3/15/2014 | Strasburg keeps leadoff runners stranded
Putting a runner on base to begin an inning is usually something to avoid for any pitcher, but when Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg did so in each of his first three innings on Saturday, it wasn't such a bad thing.
3/15/2014 | Nats do enough to back sharp Strasburg vs. Fish
Stephen Strasburg was sharp over four shutout innings, striking out four, and Ryan Zimmerman delivered a sacrifice fly as Washington edged the Marlins, 2-1, at Roger Dean Stadium.
3/15/2014 | Injuries derailing Mattheus, Ohlendorf's opening plans
Nationals relievers Ryan Mattheus and Ross Ohlendorf both are making progress in their return from injuries, but their recoveries might not come along fast enough to get them ready for Opening Day.
3/15/2014 | Fister fine after 'pen session; next step uncertain
Nationals pitcher Doug Fister still felt good Saturday morning, a day after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session, according to manager Matt Williams. Yet the next step in the right-hander's return from right elbow inflammation is not entirely certain.
3/15/2014 | Zimmerman starts at DH, maybe third on Sunday
Ryan Zimmerman re-entered the Nationals' lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium, but he'll have to wait one more day to play in the field.
3/14/2014 | Confident Johansen dedicated to joining Nats
Despite what his numbers said while he was in college, Nationals right-hander Jake Johansen is confident in his abilities. As long as he does the little things right, Johansen believes he will be in the Nationals' rotation someday. Furthermore, Johansen has not ruled out becoming a closer in the future.
3/14/2014 | Fister feeling better after bullpen session
Right-hander Doug Fister, who hasn't pitched since March 2 because of right elbow inflammation, had a bullpen session Friday morning without any problems.
3/14/2014 | Nats encouraging Jordan to use fastball more
Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan is considered a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, but he had a setback on Friday afternoon, allowing four runs in three innings during a 12-6 loss to the Tigers.
3/14/2014 | Moore, Hairston homer as Nationals outslugged
Tyler Moore and Scott Hairston went deep, but Taylor Jordan and Luis Ayala combined to allow nine runs as the Nationals fell to the Tigers, 12-6, on Friday.
3/14/2014 | Torii: Nats have 'something special' in Fister
Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter has nothing but respect for Nationals right-hander Doug Fister. The two were teammates in Detroit last year and, according to Hunter, not only was Fister a workhorse on the mound, he was a great listener.
3/14/2014 | Walters among players impressing Williams
Nationals manager Matt Williams said he is pleasantly surprised by certain players this spring, including infielder Zach Walters, who is playing multiple infield positions and was hitting .474 entering Friday's game against the Tigers.
3/13/2014 | Soriano, Detwiler take steps forward in latest outings
Nationals pitchers Ross Detwiler and Rafael Soriano both took positive steps during Thursday afternoon's 7-5 loss to the Mets at Space Coast Stadium.
3/13/2014 | M. Gonzalez looks to prove he can help 'pen
Nationals left-hander Michael Gonzalez has never believed that he needs six weeks of Spring Training to get ready for a season. That's good, because the veteran reliever doesn't have that much time this year.
3/13/2014 | Nationals make third round of cuts to spring roster
The Nationals had their third round of cuts on Thursday, optioning outfielder Michael Taylor and left-hander Matt Purke to Double-A Harrisburg and reassigning pitchers Clay Hensley, Josh Roenicke, Daniel Stange and Danny Rosenbaum to Minor League camp.
3/13/2014 | Harper, Desmond deal with cold; Zim still feeling sore
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Ian Desmond came down with chest colds, according to Matt Williams. Harper was in Thursday's lineup against the Mets, while Desmond was sent home.
3/13/2014 | Fister continues throwing, will toss bullpen Friday
Doug Fister played catch for the third straight day, this time from 120 feet. However, Fister felt a little tightness in his elbow, according to manager Matt Williams, who pointed out that Fister played catch for three days in a row. Some tightness was expected after having time off because of inflammation in the elbow.
3/13/2014 | Now a reliever, Stammen finding ways to thrive
When the Nationals sent Craig Stammen to the bullpen before the 2012 season, he harbored concerns more significant than his role on the pitching staff. He felt his career was on the line.
3/13/2014 | Detwiler delivers strong outing in loss to Mets
The Nationals and Mets both got good performances from fifth-starter candidates in Thursday afternoon's Grapefruit League contest at Space Coast Stadium, which New York won, 7-5.
3/12/2014 | Desmond sits with cut on finger
Ian Desmond had been scheduled to bat third against the Astros on Wednesday but was scratched because of an injured right pinkie. He cut the finger while taking ground balls during practice and is expected to miss a couple of games.
3/12/2014 | Fontenot knocks in three runs for Nats
Trailing by two runs in the ninth despite Jason Castro's three RBIs, the Astros rallied on RBI hits by Delino DeShields Jr., Marwin Gonzalez and George Springer for a 10-9 win over the Astros on Wednesday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
3/12/2014 | Williams challenges, but call upheld
Manager Matt Williams decided to take advantage of instant replay during Wednesday afternoon's game against the Astros, but the umpire's call was upheld.
3/12/2014 | Young K's three in split-squad action vs. Braves
Elmer Reyes' one-out, ninth-inning single off Robert Benincasa allowed the Braves to celebrate a 3-2 walk-off win over the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon at Champion Stadium.
3/12/2014 | Soreness keeps Zimmerman from starting on Wednesday
Ryan Zimmerman had been scheduled to play against the Astros on Wednesday but was scratched because of "body soreness."
3/12/2014 | Nationals make second round of cuts
The Nationals have optioned Felipe Rivero to Double-A Harrisburg and re-assigned A.J. Cole to Minor League camp.
3/12/2014 | Livan to make retirement official
Coach and team ambassador Livan Hernandez is going to file his retirement papers on Thursday, officially ending his career as a player.
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