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  1. It’s about their reputations

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Ryan Braun plead his innocence today at Brewers camp in Phoenix. VIERA, Fla. — What's the No. 1 deterrent for major league baseball players not to take performance enhancing drugs? The risk of getting caught? Possible suspension? Dangerous side effects to their bodies? No, it's none of the above. The No. 1…

  2. Lidge sharp in bullpen

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Brad Lidge was pleased with his throwing session this morning. VIERA, Fla. — There was a time, earlier in his career, when Brad Lidge would show up for his first bullpen session of spring training, reach back and fire off as many max-effort pitches as his arm could handle. Somewhere along the…

  3. Jackson to start Grapefruit League opener

    Feb 24, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Edwin Jackson will pitch March 3 against the Astros. VIERA, Fla. — Newly acquired right-hander Edwin Jackson is tentatively slated to start the Nationals' March 3 Grapefruit League opener against the Astros, manager Davey Johnson said today. Johnson revealed a couple other rotation slots for the first week of exhibition play, saying…

  4. Strasburg on … lots of things

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson sat down with Stephen Strasburg yesterday in Viera for an interview that covered subjects from coming back from Tommy John surgery to his innings limit this season, to golf and shrimp fishing. Check out the interview (cut into five parts): In Part 1, Kelli talks with Stephen about being injury-free to…

  5. Zim on contract talks, no-trade clause

    Feb 24, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    US Presswire file photo Ryan Zimmerman has given the Nats 24 more hours to strike a contract agreement. VIERA, Fla. — Though optimistic about the progress that's been made over the course of the last year on a long-term contract with the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman made it clear this morning there is still work to…

  6. The pitching plan

    Feb 24, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg throws in the bullpen yesterday morning. VIERA, Fla. — We're approaching the one-week mark of spring training, which means a couple of things: 1) Position players are about to join the mix (the first full-squad workout takes place tomorrow), 2) The coaching staff is starting to…

  7. Zim, Nats progressing toward extension

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Negotiations between the Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman have progressed, and though a deal has not been completed yet, the two sides are moving closer to a long-term extension that would keep the third baseman in Washington for years to come, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Brodie Van Wagenen, Zimmerman's agent,…

  8. Infielders getting work at multiple positions

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tony Beasley gives Anthony Rendon instructions on playing second base. VIERA, Fla. — Anthony Rendon at second base? Danny Espinosa at shortstop? Steve Lombardozzi at third base? Don't be surprised if you see all of that this spring. Wanting to prepare themselves in case of injuries, the Nationals…

  9. Nats taking precautions with Wang

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang throws in the bullpen with pitching coach Steve McCatty Tuesday. VIERA, Fla. — Though his surgically repaired shoulder is healed and he's experienced no issues since returning to the big leagues last summer, Chien-Ming Wang is taking things a bit easier than his pitching teammates this…

  10. Rizzo on Zimmerman, Harper, Solis

    Feb 23, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Though the Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman don't appear to have made any substantial advances toward a long-term extension, general manager Mike Rizzo indicated this morning he still believes a deal can get done. "We're working extremely hard at it, and both teams want something and are working at it," Rizzo said. "So…

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