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Haren had mixed results Tuesday. At one point, he had set down nine straight batters and 12 of 13, but he also surrendered four home runs on a windy day in Jupiter (including two to Giancarlo Stanton) and was most annoyed at himself for a two-out walk to Adeiny Hechavarria in the fifth inning that was followed by a home run by Chris Coghlan.

“I thought he threw the ball all right,” Johnson said. “He said he found out which hitters he didn’t really want to come in on. … He’ll be ready to go.”

Haren was unsure if he’d throw an extended bullpen session or a simulated game before his first regular-season start, and he couldn’t remember a time when he started on so many days of rest, but he wasn’t worried about the layoff.

“The extra time isn’t the worst thing in the world,” Haren said. “It’s a long, grueling season, so a couple extra days here and there is not bad.”

Around the horn

Right-hander Chris Young was given his unconditional release Tuesday morning, hours after he filed paperwork to opt out of his minor league deal with Washington. He is now a free agent and didn’t rule out re-signing with the Nationals if he cannot find a major league deal elsewhere. … Roger Bernadina was 2 for 2 with a home run after taking over from Denard Span in center field Tuesday. … Catcher Carlos Maldonado played first base and pitcher Zach Duke was on deck to pinch hit when the game ended, another sign that it’s time for spring training to end.