Medlen roughed up again in Braves' loss

VIERA, Fla. — Of all the Braves, Kris Medlen will be the most happy to get the regular season going.

Pitching with the wind whipping at 30 miles per hour, the right-hander had another rough Grapefruit League outing on Sunday.

Medlen gave up eight hits and six run in five innings as the Braves lost 9-3 to Washington in a game called after seven innings because of rain.

The start came six days after Medlen gave up 14 hits and nine runs in five innings against Philadelphia.

Danny Espinosa hit a three-run homer off Medlen in the third inning and Adam LaRoche went deep off reliever David Carpenter with one on in the seventh.

Medlen, who was 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA as a starter with the Braves last season, finished the spring with a 7.23 ERA in six appearances. He struck out three and walked two against the Nationals.

Medlen is slated to start the third game of the regular season against the Phillies at Turner Field on April 4.

The Braves (18-13) will play their final game of the spring at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista on Monday, with Mike Minor getting the start against the New York Mets.