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  1. Storen returns to mound, Williams unhappy with offense

    Mar 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Two more observations from Friday’s 1-1 tie against the Cardinals, unrelated to each other… — Drew Storen made his return to the mound, exactly two weeks removed from surgery to remove the broken hamate bone from his left hand. What looked like it could be a quick and tidy top of the…

  2. Taking a stab at the 25-man roster

    Mar 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    JUPITER, Fla. — We have officially reached the home stretch of spring training, with 10 remaining exhibition games (nine in Florida, one in D.C.) over the next 12 days before the 2015 season begins for real at Nationals Park. Which means it’s finally time to start trying to figure out who exactly is going to…

  3. News and notes from Tuesday’s workout

    Mar 3, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT

    AP

    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals’ final two workouts of the spring before the Grapefruit League gets underway Thursday are fairly light affairs. Pitchers aren’t throwing off mounds. There are some defensive fundamental drills early on, then casual rounds of batting practice that keep everybody loose. And nobody was looser Tuesday during BP than Bryce Harper…

  4. Why the Nats don’t use more defensive shifts

    Mar 2, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — There is no more prevailing trend in baseball right now than the use of more defensive shifts, a tactical maneuver that has been deployed by teams for a century but has exploded in the last couple of years. Except in Washington. Despite their use of analytics in plenty of other areas, the…

  5. Saturday workout is a washout

    Feb 28, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals had managed to avoid Mother Nature’s worst since opening camp last week, squeezing a couple of workouts in between storms and intense wind, but their luck ran out Saturday. Heavy and persistent rain forced the team to essentially call off its planned daily workout. Pitchers did still play catch in…

  6. 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…

  7. Williams on 8th inning, position players and Babe Ruth

    Feb 24, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams was asked Tuesday if he’s ever going to actually perform his Babe Ruth impersonation, as promised last season when his Nationals won 10 straight games. The manager’s answer was, well, let’s just say it was convoluted. More on that in a little bit. In the meantime, here are some news,…

  8. VIDEO: Williams on transitioning Zim to 1B

    Feb 23, 2015, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman showed up early to Nationals spring training ready to get started for the 2015 season. This is, of course, not a normal camp for Zimmerman, who now transitions across the diamond to first base. This spring will give him his first extensive stretch getting experience at his new position. Manager Matt Williams gave…

  9. News, notes and observations from Monday in Viera

    Feb 23, 2015, 5:46 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Though position players don’t officially report until Tuesday and don’t hold their first official workout til Thursday, nearly every one of them has already arrived in Viera. So the attention right now is kind of split between the pitchers and catchers out on the practice fields and the position players taking part…

  10. VIDEO: Who will be the odd-man out?

    Feb 23, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT

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    In Mark’s latest report from Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla., he looks at who could be the odd-man out of their star-studded rotation. Right now there are six players vying for five spots, meaning someone will likely get bumped to the bullpen within the next few weeks. In this video Mark has reaction from Max…

  11. Workouts begin today

    Feb 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Pitchers and catchers have reported (all 37 of them). They’ve taken and passed their physicals (all 37 of them). Which means there’s only one thing left to do: Play ball! OK, so there won’t be any actual (exhibition) games played for another 12 days, but this morning the Nationals will take the…

  12. UPDATED: Nats pick up Williams’ option for 2016

    Feb 21, 2015, 8:19 AM EDT

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    Updated at 4:27 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — On the morning of the first pitchers and catchers workout of the spring, the Nationals ensured the reigning NL Manager of the Year wouldn’t go into the season as a lame duck. The Nats picked up Matt Williams’ 2016 contract option, rewarding their 49-year-old skipper for the job…

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

    Feb 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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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…

  14. Roster preview: Kevin Frandsen

    Jan 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Signed as a free agent, March 2014 2015 salary: $1 million 2014 stats: 105 G, 236 PA, 17 R, 57 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, 6 BB, 26 SO, .259 AVG, .299 OBP, .309 SLG, .608 OPS, 2 E,  -0.4 WAR 2015 storyline: Kevin Frandsen returns to the Nationals in 2015 as…

  15. Final thoughts on the Scherzer signing

    Jan 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    So, anything interesting happen while I was on vacation the last 10 days? The third week of January usually is pretty quiet, so I can’t imagine the Nationals made any real significant news. They certainly didn’t give out $210 million to a prominent free agent pitcher. Wait, what? OK, so yeah, looks like I picked…

  16. Familiarity gives Nats confidence in Scherzer investment

    Jan 22, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT

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    For Mike Rizzo, Matt Williams and Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ signing of the latter to a seven-year, $210 million free agent deal in many ways brought a relationship that developed years ago full circle. Rizzo was the scouting director for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they evaluated and then drafted Scherzer with the 11th overall pick…

  17. Nats make it official: ‘Who wouldn’t want Max Scherzer?’

    Jan 21, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT

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    On a day full of smiles and laughs, the Nationals unveiled their greatest free agent signing in franchise history. Pitcher Max Scherzer will make more than $200 million over the next decade, but money is not what made Scherzer decide on D.C., rather the chance at October baseball. “I think this team is capable of…

  18. Nats to introduce Scherzer today at 2 p.m. on CSN

    Jan 21, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals will introduce their newest acquisition on Wednesday, as star pitcher Max Scherzer will meet with the media for the first time since signing a 7-year, $210 million deal. Comcast SportsNet will carry the press conference live at 2 p.m. and have coverage in both Geico SportsNet Central and a sitdown interview with…

  19. Significant moment No. 1: 2 outs, top of the 9th, Game 2

    Dec 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We conclude today with significant moment No. 1: Matt Williams’ decision to pull Jordan…

  20. 10 best Nats quotes of 2014

    Dec 29, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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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…

  21. Significant moment No. 7: Harper benched for ‘lack of hustle’

    Dec 25, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 7: Matt Williams’ benching of Bryce Harper…

  22. Nats recall NLDS, watching Giants win World Series

    Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After narrowly beating the Washington Nationals in four games in the 2014 NLDS, the San Francisco Giants went on to take their third World Series title in the last five years. Madison Bumgarner overcame his Game 3 loss to the Nats to cement himself in MLB postseason history. It earned him Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsman of…

  23. Nats react to Detwiler & LaRoche leaving

    Dec 16, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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    For as much talk as there has been about next offseason and the possibility the Nationals could lose some of their most familiar names, that process has already begun this winter. Ross Detwiler, a member of the Nats’ organization for seven years, was traded to the Texas Rangers on Friday. And Adam LaRoche signed with the…

  24. Nats players address trade rumors

    Dec 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ annual offseason convention known as ‘NatsFest’ is usually held in late January, right before the team heads to Viera, Fl. to begin spring training and preparing for Opening Day. It is generally a time to recap the winter for each player and a time to meet new additions to the roster. This year,…

  25. Highlights from Williams’ media session

    Dec 9, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT

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    SAN DIEGO — Matt Williams addressed a number of topics during his 31-minute Winter Meetings media session late Tuesday afternoon, including some interesting thoughts on the plan for Bryce Harper in 2015. (I’ll have a full post on that subject in the morning.) The recently crowned NL Manager of the Year revisited his first season…

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