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3/29/2015 | Fister more in 'swing of things' despite rough outing

Right-hander Doug Fister had his rockiest outing of the spring during the Nationals' 11-7 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.


3/29/2015 | Williams unhappy with Nats' shaky defense

The Nationals have played 26 games during Spring Training and have made 27 errors. Manager Matt Williams admitted that he was not pleased by the amount of errors the team has made this spring.


3/29/2015 | Janssen getting MRI on right shoulder

After watching his team defeat the Marlins, 11-7, on Sunday afternoon, manager Matt Williams announced that reliever Casey Janssen will have an MRI on his right shoulder on Monday.


3/29/2015 | Nats' big bats make up for Fister's rocky start

The Nationals and Marlins found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. When it was over, it was the Nats who won the game, 11-7.


3/29/2015 | Rizzo confident in roster, sees opportunity for NRIs

Even though the Nationals are faced with their share of injuries, general manager Mike Rizzo said he is satisfied with the roster he has in place, and he doesn't see himself making trades before the start of Opening Day.


3/29/2015 | Injuries may force Williams to shuffle lineup

With the start of the season about a week away for the Nationals, manager Matt Williams will need a contingency plan in case some of his major players are not ready for Opening Day.


3/28/2015 | Strasburg shows rust from ankle sprain vs. Mets

Even though right-hander Stephen Strasburg is a bit behind the rest of the Nationals starters, he is not worried about how that may effect his preparation for the start of the regular season.


3/28/2015 | Strasburg, Nats' bullpen roughed up by Mets

Stephen Strasburg gave up four runs over four innings, the damage coming on back-to-back homers by Curtis Granderson and David Wright, as the Nationals fell 10-2 to the Mets.


3/28/2015 | Williams sets Nationals' rotation behind Scherzer

Ever since the Nationals signed Max Scherzer as a free agent during the offseason, the order of the team's starters has been an intriguing quandary. An argument could be made for each pitcher to be slotted anywhere in the rotation from one through five.


3/28/2015 | Werth takes first BP, but return date uncertain

Opening Day is 10 days away and Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth still doesn't know if he will be on the 25-man roster to start the season.


3/27/2015 | Contract status last thing on Zimmermann's mind

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is prepared to enter the 2015 season pitching in the final year of his contract. He has said he doesn't want to talk about his contract once the season starts, and he reiterated that point after the game.


3/27/2015 | Storen passes test in return from hand surgery

Nationals closer Drew Storen entered Friday's 1-1 tie with the Cardinals in the seventh inning, making his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game since he had a minor surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. Naturally, the first batter Storen faced, second baseman Kolten Wong, hit a grounder to first base that forced the right-hander to cover first base and test out his left hand.


3/27/2015 | Zimmerman exits after diving stop at first

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Friday's 1-1 tie with the Cardinals in the third inning after making a diving stop in the first inning. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman "banged himself pretty good" while ranging to his left on a grounder hit by Randal Grichuk. Taking Zimmerman out of the game was strictly precautionary, according to Williams.


3/27/2015 | Zimmermann finds midseason form over six

Backing up much of the hype surrounding their pitching staff, the Nationals have continued to turn in stellar outing after stellar outing this spring. The latest came on Friday courtesy of right-hander Jordan Zimmmermann, who is on pace to be the team's No. 2 starter this season. Zimmermann surrendered one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings during a 1-1 tie with a split Cardinals squad. Zimmermann saw his Grapefruit League ERA rise incrementally to 1.37.


3/27/2015 | Rendon tries lateral jogging; Span progressing

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon did some light jogging in right field early Friday morning, with an emphasis on lateral movement to test his sprained left knee.


3/27/2015 | With sharper vision, Uggla has case to make Nats

After correcting an issue with his eyes in the offseason, Dan Uggla is tracking the ball better this spring. Entering Friday's game against the Cardinals, Uggla had more hits (10) and walks (7) than strikeouts (5) and was batting .323/.462/.581 overall. Yes, it is Spring Training and the sample size is small, but the Nationals are impressed with what they have seen from Uggla this month.


3/27/2015 | Nationals reassign six to Triple-A Syracuse

Prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals, the Nationals announced that they had reassigned six players to Minor League camp: Cutter Dykstra, Emanuel Burriss,Steven Lerud, Kila Ka'aihue, Derrick Robinson and Manny Delcarmen.


3/26/2015 | Gio grooves on success in start against Mets

Gio Gonzalez fired five shutout innings with as many strikeouts in a stellar spring outing as the Nationals dropped an 8-3 decision to the Mets on Thursday at Space Coast Stadium.


3/26/2015 | Harper misses 2nd straight game with flu bug

Bryce Harper arrived at Space Coast Stadium initially on Thursday afternoon expecting to play against the Mets. After taking some light swings in the batting cages, however, the outfielder did not feel good and the Nationals sent him home.


3/26/2015 | Bryan Harper happy to rub elbows with Nats

Bryan Harper, younger brother of Bryce, was up from the Minor League camp for the day to practice with the Nationals. Bryan was listed as one of the team's emergency pitchers for Thursday's game, although he was just happy to get a chance to spend the day in big league camp.


3/25/2015 | Stewart playing his way into valuable role

If Anthony Rendon is not ready for Opening Day on April 6 against the Mets, Ian Stewart will be considered a candidate to start at third base for the Nationals.


3/25/2015 | Scherzer able to work out of jam in dominant start

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was dominating in a 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. Scherzer pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine. The only time he was in trouble was in the fifth inning. After Yadier Molina singled with one out and Jon Jay followed with a double, Scherzer struck out Kolten Wong and Michael Wacha to end the threat.


3/25/2015 | Nationals equipped to survive early injury test

The Washington Nationals don't have to get it right in April or even May. That's a handy reminder on a week like this one. OK, so maybe the Nationals won't open the 2015 season with the team they'd drawn up on paper. No big deal there. At least, it's no big deal at this point.


3/25/2015 | Scherzer piles up K's before Nationals edged late

Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha and Nationals Opening Day starter Max Scherzer were engaged in a terrific pitchers' duel to start Wednesday's matchup at Roger Dean Stadium, before the Cards broke through in the eighth inning for a 1-0 victory.


3/25/2015 | Knee sprain hurting Rendon's chances for opener

There is a possibility that Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon may not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Matt Williams.




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