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Xavier Cedeno and Christian Garcia, who are battling for a berth in the bullpen, both saw their second action of the spring on Monday. Cedeno pitched a scoreless fifth inning, allowing one hit, and Garcia yielded a double and a walk but no runs in the sixth.

Of Garcia, Williams said, "I think he was a little more comfortable, a little more calmed down out there today."

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Xavier Cedeno and Christian Garcia, who are battling for a berth in the bullpen, both saw their second action of the spring on Monday. Cedeno pitched a scoreless fifth inning, allowing one hit, and Garcia yielded a double and a walk but no runs in the sixth.

Of Garcia, Williams said, "I think he was a little more comfortable, a little more calmed down out there today."

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Bryce Harper (flu-like symptoms) and Jayson Werth (strained right biceps) remained behind in Viera, Fla., on Monday.

"Bryce wanted to come on the trip," Williams said. "I told him to stay back and take it easy. I plan to bring him [to Lake Buena Vista] tomorrow.

"Jayson is going through his progressions. When we get back, we'll see where he's at."

• Unlike most Major League managers, Williams gets together with his coaching staff each day when he makes out his starting lineup, making it a joint effort.

"I encourage them to express their opinion," said Williams, who plans to continue the practice when the regular season begins.

"I don't have 20 years experience," he said.

Zach Walters is no longer perfect. He went 1-for-2 on Monday, dropping his average to .857. He did, however, belt his first home run of the spring, over the center-field fence near the 408-foot mark. Meanwhile, Danny Espinosa is hitless after going 0-for-2, although he did reach base twice. He was hit by a pitch and reached safely on an error.

• As expected, Gio Gonzalez will make his first start of spring on Wednesday in Viera against the Mets.

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com.

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