3/8/2014 | Jordan, Detwiler deliver solid outings
Taylor Jordan pitched out of the bullpen in Saturday's split-squad contest against the Braves, tossing three innings in relief of Ross Detwiler, another candidate for the fifth-starter job. Jordan gave up one run on three hits, walking none and striking out six, while Detwiler allowed one run on six hits in two-plus innings.
3/8/2014 | Espinosa's hustle catches Williams' eye
In the fourth inning of Saturday's split-squad game against the Braves, the Nationals' Danny Espinosa stood on second with two outs. Moving on a 3-2 pitch, he never hesitated as Denard Span hit a dribbler toward the mound, dashing all the way around to score when the throw went to first. "That's part of our DNA, the way we want to play," manager Matt Williams said. "That epitomizes it today."
3/8/2014 | Zimmerman, LaRoche homer as Nats pound Braves
Danny Espinosa had his best game of the spring as he helped the Nationals defeat the Braves, 8-2, at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Espinosa went 1-for-2, including a walk, and was involved in two of the runs. Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche each went deep for Washington.
3/8/2014 | Hood goes deep late as Nats' split squad ties Cards
The Cardinals and Nationals both scored three runs in the eighth inning and played to a 4-4 tie in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium. The Nats took their first lead with a three-run homer from outfielder Destin Hood in the top of the eighth.
3/8/2014 | Fister not worried about elbow inflammation
A day after the Nationals scratched him from a start with right elbow inflammation, right-hander Doug Fister expressed no concern about his health. "It's typical inflammation, so we're treating it day by day," he said in a brief meeting with reporters.
3/8/2014 | Williams to use reserves often
Nationals manager Matt Williams wants his reserves to get significant playing time this season as part of a plan to keep his regulars healthy with scheduled off-days. For that to happen, however, the backups must be "sharp and ready" for Opening Day.
3/7/2014 | Williams impressed with Harper's success vs. lefties
In Friday's 8-5 victory over the Astros, Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his first of the spring.
3/7/2014 | Nats looking into new Spring Training sites
The Palm Beach County board of commissioners met with the Nationals and Astros on Thursday about relocating their Spring Training facilities, according to county documents.
3/7/2014 | Harper's first spring homer highlights Nats' win
The Nationals scored six runs in the first inning before going on to top the Astros, 8-5, at Space Coast Stadium on Friday afternoon.
3/7/2014 | Upbeat Gonzalez reports to Nats camp
Nationals left-hander Michael Gonzalez arrived at Space Coast Stadium on Friday morning, and it was like he never left the organization after the 2012 season.
3/7/2014 | Fister skips start due to elbow inflammation
Nationals pitcher Doug Fister skipped his scheduled Grapefruit League start Friday due to inflammation in his right elbow.
3/6/2014 | Zimmermann extends scoreless spring run
Braeden Schlehuber's two-out single off Danny Rosenbaum in the ninth inning gave the Braves a 3-2 win over the Nationals on Thursday night at Champion Stadium.
3/6/2014 | McLouth talks with MLB.com about career resurgence
The Nationals improved their bench this offseason by signing Nate McLouth, who talked with MLB.com about his new club and resurrecting his career in 2013.
3/6/2014 | Ohlendorf exits spring debut with back spasms
Ross Ohlendorf's Spring Training debut on Thursday night ended with yet another frustrating injury, this time spasms in his lower back. Washington's training staff will re-evaluate the 31-year-old hurler on Friday morning.
3/6/2014 | Williams not worried about Rendon, Espinosa
Despite the early struggles of Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon, there is not much concern with either.
3/6/2014 | Nationals expect Gonzalez to arrive on Friday
Reliever Mike Gonzalez, who signed a Minor League deal on Tuesday, is expected to join the Nationals on Friday in Viera, Fla.
3/5/2014 | Walters begins seeing work at second base
Before Tuesday, infielder Zach Walters hadn't played second base since he joined the Nationals in 2011. Walters, who plays shortstop and third base, is trying to make the 25-man roster as a backup infielder, and was told to begin working at second on Tuesday.
3/5/2014 | Desmond working on opposite-field approach
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond started Wednesday's 11-5 victory over the Mets and went 1-for-2, including an opposite-field home run in the third inning off left-hander Adam Kolarek.
3/5/2014 | Gio feeling strong after outing against Mets
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez started his first game of the spring and looked sharp in an 11-5 victory over the Mets on Wednesday. He pitched two shutout innings and allowed a hit.
3/5/2014 | Nats crush four homers to top split-squad Mets
The Nationals scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to top the Mets, 11-5, at Space Coast Stadium on Wednesday afternoon and snap a two-game losing streak.
3/5/2014 | Williams pleased with Espinosa's approach
Although Danny Espinosa is 0-for-10 to start the spring, manager Matt Williams is satisfied with his approach at the plate.
3/5/2014 | Bullpen sessions up next for Mattheus
Ryan Mattheus, who hasn't pitched in a game because of inflammation in his chest, played catch from 60 feet the past two days and hopes to start having bullpen sessions within a week.
3/5/2014 | Nationals keep farm system stocked in offseason
The Nationals sent away a couple of prospects for proven big leaguers Doug Fister and Jose Lobaton this offseason, but that didn't stop them from replenishing their MLB Pipeline. Jonathan Mayo checks in from camp and unveils the team's Top 20 Prospects list.
3/5/2014 | How do Nats' top prospects fit Washington's needs?
The Nationals are very well established with both position and pitching depth. Though it's unlikely any prospects will crack the Opening Day roster, Washington is well prepared for the future.
3/4/2014 | Strasburg brings new pitch, renewed focus into '14
With a new pitch -- a slider -- and renewed focus, Stephen Strasburg is aiming to lead Washington back to the postseason.
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