• Left-hander Matt Purke, the Nationals' No. 9-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, made his debut with Class A Advanced Potomac on Wednesday and pitched five solid innings against Winston-Salem. He gave up one run on four hits, walked two and struck out two.
Washington's third-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft had a 2.48 ERA over six starts at Class A Hagerstown after shoulder problems limited him to three games last season, his first as a professional. The Rangers took Purke 14th overall in the 2009 Draft, but he attended TCU instead of joining Texas.
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