Mar 1, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Aaron Barrett could be excused if, as he walked off the mound at AT&T Park on the night of Oct. 7, 2014, he wanted nothing more than to bury his head in the sand and never emerge again. Having just uncorked the wild pitch that brought the run home that ultimately won…
Mar 1, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Max Scherzer was just about ready to get started with his first session facing live hitters as a member of the Nationals, except for one small request: He needed somebody to sing the national anthem before he could throw his first pitch. Seriously? “Yes, always,” Scherzer explained afterward. “You’ve got to simulate…
Mar 1, 2015, 9:47 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Baseball is a business, and Bryce Harper knows that. Few rosters can be held together forever, and he knows the Nationals as currently constructed may not get the chance to play as one club beyond this season. A true student of the game, though, Harper also knows a handful of franchises have…
Feb 28, 2015, 5:14 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Everywhere one guy goes, the other guy goes. If one is throwing in the bullpen, the other is right beside him. If one is fielding comebackers, the other is right behind him waiting for his turn. And when the work day is done and the golf course beckons, they remain playing partners.…
Feb 28, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals had managed to avoid Mother Nature’s worst since opening camp last week, squeezing a couple of workouts in between storms and intense wind, but their luck ran out Saturday. Heavy and persistent rain forced the team to essentially call off its planned daily workout. Pitchers did still play catch in…
Feb 28, 2015, 12:12 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Max Scherzer could have signed anywhere this winter. He chose to sign with the Nationals. Yes, the money — a staggering $210 million — was a big factor. But it wasn’t the only factor. As Scherzer explains in my 1-on-1 interview with him for Comcast SportsNet, the idea of joining a Nationals…
Feb 27, 2015, 9:44 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals added another bullpen arm to their spring training roster Friday night, signing veteran left-hander Rich Hill to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp. Hill, who turns 35 next month, is 24-22 with a 4.72 ERA in 190 career major-league appearances (70 starts) with the Cubs, Orioles, Red…
Feb 27, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — There aren’t many jobs up for grabs this spring, but there is at least one interesting question for the Nationals to contemplate when assembling their Opening Day bench: How many left-handed bats do they need? The Nats’ projected lineup, as has been noted, will feature only two left-handed hitters: Denard Span and…
Feb 27, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Those of you still dealing with real winter back north won’t have any sympathy, but it was downright miserable today in Viera. The Nationals’ morning workout was conducted under gray skies that produced on-and-off rain, with temperatures in the low-50s and a strong wind howling from the north, with no tall structures…
Feb 27, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT
The transformation the Washington Nationals have undergone over the last few years is nothing short of remarkable. After losing more than 100 games in 2008 and 2009, they have become a perennial playoff contender with two NL East division titles in the last three seasons. Few can speak to the difference between now and then…
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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