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Washington at Houston

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Washington (12-15)0011200004121
Houston (13-14) «00010050x690

Astros 6, Nationals 4

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Chris Young says he wants to remain with the Washington Nationals. Manager Davey Johnson says he'd like Young to stay, too.

But when the right-hander removed his Nationals jersey Monday night after tossing four innings without allowing an earned run in a 6-4 loss to the Houston Astros, he assumed he had just pitched his last game for Washington.

Young has a clause in his minor league contract that allows him to opt out Tuesday if he's not added to the big league roster. With the Nationals' rotation already set, he is expected to go elsewhere.

"I think it was my best game of the spring," Young said. "If this were a normal spring I would be just where I want to be. But this isn't the normal spring."

The 6-foot-10 right-hander, who pitched for the New York Mets the past two seasons, struck out two while allowing two hits and one unearned run.

Young said he knows there is interest from other clubs, but he'd like to stay in Washington if something could be worked out.

"I have to weigh my options," he said. "I love it here and this spring has been terrific. I have nothing that isn't good to say about Washington except that they have about 15 great pitchers already."

Young said he assumes he'll be pitching somewhere in the major leagues in five days.

"He's pitched really good," Johnson said. "I am sure he'll end up pitching somewhere. At least the ball is in his court."

Alex White went five innings for the Astros, yielding nine hits and four runs in his final start of the spring. He gave up a homer to Adam LaRoche.

Bryce Harper lifted his spring batting average to .459 with a 3-for-3 performance. LaRoche and Wilson Ramos each had two hits for Washington.

Jonathon Singleton had a bases-loaded triple for the Astros. Marwin Gonzalez and Fernando Martinez each added two hits.

Johnson played most of his regular lineup even though it was a road game at night, about an hour's drive from the Nationals' home base in Viera. Johnson said he wanted to give Young every chance to have a good outing.

White had another tough one as he tries to win one of the final two spots in the Houston rotation. His spring ERA is 6.85, but he's not worried yet.

"All I wanted to do was get my pitch count up," said White, who started 20 games for Colorado last season. "It's my first real spring in Washington and it's always hard to compete for a job. I'm just excited to still be here."

NOTES: Nationals RHP Dan Haren will start Tuesday against Henderson Alvarez and Miami. ... Henry Rodriguez threw a scoreless inning for the Nationals, but his first seven pitches were balls. "He really knows how to scare me," Johnson said, laughing. ... Houston traded OF Mike Kvasnicka to the Minnesota Twins for RHP Gonzalo Senudo, who went 2-0 with four saves in Triple-A last season. ... Astros RHP Bud Norris and LHP Erik Bedard will pitch in minor league games on Tuesday. That will allow Norris to get four days of rest before pitching the season opener against the Texas Rangers on Sunday night. ... Houston optioned RHP Chia-Jen Lo to minor league camp. ... Brad Peacock will start Tuesday for the Astros in Tampa against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

M. Dominguez
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

B. Harper
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF3000205 .220
Jayson Werth, RF2010101 .319
    Micah Owings, PR-LF2100022 .375
Bryce Harper, LF3031000 .459
    Roger Bernadina, PR-RF2000020 .000
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3000003 .295
    Tyler Moore, 1B1000100 .218
Adam LaRoche, 1B3221010 .205
    Chad Tracy, 3B2000001 .256
Ian Desmond, SS3010010 .286
    Carlos Rivero, SS1000000 .167
Danny Espinosa, 2B3010002 .348
   a- Carlos Maldonado, PH-C1000000 .250
Wilson Ramos, C4021001 .333
   b- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH-2B2010011 .197
Totals36412347  
a-grounded out for Storen in the 8th
b-struck out for Rodriguez in the 6th
Batting
HR - Adam LaRoche (3, White)
SH - Chris Young (1)
RBI - Bryce Harper (13), Adam LaRoche (6), Wilson Ramos (1)
2-OUT RBI - Bryce Harper (5), Adam LaRoche (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Espinosa-Desmond-LaRoche
E - Bryce Harper (1, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young 4210120 2.25
Henry Rodriguez (H,2) 1000120 4.70
Craig Stammen (BS,4; L,0-1) 1.1655130 6.59
Drew Storen 0.2100010 5.06
J.C. Romero 1000010 0.00
HBP - Maxwell (by Chris Young), Maxwell (by Craig Stammen)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-7, J.C. Romero 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 16, Henry Rodriguez 4, Craig Stammen 12, Drew Storen 3, J.C. Romero 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marwin Gonzalez, 2B-SS5120001 .255
Brett Wallace, 3B3000032 .271
    Brandon Laird, 3B-LF2110010 .327
Carlos Pena, 1B2000110 .224
    Jonathan Singleton, 1B1113000 .500
Chris Carter, LF2000102 .259
    Brandon Barnes, PR-CF1000011 .297
Fernando Martinez, RF3120002 .355
    Trevor Crowe, PR-RF1111000 .300
Justin Maxwell, CF1000000 .154
    Matt Dominguez, PR-3B1011000 .300
Jason Castro, C4000026 .342
    Rene Garcia, C0000000 .300
Rick Ankiel, DH1000101 .415
   a- Carlos Corporan, PH-DH2000004 .313
Ronny Cedeno, SS2000011 .286
    Jose Martinez, 2B2110000 .333
Totals3369539  
a-popped out for Ankiel in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Dominguez (4, Storen)
3B - Jonathan Singleton (1, Stammen)
RBI - Jonathan Singleton 3 (3), Trevor Crowe (6), Matt Dominguez (8)
SB - Trevor Crowe (4, 2nd base off Storen/Ramos)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - M. Gonzalez-Cedeno-Pena, Wallace-M. Gonzalez-Pena
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex White 5944221 6.86
Josh Fields 1100120 2.79
Jose Veras (W,1-0) 1000010 6.35
Hector Ambriz (H,3) 1200000 2.84
Xavier Cedeno (S,1) 1000120 2.25
WP - Hector Ambriz (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 8-3, Hector Ambriz 3-0
Batters Faced - Alex White 24, Josh Fields 5, Jose Veras 3, Hector Ambriz 5, Xavier Cedeno 4
Game Information
Attendance - 3913
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Lance Barksdale