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  1. VIDEO: Nats’ rotation enters 2014 with high expectations

    Mar 4, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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    In Mark’s latest feature from Nationals’ spring training he talks with the team’s rotation about the expectations they face heading into this year. Two seasons ago they were arguably the best group of starters in baseball, but took a step back in 2013. Now Doug Fister joins an already talented mix looking to take them…

  2. Pitchers find entertaining way to work on hitting

    Feb 25, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Workouts can get a bit mundane at this juncture of spring training, with players long since having reported to camp but several days still remaining until the Grapefruit League gets underway. Fortunately, Matt Williams scheduled a couple of new and interesting drills for Monday’s workout, keeping everyone from being bored to death.…

  3. VIDEO: Gio Gonzalez on CSN’s SportsTalk Live

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez sat down for a one-on-one interview with Brian Mitchell last night for a segment on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It’s pretty clear Gio is enjoying himself down in Viera, just look at the shades he’s wearing in the screenshot. Gio talked about his expectations for the Nationals this season, his new role as a…

  4. VIDEO: Doug Fister says Nationals have ‘huge upside’

    Feb 18, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Doug Fister sat down with Mark at Nationals spring training yesterday in Viera, Fla. to talk about his early impressions of the team. He’s been with the Nats just a few days, but is liking what he sees both from the players and manager Matt Williams. Fister has played on some great teams in the…

  5. VIDEO: Matt Williams gets started as Nats manager

    Feb 16, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams is moving through his first spring training as Nationals manager with position battles and training programs just getting started. He has a lot to figure out over the next few weeks, but first he had to get through his first official day on the job. Mark has this report from Viera, Fla. on…

  6. Beltway Baseball: How good will Nats’ rotation be?

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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    With pitchers and catchers reporting on Thursday, it’s time to take a look ahead at the 2014 Nationals. Going into spring, how does their roster stack up? Mark and I filmed some spring training preview videos looking around the Nationals roster that we’ll have each of the next few days. The first takes a look…

  7. VIDEO: Do Nats have MLB’s best rotation?

    Feb 9, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Last night’s Geico SportsNet Central featured another segment with Mark looking ahead to Nationals’ spring training. In this clip he takes a look at whether the Nats have the best rotation in baseball. After trading for Doug Fister, the Nationals boosted what was already a strength. On paper they look better than last year as…

  8. VIDEO: Gio Gonzalez excited about Nats’ new-look rotation

    Jan 30, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez has enjoyed an offseason free of drama and distractions, much different than last year. Instead of dealing with rumors surrounding Biogenesis and participating in the World Baseball Classic, Gonzalez has been working out in Florida, eating a lot of Cuban food and playing catch with Jorge Posada. It sounds like the life. But…

  9. Blevins ready for important role in Nats bullpen

    Jan 29, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After their 2013 season uncovered a glaring need for lefty relievers, the Nationals made sure they fixed the problem this offseason. On Dec. 11 they made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time to bring in 30-year-old southpaw Jerry Blevins. A lot is expected of Blevins who will be tasked with retiring lefties…

  10. Roster preview: Gio Gonzalez

    Jan 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 2014 salary: $8.5 million 2013 stats: 32 GS, 195.2 IP, 169 H, 79 R, 73 ER, 17 HR, 76 BB, 192 K, 1.252 WHIP,…

  11. Gio Gonzalez on working out with Yankees great Jorge Posada

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez has spent much of his offseason down in South Florida where he generally trains over the winter. He’s got family, friends, sunshine and workout facilities at the University of Miami, all he needs to get prepared for the new year. This time around, however, he’s had some extra help. Four-time World Series champion…

  12. Nationals release list of players expected at NatsFest

    Jan 9, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals have released a list of players they expect to attend Jan. 25′s NatsFest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The appearances are subject to change, but for now it appears Stephen Strasburg will be there after missing the event in 2013. Bryce Harper will be in attendance as well, along…

  13. Nats New Year’s resolutions

    Jan 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We can now say goodbye to 2013 (something I have a hunch plenty of Nationals fans are happy to do) and say hello to 2014 (something I’m sure plenty of you out there are ready to do). With that in mind, I’ve once again managed to get my hands on all the New Year’s resolutions…

  14. Significant moment No. 8: Gio and Biogenesis

    Dec 24, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  15. Revisiting all those Nats and Athletics trades

    Dec 17, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

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    Since Mike Rizzo took over as Nationals general manager in 2009, he’s found quite the trade partner in Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics. Since late 2010, the two have orchestrated seven different trades, sometimes sending the same players back and forth in separate deals. Rizzo and Beane clearly enjoy doing business with each other,…

  16. Point/Counterpoint: How good will Fister be?

    Dec 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: BY SEASON’S END, WHERE WILL DOUG FISTER RANK WITHIN THE NATIONALS’ ROTATION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Though he figures to open 2014 as the Nats’ No. 4 starter, I don’t expect Fister to be the team’s fourth-best starter next season. I expect him to be much better. In fact, I’ll say he winds up…

  17. Nationals trade LHP Abad for OF prospect John Wooten

    Nov 25, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time sending lefty reliever Fernando Abad to the A’s for outfield prospect John Wooten. Wooten is a 22-year-old the Athletics took in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of East Carolina University. He hit .257 through 133 games with 20…

  18. Roster review: Gio Gonzalez

    Oct 16, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 MLB service time: 4 years, 162 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $6.25 million Contract status: Signed for $8.5 million in 2014, $11 million in 2015, $12…

  19. Roark will start finale, injury sidelines LaRoche

    Sep 28, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:35 p.m. PHOENIX — Gio Gonzalez had decided to start the Nationals’ season finale. But then once they won Saturday night’s game to ensure Davey Johnson would finish at least 300 games over the .500 mark for his career, the departing manager decided to hand the ball to Tanner Roark after all. Gonzalez…

  20. Who’s hot, who’s not: Werth up, LaRoche down

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-5 Team slash: .213/.278/.277 Team ERA: 3.26 Runs per game: 3.0 Opponent runs per game: 3.1 Opponent slash: .241/.282/.377 HOT Jayson Werth, OF: 7-28/1 HR/4 R/5 RBI/.364 OBP/.792 OPS Just as the term “cold” was applied in a relative sense over the past few weeks, the “hot”…

  21. Inches from ignominy

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — Ryan Zimmerman stepped to the plate, the throng of 38,940 at Busch Stadium standing, applauding and holding up cell phone cameras in hopes of capturing the moment Michael Wacha threw a no-hitter in the ninth start of his career. Zimmerman had seen his Nationals teammates flail away all night at the 22-year-old…

  22. Instant analysis: Cardinals 2, Nats 0

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: With nothing left to play for but pride after getting eliminated Monday night, the Nationals still hoped to deal a blow to the Cardinals’ hopes of winning a division title, so Davey Johnson fielded his regular lineup tonight against Michael Wacha. It didn’t matter. Wacha was brilliant from the start, retiring…

  23. Game 158: Nats at Cardinals

    Sep 24, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — It’s been awhile since the Nationals played a truly meaningless baseball game, almost exactly two years, to be precise. So the next five days represent unusual territory for a club that used to be in this situation every September but is surprised to be here now. Davey Johnson insisted last night the…

  24. Gonzalez, not Roark, will start season finale

    Sep 23, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — Davey Johnson has set his rotation for the rest of the regular season, opting to give the final start of the year to Gio Gonzalez instead of rookie Tanner Roark. Roark’s turn would come up for Sunday’s finale in Arizona, but Johnson said he’ll use Thursday’s off-day to bring Gonzalez back on…

  25. State of the Nats: The final week

    Sep 23, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Six games left - Only six games remain for the Nationals in their 2013 regular season as they head to St. Louis to face the Cardinals, and then Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. After dropping a game against the Marlins on Sunday, it isn’t looking good for the Nats playoff chances. But that’s not…

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