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  1. Williams sets the tone on Day 1

    Feb 27, 2015, 10:18 AM EST

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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…

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

    Feb 26, 2015, 7:19 PM EST

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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…

  3. Full roster has reported, but Werth still rehabbing

    Feb 25, 2015, 3:17 PM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — All 70 players invited by the Nationals to big-league camp have reported, but at least one prominent regular won’t be able to participate entirely at Thursday’s first full-squad workout of the spring. Jayson Werth, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder January 9, will be held back from full participation for…

  4. News and notes from Saturday’s workout

    Feb 21, 2015, 5:50 PM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — It turned into quite an eventful day here. Much of the news had little to do with the Nationals’ first pitchers and catchers workout of the spring — Matt Williams’ 2016 option getting picked up, Jordan Zimmermann talking about his contract status, Danny Espinosa swinging right-handed vs. a right-handed pitcher — but…

  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: Previewing Nats spring training

    Feb 14, 2015, 12:26 PM EST

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    What are some of the most-important issues facing the Nationals this spring? I discussed several of them last night on Comcast SportsNet, including… — Jayson Werth’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery — The Nats’ new-look bullpen and the need to replace Tyler Clippard — Ryan Zimmerman’s permanent transition to first base Enjoy the video clip…

  8. 2015 promos include Werth Chia pet, Star Wars day

    Feb 13, 2015, 4:42 PM EST

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    The Nationals have released their promotional schedule for the 2015 season and on it are a few items that should get fans excited to go out to the park this summer. There will be a Star Wars day, bobbleheads to commemorate the team’s 10th anniversary, a players’ pets calendar, as well as a Chia pet…

  9. Werth pleads guilty, accepts 5-day jail sentence

    Jan 29, 2015, 1:31 PM EST

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    Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pleaded guilty Thursday to reckless driving in a Fairfax County court and agreed to a 5-day jail sentence. Werth, 35, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday but dropped his appeal of a December conviction in Fairfax County General District Court, in which he was sentenced to 10 days in jail…

  10. Scherzer signing shows Nats’ continued growth

    Jan 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Moments before Wednesday’s press conference at Nationals Park, as the Nats were getting ready to introduce former Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer – their biggest free agent catch as a franchise to date – left fielder Jayson Werth walked through the door of the media room with a blue velvet blazer on and took a seat…

  11. Roster preview: Jayson Werth

    Jan 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 35 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Dec. 2010 2015 salary: $21 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 629 PA, 85 R, 156 H, 37 2B, 3B, 16 HR, 82 RBI, 9 SB, 83 BB, 113 SO, .292 BA, .394 OBP, .455 SLG, .849 OPS, 134 OPS+, 5 E, -1.6 UZR, 4.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Jayson Werth is entering his fifth season with the Nationals in the third-to-final…

  12. Looking at different lineup possibilities

    Jan 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Aside from the still-up-in-the-air situation at second base, the Nationals know who’s going to be in their regular 2015 starting lineup. What they don’t necessarily know yet, though, is how that lineup will be arranged. Matt Williams spent his first couple of months as a big-league manager tinkering with lineup combinations, often moving players around…

  13. Werth’s surgery successful, rehab now begins

    Jan 9, 2015, 5:16 PM EST

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    Jayson Werth underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the A/C joint in his right shoulder on Friday, the team announced in a press release. The procedure was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. No structural damage or abnormalities were found during the surgery. Werth now begins a recovery program that is expected to…

  14. Sources: Werth to have shoulder surgery Friday

    Jan 8, 2015, 4:34 PM EST

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    Jayson Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday, a procedure that could prevent the veteran Nationals outfielder from being 100 percent healthy in time for Opening Day, multiple sources confirmed Thursday afternoon. Werth needs the surgery to repair the AC joint in his throwing shoulder, an injury that plagued him late last…

  15. Nats New Year’s resolutions

    Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Hello and Happy New Year, everybody. The year of 2014 is finally in the books after the most eventful season in Nationals history. So many things happened and so many memories were made for Washington fans. As we get ready for a new season in a few months – pitchers and catchers report in six weeks…

  16. 10 best Nats quotes of 2014

    Dec 29, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

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    In winning their second NL East title in three years, qualifying for the playoffs, winning 10 straight games at one point and completing the team’s first no-hitter, the Washington Nationals provided plenty of great memories for their fans in 2014. They were fun to watch and, though the year ended much earlier than many expected, it was…

  17. Rizzo “disappointed” Harper a no-show for NatsFest

    Dec 13, 2014, 3:51 PM EST

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    Updated at 5:05 p.m. Bryce Harper was a no-show Saturday at NatsFest, deciding not to make a public appearance only three days before a scheduled salary grievance hearing between the star outfielder and the organization. Harper was originally listed among more than 20 Nationals players who were scheduled to appear at the club’s annual winter…

  18. Rizzo: Werth and Harper will swap positions

    Dec 10, 2014, 7:48 PM EST

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    SAN DIEGO — From the day they signed him to the largest contract in franchise history on the eve of the 2010 Winter Meetings, the Nationals knew the day might come when Jayson Werth would need to move to left field and open up right field for Bryce Harper. “We hope we have that problem…

  19. Werth guilty of reckless driving, sentenced to 10 days in jail

    Dec 5, 2014, 2:29 PM EST

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    Updated at 3:17 p.m. A Fairfax County judge found Jayson Werth guilty Friday of reckless driving and sentenced the Nationals right fielder to 10 days in jail. Werth was pulled over by a Virginia State Trooper on the morning of July 6, clocked at 105 mph in his Porsche on a 55-mph stretch of the…

  20. Rendon finishes 5th in NL MVP vote

    Nov 13, 2014, 8:06 PM EST

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    No Nationals player has come close to winning the NL MVP Award in the club’s 10 seasons in the District, but Anthony Rendon just came closer than any previous one. Rendon placed fifth in balloting for this year’s NL MVP, the best finish by any Nationals player to date, besting former sixth-place finishers Alfonso Soriano (2006)…

  21. Roster review: Nate McLouth

    Nov 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as free agent Dec. 2013 MLB service time: 8 years, 152 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $5 million Contract status: $6.5 million team option for 2016 ($750K buyout) 2014 stats: 79 G, .173 BA, .280 OBP, 139 AB, 10 R, 24 H, 6 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB, 16 BB,…

  22. MLB free agency begins tonight

    Nov 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EST

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    At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning, MLB teams can begin making offers to free agents. In other words, the Hot Stove season is officially upon us. That means Asdrubal Cabrera, Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston are free to look elsewhere. It also means the Nats can begin filling holes on their roster for the 2015 season.…

  23. Roster review: Jayson Werth

    Oct 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 35 How acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2010 MLB service time: 11 years, 102 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $20 million Contract status: Signed for $21 million in 2015, $21 million in 2016, $21 million in 2017, free agent in 2018 2014 stats: 147 G, 629 PA, 85 R, 156 H, 37 2B,…

  24. ‘Now the fun begins’

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

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    All throughout the 2014 season, the Washington Nationals and in particular their veteran leaders have talked about winning the NL East as step one in their long list of goals. Win the division, make the playoffs and give themselves an opportunity to play for a championship, a chance they did not get one year ago.…

  25. Zimmermann throws Nats’ 1st no-hitter

    Sep 28, 2014, 7:46 PM EST

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams laid out a plan for his starting rotation before the final week of the regular season, saying he would limit their outings based on pitch count and innings. The thought was to not push them hard before what the team hopes is a long stay in the MLB playoffs. There was…

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SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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