Max Scherzer will take fun over flawless in his first start for the Washington Nationals. Scherzer gave up a home run to John Mayberry Jr. in his two-inning debut for Washington, and Kila Ka’aihue hit a two-run shot in the seventh to lead the Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday. Starting the Nationals’ spring opener after signing a seven-year, $210 million contract this winter, Scherzer needed just eight pitches in a perfect first.

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A New York Mets fan has put his displeasure with the team’s ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New Hampshire, paid to have a billboard with the message ”Fred, Jeff & Saul, Ya Gotta Leave,” erected on Interstate 95, about eight miles north of Tradition Field, the Mets spring training home. The billboard is blue with white and orange lettering – Mets colors. The message is aimed at owner Fred Wilpon, president Saul Katz and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

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Dillon Gee allowed two runs in two innings and Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4 for 4 and scored a run, leading the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. It’s a matter of getting my pitches together.” Wandy Rodriguez, who came to camp looking for a spot in the Atlanta rotation, allowed run and walked two in one inning. He signed to a minor league deal after starting six games for Pittsburgh last year, posting a 6.75 ERA. ”I don’t feel any pressure at all.” Rodriguez’s chances improved when Braves General Manager John Hart said after the game that Mike Minor, who made 25 starts last season, is out indefinitely with tightness in his left shoulder.

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VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer will start the Washington Nationals’ spring training opener on Thursday night against the New York Mets.

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Mets ace Matt Harvey might be returning from elbow surgery with another nasty pitch. Throwing batting practice for the second time this spring, Harvey showed off an impressive curveball that neither David Wright or Curtis Granderson were able to hit.

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All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy said the New York Mets have not approached him about a long-term contract. ”No extension talks right now,” Murphy said Thursday before the Mets’ first full-squad workout. I have too much anxiety today to worry about what happens in November.” Murphy made his first All-Star appearance last year, when he led the Mets in batting average (.289), hits (172), doubles (37) and runs (79). Dilson Herrera, a 20-year-old prospect who made his major league debut with the Mets in August, is a possible second baseman of the future for New York.

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A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being an irritant, a pest, and quite a handful for any team wearing a different colored uniform. New to the Braves, the catcher was laughing it up with the Atlanta players during a workout this weekend. When the Braves signed him over the offseason, it became his seventh major league stop.

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When Johan Santana walked into the Blue Jays’ clubhouse for the first time early Saturday morning, a surprise was waiting inside his locker. Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the celebration from Santana’s no-hitter with the New York Mets in June 2012, arguably the finest moment in his baseball career. ”I know exactly who did that,” Santana said with a smile. For Santana, after two major surgeries on his throwing shoulder and a ruptured Achilles tendon he sustained with Baltimore during extended spring training last June, the picture served as an emotional reminder of his distinguished past.

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