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  1. It’s time

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    The bags are packed. The household chores have been (mostly) taken care of. Mrs. Z and Baby Z have been assured all will be fine in my absence. It's time to head down to Viera. It's time for baseball. This will be my eighth spring covering the Nationals — how did that happen? — and…

  2. Starting up another season on ESPN-980

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:18 PM EST

    As the start of spring training arrives this weekend, we’ll begin to have more and more coverage here and elsewhere of the Nationals. That includes blog posts on Nats Insider and CSNwashington.com, video segments on both sites (such as the above one in which I join CSN’s Kelli Johnson to discuss some of the biggest…

  3. Spring storylines: Harper tries to make club

    Feb 17, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire file photo Bryce Harper will be the biggest story this spring at Nationals camp. With pitchers and catchers due to report Sunday, we've reached the home stretch of the offseason. All week, we've counted down the five biggest storylines facing the Nationals at spring training. Today, it's storyline No. 1: Bryce Harper's quest…

  4. Beltway Baseball – Spring training preview

    Feb 16, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    The big day has nearly arrived. Several players have already begun arriving in Viera for the start of spring training, and all pitchers and catchers will report by Sunday. So will all the beat writers, including yours truly. But before packing my bags and getting things in order back here at home, I joined CSNwashington.com’s…

  5. Spring storylines: An excess of starters

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Chien-Ming Wang appears to enter camp with a leg up for the final rotation spot. With pitchers and catchers due to report Sunday, we've reached the home stretch of the offseason. All week, we'll count down the five biggest storylines facing the Nationals at spring training. Today, it's storyline No. 2: How…

  6. Spring storylines: Who’s in center field?

    Feb 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Roger Bernadina and Rick Ankiel are among the Nationals' options in center field. With pitchers and catchers due to report Sunday, we've reached the home stretch of the offseason. All week, we'll count down the five biggest storylines facing the Nationals at spring training. Today, it's storyline No. 3: Who will start…

  7. Spring storylines: Zimmerman’s contract

    Feb 14, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire file photo Ryan Zimmerman has been the face of the franchise since he was drafted in 2005. With pitchers and catchers due to report Sunday, we've reached the home stretch of the offseason. All week, we'll count down the five biggest storylines facing the Nationals at spring training. Today, it's storyline No. 4:…

  8. Spring storylines: Trying to bounce back

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth can only hope his second year in a Nats uniform is better than his first. With pitchers and catchers due to report Sunday, we've reached the home stretch of the offseason. All week, we'll count down the five biggest storylines facing the Nationals at spring training. Today, it's storyline No.…

  9. How the Nats were assembled

    Feb 12, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Drew Storen is one of 21 current players acquired after Mike Rizzo became GM in 2009. There's no question the roster that will gather in Viera one week from today will be the most talented one in the Nationals' brief history. It took eight years, but this franchise will finally open spring…

  10. Friday morning fodder

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire file photo Stephen Strasburg is having his number retired at San Diego State. Some news and notes to chew on as the countdown to spring training reaches single digits at long last… – Stephen Strasburg, as surely you know by now, is no attention hog. If anything, he goes out of his way…

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
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