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  1. Janssen knows he has “big shoes to fill”

    Feb 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — Upon signing with the Nationals last month, Casey Janssen couldn’t help but do a little research on the guy he’ll be replacing as primary setup man — Tyler Clippard — and realize what exactly was now going to be expected of him. “I definitely looked at Tyler’s numbers, and they’re pretty impressive,”…

  2. Ramos’ goal: Catch 120-130 games this season

    Feb 19, 2015, 3:42 PM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — Wilson Ramos entered 2014 with a clear goal in mind: Catch at least 120 games for the first time in his career. That, of course, didn’t happen. A broken hamate bone suffered on Opening Day and yet another hamstring strain later in the summer limited Ramos to 87 games behind the plate.…

  3. Fister focused on present with Nats, not uncertain future

    Feb 19, 2015, 1:35 PM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — Doug Fister, like several prominent teammates with the Nationals, knows he’s eligible for free agency at season’s end. The veteran right-hander, though, insists his focus is solely on 2015, not whatever may happen to him after that. “I’m wearing this jersey right now, and that’s the most important thing,” Fister said on…

  4. Live from Viera … it’s reporting day!

    Feb 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — And away we go… OK, actually that’s a bit of a false start on my part. Yes, pitchers and catchers do report today, but there will be no organized baseball activity taking place here at Space Coast Stadium. That doesn’t happen until Saturday, with the first official workout. What happens until then?…

  5. Spring storyline No. 1: Dealing with the pressure

    Feb 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We conclude today with No. 1: The pressure to win now and the spotlight that will shine on this team from the first day of camp… The Nationals…

  6. Spring storyline No. 2: Werth’s shoulder surgery rehab

    Feb 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 2: Jayson Werth’s continued rehab from offseason shoulder surgery… No major-league club reports for spring training this week with fewer question marks than…

  7. VIDEO: Looking at “X-Factors” on Nats roster

    Feb 16, 2015, 4:14 PM EST

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    In our next spring training preview video segment, we look at a couple of members of the Nationals’ roster who could be “X-Factors” this season, guys who could prove hugely significant or not make a whole lot of difference. The first “X-Factor” is Bryce Harper, who despite moments of glory since reaching the big leagues,…

  8. Spring storyline No. 3: What’s Roark’s role?

    Feb 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 3: Tanner Roark’s uncertain role after losing his rotation spot to Max Scherzer… Tanner Roark made his major-league debut on Aug. 7, 2013,…

  9. 2015 outlook: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 15, 2015, 2:15 PM EST

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    2014 record: 83-79, 3rd place in AL East Manager: John Gibbons, 8th season (2004-08, 2013-present) Estimated 2015 payroll: $121 million Key additions: 3B Josh Donaldson, C Russell Martin, LF Michael Saunders Key losses: OF Melky Cabrera, 3B Brett Lawrie, 1B Adam Lind, RP Casey Janssen, OF Colby Rasmus, RP Sergio Santos Projected lineup SS Jose Reyes C…

  10. Spring storyline No. 4: Zim’s on first

    Feb 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 4: Ryan Zimmerman’s long-anticipated move to first base on a permanent basis… On the day he was drafted, nearly 10 years ago, Ryan…

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