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  1. Nats vs. Marlins – 3/9/12

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:36 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Roger Dean Stadium, spring training home of the newly renamed Miami Marlins. Stephen Strasburg's first outing of the spring was good, not great. The right-hander did give up a couple of runs in 2 2/3 innings to the Astros, of them coming on a Chris Snyder homer. He did, however, strike out…

  2. The best setup man wants to be even better

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Tyler Clippard earned his first All-Star selection last summer. Rare is the setup man who can boast an ERA under 2.00, a spot on the All-Star team, a double-digit win total, a triple-digit strikeout total and a workload that would make most pitchers' arms drop dead. Even rarer is the setup man…

  3. Nats vs. Astros – 3/8/12

    Mar 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Space Coast Stadium plays host to the Houston Astros this afternoon. No matter how hard the Nationals try to distance themselves from Livan Hernandez, they just can't avoid him right now. Five days after the big guy made his Astros debut against his former club in Kissimmee, he's back on the mound…

  4. The rotation: So far, so good

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez tossed three scoreless innings on Tuesday. Yes, it's early. And no, they haven't been stretched out for more than three innings yet. But so far, the Nationals' revamped starting rotation has lived up to the top billing it received when camp opened nearly three weeks ago. With five Grapefruit League…

  5. Nats vs. Cardinals – 3/7/12

    Mar 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats host the Cardinals today at Space Coast Stadium. It's still early — the Nationals have played only five of 34 total exhibition games this spring — but Ian Desmond's struggles both at the plate and in the field have not gone unnoticed. The third-year shortstop…

  6. Video: The Nats’ dominant bullpen

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    For all the attention being heaped upon the Nationals’ revamped rotation this spring, the club’s bullpen may actually claim to be the more dominant unit of the two. In this video from CSNwashington.com, Kelli Johnson sits down with Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and newcomer Brad Lidge and finds out what makes the Nats’ relief corps…

  7. Encouraging power from Werth, DeRosa

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Associated Press photo Jayson Werth is congratulated following his solo homer yesterday. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Two unusual things happened at the plate yesterday during the Nationals' 5-2 win over the Braves: Mark DeRosa homered for the first time in a long time. And Jayson Werth not only homered, he did it on a…

  8. Gio pumped up during Nats debut

    Mar 6, 2012, 9:54 PM EST

    Associated Press photo Gio Gonzalez tossed three scoreless innings today against the Braves. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When Gio Gonzalez's first pitch as a member of the Nationals clocked in at 94 mph, eyebrows began to raise. When his final pitch of the first inning registered 95 mph, conspiracy theories suddenly abounded. Does Gonzalez…

  9. Morse not worried about lat strain

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Updated at 3:18 p.m. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Michael Morse was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup for today's spring training game against the Braves due to a lat strain that had been bothering him for several days, but the cleanup hitter doesn't believe he'll be out more than a day or two.…

  10. Respectfully his

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

    The Nats don’t talk about Davey Johnson in terms of age, but rather of his experience and the respect they have for him. Hear what the players told Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson about their manager in this video from CSNwashington.com.

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