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  1. Nats sign lefty Hill to minor-league contract

    Feb 27, 2015, 9:44 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals added another bullpen arm to their spring training roster Friday night, signing veteran left-hander Rich Hill to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp. Hill, who turns 35 next month, is 24-22 with a 4.72 ERA in 190 career major-league appearances (70 starts) with the Cubs, Orioles, Red…

  2. Do the Nats need another lefty bench bat?

    Feb 27, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — There aren’t many jobs up for grabs this spring, but there is at least one interesting question for the Nationals to contemplate when assembling their Opening Day bench: How many left-handed bats do they need? The Nats’ projected lineup, as has been noted, will feature only two left-handed hitters: Denard Span and…

  3. News, notes and observations from Friday’s workout

    Feb 27, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT

    AP

    VIERA, Fla. — Those of you still dealing with real winter back north won’t have any sympathy, but it was downright miserable today in Viera. The Nationals’ morning workout was conducted under gray skies that produced on-and-off rain, with temperatures in the low-50s and a strong wind howling from the north, with no tall structures…

  4. LaRoche: Nats have transformed D.C. into a baseball city

    Feb 27, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT

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    The transformation the Washington Nationals have undergone over the last few years is nothing short of remarkable. After losing more than 100 games in 2008 and 2009, they have become a perennial playoff contender with two NL East division titles in the last three seasons. Few can speak to the difference between now and then…

  5. Williams sets the tone on Day 1

    Feb 27, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams likes to post a “Quote of the Day” each morning at the top of the workout schedule that hangs in the Nationals’ spring training clubhouse. Sometimes they’re inspirational sayings, sometimes they’re relayed to baseball, sometimes they’re not. The quote that was posted Thursday, on the morning of the Nationals’ first…

  6. VIDEO: A breakout year for Harper?

    Feb 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper is entering his fourth season in the major leagues and at 22 has already accomplished much for his age. But with the flashes of brilliance he has shown so far in his career, it seems only a matter of time before he puts it all together. In this report from Viera, Mark looks at…

  7. Werth shooting for opener but will err on side of caution

    Feb 26, 2015, 7:19 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth is hoping his surgically repaired shoulder will be fully healed in time for Opening Day, but the veteran Nationals outfielder said he’s willing to spend the first week or two of the season on the disabled list if he’s not yet 100 percent healthy. “That’s kind of my goal,” Werth…

  8. Escobar “100 percent committed” to playing second base

    Feb 26, 2015, 5:02 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Yunel Escobar’s first 24 hours in a Nationals uniform included a meeting with Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo, plenty of work at second base and plenty of time getting to know his teammates. The end result of all that: An upbeat veteran ready to embrace his new position and do his part…

  9. Harper’s confidence a good sign for Nats

    Feb 26, 2015, 9:49 AM EDT

    AP

    VIERA, Fla. — The clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium this morning was alive for the first time this spring, with pitchers, catchers and position players all together at last, chatting and laughing in advance of the Nationals’ first full-team meeting and workout. One of the TVs happened to show footage of Bryce Harper’s epic media…

  10. A year older, Rendon ready for the long grind

    Feb 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    VIERA, Fla. — So many things come so easy to Anthony Rendon on a baseball field, it’s easy to forget just how little experience he has. Even to this day, Rendon has played only 352 games as a professional ballplayer, 251 of those in the major leagues. The Nationals’ young star has been forced to…

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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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