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  1. Nats players happy to see Harvey return

    Apr 8, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Around the NL East: Shut down Harvey?

    A year-and-a-half removed from Tommy John surgery, Mets superstar pitcher Matt Harvey will make his much-anticipated return to the mound on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park. Ironically, he’ll be pitching opposite Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg, the player most associated with the procedure in recent baseball history. Harvey’s return from Tommy John is arguably the most…

  2. Game 2: Mets at Nats

    Apr 8, 2015, 3:31 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    We’re 48 hours removed from Opening Day, but the weather suggests it feels like even more time has passed than that. After mid-70s and sunshine on Monday, it’s low-50s and rain tonight for the second game of the series between the Nationals and Mets. Hard to say if the rain will be significant enough to…

  3. Around the NL East: Kimbrel trade highlights the week

    Apr 8, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT

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    With the new baseball season upon us, CSNWashington will take a weekly glimpse at the rest of the NL East:  ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves started Opening Week off with a bang — and it was before they even played a single game. Atlanta concluded what looks like an offseason-long fire sale when it traded four-time…

  4. Will Mets be Nats’ biggest challengers in 2015?

    Apr 7, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT

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    If the preseason predictions are to be believed, the Washington Nationals are supposed to waltz through the National League East without much resistance. After all, they have what is widely considered to be the best starting rotation in the game to go along with a balanced lineup that, when healthy, should be able to score…

  5. Depleted lineup squanders rare opportunities in opener

    Apr 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    AP

    As his team gathered in Viera seven long weeks ago, Matt Williams outlined the areas he felt the Nationals most needed to improve upon in 2015. Near the top of the list: Offensive efficiency. “We want to pick up the RBI that are given to us,” Williams said way back on Feb. 21. “For example,…

  6. Despite loss, Scherzer ‘as advertised’

    Apr 7, 2015, 12:40 AM EDT

    MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

    It didn’t take long for the juiced up Opening Day crowd at Nationals Park to see just what all the hoopla was all about. Max Scherzer, the Nats’ prized offseason acquisition, took the hill Monday against the New York Mets and — for a time — showed why he’s fit to lead what many consider…

  7. Desmond’s errors loom large in Nats’ loss

    Apr 6, 2015, 8:42 PM EDT

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    With three regulars out with injuries, three players playing new positions, a rookie in center field and a natural first baseman in left, defense will surely be a big point of focus for the Nationals early in the 2015 season. As they navigate through their current circumstances, mistakes are to be expected and they could at…

  8. Mets 3, Nats 1: Desmond errors spoil Scherzer’s debut

    Apr 6, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an elaborate pregame ceremony that included award presentations, the announcement of the 2018 All-Star Game coming to D.C. and a slightly delayed flyover at the end of the national anthem, the Nationals opened the 2015 season with anticipation sky-high. And after Bryce Harper homered and Max Scherzer retired 15 in…

  9. Game 1: Mets at Nats

    Apr 6, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    And so it begins. The 11th season of Nationals baseball is the most-anticipated yet, with a ballclub trying not only to win its third division title in four years but advance in October for the first time. And you couldn’t ask for a better setting on this Opening Day. There isn’t a cloud in the…

  10. It all begins: Scherzer starts Nats career on Opening Day

    Apr 5, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT

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    After three months of hype and praise, and five spring training starts, Monday will afford Max Scherzer his first opportunity to show the Nationals what they paid for this offseason. The 30-year-old right-hander was given a record $210 million contract, further cementing the Nationals as 2015 World Series favorites. But before they prove all the…

  11. Around the NL East: Spring training recap

    Apr 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES After a wild offseason for the Atlanta Braves, their 2015 spring training has been without any real major news stories. They saw B.J. Upton change his name to Melvin Upton, Jr, Mike Minor miss time with a shoulder injury and Cuban infielder Hector Olivera choose the Dodgers over them in a late offseason…

  12. Blevins’ “awkward” 24 hours ends with strikeout of Harper

    Mar 31, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Jerry Blevins spent the seventh inning of Monday’s game in Jupiter sitting in the Nationals bullpen, confused why he hadn’t been called upon yet to pitch against the Cardinals. He spent the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game in Viera warming up in the Mets bullpen, then entering to face Bryce Harper, striking…

  13. Nats vs. Mets — 3/31/15

    Mar 31, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    VIERA, Fla. — This could prove to be “Awkward Day” at Space Coast Stadium, when the Nationals and Mets square off in the Viera finale of the spring. Why awkward? Let’s count the ways… 1. Yunel Escobar is playing third base for the first time since 2007 as the Nats try to figure out how…

  14. UPDATED: Blevins traded to Mets for outfielder den Dekker

    Mar 30, 2015, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:50 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — Needing outfield help to compensate for a phalanx of spring training injuries and believing they had some excess left-handed depth, the Nationals traded reliever Jerry Blevins to the Mets on Monday for outfielder Matt den Dekker. The deal, announced shortly before the conclusion of the Nationals’ 6-2 exhibition…

  15. Observations from Saturday’s 10-2 loss to the Mets

    Mar 28, 2015, 5:54 PM EDT

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg was making his first start in 11 days, and it looked like it. The right-hander, scratched from his last outing due to a minor ankle sprain, wasn’t as sharp as he had been the last time he faced a major-league lineup, giving up four runs on four hits…

  16. Nats vs. Mets — 3/28/15

    Mar 28, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Hello from Tradition Field, where the Nats and Mets meet for the fifth time this spring. (They’ve still got one more meeting Tuesday in Viera before they meet for real on Opening Day.) It’s a bit interesting that Stephen Strasburg will pitch today, considering he’ll be facing New York in…

  17. Nats vs. Mets — 3/26/15

    Mar 26, 2015, 4:16 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    VIERA, Fla. — Hello from Space Coast Stadium, where the Nats and Mets are scheduled to play the odd 5:05 p.m. ballgame this afternoon/evening. I would offer an explanation for the strange starting time, but I have none. It’s actually not ideal from a weather standpoint: It’s been beautiful here all day, but there are…

  18. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Mark Zuckerman & Mets’ reporter Marc Carig

    Mar 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With less than two weeks to go until Opening Day, ‘Baseball in the District’ has returned with the first episode of 2015. Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I did a season preview that included Mark calling in from Viera, Fla. to give an update on the Nats and Marc Carig of NY Newsday to talk…

  19. Heath Bell retires

    Mar 24, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT

    AP

    One day after getting released by the Nationals, 37-year-old veteran reliever Heath Bell has decided to call it a career. The right-hander retired on Tuesday after 11 major league seasons. Bell signed a minor league deal with the Nats in late December and pitched for them in seven spring games. He allowed five runs (4…

  20. Nats vs. Marlins (ss)/Nats at Mets (ss) – 3/14/15

    Mar 14, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT

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    The Nationals play a pair of split-squad games on Saturday afternoon against the two teams who may give them their biggest challenge in repeating as NL East division champs. At home in Viera they will host the Miami Marlins, while on the road in Port St. Lucie they will go up against the New York…

  21. Nats vs. Mets — 3/12/15

    Mar 12, 2015, 12:38 PM EDT

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    It’s Stephen Strasburg’s turn to pitch today, but the right-hander won’t be pitching in Port St. Lucie against the Mets. Instead, as a result of an ingrown toenail that needed to be removed, Strasburg is pitching in a minor-league game in Viera. In addition to the idea that he can pitch in a more controlled…

  22. Scherzer “happy” with first start of spring

    Mar 5, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — If you thought Max Scherzer would be fighting any nerves when he toed the rubber late Thursday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium for the first time as a member of the Nationals, you need to get to know the $210 million right-hander a little better. “I love pitching,” Scherzer said about an…

  23. Nats vs. Mets — 3/5/15

    Mar 5, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT

    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…

  24. 2015 outlook: New York Mets

    Feb 4, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 79-83, t-2nd place in NL East Manager: Terry Collins, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $98.2 million Key additions: OF Michael Cuddyer, OF John Mayberry Jr. Key losses: OF Eric Young Jr., RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka Projected lineup CF Juan Lagares 2B Daniel Murphy 3B David Wright 1B Lucas Duda RF Michael Cuddyer LF Curtis Granderson…

  25. Looking at the biggest contracts for pitchers

    Jan 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Though Max Scherzer’s contract includes a signing bonus and deferred money, the final total counting against the Nats’ payroll comes in at seven years and $210 million. Not only is that the biggest contract ever handed out in Nationals history, it’s the second largest ever for a starting pitcher, both in total money and average annual…

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