Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Saturday as a Nationals split-squad beat a Braves split-squad 8-2.
The homer came off old friend Yunesky Maya. Zimmerman is 6-for-16 this spring. He was back in the cleanup spot today after batting fifth yesterday. Davey Johnson never liked hitting Zimmerman below fourth, but manager Matt Williams might be more open to batting him fifth. That's probably where he should bat, working under the assumption (as Williams appears to be) that Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper have to hit third, fourth and fifth in some order.
John Lamb was sitting between 86-89 mph while getting blasted for four earned runs on four hits and two walks while recording just two outs against the Brewers on Saturday.
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"Tough to watch," observed the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough. McCullough reported earlier in the day that the Royals hope Lamb will win a rotation spot at Triple-A Omaha this season. At this point, that is no lock. The 23-year-old southpaw similarly struggled with velocity during an ugly 2013 campaign on the farm in which he was coming off Tommy John surgery.