Spring training notepad: Thursday, March 15

Some odds and ends before we bring you coverage on the blog and on Twitter of Nationals vs Yankees today at 1.


-The Chiefs begin their spring training schedule today in Kissimmee against the Triple-A Astros, the Oklahoma City Redhawks. We’ll get you updates on what happened there.


-The Nationals face the Yankees in Viera today in the first of a home-and-home.  Michael Pineda opposes Chien-Ming Wang on the mound.  First time Wang’s faced his former team (not including Chiefs games against Scranton).


-On possible Chief alert, Chad Tracy hit a home run in yesterday’s Nats 6-5 loss to the Braves.  He’s got eight RBI on five hits this spring.  Tracy, who’s never been in the big leagues, has hit at least 17 homers in his last four seasons.


-Carlos Maldonado looks good.  He drove in a run in yesterday’s game against the Braves in Orlando.


-Here’s a nice story on Bryce Harper from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/bryce-harper-plays-center-clarifies-approach-to-making-nationals-eager-to-face-yankees/2012/03/14/gIQAqAe4CS_blog.html


-On Harper, fans jeered him with pleasure last night.  When the Braves successfully fielded a Harper groundout, one local yelled “show that young buck how it’s done.”


-Boy did Dan Uggla put a hurt on a Stephen Strasburg fastball early yesterday.  The video board in right-center had just displayed a graphic about Uggla’s career high in homers in 2011 when he did his damage.


Talk to you later with more stuff.



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