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NATIONALS: Gonzalez felt great about covering first base for an out, one of the most fundamental plays for a pitcher. “You joke about it, but on a serious note that’s something I was working on for a while simply because it got me out of that inning,” he said.

ASTROS: Because of rainouts, Feldman started only his second game of the spring. He will get two more starts.


Peacock had his best outing of the spring after pitching in two minor league games. “I needed a good one, no question,” he said. Manager Bo Porter said “it was good to see him have an outing where he was able to use his changeup and be effective with it.”


The Astros sent down seven players, most prominently left-hander Rudy Owens, who started two spring games. Houston still has 21 pitchers in camp, and is considering breaking camp with 13.