• Micah Owings, a non-roster invitee who is trying to make the transition from pitcher to position player, started in left field and went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs to lift his Grapefruit League average to .333.
• Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will start his second consecutive game against the Astros on Thursday. It will mark the first time this spring Ramos will play back-to-back games. Manager Davey Johnson declined to say who will be his starting catcher for Opening Day against the Marlins. Ramos is competing against Kurt Suzuki.
• Johnson said that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is still slated to play defense for the first time this spring on Monday against the Tigers.
• Johnson said starting Thursday his power relievers -- Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano -- will pitch every other day during the rest of spring.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.