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  1. The rotation: So far, so good

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez tossed three scoreless innings on Tuesday. Yes, it's early. And no, they haven't been stretched out for more than three innings yet. But so far, the Nationals' revamped starting rotation has lived up to the top billing it received when camp opened nearly three weeks ago. With five Grapefruit League…

  2. Nats vs. Cardinals – 3/7/12

    Mar 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats host the Cardinals today at Space Coast Stadium. It's still early — the Nationals have played only five of 34 total exhibition games this spring — but Ian Desmond's struggles both at the plate and in the field have not gone unnoticed. The third-year shortstop…

  3. Video: The Nats’ dominant bullpen

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    For all the attention being heaped upon the Nationals’ revamped rotation this spring, the club’s bullpen may actually claim to be the more dominant unit of the two. In this video from CSNwashington.com, Kelli Johnson sits down with Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and newcomer Brad Lidge and finds out what makes the Nats’ relief corps…

  4. Encouraging power from Werth, DeRosa

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jayson Werth is congratulated following his solo homer yesterday. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Two unusual things happened at the plate yesterday during the Nationals' 5-2 win over the Braves: Mark DeRosa homered for the first time in a long time. And Jayson Werth not only homered, he did it on a…

  5. Gio pumped up during Nats debut

    Mar 6, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Gio Gonzalez tossed three scoreless innings today against the Braves. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When Gio Gonzalez's first pitch as a member of the Nationals clocked in at 94 mph, eyebrows began to raise. When his final pitch of the first inning registered 95 mph, conspiracy theories suddenly abounded. Does Gonzalez…

  6. Morse not worried about lat strain

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Updated at 3:18 p.m. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Michael Morse was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup for today's spring training game against the Braves due to a lat strain that had been bothering him for several days, but the cleanup hitter doesn't believe he'll be out more than a day or two.…

  7. Respectfully his

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    The Nats don’t talk about Davey Johnson in terms of age, but rather of his experience and the respect they have for him. Hear what the players told Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson about their manager in this video from CSNwashington.com.

  8. Nats vs. Braves – 3/6/12

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Disney's Wide World of Sports, spring home of the Atlanta Braves. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The story of the day figured to be Gio Gonzalez's first start wearing a Nationals uniform, but that has been trumped for now by the news of Michael Morse suffering a lat…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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