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  1. Spring storyline No. 1: Dealing with the pressure

    Feb 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We conclude today with No. 1: The pressure to win now and the spotlight that will shine on this team from the first day of camp… The Nationals…

  2. Spring storyline No. 2: Werth’s shoulder surgery rehab

    Feb 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 2: Jayson Werth’s continued rehab from offseason shoulder surgery… No major-league club reports for spring training this week with fewer question marks than…

  3. VIDEO: Looking at “X-Factors” on Nats roster

    Feb 16, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

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    In our next spring training preview video segment, we look at a couple of members of the Nationals’ roster who could be “X-Factors” this season, guys who could prove hugely significant or not make a whole lot of difference. The first “X-Factor” is Bryce Harper, who despite moments of glory since reaching the big leagues,…

  4. Spring storyline No. 3: What’s Roark’s role?

    Feb 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 3: Tanner Roark’s uncertain role after losing his rotation spot to Max Scherzer… Tanner Roark made his major-league debut on Aug. 7, 2013,…

  5. Spring storyline No. 4: Zim’s on first

    Feb 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 4: Ryan Zimmerman’s long-anticipated move to first base on a permanent basis… On the day he was drafted, nearly 10 years ago, Ryan…

  6. 2015 outlook: Texas Rangers

    Feb 14, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 67-95, 5th place in AL West Manager: Jeff Banister, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $141 million Key additions: RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Ross Detwiler, OF Kyle Blanks, OF Nate Schierholtz, RHP Kyuji Fujikawa Key losses: OF Alex Rios, RHP Scott Baker, LHP Neal Cotts, RHP Alexi Ogando, LHP Robbie Ross Projected lineup RF Shin-Soo…

  7. VIDEO: Previewing Nats spring training

    Feb 14, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT

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    What are some of the most-important issues facing the Nationals this spring? I discussed several of them last night on Comcast SportsNet, including… — Jayson Werth’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery — The Nats’ new-look bullpen and the need to replace Tyler Clippard — Ryan Zimmerman’s permanent transition to first base Enjoy the video clip…

  8. Spring storyline No. 5: Last shot at contract negotiations?

    Feb 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We begin today with No. 5: Perhaps the last opportunity for GM Mike Rizzo to negotiate long-term contracts with several prominent pending free agents… This was a story…

  9. Roster preview: Tanner Roark

    Feb 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Traded with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 2014 stats: 31 GS, 198.2 IP, 178 H, 64 R, 63 ER, 16 HR, 39 BB, 138 K, 1.092 WHIP, 15-10, 2.85…

  10. Nats announce 20 non-roster invitees to big-league camp

    Feb 12, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT

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    The Nationals formally announced 20 non-roster invitees to big-league camp this spring, a list that includes three former MLB All-Stars, several other recognizable names and a group of upper-level prospects from their own farm system. Among the most well-known players who signed minor-league contracts and garnered invitations to major-league camp are second baseman Dan Uggla…

  11. 2015 outlook: Seattle Mariners

    Feb 12, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 87-75, 3rd place in AL West Manager: Lloyd McClendon, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $125 million Key additions: DH Nelson Cruz, OF Seth Smith, IF/OF Rickie Weeks, OF Justin Ruggiano, LHP J.A. Happ Key losses: DH Kendrys Morales, 1B/OF Corey Hart, 1B Justin Smoak, OF Michael Saunders, C Humberto Quintero, OF Chris Denorfia, RHP…

  12. Roster preview: Aaron Barrett

    Feb 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2010 draft 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 2014 stats: 50 G, 40.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 12 ER, HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 1.303 WHIP, 3-0, 2.66 ERA, 2.59 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2015 storyline: Barrett was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the…

  13. Blevins wins arbitration case, will make $2.4 million

    Feb 11, 2015, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Jerry Blevins won his arbitration case against the Nationals, awarded a $2.4 million salary for this season, according to a source familiar with the decision. A three-person panel heard arguments from both Blevins and the Nationals (who offered $2.2 million) during Tuesday’s hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla. Those judges decided to rule in favor of…

  14. Roster preview: Jerry Blevins

    Feb 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Traded from Athletics for OF Billy Burns, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $2.4 million OR $2.2 million (pending arbitration case) 2014 stats: 64 G, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 31 R, 31 ER, 3 HR, 23 BB, 66 K, 1.238 WHIP, 2-3, 4.87 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2015 storyline: After a rough several months to begin his…

  15. 2015 outlook: San Diego Padres

    Feb 10, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 77-85, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bud Black, 9th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $105 million Key additions: OF Matt Kemp, OF Justin Upton, OF Wil Myers, RHP James Shields, C Derek Norris, RHP Brandon Morrow, INF Clint Barmes, RHP Shawn Kelley, 3B Will Middlebrooks Key losses: OF Seth Smith, SS Everth Cabrera, C…

  16. Roster preview: Craig Stammen

    Feb 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: 12th round pick, 2005 draft 2015 salary: $2.25 million 2014 stats: 49 G, 72.2 IP, 78 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 56 K, 1.266 WHIP, 4-5, 3.84 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 0.6 WAR 2015 storyline: Few relievers in baseball have been more reliable, durable and versatile than Stammen, who has pitched in just…

  17. Roster preview: Matt Thornton

    Feb 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 38 How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees, Aug. 2014 2015 salary: $3.5 million 2014 stats: (w/WSH) 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51 FIP, 0.7 WAR. (Overall) 64 G, 36 IP, 33 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 8…

  18. 2015 outlook: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 8, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL Central Manager: Clint Hurdle, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $88 million Key additions: RHP A.J. Burnett, C Francisco Cervelli, 1B/OF Corey Hart, INF Jung-ho Kang, LHP Antonio Bastardo Key losses: C Russell Martin, RHP Edinson Volquez, 1B Ike Davis, INF Clint Barmes, LHP Justin Wilson, 1B Gaby Sanchez Projected…

  19. Roster preview: Drew Storen

    Feb 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2015 salary: $5.7 million 2014 stats: 65 G, 56.1 IP, 44 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 46 K, 0.976 WHIP, 11 SV, 3 BS, 2-1, 1.12 ERA, 2.71 FIP, 0.9 WAR 2015 storyline: After a brilliant regular season…

  20. 2015 outlook: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 6, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in AL West Manager: Bob Melvin, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $81.6 million Key additions: 2B Ben Zobrist, DH Billy Butler, 1B Ike Davis, 3B Brett Lawrie, SS Marcus Semien, RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP Tyler Clippard Key losses: LHP Jon Lester, RHP Jeff Samardzija, 1B Brandon Moss, 3B Josh Donaldson, SS…

  21. Fan’s Guide to Spring Training Part 2: The town

    Feb 6, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    If you’re making a trip to Viera this spring, chances are you’re going for one primary reason: baseball. That’s certainly a worthy reason to travel 900 miles to Viera. Come to think of it, there really aren’t many other worthy reasons to travel to Viera. But there actually will be more to your trip than…

  22. Fan’s Guide to Spring Training Part 1: The complex

    Feb 5, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Football season’s over. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. And that can mean only one thing: Spring training is right around the corner. Yes, Nationals pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Viera two weeks from today, news that is sure to bring a smile to your face (unless it’s been frozen in place from…

  23. 2015 outlook: New York Mets

    Feb 4, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 79-83, t-2nd place in NL East Manager: Terry Collins, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $98.2 million Key additions: OF Michael Cuddyer, OF John Mayberry Jr. Key losses: OF Eric Young Jr., RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka Projected lineup CF Juan Lagares 2B Daniel Murphy 3B David Wright 1B Lucas Duda RF Michael Cuddyer LF Curtis Granderson…

  24. Roster preview: Jordan Zimmermann

    Feb 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft 2015 salary: $16.5 million 2014 stats: 32 GS, 199.2 IP, 185 H, 67 R, 59 ER, 13 HR, 29 BB, 182 K, 1.072 WHIP, 14-5, 2.66 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 5.2 WAR 2015 storyline: On the heels of another All-Star season that earned…

  25. Roster preview: Stephen Strasburg

    Feb 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 26 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2015 salary: $7.4 million 2014 stats: 34 GS, 215 IP, 198 H, 86 R, 75 ER, 23 HR, 43 BB, 242 K, 1.121 WHIP, 14-11, 3.14 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 4.3 WAR 2015 storyline: Strasburg took some important career steps in 2014. He…

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