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  1. Roenicke excited to team with brother-in-law Desmond

    Feb 16, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Josh Roenicke first met Ian Desmond in 2008, after the former had begun seriously dating the latter’s sister, Nikki. Roenicke was a minor-league reliever with the Reds. Desmond was still toiling in the Nationals’ farm system. Little could either know they’d not only find themselves in the majors six years later, but…

  2. Williams makes impression on first day

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams has been coming to spring training for more than two decades, so you’d think he’d know the drill by now and wouldn’t be surprised by anything thrown his way. This, however, was different. Williams stepped onto the practice fields outside Space Coast Stadium on Saturday morning not as a power-hitting…

  3. McLouth eager for whatever role Nats have planned

    Feb 15, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Nate McLouth had opportunities this winter to go somewhere he’d be assured of consistent playing time. Instead, the veteran chose to sign a two-year contract with a Nationals club that already boasts three well-established starting outfielders. “There were other options,” he said. “But I know that I liked this situation. It was…

  4. Williams: Harper “full-go” from start of camp

    Feb 15, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper hasn’t reported to spring training yet, but the Nationals star outfielder will be cleared for full participation once he does, according to new manager Matt Williams. “As far as I know, he is full-go for spring training,” Williams said Saturday following the club’s first workout for pitchers and catchers. “We’re…

  5. Workouts begin

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:24 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Yes, there’s a much more significant sporting event taking place in the world right now — a bunch of Nationals players were glued to the second period of USA-Russia in the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium, Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard chief among them — but there’s also going to be real…

  6. Low-key Fister tries to blend into Nationals rotation

    Feb 14, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Doug Fister took his usual flight from Northern California to Orlando this week, prepared to embark on another spring training in the Grapefruit League. The only difference? “It was basically: You pull out of Orlando airport and turn right instead of turn left,” he said. After spending parts of the last three…

  7. Clippard on avoiding arbitration, retiring Jeter

    Feb 14, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Tyler Clippard was prepared to go to arbitration with the Nationals but was much happier Monday when the two sides managed to work out a $5.875 million contract and avoid next week’s hearing altogether. “It was stressing me out,” the reliever said. “I didn’t even think I could stress out over stuff,…

  8. Lobaton feels at home in Nats clubhouse

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Jose Lobaton sat at his hastily constructed locker inside Space Coast Stadium, his No. 59 jersey not yet hung, his nameplate thrown together in the wake of Thursday’s trade with the Rays. The 29-year-old catcher, though, looked perfectly at home in his new surroundings, aided in large part by the nearby presence…

  9. Nats sign reliever Roenicke to minor-league deal

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals added another name to the competition for the final spot or two in their bullpen, this one quite familiar to one of their biggest stars. Washington signed right-hander Josh Roenicke to a minor-league contract, with an invitation to big-league camp. Roenicke, owner of a 4.17 ERA in 190 career games…

  10. Nats have been willing to trade top pitching prospects

    Feb 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole were the Nationals’ top two ranked pitching prospects entering 2012. Both were traded to Oakland in the deal that brought Gio Gonzalez to Washington. Alex Meyer likely would have been the Nationals’ second-ranked pitching prospect entering 2013, before he was traded to Minnesota for Denard Span. Robbie…

  11. Rizzo on the Lobaton trade and playing time

    Feb 13, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Mike Rizzo had attempted all winter to upgrade his catching depth but insisted all along he’d be comfortable entering spring training with Jhonatan Solano, Sandy Leon or Chris Snyder backing up starter Wilson Ramos. And then on the first day of camp, Rizzo pulled off a deal long suspected, acquiring Jose Lobaton…

  12. Davis placed on 60-day DL with sprained elbow

    Feb 13, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals placed reliever Erik Davis on the 60-day disabled list Thursday with a sprained right elbow, a move necessitated in part by the club’s four-player trade with the Rays. Two of the four players the Nationals acquired from Tampa Bay (catcher Jose Lobaton and left-hander Felipe Rivero) are now on the…

  13. Nats send Karns to Rays for Lobaton, 2 prospects

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Updated at 1:52 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — On the day pitchers and catchers reported for spring training, the Nationals dealt one of their hurlers for a No. 2 backstop. The Nationals traded right-hander Nate Karns to the Rays for catcher Jose Lobaton and two prospects: left-hander Felipe Rivero and outfielder Drew Vettleson. Karns, the Nationals’…

  14. Live from Viera

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    VIERA, Fla. — Hey, where’s all the snow? Sorry, I promise this will be the last time I compare the weather in Florida to the weather in D.C. (Fingers crossed behind my back.) Believe me, I’m very fortunate to be writing this from venerable Space Coast Stadium, my flight late last night having barely beaten…

  15. Beltway Baseball: Did the Nats fix their bullpen?

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ bullpen in 2013 was a bit of a weakness. After ranking seventh in the majors (third in the NL) with a 3.23 bullpen ERA in 2012 , they dropped to 17th last season with a 3.56 mark. This offseason the Nats helped balance out the unit by trading with the Oakland Athletics for…

  16. Spring training storyline No. 1: Williams takes over

    Feb 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As the countdown to spring training reaches its final day, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We conclude today with storyline No. 1: Matt Williams’ first spring as Nationals manager… Matt Williams has been stepping onto spring training fields in Arizona and Florida for nearly 30 years, but never as his…

  17. Beltway Baseball: Projecting the Nats’ 2014 lineup

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Entering his first spring training as manager, Matt Williams has thrown out several possibilities for each key Nats player in terms of where they will slot in the lineup. Basically, he’s going to feel it out through camp before deciding what his Opening Day lineup will look like. We know which players will be on…

  18. Spring training storyline No. 2: Harper, Strasburg recovery

    Feb 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We continue today with storyline No. 2: The return of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg from offseason surgeries… Upon revealing that three of their star players (Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Adam LaRoche) all had…

  19. Nats settle with Clippard, avoid arbitration

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and Tyler Clippard agreed to salary terms today, thus avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled to take place Feb. 17 in Florida. Clippard will make $5.875 million this season, according to CBSsports.com, settling on a number that was higher than the midpoint of the two sides’ formal arbitration offers last month. Clippard,…

  20. 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…

  21. Spring training storyline No. 3: Who’s the 5th starter?

    Feb 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We continue today with storyline No. 3: The open competition for the final spot in the starting rotation… Ross Detwiler didn’t have to compete for his spot in the Nationals’ rotation one year ago. And…

  22. Roster preview: Taylor Jordan

    Feb 9, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: Drafted 9th round, June 2009 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 9 G, 51.2 IP, 59 H, 27 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 29 K, 1.355 WHIP, 3.66 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2014 storyline: Taylor Jordan enters spring training as one of three candidates competing for the fifth and final rotation spot.…

  23. Spring training storyline No. 4: Espinosa’s challenge

    Feb 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We continue today with storyline No. 4: Danny Espinosa’s attempt to bounce back from a disastrous 2013… To say Danny Espinosa has something to prove this spring is a gross understatement. Espinosa has everything to…

  24. Spring storyline No. 5: Zimmerman’s throwing

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We begin today with storyline No. 5: Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing… Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing woes — a national storyline early in 2013 — quietly dissipated late last season. After a brutal stretch that saw him charged…

  25. VIDEO: The biggest questions heading into Nats spring training

    Feb 8, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT

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    Mark was in studio last night for two segments in Geico SportsNet Central alongside new anchor Keli Fulton. The first is a quick preview of Nationals’ spring training looking at the biggest questions facing the team. Mark covers a variety of subjects including Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg’s health, and Matt Williams’ first spring training…

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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
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FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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