- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Doug Fister struck out the first two batters he faced in his spring debut with Washington, and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-3 Sunday.

Fister allowed one run and two hits with a walk in two innings, his first game since Detroit traded him to the Nationals in the offseason.

“Overall, not bad,” he said. “Obviously, there are still some things I need to work on. The biggest thing was my command. I felt a little erratic out there.”

“I’m trying to get to know myself again this year. A lot of it is just fine-tuning the sinker.”

Fister, who went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA for the Tigers last season, was happy to make his first start for his new team. It was especially important to work with his new catcher, Wilson Ramos.

“I think we’re pretty well already on the same page,” Fister said. “He caught on very quickly. We talked a little bit (throughout camp) but a lot of it comes from game experience. That’s something that today we were able to do and kind of get to know one another.”

Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer for the Nationals. Jeff Kobernus and Zach Walters each had an RBI triple and Wilson Ramos had two hits and an RBI.

Ed Lucas hit a solo home run for the Marlins.


Marlins: Brad Hand, in contention for the No. 5 starting spot, gave up one run on two hits while striking out two in two innings. He retired the Nationals in order in the second inning.


Nationals: Right fielder Jayson Werth’s name appeared in the lineup early Sunday morning, but by the time the game started he was a late scratch. Manager Matt Williams said Werth had felt a strain in his right biceps while working out Saturday and then felt it again Sunday morning. Werth has yet to play this spring.

“He’s a little tight in there from working out,” Williams said. “We’re going to push him (back) a day or two. But he’s fine. No worries. It’s just precautionary.”

Nationals right-hander Ryan Mattheus is still rehabbing from cartilage inflammation in his chest, and is hoping to resume throwing in a few days.

“We’re getting close,” the reliever said.

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