Mar 23, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT
The news out of Viera today that will draw the most attention, of course, is the naming of Max Scherzer as Opening Day starter. But the more important development down there today might well be the fact Yunel Escobar is making his long-awaited spring training debut this afternoon. Sidelined the last three weeks with an…
Mar 23, 2015, 11:33 AM EDT
Max Scherzer will start Opening Day for the Nationals, the club announced Monday, a not-surprising answer to a question that nonetheless had hovered over camp all spring. Scherzer, signed by the Nationals in January to the largest contract ever given a free-agent right-hander (7 years, $210 million), gets the nod over equally qualified rotation mates…
Mar 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Three weeks ago, back when he didn’t think he’d be looking for an Opening Day center fielder, Nationals manager Matt Williams noted the progress Michael Taylor had made over the previous 12 months and how that left the top prospect on the cusp of the big-league roster. “Mike’s close,” Williams said. “He’s really close.” Circumstances,…
Mar 22, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT
Stephen Strasburg was supposed to start today, making the trip to Lakeland to face Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Instead, Strasburg is back in Viera, nursing a twisted left ankle suffered during conditioning drills. The injury is not believed to be serious, but it is enough to keep the right-hander from…
Mar 21, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
It’s going to be such a nice day in Florida, the Nationals decided they might as well play two. Simultaneously. Yes, it’s another split-squad day, with one team staying home in Viera to face the Marlins while another group heads to Disney to face a split-squad Braves team. Most of the starters, as expected, are…
Mar 20, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
Every member of the Nationals rotation has now made three starts this spring, and every member of the rotation should make three more starts before Opening Day. For now, Max Scherzer leads the way, taking the mound today in Kissimmee for his fourth Grapefruit League start and scheduled to be the first member of the…
Mar 20, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
As you stare out the window this morning and see snow falling in the D.C. area, it’s difficult to believe they’ll be playing a real baseball game here in a mere 17 days. Believe it, though, because not even Mother Nature can get in the way of this. Baseball season has almost arrived. Which, in…
Mar 19, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT
The Nationals trimmed their spring training roster by three more Thursday, optioning left-hander Matt Grace and catcher Dan Butler to Class AAA Syracuse, plus infielder Wilmer Difo to Class A Potomac. Difo impressed in his first-ever big-league camp, hitting .318 (7-for-22) with two extra-base hits in 13 Grapefruit League games. The 22-year-old is among the…
Mar 19, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
We are fast approaching the stretch run of spring training, which means pitchers start going deeper into games, position players start getting more at-bats and guys on the roster bubble start being evaluated a bit closer. The Nationals today will see Gio Gonzalez make his third start of the spring. The lefty was fantastic in…
Mar 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Every team enters spring training with a rough idea what its Opening Day roster will look like, or at least which players will be competing for however many roster spots are up for grabs. And then as official first day of spring approaches and the regular season begins to loom, every team realizes its best-laid…
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
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