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VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams says Taylor Jordan will start the team's first spring training game.

Williams made the announcement Tuesday. The Nationals play the New York Mets on Friday in Port St. Lucie.

Williams did not say who will start the home opener Saturday against Atlanta, but he said Stephen Strasburg is on target to take the mound on opening day, March 31, against the Mets in New York.

The first-year manager said the team has its pitching schedule mapped out.

Jordan, a 25-year-old right-hander, made nine starts for Washington last season and went 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA. He is in contention for the team's No. 5 starter position.

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