Curtis Granderson and David Wright hit consecutive home runs off Stephen Strasburg in the bottom of the third inning, leading the Mets to a 10-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Strasburg, making his first start since March 17 and only his third Grapefruit League start because of toe and ankle injuries, allowed four runs on four hits in four innings. ”It was good to get the pitch count up there,” said Strasburg, who threw 70 pitches. I’m sure I’ll feel a lot better next time.” Strasburg, who is slotted as the Nationals’ third starter in the rotation this season, struck out two and walked two.

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Starters John Lackey and Matt Harvey both pitched well Friday as the split-squad St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Friday. He needed only 84 pitches in the longest outing by a St. Louis pitcher this spring. The Mets pressured Lackey in the seventh when Michael Cuddyer’s double put runners on second and third with one out.

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Even before Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and the rest of the ramped-up Washington Nationals hit the field for their first full-squad workout at spring training, they got the message. There it was, printed across the top of a practice schedule posted in the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium. ”The road to the World Series begins today.” A challenge? Because as Major League Baseball launches speed-up rules this year to cut the length of games, a lot of teams are on the clock.

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A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:

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Gio Gonzalez loves a challenge, especially when it comes from one of his teammates. As the Washington lefty prepared to take the mound for the fourth inning of his start against the Mets on Thursday, he was approached by opening day starter Max Scherzer. A Nationals error forced Gonzalez to face one extra batter in that inning of an 8-3 loss to New York, but he was feeling good about what he accomplished. Matt Reynolds and Juan Lagares hit back-to-back home runs off Washington reliever Jerry Blevins.

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Masahiro Tanaka is staying away from one pitch and working on another. Tanaka allowed three runs and four hits while pitching into the fifth inning Wednesday for the New York Yankees in a 7-2 loss to the rival Mets. ”I’m not a pitcher that throws 95 every single pitch.” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka is trying to improve his game. The Yankees’ expected opening-day starter, against Toronto on April 6, was coming off two starts where the he had given up two hits over 5 2-3 shutout innings.

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Third baseman Anthony Rendon may miss the Washington Nationals’ opener against the New York Mets on April 6 because of a sprained left knee. When he was scratched from the starting lineup the following day, manager Matt Williams said Rendon just needed a day off. Potentially, but we just don’t know at this point.” Williams said Rendon’s knee has improved but still is sore.

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Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs had a much bigger problem: He couldn’t find the ballpark. Jackson missed his spring training start Tuesday against the A’s when he drove to the wrong stadium. The 31-year-old veteran said he typed ”Oakland Athletics spring training complex” into the Google Maps app on his phone and it directed him to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Too bad for Jackson, he didn’t realize Oakland no longer played there.

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New York Yankees prospect Jose Pirela is feeling much better two days after sustaining a concussion when he crashed into the center field wall on a play that ended up an inside-the-park home run for the Mets’ Juan Lagares. Pirela met with reporters in the Yankees dugout before Tuesday night’s game with Detroit and said he has no dizziness.

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Matt Harvey says he understands the New York Mets rationale in not starting him on opening day. The Mets announced Monday that 41-year-old Bartolo Colon will start the April 6 opener at Washington and NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom will start the home opener April 13 against Philadelphia. Obviously Bartolo throwing 200 innings, getting 15 wins, is well-deserving of opening day. All that Jacob did last year, he deserves opening day at home.

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