Mar 9, 2010, 4:00 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg and Chien-Ming Wang have turned Viera into this spring's hot spot. VIERA, Fla. — For 17 years, this little planned community on Florida's east coast has been the last outpost of the Grapefruit League. Nearly an hour from any other big-league camp, Viera might as well…
Mar 8, 2010, 8:54 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen allowed three runs and seven hits but said his surgically repaired arm felt great. VIERA, Fla. — Scott Olsen walked into the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium, his surgically repaired left shoulder encased his ice, his ragged spring training debut — three runs, seven hits in…
Mar 8, 2010, 4:03 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Willie Harris was called out on a close play at the plate in the second. VIERA, Fla. — On the day before the Great Stephen Strasburg Spring Training Debut (heretofore referred to as GSSSTD), there are actually several things worth watching at Space Coast Stadium. Scott Olsen makes…
Mar 8, 2010, 3:11 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Good morning from Space Coast Stadium, where a convergence of events is beginning to draw plenty more media members to Nationals camp. And no, I'm not talking about Cristian Guzman's spring debut at shortstop or Josh Willingham's spring debut in the lineup, though both will take place today. The bigger developments are…
Mar 7, 2010, 10:07 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Chico, appearing in a big-league game for the first time since 2008, looked sharp. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Matt Chico had pitched against major-league hitters before. Shoot, the guy led the Nationals' staff with 31 starts in 2007 as a rookie. So why was the left-hander…
Mar 7, 2010, 9:28 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis pitched a clean first inning, then allowed five runs in the second. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — After watching his teammates on the Nationals pitching staff serve up homers like creamed corn in an elementary school cafeteria the previous three days, Jason Marquis wanted to take…
Mar 7, 2010, 3:02 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tradition Field, the spring training home of the New York Mets. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A very pleasant Sunday morning to you from Tradition Field, home of the Mets. It's Game 2 of the home-and-home series between Washington and New York, and the Nationals can only hope…
Mar 6, 2010, 11:03 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan allowed two of the Mets' 14 runs during today's latest spring loss. VIERA, Fla. — OK, let's get this disclaimer out of the way right off the bat: It's the first week of the Grapefruit League. None of these results matter. They're not a true indication…
Mar 6, 2010, 4:46 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium, filling up for today's home opener against the Mets. VIERA, Fla. — It's a beautiful, if somewhat chilly, Saturday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium, and the crowd is beginning to file in for the Nationals' spring home opener against the Mets. Presumptive Opening Day starter…
Mar 6, 2010, 2:44 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — We'll get to today's home opener against the Mets in a little while. But first let's address two players coming back from injuries: one who is ready to start appearing in exhibition games, one who isn't. Matt Chico is slated to throw two innings out of the bullpen tomorrow in Port St.…
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