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Yankees 4, Nationals 2
Game in a nutshell: Jordan Zimmermann had a tough day in his final tuneup for the regular season. He gave up a solo shot to Kevin Youkilis in the fourth inning, allowed a total of seven hits and finished with four earned runs on the day.
Hitting highlight: Bryce Harper had another hit, finally getting to Andy Pettite who baffled him in four hitless at-bats last summer. Desmond had the team's first RBI on a single up the middle to score Zimmerman. LaRoche also had an RBI in the sixth inning to send Zimmerman home.
Pitching lowlight: As this was an exhibition game, it's tough to read too much into anything really. Jordan Zimmermann, however, would probably have preferred a smoother last outing before the regular season. Zimmermann had trouble after a smooth first inning and was yanked in the fourth. He left with four earned runs, seven hits, and a walk on 69 pitches (49 strikes).
Key stat: Bryce Harper finishes his 2013 spring with a .478 average, three home runs, and 15 RBI in 25 games. Not too bad.
Up next: The Nationals have two off days this weekend before it all gets started on Monday, Opening Day. Stephen Strasburg will lead Washington against the Marlins at Nats Park, first pitch is at 1:05 p.m.