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  1. Nats vs. Mets – 2/23/13

    Feb 23, 2013, 2:09 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tradition Field hosts the Nationals in their Grapefruit League opener. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Hey, look! It's a baseball field. And there's an actual game to be played today. (Well, an actual exhibition game. But beggars can't be choosers.) The Nationals open Grapefruit League play today, facing…

  2. Let the games begin

    Feb 22, 2013, 11:52 PM EST

    Associated Press Bryce Harper will bat third in tomorrow's Grapefruit League opener. VIERA, Fla. — Opening Day for the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues, best as anyone can recollect, has never come as early as this before. It's only February 23, and already there's a full slate of exhibition games on top in both Florida and…

  3. Nats hope Young can be 6th starter

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:48 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images Chris Young is 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA in 159 career starts. VIERA, Fla. — For months, there has been concern within the Nationals organization about the lack of viable pitching depth should one of their five starters succumb to injury. If Chris Young is finally healthy after a long battle…

  4. Zimmerman impresses in first BP session

    Feb 22, 2013, 7:51 PM EST

    Associated Press Ryan Zimmerman has been brought along slowly after shoulder surgery. VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman took a full round of batting practice on the field this morning, the first time he's done that this spring. Based on the way the Nationals third baseman crushed the ball to all corners of Space Coast Stadium,…

  5. MLBPA: Gonzalez passed drug tests

    Feb 22, 2013, 6:44 PM EST

    VIERA, Fla. — Gio Gonzalez was informed today he passed drug tests taken two days after the Nationals left-hander was initially linked to a Miami clinic under investigation for providing ballplayers with performance enhancing drugs. Gonzalez, who has maintained his innocence all along, revealed he gave both blood and urine samples on Jan. 31 at…

  6. Amped-up Haren working out kinks

    Feb 22, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Dan Haren was a bit too amped up while facing live hitters yesterday. VIERA, Fla. — Good morning from Space Coast Stadium, where today the Nationals conduct their final workout before officially taking the field tomorrow for their Grapefruit League opener against the Mets. Davey Johnson has a…

  7. VIDEO: Harper’s high expectations

    Feb 22, 2013, 3:00 AM EST

    Bryce Harper may have exceeded our expectations as a rookie, but his performance certainly wasn’t beyond what he expected from himself. Now the 20-year-old outfielder is dead-set on taking his game to another level in his sophomore season, as you’ll hear from Harper himself, plus others, in tonight’s TV segment for Comcast SportsNet.

  8. Nats add veteran Young on minors deal

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:33 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images Chris Young is 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA in 159 career starts. VIERA, Fla. — In their ongoing quest to add more pitching depth, the Nationals have signed veteran right-hander Chris Young to a minor-league contract. Young, 33, will report to big-league camp and should have a chance to pitch in…

  9. Lerner: Nearly 20,000 season tickets sold

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:04 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images Principal owner Mark Lerner arrived in Viera today. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have sold nearly 20,000 season tickets for the upcoming season, a significant increase from one year ago, principal owner Mark Lerner said today. Making his first appearance of the spring in Viera, Lerner said the team is “very…

  10. Garcia feeling better

    Feb 21, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

    VIERA, Fla. — Christian Garcia was back in the Nationals clubhouse this afternoon, 24 hours after the right-hander had to leave camp to have both his forearm and stomach tested by a doctor. Garcia hasn't received final word on an MRI taken on his forearm, but he did get encouraging news on his stomach ailment:…

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