Astros’ rally keeps Nats winless in spring

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“Desmond is playing great,” Riggleman said. “He’s been just outstanding offensively and defensively, running the bases and providing energy.”

NOTES: Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, watched the game from owner Drayton McLane’s seats next to the Astros’ dugout. … Stephen Strasburg, the top pick in the 2009 draft, will make his second start of the spring on Sunday in Viera when the Nationals play the Cardinals. Riggleman said Strasburg is slotted to pitch three innings after tossing two scoreless frames his first time out Tuesday against the Tigers. … Nationals right fielder Elijah Dukes was a late scratch on Saturday and was replaced in the lineup by prospect Justin Maxwell. Riggleman decided to sit Dukes due to an ailment in his foot. … Astros closer candidate Brandon Lyon experienced some stiffness after facing live hitters for the first time this spring on Friday. Lyon, who is recovering from having a cyst drained in his throwing shoulder, is set to throw another 30-pitch side session against live hitters on Sunday.

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