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Washington Nationals Grapefruit League GameThread: Nationals at Astros

Max Scherzer takes the mound this afternoon for the Washington Nationals as they take on the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida's Osceola County Stadium in a 1:05 PM EDT matchup that is being shown live on the MLB Network and

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This afternoon's Grapefruit League matchup between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros in Kissimmee, FL's Osceola County Stadium is being shown live on the MLB Network and is available on

It looks like it's available on's Gameday audio as well if you're unable to watch along.

If you can watch, you'll get an opportunity to see new Nationals' starter Max Scherzer on the mound for around 75 pitches as he makes his fourth start of the Spring.

In his previous three outings, Scherzer, 30, has given up nine hits, a walk and two earned runs, one on a home run in nine innings in which he's K'd eight and held opposing hitters to a combined .257 BAA.

Scherzer's last start, this past Sunday, was against the Astros as well. He completed four scoreless innings and allowed just one hit, throwing 60 pitches total.

Nats' skipper Matt Williams was happy with what he saw from the right-hander who signed a 7-year/$210M deal with the Nationals this winter.

"'Vintage Max today,'" Williams told reporters, including Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes. "'He threw really good.'"'s Bill Ladson tweeted the lineup that will be backing Scherzer up on the road and the Astros' lineup he'll be facing this afternoon:

The reporter also tweeted the list of pitchers who are expected to follow Scherzer on the hill in the Astros' Spring home:

As noted above, today's 1:05 PM EDT game is available on the MLB Network and, so you can get a good look at Scherzer or at the very least listen along as the Nationals take on the Astros.

Right-hander Samuel Deduno is on the hill for Houston:

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