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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Tanner Roark
After adding veteran Doug Fister in a trade with the Detroit Tigers in January, it appeared the Nats would have even less need for those extra options. Not so fast.
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ross Detwiler stated their cases for jobs as No. 5 starters as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Thursday.
Jason Castro hit a two-run homer and an RBI double, leading the Houston Astros to a 10-9 victory over a Washington Nationals split-squad Wednesday.
Tanner Roark got roughed up a bit in Florida, giving up three hits and three runs over 3 1-3 innings of his second start.
With Doug Fister scratched due to elbow inflammation, Tanner Roark makes the emergency start for the Nationals against the Astros. Join the conversation on Nats Insider!
Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos both hit mammoth home runs in the first inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 8-5 Friday.
Doug Fister was scratched from his scheduled start in Viera with elbow inflammation, an injury the Nationals insist isn't serious.
Spring training performance is only one part of the equation when it comes to making this kind of decision. You could even argue it's only a minor part of the equation.
How will the Nationals choose their No. 5 starter between Ross Detwiler, Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan? It won't be based entirely on spring training performance.
Jordan was particularly efficient (16 of 21 pitches for strikes) and commanded his entire repertoire within the strike zone. Most notable: He recorded two strikeouts, each on changeups that fooled Mets hitters Ike Davis and Wilmer Flores.
Taylor Jordan's spring got off to a strong start. With two scoreless innings, the right-hander began to make his case for the No. 5 spot in the Nats' rotation.
Taylor Jordan enters spring training as one of three candidates competing for the fifth and final rotation spot. Will he prevail or find himself in Syracuse?
Ross Detwiler enters the 2014 season in an open competition for the fifth roster spot. If he wins the job, what can the Nats expect from him?
A healthy Ross Detwiler is comfortable with having to compete to win his job back as the Nationals' No. 5 starter.
The Nationals made a bold trade to boost their rotation, acquiring Doug Fister from Detroit for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.
"If I go out there and throw well, and feel good coming out of it, then I think I'll have a good chance at whatever I'm supposed to do," he said. "If I don't, then I don't deserve it."
"I want to make the team very badly, and however I can help out the team, I will," he said.