todd Cunningham, PR-DH2100003 .000
    Dan Uggla, 2B1011100 .500
        Drew Sutton, PR-2B^3B2010000 .333
    Freddie Freeman, 1B2000003 .000
        Ernesto Mejia, 1B2000012 .143
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    Jason Heyward, RF3000013 .111
        Stefan Gartrell, LF1010000 .250
    David Ross, C2000000 .000
        Matt Kennelly, C2000012 .000
    Andrelton Simmons, SS3010100 .400
    2B - Brian McCann (1, Maya), Dan Uggla (2, Maya)
    RBI - Dan Uggla (2), Matt Diaz (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Matt Diaz (1)
    CS - Andrelton Simmons (1, 2nd base by G. Gonzalez/Ramos)
    Team LOB - 10
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    PB - David Ross (1)
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    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 3-0, Eric O'Flaherty 2-1, Jonny Venters 2-0, Craig Kimbrel 2-0, Cristhian Martinez 1-1, Anthony Varvaro 1-2, Adam Russell 1-0
    Batters Faced - Kris Medlen 8, Eric O'Flaherty 6, Jonny Venters 4, Craig Kimbrel 4, Cristhian Martinez 7, Anthony Varvaro 5, Adam Russell 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6124
    Game Time - 2:42
    Temperature - 73
    Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Larry Vanover