Mar 21, 2012, 4:40 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium hosts the Braves this afternoon. VIERA, Fla. — If John Lannan wants to make as strong a case as possible to open the season as the Nationals' No. 5 starter (in place of an injured Chien-Ming Wang), today would represent a golden opportunity. When the…
Mar 21, 2012, 2:22 PM EST
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound April 5 at Wrigley Field. VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg hasn't appeared in an All-Star Game like Gio Gonzalez. He hasn't won a World Series like Edwin Jackson. He hasn't posted a top-10 National League ERA like Jordan Zimmermann. But Strasburg — in the mind…
Mar 21, 2012, 2:18 AM EST
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg allowed one run over five strong innings tonight. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Leave it to Davey Johnson — a man who earlier in the day bragged about the time he was invited by former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday to play a round at Augusta National — to summarize Stephen…
Mar 20, 2012, 11:27 PM EST
US Presswire photo The Nationals want Bryce Harper to work in center field at Class AAA Syracuse. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Mike Rizzo doesn't know if Bryce Harper will be able to play center field for the majority of his big-league career. But the Nationals general manager wants to find out if the 19-year-old…
Mar 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg faces the Mets tonight at DigitalDomain Park. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg is going to see plenty of the Mets over the course of this season and future ones, so might as well get used to facing New York's lineup here in spring training.…
Mar 20, 2012, 5:51 PM EST
US Presswire photo Drew Storen hasn't appeared in a game since March 7. Updated at 5:38 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — It's been nearly two weeks since Drew Storen last pitched, raising questions about the Nationals closer's status. Turns out Storen has been suffering from strep throat, and doctors have instructed him to stay away from…
Mar 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EST
US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi is attempting to make the club as a backup infielder. Break's over. For the Nationals, who after yesterday's lone respite of the spring are back on the diamond tonight against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. And for your humble beat writer, who is probably 35,000 feet over North Carolina…
Mar 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EST
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper will open the season at Class AAA Syracuse. Few would dispute, after watching him in big-league camp for one month, that Bryce Harper wasn't ready to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. Yes, the 19-year-old outfielder had his moments against the big boys, especially during the first week of Grapefruit…
Mar 18, 2012, 9:18 PM EST
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper went 8-for-28 with two doubles and zero RBI this spring. Mike Rizzo said all along he would keep an open mind watching Bryce Harper compete this spring for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but the Nationals general manager knew the 19-year-old was going to have to do something…
Mar 18, 2012, 4:00 PM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Edwin Jackson faces the Tigers today at Space Coast Stadium. It's a rare event indeed when the visiting lineup at a spring training game features more regulars than the home lineup. That does appear to be the case today in Viera, where Jim Leyland is bringing several…
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