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Nationals start strong at Area Code

New Castle (Ind.) star lefty Trey Ball got the nod for the White Sox on Monday at the Area Code Baseball Games. Ball pitched well, but his team fell to the Brewers 2-0. Scott Kurtz/ESPNHS

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Four teams -- the White Sox, Brewers, Nationals and Yankees -- took the field for the first time at the Area Code Baseball Games on Monday.

The Yankees got things started with their batting practice session on Monday, and they didn't disappoint. Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, N.J.) standout Joe Dudek Jr. impressed with his power.

But would the Yankees' strong batting practice session carry over into their game?

Nationals 12, Yankees 3

The Nationals and Yankees kicked things off on Monday, and it was the Nationals who put on a show by cruising to a 12-3 win. The Nationals exploded for five runs on four hits in the third inning and added three more in the fifth.

Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.) second baseman Dalton Dulin went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI. Nationals teammate Ronnie Healy of Jupiter (Fla.), who's rated No. 25 in the ESPN 60, added a double, triple and four RBIs.

Yankee starter Tyler Allen of Deer Park (Texas), who gave up the five-spot, was solid his first two innings. His fastball was 89, and he also kept the Nationals off-balance with a sharp breaking ball.

Brewers 2, White Sox 0

Ian Clarkin of Madison (San Diego) and Trey Ball of New Castle (Ind.) got the nods for the Brewers and White Sox, respectively, and both southpaws didn't disappoint in what was the best pitching matchup of the week thus far. Clarkin tossed three scoreless innings and allowed just one hit to best Ball, a Texas commit who's rated No. 7 in the ESPN 60.

Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) Class of 2014 catcher Alex Jackson sparked the offense with a homer to left. Jackson hit 17 homers this past spring as a sophomore.

Rangers 5, Royals 3

The Rangers came from behind to beat the Reds on Sunday. On Monday, the Rangers got the lead early against the Royals and held on for the win.

The Rangers exploded for four runs in the fifth, capped by a two-run double by Corey Simpson. The Sweeny (Texas) catcher had a two-run homer and four RBIs in his first game on Sunday.

The Royals pushed three across the board in the seventh to make it interesting but fell just short. South Anchorage (Alaska) right-hander Max Karnos threw the ball well for the Royals and didn't allow a run.