Mar 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals host the Mets today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — Hello from Space Coast Stadium, which hasn't really changed at all since I was last here two weeks ago. It's a beautiful — if a tad chilly — afternoon as the Nationals face the Mets…
Mar 13, 2013, 3:07 PM EST
Associated Press Stephen Strasburg will make his second career Opening Day start. VIERA, Fla. — Not that there was any uncertainty about it, but Davey Johnson made it official nonetheless this morning: Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals. “I guess you want me to say it,” the 70-year-old manager said. “He’s going…
Mar 12, 2013, 9:00 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Marlins Park hosts the second round of the World Baseball Classic. The Nationals are off today, but there's still an important baseball game being played involving at least one member of the Nats. Gio Gonzalez will start tonight for Team USA in its second-round opener against Puerto Rico in the World…
Mar 12, 2013, 4:00 PM EST
As surely you know by now, the Nationals are likely to open the season without a traditional, left-handed specialist in their bullpen, relying instead on right-handers Tyler Clippard, Ryan Mattheus and Craig Stammen to retire some of the league’s toughest lefty sluggers. How do the interested parties feel about this plan? Several share their thoughts…
Mar 12, 2013, 10:00 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Ryan Zimmerman has yet to play in the field this spring. In only seven words, Bryce Harper yesterday probably summed up the way everyone around the Nationals feels right now. "Can't it just be April 1st already!" the All-Star outfielder posted on his Twitter account, this after he recorded his 14th…
Mar 11, 2013, 3:52 PM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg faces the Braves today at Space Coast Stadium. As Opening Day inches closer and closer — now three weeks and counting — pitchers are getting more opportunities to stretch themselves out and position players are getting more opportunities to play on a regular basis. We'll…
Mar 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Gio Gonzalez will start for Team USA on Tuesday night in Miami. Whether the World Baseball Classic is drawing more than a cursory glance from the American viewing public is debatable, but give the quadrennial tournament credit for producing some pretty compelling baseball over the last few days. From Italy's surprise…
Mar 10, 2013, 5:02 PM EST
Photo by USA Today It is Chase here once again as Mark is off today. The Nationals travel to Lakeland, FL to take on the Detroit Tigers at their spring home, Joker Marchant Stadium. The defending American League champs will feature a few of their regulars, including Victor Martinez and Prince Fielder. Throwing to them…
Mar 10, 2013, 1:23 PM EST
On Friday night’s SportsTalk Live, Comcast SportsNet’s Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell debated the idea of whether the Nationals should consider this season a failure if they don’t win the World Series. They play off of a Thomas Boswell column that said the team will not win it all this season. Check it out.
Mar 9, 2013, 5:54 PM EST
Photo by USA Today Chase here filling in for Mark as he takes a few days off. The Nationals face the Marlins today in Viera for the third time this spring. Starting for the Marlins are a few familiar names, but of course Giancarlo Stanton is missing. He is busy hitting would-be-game-changing balls to the…
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