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  1. Nats vs. Mets — 3/5/15

    Mar 5, 2015, 1:30 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    VIERA, Fla. — This may or may not come as consolation to all of you currently buried under even more snow back home, but it’s currently 83 degrees under partly cloudy skies as I gaze out at Space Coast Stadium, the Nationals beginning their warm-ups for tonight’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets. As miserable…

  2. VIDEO: Nats excited about starting rotation

    Mar 5, 2015, 12:19 PM EST

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    The Washington Nationals shocked many around the baseball world when they signed Max Scherzer to a record contract back in January. They strengthened a strength and added more firepower to what was already a very good starting rotation. But so far, all of it has been talk and projections on paper. They have yet to…

  3. Scherzer will start spring opener, Roark in relief

    Mar 3, 2015, 2:45 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals’ exhibition season will kick off with the debut of the biggest acquisition of their offseason. Max Scherzer will start Thursday evening’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets getting the nod from Matt Williams. Just don’t read much of anything into this decision, Williams cautions. “He’s ready,” the manager said of…

  4. VIDEO: Stephen Strasburg 1-on-1

    Mar 2, 2015, 1:05 PM EST

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    In this latest video from Nationals’ spring training in Viera, Mark sits down with Stephen Strasburg to talk about the addition of Max Scherzer and look ahead to the 2015 season. Strasburg reflects on his career so far, now that he’s entering his sixth MLB season. He also comments on the rise of the Nats…

  5. Live BP features surprise anthem, broken bats, few hits

    Mar 1, 2015, 3:47 PM EST

    AP

    VIERA, Fla. — Max Scherzer was just about ready to get started with his first session facing live hitters as a member of the Nationals, except for one small request: He needed somebody to sing the national anthem before he could throw his first pitch. Seriously? “Yes, always,” Scherzer explained afterward. “You’ve got to simulate…

  6. Scherzer and Strasburg learning from each other

    Feb 28, 2015, 5:14 PM EST

    AP

    VIERA, Fla. — Everywhere one guy goes, the other guy goes. If one is throwing in the bullpen, the other is right beside him. If one is fielding comebackers, the other is right behind him waiting for his turn. And when the work day is done and the golf course beckons, they remain playing partners.…

  7. VIDEO: Scherzer on why he chose the Nats

    Feb 28, 2015, 12:12 PM EST

    Comcast SportsNet

    VIERA, Fla. — Max Scherzer could have signed anywhere this winter. He chose to sign with the Nationals. Yes, the money — a staggering $210 million — was a big factor. But it wasn’t the only factor. As Scherzer explains in my 1-on-1 interview with him for Comcast SportsNet, the idea of joining a Nationals…

  8. VIDEO: Wilson Ramos 1-on-1

    Feb 25, 2015, 1:08 PM EST

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    Mark sat down with Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos on Tuesday for a one-on-one interview at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. Ramos is of course excited to be working with what many expect to be the best starting rotation in Major League Baseball. Ramos also shares some goals of his own, including staying healthy which…

  9. News, notes and observations from Monday in Viera

    Feb 23, 2015, 5:46 PM EST

    AP

    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 EST

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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. News and notes from Saturday’s workout

    Feb 21, 2015, 5:50 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    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…

  12. VIDEO: Scherzer joins Nats in Viera

    Feb 21, 2015, 1:45 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Max Scherzer arrived at Nats’ spring training on Thursday ready to join what many expect to be the best rotation in the major leagues. The $210 million man is no stranger to that sort of hype, but did his best to downplay it. CSN was there with a camera as Scherzer was introduced and Mark…

  13. Workouts begin today

    Feb 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    AP

    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…

  14. Scherzer reports to camp, joins fellow Nats aces

    Feb 20, 2015, 3:24 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    VIERA, Fla. — Max Scherzer strolled into the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium just after 9:30 a.m. Friday, the new guy in an unfamiliar room. He looked around, found his locker, then noticed who holds the next stall: Stephen Strasburg. “Hey, Max,” Strasburg said, extending his right hand. “Nice to meet you.” This was the…

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

    Feb 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    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…

  16. Roster preview: Max Scherzer

    Feb 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    AP

    Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2015 2015 salary + bonus: $15 million 2014 stats: 33 GS, 220 1/3 IP, 196 H, 80 R, 77 ER, 18 HR, 63 BB, 252 K, 1.175 WHIP, 18-5, 3.15 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 5.5 WAR 2015 storyline: Let’s see … you just…

  17. Final thoughts on the Scherzer signing

    Jan 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    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…

  18. Scherzer talked to Fister, Thornton before joining Nats

    Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…

  19. VIDEO: Big decisions to make for Nats

    Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EST

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    After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…

  20. Boras’ ‘internal rating’ says Nats have MLB’s best rotation

    Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EST

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    Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…

  21. Scherzer signing shows Nats’ continued growth

    Jan 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    AP

    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…

  22. Familiarity gives Nats confidence in Scherzer investment

    Jan 22, 2015, 1:36 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    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…

  23. VIDEO: Max Scherzer on SportsTalk Live

    Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

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    Soon after he was introduced to fans and media at Nationals Park on Wednesday, new free agent acquisition Max Scherzer sat down for an interview with Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It was a great conversation, as Chick and Brian asked Max about what he will bring to the Nats, how…

  24. What happens now to Nats’ rotation?

    Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…

  25. VIDEO: Mike Rizzo talks Scherzer 1-on-1

    Jan 21, 2015, 9:57 PM EST

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    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made one of the biggest decisions of his tenure in Washington in signing Max Scherzer to a record $210 million contract. It’s a huge investment in a player he has a history with dating back to their days with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson caught up with Rizzo…

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