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  1. Observations from Saturday’s 10-2 loss to the Mets

    Mar 28, 2015, 5:54 PM EDT

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg was making his first start in 11 days, and it looked like it. The right-hander, scratched from his last outing due to a minor ankle sprain, wasn’t as sharp as he had been the last time he faced a major-league lineup, giving up four runs on four hits…

  2. Nationals announce season-opening rotation order

    Mar 28, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Less than a week after announcing Max Scherzer as their Opening Day starter, the Nationals announced the order for the rest of their rotation to open the season. Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will follow Scherzer and face the Mets in the season-opening series April 6-9. Gio Gonzalez and Doug…

  3. Zimmerman expects to be back in 2-3 days

    Mar 28, 2015, 1:03 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman said he felt “way better” Saturday morning than he did the previous afternoon when he injured himself diving for a ball to his left, and the veteran first baseman expects to be back in the Nationals’ lineup within the next 2-3 days and thus ready for Opening Day. “I feel…

  4. Nats vs. Mets — 3/28/15

    Mar 28, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Hello from Tradition Field, where the Nats and Mets meet for the fifth time this spring. (They’ve still got one more meeting Tuesday in Viera before they meet for real on Opening Day.) It’s a bit interesting that Stephen Strasburg will pitch today, considering he’ll be facing New York in…

  5. Storen returns to mound, Williams unhappy with offense

    Mar 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Two more observations from Friday’s 1-1 tie against the Cardinals, unrelated to each other… — Drew Storen made his return to the mound, exactly two weeks removed from surgery to remove the broken hamate bone from his left hand. What looked like it could be a quick and tidy top of the…

  6. Zimmermann: “It’s not looking good” for deal before opener

    Mar 27, 2015, 5:26 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — When Jordan Zimmermann reported for spring training nearly six weeks ago and said he wouldn’t hold any contract negotiations during the regular season, the right-hander essentially created a deadline for any talks with the Nationals to take place. And as that deadline fast approaches, there doesn’t appear to be any reason to…

  7. Zimmerman banged up on diving play at first base

    Mar 27, 2015, 4:23 PM EDT

    AP

    VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman came out of Friday’s Grapefruit League game after only two innings, having “banged himself” on the left side making a diving stop in the top of the first, Nationals manager Matt Williams said. Williams said Zimmerman didn’t ask to be taken out of the game and insisted the move was…

  8. Nats vs. Cardinals — 3/27/15

    Mar 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    VIERA, Fla. — As we get closer to the end of spring training, we can start drawing a few more conclusions from the lineup cards Matt Williams is filling out. Such as the fact Tony Gwynn Jr. is leading off and playing left field today, with Michael Taylor batting seventh and in center field. That…

  9. Ka’aihue, Burriss among six morning roster cuts

    Mar 27, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals made six roster cuts Friday morning, re-assigning outfielders Kila Ka’aihue and Derrick Robinson, infielders Emmanuel Burriss and Cutter Dykstra, catcher Steven Lerud and right-hander Manny Delcarmen to minor-league camp. All six players will open the season at Class AAA Syracuse. None of the six moves was surprising, though Ka’aihue had…

  10. Gonzalez composes himself, with an assist from Scherzer

    Mar 26, 2015, 9:08 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — There was a moment in the top of the third inning Thursday evening at Space Coast Stadium that might as well have been classic Gio Gonzalez. After issuing back-to-back, 2-out walks to the Mets, the left-hander shouted out a naughty word that could be heard in every corner of this cozy ballpark.…

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