Mar 27, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs over five innings today against the Marlins. JUPITER, Fla. — Considering what transpired in this same ballpark only five days ago, the Nationals would have been justified in worrying a bit about Gio Gonzalez at the end of a ragged first inning this afternoon. Three runs, four…
Mar 27, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats make yet another trip to Jupiter today to face the Marlins. JUPITER, Fla. — Gio Gonzalez is quite familiar with Roger Dean Stadium at this point, and not because he happens to live a little farther down I-95 in Miami. This is actually his third start…
Mar 27, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Steve Lombardozzi is making his second start in left field this afternoon. JUPITER, Fla. — If Michael Morse needs to start the season on the disabled list — and considering he's not supposed to be cleared to resume throwing until tomorrow, that seems a likely scenario — the Nationals will need to…
Mar 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Sean Burnett hasn't surrendered a run in six appearances this spring. VIERA, Fla. — It's easy to overlook relief pitchers in spring training. They appear late in games, often facing minor-league batters. Everyone tends to tune out the final innings of exhibition games. It should be noted, however, that the Nationals' bullpen…
Mar 26, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Roger Bernadina watches his fifth-inning homer clear the fence. VIERA, Fla. — At various points over the last four seasons, Roger Bernadina has displayed a natural ability and athleticism that gives the Nationals reason to believe he can be a significant producer at the big-league level. Bernadina, though, has never been able…
Mar 26, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT
US Presswire photo John Lannan is scheduled to make two more spring starts, including today. Updated at 4:56 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — With Chien-Ming Wang likely to open the season on the disabled list while recovering from a hamstring injury, manager Davey Johnson this morning confirmed what had long been assumed: John Lannan will open…
Mar 26, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT
US Presswire photo First baseman Adam LaRoche last appeared in a game on March 15. VIERA, Fla. — It didn't look like much — jogging around a 10-foot circle a couple of times — but it represented one of the last hurdles standing between Adam LaRoche and a return to the Nationals' lineup. Testing out…
Mar 26, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats and Astros square off this afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — Fresh off a 12-0 rout of the Mets, the Nationals are back at it today with many of the same regulars in the starting lineup. That includes the top four of Ian Desmond,…
Mar 26, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Utilityman Mark DeRosa may wind up starting at first base or in left field. VIERA, Fla. — Davey Johnson thought he had his Opening Day bench all figured out. Jesus Flores would serve as No. 2 catcher. Steve Lombardozzi would be the backup middle infielder. Mark DeRosa would fill in at all…
Mar 26, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Jayson Werth homered and singled during the Nationals' 12-0 victory today. VIERA, Fla. — The ball came out of Matt Harvey's hand and struck Jayson Werth's bat with so much force, it didn't come back to earth until it had cleared everything behind the left-field fence. Well, almost everything. "I hit my…
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