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  1. Davey: Lannan is 5th starter [updated]

    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…

  2. LaRoche inching closer to return

    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…

  3. Nats vs. Astros – 3/26/12

    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,…

  4. Makeup of bench still up in the air

    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…

  5. Werth is truckin’ along

    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…

  6. Strasburg: "I feel ready to go"

    Mar 25, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg tossed five scoreless innings against the Mets today. VIERA, Fla. — He's got one more start to fine-tune a few things before he takes the mound at Wrigley Field, but Stephen Strasburg doesn't have much left to accomplish between now and Opening Day. "I feel ready to go," the Nationals…

  7. Nats vs. Mets – 3/25/12

    Mar 25, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg takes the mound today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — Though he's still hoping to have Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche back in his lineup for Opening Day — at the moment, LaRoche looks more likely to be ready than Morse — manager Davey Johnson…

  8. Sunday morning injury updates

    Mar 25, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel, who had a quad strain earlier this spring, was scratched from today's lineup. VIERA, Fla. — It's a lazy Sunday here at Space Coast Stadium, where it's been raining on and off this morning. Doesn't appear there's enough precipitation to threaten this afternoon's game against the Mets, which is a…

  9. Jackson latest starter to get pounded

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson saw his spring ERA skyrocket to 6.88 after today's start. SARASOTA, Fla. — It would be disconcerting for Edwin Jackson had it not happened before. But it has, so the veteran right-hander isn't overly worried about his wretched performance today … or his overall alarming numbers this spring. "I've never…

  10. Nats vs. Orioles – 3/24/12

    Mar 24, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the Orioles. SARASOTA, Fla. — I've been covering games in the Grapefruit League since 2001, but until today I'd never been to Sarasota. In the past, I wasn't too upset about missing out on decrepit, old Ed Smith Stadium.…

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