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Yanks impressed by young, stingy Nats

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Yanks impressed by young, stingy Nats

It took 14 innings and though the Yankees grabbed another from the Nats in the second of their three-game series, the 27-time World Champs saw plenty on Saturday to make them believe they could see the Nationals again this year. The strongest evidence for that suspicion? The Nats bullpen.

"To be honest I was having trouble remembering when we got our other three runs it was so long ago," Yankees manager Joe Girardi quipped after the game.

The Nationals bullpen held the Yankees scoreless and hitless for seven straight innings until finally cracking in the 14th when Jayson Nix and Derek Jeter opened the frame with singles off Brad Lidge. A batter later, Mark Teixeira broke the scoring drought to put the Yankees on top.

"They're a very good team," said Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez. "They got a lot of young guys and their pitching is solid so they're gonna be good for a long time."

Freddy Garcia, however, took it a bit further.

"They got everything: starting, reliever, bullpen. They got a pretty good chance to win the division."

High praise for a franchise that, in its current existence, has failed to put together a winning season, let alone a single playoff appearance.

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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

CLICK HERE TO FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE CRAZIEST BALLPARK FOODS YOU'LL FIND AROUND MLB THIS YEAR

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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. 

Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger caused him to miss the start of spring training, and the World Baseball Classic. 

Scherzer did, however, make his first MLB spring training start of 2017 on Wednesday. The 2016 NL Cy Young award winner allowed two earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He added four strikeouts and one walk, and reportedly looked just like you would expect from Max Scherzer. 

"To be out there competing, throwing all my pitches, throwing them for strikes, that's a great first outing," Scherzer told Eddie Matz of ESPN after the game. "Finger's good. Finger feels like a finger. I'm getting through that injury. It's behind me now."

With Scherzer set to open the season as the third starter in the rotation, that likely means that Stephen Strasburg will start on opening day against the Miami Marlins, and Tanner Roark will slot in behind him. 

While it's nice to have your ace pitcher starting on opening day, it's not a huge deal to have Scherzer start the season third in the rotation, especially because the Nationals starting rotation is the strength of the team

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