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den Dekker torments former team, Marlins edge Nats

March 28, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationals held their latest auditions for a potential long reliever during Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Marlins' split-squad team. Right-handers Jacob Turner and Jeremy Guthrie both had a chance to make an impression with roster decisions looming for the final spots in the

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationals held their latest auditions for a potential long reliever during Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Marlins' split-squad team. Right-handers Jacob Turner and Jeremy Guthrie both had a chance to make an impression with roster decisions looming for the final spots in the team's bullpen.
Turner gave up three runs in the first inning on a two-run double from Matt den Dekker, who has stated his case to make the team with a strong spring. den Dekker scored after stealing third and scoring on an errant throw. Turner gave up just two hits and struck out three in four innings.
Meanwhile, Guthrie continued to make a strong case for himself. He gave up just one run on three hits with three strikeouts in four innings, lowering his spring ERA to 2.41.

Right-hander Scott Copeland surrendered a two-run home run to Jayson Werth in the second inning, but otherwise kept the Nats' offense in check.

Marlins Up Next: The Marlins visit the Astros at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Dan Straily, already named Miami's No. 2 starter, will make his final Grapefruit League appearance. Mike Fiers will start for Houston. Catcher J.T. Realmuto will play first base, and Ichiro Suzuki will be on the short trip to West Palm Beach. Second baseman Dee Gordon had some dental work done, and has not played the past couple of days, and is not scheduled to play Wednesday.
Nationals Up Next: Stephen Strasburg will have his final Grapefruit League start when the Nationals face the Cardinals at 12:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium. Strasburg, who is slated to start Opening Day on Monday, has allowed 10 runs and 12 1/3 innings this spring. The fact that he is healthy is the most important thing for the Nationals.
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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.