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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.
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!
Doug Fister was scratched from his scheduled start in Viera with elbow inflammation, an injury the Nationals insist isn't serious.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?