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  1. Encouraging or discouraging?

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ryan Zimmerman has raked at the plate all spring, an encouraging sign. VIERA, Fla. — With a night game (6:05 p.m. against the Marlins) on tap, we've got a chance to catch our breaths a bit this morning and look at the bigger picture. It's been an interesting spring, to say the…

  2. LaRoche ready to open season

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Adam LaRoche went 1-for-2 with a walk in his first big-league game since March 15. VIERA, Fla. — He got plenty of at-bats in minor-league camp over the last week. He passed all the conditioning drills designed to test his bruised left foot. And after playing six innings and stroking a base…

  3. Notes: Jackson, DeRosa, Carroll

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson allowed one run on two hits over six strong innings. VIERA, Fla. — Lots of tidbits to share from today's 6-3 victory over the Braves, so let's run through everything… Five days removed from a shellacking in Sarasota, Edwin Jackson was fantastic. The right-hander allowed just one run on two…

  4. Duke signed, Perry optioned

    Mar 29, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Zach Duke was released by the Astros after going 0-3 with an 11.30 ERA this spring. VIERA, Fla. — Seeking pitching depth to stash away at Class AAA Syracuse, the Nationals have signed left-hander Zach Duke to a minor-league contract, the club announced this afternoon. The Nationals also optioned reliever Ryan Perry…

  5. Nats (ss) vs. Braves – 3/29/12

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Braves come to Space Coast Stadium this afternoon. VIERA, Fla. — There are a couple of interesting additions to the Nationals' lineup today: Adam LaRoche is back starting at first base, and Xavier Nady is back starting in left field. This is LaRoche's first game appearance since…

  6. Strasburg bumped in preparation for opener

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg will now make his final spring training start Saturday. VIERA, Fla. — In an effort to better line up their ace for his Opening Day outing in Chicago, the Nationals have pushed Stephen Strasburg's final spring training start back one day. Originally scheduled to face the Marlins tomorrow night, Strasburg…

  7. Michaels, Blanco, Severino cut

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Outfielder Jason Michaels hit .220 with one homer in 20 games this spring. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals brought a bit more clarity to the makeup of their Opening Day roster this morning when they re-assigned outfielder Jason Michaels and infielder Andres Blanco to minor-league camp and optioned left-hander Atahualpa Severino to…

  8. Who takes roster spots of DL candidates?

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ryan Mattheus is first in line to make the bullpen if Drew Storen lands on the DL. VIERA, Fla. — We've reached the point of the spring where everyone can finally see the finish line ahead. Which also means everyone can see those final rounds of roster cuts about to be handed…

  9. Nady suddenly in the mix

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Xavier Nady went 1-for-3 and made a couple of nice plays in the field. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Unemployed two weeks ago and relegated to minor-league camp two days ago, Xavier Nady found himself starting for the Nationals this afternoon. And the way things are going, he might just find himself…

  10. Dominant start for Zimmermann

    Mar 28, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann shut out the Mets over six innings this afternoon. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Davey Johnson could have gone on and on raving about Jordan Zimmermann's dominant start, but the Nationals manager pretty much summed things up in one sentence. "That was superb, to say the least," Johnson said. It's…

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