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Williams impressed with LaRoche's spring

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VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is off to a good start, going 5-for-15 with two home runs and four RBIs entering Sunday's action.

Manager Matt Williams is most impressed by how LaRoche is handling left-handed pitchers. LaRoche is taking pitches from the lefties up the middle.

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VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is off to a good start, going 5-for-15 with two home runs and four RBIs entering Sunday's action.

Manager Matt Williams is most impressed by how LaRoche is handling left-handed pitchers. LaRoche is taking pitches from the lefties up the middle.

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"He has been pretty consistent," Williams said. "I like when he hits the ball up the middle, especially against the left-hander. He has done that a couple of times. He has driven some balls to center field as well. I think he is right on track."

Generally, it takes LaRoche a lot of at-bats to get going, and Williams still plans to have LaRoche get at-bats in Minor League camp.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

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