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  1. Strasburg’s gutty Opening Day start

    Apr 1, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

    AP

    NEW YORK — It got lost in the shuffle amid the injuries to Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper and the late-game heroics by the Nationals, but Stephen Strasburg’s Opening Day start deserves to be revisited.

    Strasburg was anything but crisp in his first outing of the season, especially early on when he allowed four quick runs and put the Nationals in a hole. But by day’s end, the right-hander displayed a trait not frequently associated with him: Guts.

  2. Williams pushes the right buttons during wild win

    Mar 31, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Matt Williams’ first game with the Nationals featured all sorts of twists and turns, forcing the rookie manager to make several tough decisions on the fly that ultimately led to a wild, 9-7 win over the Mets in extra innings.

  3. Ramos leaves game with hand injury, X-rays are negative

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos left Monday’s season opener against the New York Mets in the middle of the seventh inning after feeling pain his left hand.

  4. [Updated] Instant analysis: Nats 9, Mets 7 (10)

    Mar 31, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Despite injuries to Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos and a shaky debut by Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals battled against the Mets and rallied to win in extra innings thanks to clutch hits by Anthony Rendon and Denard Span.

  5. Harper passes 2 concussion tests, has headache

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper took a knee to his head in a scary collision at second base, but the Nationals young star stayed in the game and passed two concussion tests, convincing team officials he could continue to play.

  6. Ramos hitting cleanup, Zimmerman 2nd, Harper 5th

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Matt Williams tinkered with countless different lineup combinations throughout spring training, trying to find a formula he felt would work best once the regular season began. And then the first real lineup card the Nationals’ new manager ever filled out featured a 1-through-9 combo that was never actually used this spring. So,…

  7. Game 1: Nats at Mets

    Mar 31, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — As I write this at 9:30 a.m., the tarp is on the field here. The temperature is 36 degrees. There’s a light rain — and even a couple of icy-looking things — falling from the sky. And yet … let’s play ball! Yes, it’s Opening Day, and they are expected to play…

  8. 2014 Nats media predictions

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The day has arrived at last. In a mere seven hours, Denard Span will step to the plate to face Dillon Gee, and the 10th season in Nationals history will be underway. As was the case last year, the Nationals have lofty expectations. They can only hope to actually live up to those expectations this…

  9. VIDEO: Strasburg talks Opening Day; plus notes on Desmond, Espinosa

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:26 AM EDT

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    The Nationals made Stephen Strasburg available to media on Saturday, despite the team’s exhibition game with the Detroit Tigers being canceled due to rain. Strasburg held court at the podium for about 10 minutes, looking both back and forward on his career. I went in-depth on his expectations for Monday in New York in this…

  10. Nats trade for Poveda, sign Laffey to minor league deal

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

    Photo from USA Today

    On the eve of Opening Day 2014, the Nationals made two small moves to help bolster their minor league pitching depth. The Nats acquired right-hander Omar Poveda from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations, and signed lefty Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal. Poveda spent 2013 with the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate. In…

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