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Haren shakes off toughest start of spring

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VIERA, Fla. -- A day after experiencing a dead arm, Nationals right-hander Dan Haren said Saturday that he is feeling much better and is expected to make his scheduled start against the Braves on Thursday.

Haren had his worst outing of the spring Friday, allowing five runs in five innings against the Cardinals.

"I feel better than I did yesterday," Haren said Saturday. "I couldn't get it going yesterday. I'll take it easy, I'll take an extra day with the off-day [on Tuesday], which should be nice. Physically, I feel real good, better than I did yesterday. I'm not going to put any excuses on driving down [to Jupiter, Fla.] or anything like that. It was just one of those days yesterday."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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