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  1. LaRoche may be held out til Thursday

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Adam LaRoche has yet to make his spring training debut. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Though Adam LaRoche says he's ready to go, Nationals manager Davey Johnson says he'll likely hold his first baseman out more day before letting him make his spring training debut Thursday. LaRoche hasn't appeared in a game…

  2. Harper wowing Nats, opponents with hustle

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper legs out an infield single in the sixth inning last night. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Four days into the exhibition season, Bryce Harper isn't wowing the Nationals with his power stroke. He's wowing them with his all-out hustle. Teammates and coaches alike have marveled at how hard the 19-year-old…

  3. Lannan happy with first start

    Mar 6, 2012, 3:16 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo John Lannan allowed one run over three innings tonight. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Even in past seasons when he knew he'd be starting on Opening Day, John Lannan never approached spring training as though his place on the Nationals' roster was secure. Now that the left-hander really isn't assured of a…

  4. Nats vs. Mets – 3/5/12

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Digital Domain Park, spring training home of the Mets. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Davey Johnson wants no part of any questions right now about the battle for specific roster spots, especially the final spot in his starting rotation. The Nationals manager says it's too early to worry…

  5. Wang looks sharp vs. minor leaguers

    Mar 5, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang throws a pitch during today's intrasquad minor-league game. VIERA, Fla. — Davey Johnson last watched Chien-Ming Wang pitch in a game situation at the Nationals' minor-league complex here in December 2010. Then a special assistant to general manager Mike Rizzo, Johnson didn't like what he saw.…

  6. Monitoring Harper’s defense

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Bryce Harper tries to snag Brian Bixler's line drive during yesterday's game. VIERA, Fla. — As much attention as we all give to Bryce Harper's offensive exploits this spring — hey, did we mention he went 1-for-2 yesterday and is now hitting .400 (2-for-5) in the Grapefruit League? — just as crucial…

  7. Gorzelanny’s disastrous day

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Fernando Martinez circles the bases after homering off Tom Gorzelanny. VIERA, Fla. — Spring training pitching lines mean very little in the grand scheme of things. Guys are more interested in getting work done and building up arm strength than producing results. But some pitching lines are so noteworthy — good or…

  8. Amped-up Strasburg gets through 1st start

    Mar 4, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Stephen Strasburg was charged with two runs over 2 2/3 innings. VIERA, Fla. — Given how much he's already been through since he was drafted by the Nationals, it's easy to forget how little spring training experience Stephen Strasburg has. When Strasburg stepped to the mound at Space Coast Stadium shortly after…

  9. Nats vs. Astros – 3/4/12

    Mar 4, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — We've all been blessed so far this spring with beautiful weather, the best I can remember in the eight years the Nationals have trained here. Until today, that is. It was 75 degrees…

  10. Davey: No Morse at 1B this spring

    Mar 4, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Michael Morse tracks down a fly ball during a workout last week. VIERA, Fla. — Though Adam LaRoche won't make his first game appearance until Wednesday and will continue to be monitored closely for the next few weeks, the Nationals don't have any plans to give Michael Morse playing time at first…

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