Nationals’ Opening Day roster nearly set but bullpen intrigue remains

Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler each got their final tune-ups of the spring Wednesday. Strasburg threw five scoreless innings on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a minor league game while Detwiler pitched against the Braves and went 51/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Strasburg will start Opening Day while Detwiler will wait nine days before he gets his first start of the season April 6 in Cincinnati.

Windy day brings power display

On a windy day in Viera, the Nationals and Braves combined to hit eight home runs Wednesday with Wilson Ramos clubbing his first two since knee surgery and Zimmerman hitting three.

Around the horn

Closer Rafael Soriano looked “a little rusty” in his first outing since Saturday, when he threw in a minor league game, Johnson said. Soriano allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout. He will pitch Thursday for his only back-to-back games of the spring. … Outfielder Jayson Werth took a pitch off his elbow in what could have been a scary scene, but he was OK and joked later that it hit his “not-so-funny bone.” … Catcher Kurt Suzuki took a foul ball of his knee while catching Strasburg’s minor league game. He left the game but expects to play Thursday.

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