- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

VIERA, FLA. (AP) - Jordan Zimmermann wasn’t going to dominate forever. Now the Washington Nationals will get to see how he rebounds from a bad start.

The team’s top pitching prospect gave up five runs and seven hits in two innings Saturday, and the St. Louis Cardinals held on for a 12-11 victory over the Nationals.

It was the first time this spring Zimmermann has given up a run. The 22-year-old right-hander, considered a front-runner for one of the team’s final rotation spots, had allowed only six hits and two walks with 22 strikeouts in 12 1-3 innings before Saturday.

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