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  1. Is lack of offense a concern?

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ryan Zimmerman is one of the only Nationals regulars producing at the plate. VIERA, Fla. — Two total runs scored in three days. A .249 team batting average. An abysmal .689 team OPS. Is there any reason the Nationals should be worried about their lack of offensive punch so far this spring?…

  2. Gio tries to learn from ragged start

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez was roughed up for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings today. JUPITER, Fla. — Gio Gonzalez's cringe-worthy start this afternoon — he allowed eight runs on 10 hits and four walks in only 3 2/3 innings against the Cardinals — could have been attributed to any number of factors. Gonzalez…

  3. Nats vs. Cardinals – 3/22/12

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Gio Gonzalez faces the Cardinals today at Roger Dean Stadium. JUPITER, Fla. — Obviously, there's news today that has nothing to do with this game against the Cardinals. Please read my earlier posting for the latest news on Michael Morse, who it appears may not be ready for…

  4. Nats pessimistic Morse will start season

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Michael Morse has appeared in only three games this spring, all as DH. JUPITER, Fla. — Michael Morse's chances of recovering from a lat injury in time for Opening Day appear to be dwindling after the Nationals left fielder recently underwent a platelet-rich plasma treatment that typically does not produce full results…

  5. Lombardozzi outfield experiment begins

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi played six innings in left field yesterday. VIERA, Fla. — When Davey Johnson mentioned Tuesday evening he was thinking about trying out Steve Lombardozzi in the outfield, you figured that's not the kind of dramatic position change you'd see for a little while. But then came the fifth inning yesterday…

  6. The ace of a deep and talented rotation

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day, with Gio Gonzalez starting the home opener. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals could have handed the ball on Opening Day to any one of their top four starters, and few would have raised an eyebrow. Gio Gonzalez is a 16-game winner and All-Star. Edwin Jackson has…

  7. With Wang ailing, Lannan holds No. 5 spot

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo John Lannan tossed four scoreless innings today against the Braves. VIERA, Fla. — Until someone tell him otherwise, John Lannan is going to prepare as though he'll start for the Nationals five days from now and open the season as the final member of their rotation. "I'm assuming that I'm starting every…

  8. Updates on Storen, Morse, LaRoche

    Mar 21, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Feeling "way better" after missing two weeks with a sore arm and then strep throat, Drew Storen returned to play catch today and said he has no doubt he'll get enough work in before Opening Day. "We've still got time," the Nationals closer said. "That's the main thing, seeing the big picture."…

  9. Nats vs. Braves – 3/21/12

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium hosts the Braves this afternoon. VIERA, Fla. — If John Lannan wants to make as strong a case as possible to open the season as the Nationals' No. 5 starter (in place of an injured Chien-Ming Wang), today would represent a golden opportunity. When the…

  10. Strasburg will start Opening Day

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound April 5 at Wrigley Field. VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg hasn't appeared in an All-Star Game like Gio Gonzalez. He hasn't won a World Series like Edwin Jackson. He hasn't posted a top-10 National League ERA like Jordan Zimmermann. But Strasburg — in the mind…

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