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Soriano has made five of the eight spring appearances he’d told Johnson he’d like to have to feel ready for the season. He will pitch on back-to-back days next week. In his last appearance, Soriano allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning.

Johnson has said repeatedly he thought it was the best he’d seen Soriano look all spring, despite the results.

“He threw great last time out and got racked,” Johnson said. “But he’ll be fine. He knows what he needs to do.”

Around the horn

Cole Kimball hasn’t pitched in a game in more than a week, but Johnson said the team has found no issue with the right-hander. He had tests done to discern if there was a problem in his upper back, but the training staff found only some muscle tightness. … The Nationals announced that Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha will throw out the first pitch Opening Day. Theodore Roosevelt’s great-great-grandson, Winthrop, will make the ‘play ball’ announcement.