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  1. Wang to face minor-leaguers Friday

    Feb 26, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Read my updated story, with observations from today's live BP session and quotes from Chien-Ming Wang and Steve McCatty, on CSNwashington.com. VIERA, Fla. — Chien-Ming Wang, attempting to pitch for the Nationals this season after missing all of 2010 recovering from shoulder surgery, will make his first spring training appearance next week against minor leaguers.…

  2. A DP combo with "swagger"

    Feb 26, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond have become friends on and off the field. VIERA, Fla. — Ask Ian Desmond which of Danny Espinosa’s qualities he wishes he possessed, and the Nationals’ young shortstop gives a surprising answer. “He’s got a little more swagger than I’ve got,” Desmond said.…

  3. Friday afternoon observations

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan takes off from first base during a baserunning/defense drill. VIERA, Fla. — Sorry for the late posting this afternoon. The wireless internet at Space Coast Stadium (which had already been spotty all spring) completely went out today. So I've relocated to the Barry Svrluga Memorial Panera…

  4. Room for Bernadina and Ankiel?

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina has "superstar potential," according to Jim Riggleman. VIERA, Fla. — It's pretty clear the Nationals are going to enter the 2011 season with no set, everyday left fielder. What's not necessarily clear is how many different left fielders they'll have in the rotation. Three guys are…

  5. 3, 2, 1 …

    Feb 24, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Shuttle Discovery launches into orbit, as seen from Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — … and we have liftoff! Space Shuttle Discovery just launched from nearby Cape Canaveral, making its final journey into orbit before NASA discontinues the shuttle program later this year. Unfortunately, there was some…

  6. Marquis healthy and determined

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis hopes to bounce back after a disastrous 2010. VIERA, Fla. — Jason Marquis knew something wasn’t quite right with his elbow, really, from the moment he started throwing in his first spring with the Nationals. The discomfort, though, didn’t prevent him from pitching altogether. And as…

  7. Counting down to countdown

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam LaRoche takes some grounders from his knees. VIERA, Fla. — Baseball is taking a bit of a backseat today around here, for a handful of reasons: 1) The Players' Association delegation was in town this morning to hold its annual meeting, which ran nearly two hours and…

  8. Harper will play in exhibition opener

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper won't have to wait long to make his spring training debut. The 18-year-old phenom is scheduled to appear in the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Monday against the Mets. Manager Jim Riggleman said Harper will be on the Nationals' travel squad for the 1:10 p.m. game in Port St. Lucie.…

  9. Big-league undergrad

    Feb 23, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After spending the fall at Stanford, Drew Storen is back to baseball this spring. VIERA, Fla. — One evening in late October, Drew Storen wandered from his dorm room at Stanford University down to the dining hall on the ground floor, where a cafeteria-style dinner and a big-screen…

  10. BA ranks Harper No. 1

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper hasn’t played an official minor-league game yet, but the Nationals’ 18-year-old phenom has already been named his sport’s top prospect. Baseball America released its annual Top 100 Prospects list on Wednesday and selected Harper No. 1 by a narrow margin over Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Harper, the first overall pick…

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