Max Scherzer struck out seven over five innings as the Nationals topped a Mets split-squad 6-0 on Monday.
Scherzer allowed two hits and walked three in an 81-pitch outing. He's all set to start the Nationals' third game of the season despite the late start because of a finger injury.
Koda Glover retired all four Mets he faced to end the Nationals' 6-0 victory on Monday.
Dusty Baker is still auditioning Glover in advance of a possible closing announcement tonight. Glover didn't face any major leaguers today (he finished the game by striking out Tim Tebow). The only time in recent weeks that he has faced major leaguers, he ended up allowing three runs. We don't think that's all that telling -- Glover isn't lacking in the stuff department -- but nothing about Glover finishing a bunch of Grapefruit League games versus scrubs tells us much about whether he's ready to close.
Red Sox optioned OF Steve Selsky to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Selsky made a legitimate run at a bench spot -- socking his fourth home run of the spring on Monday -- but he'll go the minors and provide depth for now. He could get a shot eventually.
Seth Lugo yielded four runs and three homers in 4 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Nationals.
Those homers were supplied by a couple of strong hitters in Bryce Harper (two) and Trea Turner, but it was still a bad day for Lugo with the Mets about to decide how they'll set up at the beginning of the season. Most likely, either Lugo or Zack Wheeler will open up as the fifth starter in place of the injured Steven Matz. Lugo seemed like the obvious choice a day ago, but Wheeler performed much better today.
Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers Monday against the Mets.
Turner has shown really impressive power as a major leaguer, and the Nationals have a nice alternative in the leadoff spot in Adam Eaton. Still, Dusty Baker has been locked into Turner as a leadoff man since the beginning of the spring. Turner is batting .279 with three homers and six steals this spring.
Bryce Harper hit a pair of homers Monday off the Mets' Seth Lugo.
That's eight homers in 52 at-bats for Harper. He had totaled 10 in 245 career spring at-bats going into this year. Harper was hitting third today, and it looks like manager Dusty Baker is considering putting him there at the start of the year. He'll hit behind Daniel Murphy either way; it just remains to be seen whether they're two-three or three-four.
Tony Sipp (back) will return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.
Sipp was scratched from a scheduled appearance Saturday due to back stiffness, but he's expected to be fine. He'll help set up again for the Astros this season.
Tim Tebow went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Monday against the Nationals.
At least those strikeouts came against Max Scherzer and Koda Glover. He grounded out against Enny Romero in his third at-bat. Tebow, who has four singles in 24 at-bats this spring, is set to open the season in low-A ball.