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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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