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Washington at Miami

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Washington (11-11) «003030001780
Miami (10-12)000004001580

Nationals 7, Marlins 5

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - At 20, Bryce Harper enjoys the spring training perks of an established veteran.

Harper doubled, singled and drove in four runs Wednesday, then exited in a private car during the Washington Nationals' 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins 7-5.

Harper had a two-run double in the third and a two-run single in the fifth. The outfielder raised his spring batting average to .400 (20-for-50) with 12 RBIs.

Harper joined teammate Jayson Werth in leaving the Marlins' spring training facility during the seventh inning for the two-hour drive back to the Nationals' camp.

"I don't need to see a whole lot of him, he's had a great spring," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He expects a lot out of himself, and that's good. He's shown what kind of player he is. He did that at the end of last year. He's not a secret to anybody."

Nationals starter Chris Young allowed two hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Young, at camp on a minor league contract, is trying to restart his career. He said he chose to join the defending NL East champs despite the Nationals' rotation being virtually set and the staff 12-14 pitchers deep.

"The opportunity to be around this group of guys, being in this environment was worth it to me," Young said. "There's still work to be done and progress to be made but (Wednesday's start was) an improvement, and that's the way the spring is supposed to go. You're supposed to get a little better each time."

The 6-foot-10 right-hander added he will discuss career options with his agent as the regular season nears.

"I do feel like I'm a big league pitcher," Young said. "To turn down a big league opportunity to go to Triple-A, I think is probably not in my best interest. If I'm weighing Triple-A options, (Washington) would be at the top of my list."

Wade LeBlanc gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. He is among those vying for the Marlins' No. 5 starter's spot.

LeBlanc saw a lineup that included veterans Harper, Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche.

"That's what I'm going to face during the season so I'm glad Washington brought those guys over," LeBlanc said. "I could see what I need to work on, and see what works and then try to improve on the rest of the stuff."

Washington's Kurt Suzuki had two hits, including a solo homer off Tom Koehler in the ninth. Werth had two hits and a sacrifice fly.

Giancarlo Stanton's RBI double and Rob Brantly's two-run double highlighted Miami's four-run sixth off Zach Duke.

NOTES: The Nationals acquired LHP Ian Krol from Oakland, completing a three-trade in January that sent OF Michael Morse to Seattle. The 21-year-old Krol was a combined 2-9 with a 5.20 ERA as a starter and reliever between Double-A and Single-A last year. He was Oakland's minor league pitcher of the year in 2010. ... Johnson said RHP Rafael Soriano has been bothered by a wisdom tooth, which could require surgery in the near future. He is scheduled to pitch next on Friday. ... Marlins 2B Donovan Solano (stiff back) was a late scratch. He will be evaluated Friday following Thursday's off-day.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

B. Harper
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Miami

R. Brantly
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF2210100 .237
    Erik Komatsu, CF2000000 .000
Jayson Werth, RF2121000 .294
    Sean Nicol, 1B1000000 .000
Bryce Harper, LF3024001 .400
    Micah Owings, LF1000000 .385
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2001002 .367
    Chad Tracy, 2B1000000 .194
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000011 .129
    Tyler Moore, RF1000000 .255
Ian Desmond, SS3000011 .261
    Carlos Rivero, SS1000010 .175
Danny Espinosa, 2B3000020 .294
    Zach Duke, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   a- Carlos Maldonado, PH1000010 .333
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Kurt Suzuki, C4221000 .296
Chris Young, P12101001.000
   b- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH-3B2000010 .167
Totals3378727  
a-struck out for Clippard in the 9th
b-struck out for C. Young in the 6th
Batting
2B - Bryce Harper (4, LeBlanc)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (1, Koehler)
SF - Jayson Werth (1), Ryan Zimmerman (1)
RBI - Jayson Werth (4), Bryce Harper 4 (12), Ryan Zimmerman (5), Kurt Suzuki (2)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-Desmond-C. Young
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young (W,1-0) 5200120 3.00
Zach Duke (H,2) 2544100 5.06
Tyler Clippard (H,3) 1100010 0.00
Henry Rodriguez (S,1) 1011200 4.76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 4-8, Zach Duke 3-3, Tyler Clippard 1-1, Henry Rodriguez 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 17, Zach Duke 12, Tyler Clippard 4, Henry Rodriguez 5
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF2000100 .318
    Christian Yelich, LF2001001 .364
Placido Polanco, 3B3110001 .417
   a- Nick Green, PH-3B2000002 .257
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3111011 .417
    Gorkys Hernandez, CF1000000 .286
Greg Dobbs, 1B3111011 .222
    Kevin Kouzmanoff, 1B1010000 .345
Chris Valaika, 2B4120011 .200
Rob Brantly, C3022001 .310
    Kyle Skipworth, C1000001 .167
Chris Coghlan, CF-RF3100102 .298
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS2000201 .167
Wade LeBlanc, P1000000 .000
    John Maine, P1000000 .000
   b- Matt Downs, PH1000001 .132
    Zach Phillips, P0000000 .000
    Tom Koehler, P0000000 .000
   c- Jordan Brown, PH1000001 .263
Totals3458543  
a-grounded out for Polanco in the 7th
b-flied out for Maine in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Koehler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Giancarlo Stanton (3, Duke), Rob Brantly 2 (3, C. Young, Duke)
RBI - Christian Yelich (14), Giancarlo Stanton (5), Greg Dobbs (1), Rob Brantly 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (2), Greg Dobbs (1), Rob Brantly 2 (6)
SB - Juan Pierre (5, 2nd base off C. Young/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 6
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade LeBlanc (L,1-1) 5766240 3.86
John Maine 2000010 3.60
Zach Phillips 1000010 4.50
Tom Koehler 1111011 7.94
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 6-5, John Maine 2-3, Tom Koehler 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 24, John Maine 6, Zach Phillips 3, Tom Koehler 4
Game Information
Attendance - 3487
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn