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Ender Inciarte is back in the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

He's batting leadoff and playing center field. Inciarte is back after spending the last two weeks representing Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. He impressed at the WBC, hitting . 292 with three RBI over seven games. The 26-year-old is entering his second year with Atlanta after arriving from Arizona in the Shelby Miller trade last offseason.
Mar 23 - 5:57 PM

Blake Treinen struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to record a save in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Ty Kelly reached on a one-out single, but Treinen got Michael Conforto to ground out and Juan Lagares to go down swinging to close things out. That Treinen pitched the ninth is notable, as Nationals manager Dusty Baker is the rare skipper who likes to pitch his closers in the final inning during spring training. Still, Treinen might be third in the pecking order behind Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover for saves even though he's struck out six over three scoreless frames this spring.
Mar 23 - 5:55 PM

Nationals pitching prospect Erick Fedde spun five shutout innings versus the Mets on Thursday.

And it came against the Mets' Opening Day lineup, minus Travis d'Arnaud. Fedde was superb between High- and Double-A last season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery and has pitched well this spring with a 3.29 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over 13 2/3 innings. He's ranked by MLB.com as the Nationals' No. 2 prospect and could push to debut in 2017.
Mar 23 - 5:51 PM

Robert Gsellman continued his excellent spring Thursday, allowing one unearned run over 5 1/3 frames against the Nationals.

He was bested by Nationals pitching prospect Erick Fedde, but Gsellman was superb again. The righty surrendered four hits, walked two and struck out two while lowering his Grapefruit League ERA to 1.56. The Mets sure seem to want Gsellman to be their fifth starter, and he's done nothing to dissuade them of the notion. Seth Lugo has been solid, too, although he stumbled in the World Baseball Classic final Wednesday.
Mar 23 - 5:45 PM

Aaron Nola struck out six batters but gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Twins on Thursday.

The light-hitting Tommy Field took Nola deep in the third inning. Nola is sporting an unsightly 6.62 ERA this spring, but he's struck out 19 over 17 2/3 frames and most importantly not shown any signs of last year's elbow issues. Overall, that's encouraging.
Mar 23 - 5:36 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) threw a 22-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

It was the first time he's thrown off a mound this spring. Cishek threw at 80 percent effort and is scheduled for another pen session on Sunday. Cishek isn't going to be ready for Opening Day but should join the team as a setup man sometime in April. The right-hander lost his closer's gig to Edwin Diaz about midway through last season.
Mar 23 - 5:33 PM

Odubel Herrera smacked his first homer of the spring and also added a single in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

Herrera was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to some cramping, but clearly he's fine. He took Nick Tepesch deep in the first inning and then showed off his trademark bat flip that we've all come to know and love. Herrera has eight hits in 22 at-bats this spring and will open the season as the Phillies' No. 3 hitter.
Mar 23 - 5:26 PM

Edinson Volquez allowed two runs -- one earned -- over three innings versus the Cardinals on Thursday.

It was Volquez's first outing since returning from the World Baseball Classic and a piggyback start for Volquez and Dan Straily, who got the "official" start. The veteran right-hander has generally pitched pretty well this spring, although he's managed just a 5/5 K/BB ratio across 9 1/3 innings.
Mar 23 - 5:19 PM
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