- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 11, 2010

VIERA, Fla. | Thursday’s scheduled exhibition game between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals has been canceled because of rain.

The game, which was to pit Nationals left-hander John Lannan against Houston right-hander Roy Oswalt, was called at 12:22 p.m. EST after two hours of heavy rain swept through central Florida.

Brevard County, home to the Nationals’ spring camp, is under a tornado watch until 6 p.m.

Washington RHP Livan Hernandez threw a simulated game Wednesday and is scheduled to make his spring training debut Sunday. Hernandez, signed to a minor league contract earlier this month, will pitch in relief of the scheduled starter, RHP Stephen Strasburg.

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