The last time Erik Bedard took the mound, the left-hander lasted all of eight pitches before departing with back spasms. That was seven days ago, against the Nationals, who then proceeded to score two runs in eight innings against five Pirates relievers.
Bedard is back on the mound tonight for the first time since that incident, facing the same Nationals lineup, which can only hope to enjoy more success against the lefty ... or whatever relievers end up in the game for Pittsburgh. Davey Johnson is going with a bunch of right-handed hitters, including Tyler Moore and Xavier Nady.
Gio Gonzalez, meanwhile, starts for the Nats, looking to bounce back from a shaky outing in Cincinnati on Friday. Gonzalez was dealing with a sore right hand that evening, the lingering effects of his awkward slide into third base his previous time out.
Updates to come, so please check the Nats Insider live game thread...
PITTSBURGH PIRATES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 187
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF
SS Ian Desmond
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Xavier Nady
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Tyler Moore
C Jesus Flores
LHP Gio Gonzalez
RF Jose Tabata
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
1B Casey McGehee
LF Yamaico Navarro
C Rod Barajas
SS Clint Barmes
3B Josh Harrison
LHP Erik Bedard
One of the most iconic moments in sports is when the President of the United States throws out a first pitch at a baseball game. In fact, every president dating back to William Taft in 1910 has thrown at least one Opening Day ceremonial first pitch during their time in office.
At least for this year, Donald Trump will not join that long lists of presidents.
According to Bryon Kerr, President Trump will not partake in the tradition due to scheduling conflicts.
Traditionally the ceremonial first pitch by presidents has been done on Opening Day, but also there have been presidents that have thrown the first pitch at the All-Star Game, and even during the World Series; none was perhaps more memorable that George W. Bush's first pitch in the 2001 World Series.
Regularly presidents have thrown out the first pitch on Opening Day, but it is not uncommon for presidents to miss out on one of baseball's sacred days. George W. Bush only threw the Opening Day pitch in six of his eight years as president. He would also throw a Ceremonial first pitch in 2009, his first year out of office. Barak Obama would only throw one Opening Day first pitch and that was in 2010 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the now forgotten tradition.
Before his presidency, President Trump has thrown one first pitch to start a baseball game. It was during the 2006 regular season at Fenway Park.
RELATED: Tim Tebow strikes out in three pitches from Max Sherzer
Max Scherzer is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and widely considered one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.
Tim Tebow is a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Single-A baseball prospect for the New York Mets.
That enough should tell you all you need to know about how an encounter between the two would fare. But considering Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, and despite him being the longest of longshots to crack an MLB roster, people flock to the interwebs to see how he's doing on the baseball diamond.
On Monday, he got a chance to step into the batter's box against Scherzer, who was making his first spring training start for the Nationals.
Pitch 1: 96 MPH fastball — Swing and miss
Pitch 2: 97 MPH fastball — Looking
Pitch 3: 97 MPH fastball — Swing and miss
Tebow faced Scherzer again later in the game, and managed to do only slightly better.
Scherzer struck him out on four pitches.
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