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…
Mar 24, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the Orioles. SARASOTA, Fla. — I've been covering games in the Grapefruit League since 2001, but until today I'd never been to Sarasota. In the past, I wasn't too upset about missing out on decrepit, old Ed Smith Stadium.…
Mar 24, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Brad Lidge is one of manager Davey Johnson's backup closer candidates. SARASOTA, Fla. — With Drew Storen's status still in question, manager Davey Johnson is making plans now in case he needs to anoint a fill-in closer to open the season. Johnson said this morning he would likely go with Brad Lidge…
Mar 23, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings today. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — There comes a point every spring when things begin to drag. Opening Day is starting to come into view, but not enough yet to reach out and grab it. The Nationals are experiencing those doldrums right now.…
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