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  1. The ace of a deep and talented rotation

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day, with Gio Gonzalez starting the home opener. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals could have handed the ball on Opening Day to any one of their top four starters, and few would have raised an eyebrow. Gio Gonzalez is a 16-game winner and All-Star. Edwin Jackson has…

  2. With Wang ailing, Lannan holds No. 5 spot

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo John Lannan tossed four scoreless innings today against the Braves. VIERA, Fla. — Until someone tell him otherwise, John Lannan is going to prepare as though he'll start for the Nationals five days from now and open the season as the final member of their rotation. "I'm assuming that I'm starting every…

  3. Updates on Storen, Morse, LaRoche

    Mar 21, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Feeling "way better" after missing two weeks with a sore arm and then strep throat, Drew Storen returned to play catch today and said he has no doubt he'll get enough work in before Opening Day. "We've still got time," the Nationals closer said. "That's the main thing, seeing the big picture."…

  4. Nats vs. Braves – 3/21/12

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium hosts the Braves this afternoon. VIERA, Fla. — If John Lannan wants to make as strong a case as possible to open the season as the Nationals' No. 5 starter (in place of an injured Chien-Ming Wang), today would represent a golden opportunity. When the…

  5. Strasburg will start Opening Day

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound April 5 at Wrigley Field. VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg hasn't appeared in an All-Star Game like Gio Gonzalez. He hasn't won a World Series like Edwin Jackson. He hasn't posted a top-10 National League ERA like Jordan Zimmermann. But Strasburg — in the mind…

  6. Strasburg keeps it in the fairway

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:18 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg allowed one run over five strong innings tonight. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Leave it to Davey Johnson — a man who earlier in the day bragged about the time he was invited by former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday to play a round at Augusta National — to summarize Stephen…

  7. Rizzo: Harper could be Nats’ long-term CF

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo The Nationals want Bryce Harper to work in center field at Class AAA Syracuse. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Mike Rizzo doesn't know if Bryce Harper will be able to play center field for the majority of his big-league career. But the Nationals general manager wants to find out if the 19-year-old…

  8. Nats vs. Mets – 3/20/12

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg faces the Mets tonight at DigitalDomain Park. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg is going to see plenty of the Mets over the course of this season and future ones, so might as well get used to facing New York's lineup here in spring training.…

  9. Storen out with strep throat

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Drew Storen hasn't appeared in a game since March 7. Updated at 5:38 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — It's been nearly two weeks since Drew Storen last pitched, raising questions about the Nationals closer's status. Turns out Storen has been suffering from strep throat, and doctors have instructed him to stay away from…

  10. The home stretch

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi is attempting to make the club as a backup infielder. Break's over. For the Nationals, who after yesterday's lone respite of the spring are back on the diamond tonight against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. And for your humble beat writer, who is probably 35,000 feet over North Carolina…

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