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  1. Harper on facing Livo

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:28 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper swings and misses at a pitch during today's game against the Astros. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — We already know Bryce Harper has a keen understanding of opposing pitchers and what they try to do when they take the mound. Today, we found out the Nationals' 19-year-old right fielder even knows what…

  2. Werth to start in CF tomorrow

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:59 PM EST

    Associated Press photo Jayson Werth tracks down a fly ball during a workout earlier this week. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jayson Werth will make his spring training game debut tomorrow as expected. The position he'll man for the Nationals' Grapefruit League home opener against the Astros was anything but expected. Werth will start in center field,…

  3. Nats vs. Astros – 3/3/12

    Mar 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Osceola County Stadium, spring training home of the Houston Astros. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — They may have played an exhibition ballgame yesterday, but the actual exhibition season begins today for the Nationals. Yes, it's the Grapefruit League opener, and it's already got a nice little storyline to it: Livan…

  4. Purke, Rendon enjoy spring debuts

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Purke delivers a pitch in the top of the second inning. VIERA, Fla. — It had been quite some time since Matt Purke felt quite like this on the mound. Yes, the left-hander was starting to throw the ball well late during the Arizona Fall League season,…

  5. Harper’s uneventful debut

    Mar 2, 2012, 9:09 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bryce Harper leads off first base during today's game against Georgetown. VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper ambled to the plate for the bottom of the third inning, staring down Georgetown sophomore right-hander Jack Vander Linden, as a crowd of 1,341 at Space Coast Stadium watched, hoping to see…

  6. Nats renew Storen, Bernadina contracts

    Mar 2, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals came to terms on 2012 contracts with 15 players who have less than three years' service time but were unable to agree on figures with closer Drew Storen and outfielder Roger Bernadina and thus "renewed" both players' contracts. The process for signing players who have yet to reach arbitration eligibility…

  7. Nats vs. Hoyas – 3/2/12

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium hosts the Georgetown Hoyas this afternoon. VIERA, Fla. — Though the Nationals are sitting nearly all of their regulars, manager Davey Johnson is plenty interested to get a look at the players he'll be putting out there in his exhibition opener against Georgetown. That includes…

  8. LaRoche unlikely to play Sunday

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

    Associated Press photo Adam LaRoche is dealing with a mild ankle sprain and a surgically repaired shoulder. VIERA, Fla. — Though Adam LaRoche expressed a desire to make his game debut Sunday, it looks like the Nationals are going to take a more cautious approach with their veteran first baseman. Manager Davey Johnson said this…

  9. Let the games begin

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EST

    US presswire photo Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo have plenty to evaluate over the next month. VIERA, Fla. — They've spent nearly two weeks taking batting practice, working on defensive fundamentals, performing baserunning drills and throwing bullpen sessions. Today, though, the Nationals shift into Phase 2 of spring training. Yes, it's time to start playing…

  10. Eckstein on Harper: "He’s awesome"

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:19 PM EST

    Associated Press photo Bryce Harper takes batting practice during today's workout. VIERA, Fla. — Rick Eckstein and Bryce Harper were having a conversation around the batting cage, talking about how to approach certain pitches in certain parts of the strike zone, when Harper brought up a prominent hurler from another NL East club he's sure…





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