Mar 4, 2013, 8:14 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Matt Purke hasn’t yet faced live hitters this spring. It’s been 367 days since Matt Purke took the mound at Space Coast Stadium in a Nationals uniform, handed the ball by Davey Johnson to pitch his team’s 2012 exhibition opener against Georgetown University, and offered the entire organization reason to believe…
Mar 4, 2013, 11:00 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Fernando Abad is surprisingly in the mix for the final bullpen spot. It was perhaps the only spot on the Nationals' 25-man roster that was undecided when camp opened three weeks ago, but even then the options were pretty clear: The final man in the Opening Day bullpen would be Henry…
Mar 3, 2013, 5:06 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman The Nationals took the first of this back-to-back series behind Gio Gonzalez and another stellar outing by Anthony Rendon. Now they host the Cards in Viera with another shot at the team they battled in last year's NLDS. Today the Nats will feature a complete lineup of expected starters with Steve…
Mar 3, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Mark sat down with Danny Espinosa recently in Viera to talk about his shoulder and his expectations for 2013. The second baseman is hoping the torn rotator cuff suffered late last season will not be an issue this year. Espinosa also talks about his relationship with manager Davey Johnson who of course was also a…
Mar 2, 2013, 4:55 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Chase here setting up the game thread for today as Mark is off for the weekend. The Nationals are set to take on the St. Louis Cardinals today for the first time since the National League Division Series last fall. We'll see a familiar pitching matchup as Gio Gonzalez squares off…
Mar 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Photo by the Associated Press With one of the youngest teams in the majors, the Nationals don’t have any players chasing legendary milestones like 3,000 hits, 500 home runs, or any records for the Hall of Fame. Most of the team’s best players are young and just beginning their careers, maybe some day they will…
Mar 1, 2013, 8:50 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images The Nats are back at Disney's Wide World of Sports tonight. Spring training often is a time for experimentation, so we shouldn't be too surprised to see a couple of wrinkles to Davey Johnson's lineup for tonight's exhibition game against the Braves. First up is Danny Espinosa, who not only will…
Mar 1, 2013, 5:24 PM EST
Jayson Werth readily admits his decision to sign with the Nationals two years ago was criticized around baseball. Now that the Nationals own an NL East title with visions of bigger things this season, how does the $126 million right fielder feel about that decision? And how did he cope with the abrupt end to…
Mar 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EST
Associated Press Stephen Strasburg struck out six batters in three innings last night. He's done so much in so little time with the Nationals that it's easy to forget just how young and inexperienced Stephen Strasburg still remains. He won't turn 25 until July. He's made only 45 big-league starts spanning 251 1/3 innings. And,…
Feb 28, 2013, 10:00 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images The Nats and Mets play under the lights tonight in Viera. Everybody in the Nationals' rotation has now pitched once this spring. Tonight, Round 2 begins with Stephen Strasburg on the mound, facing the same Mets club he went up against five days ago. Strasburg threw 41 pitches over two innings…
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