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  1. Zimmerman ready to return

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — It's been 11 days since Ryan Zimmerman last played, since a seemingly innocuous sore groin sidelined the Nationals' star third baseman. Unless he fell out of bed this morning and re-injured himself, Zimmerman will be back in the Nationals' lineup, fully healthy and eager to get his swing back down before the…

  2. Zimmermann sharp, Clippard improving

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann tossed five shutout innings, striking out six. LAKELAND, Fla. — Perhaps the two biggest things to take out of the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Tigers tonight were Jordan Zimmermann's continued dominance and Tyler Clippard's continued improvement. Each was a welcome sight for a Nats club…

  3. Werth to bat second

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    LAKELAND, Fla. — Jayson Werth may be the highest-paid player on the Nationals roster this season, but he there’s a good chance he won’t lead the team in RBI after Jim Riggleman revealed plans today to bat the $126 million right fielder second in his nightly lineup. “I think it probably, in a perfect world,…

  4. Nats at Tigers – 3/24/11

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces the Tigers tonight at Joker Marchant Stadium. LAKELAND, Fla. — Plenty of pregame news here this evening. I'll go into more detail on all this in some separate postings, but here's the quick rundown… – Jayson Werth is hitting second tonight, and Jim Riggleman said…

  5. Flores, Stammen optioned to Syracuse

    Mar 24, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Updated at 3:34 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals optioned catcher Jesus Flores and right-hander Craig Stammen to Class AAA Syracuse this afternoon. Flores thus loses the battle for the No. 2 catching job behind Ivan Rodriguez, who will start Opening Day. Wilson Ramos will make the club and likely ease into a starting role…

  6. Down to the wire

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Rick Ankiel could be the Nationals' Opening Day center fielder. VIERA, Fla. — Feeling refreshed after their lone off-day of the spring, the Nationals return to the field this evening against the Tigers in Lakeland, the beginning of the home stretch here in Florida. There are six more Grapefruit League games…

  7. Viera: Home to second chances

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo A bust with the Mets, Oliver Perez will try to straighten himself out with the Nats. VIERA, Fla. — As news emerged this afternoon that the Nationals had signed Oliver Perez, the shrieks and groans from D.C. could be heard all the way down here on the Space Coast. Why on earth…

  8. Perez signs minor deal, Strasburg to DL

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Full updated story on VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have signed former Mets left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, a club source confirmed this afternoon. Perez was released Monday by the Mets, who will pay his entire $12 million salary this season. If he reaches the majors, the Nationals would be responsible only…

  9. Efficient Lannan has start to build off

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan was highly efficient during yesterday's six-inning start. VIERA, Fla. — It's tough to find a pitching rhythm when every other start you make in spring training comes in a minor-league game on a back field at 11 a.m. Entering yesterday's outing against the Astros, John Lannan…

  10. Storen back on track

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Drew Storen helped his case today with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. VIERA, Fla. — Drew Storen is a bright guy, we all know that. He went back to Stanford last fall to continue his pursuit of an engineering degree. He described his pitching mechanics today using a word…



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