3/11/2014 | Perfect Zimmermann sets tone in win over Yankees
Jordan Zimmermann, making his third spring start, tossed four perfect innings on Tuesday and struck out four against a Yankees lineup that included Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann. The right-hander now has nine scoreless innings to his credit in Grapefruit League play.
3/11/2014 | Post-hype, Harper emerges as complete package
Bryce Harper is about to have a monstrous season, and remember you heard it here first. You haven't forgotten Bryce Harper, have you?
3/11/2014 | Williams, Nats prepare to test replay system
The Nationals will get their first taste of instant replay when they play the Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon. According to Nationals manager Matt Williams, bench coach Randy Knorr will be in communication with the video people watching the game from Space Coast Stadium. There will be a direct line into the Nats' dugout.
3/11/2014 | Soriano learns from rough spring outing
A day after Rafael Soriano was hit hard for five runs against the Astros on Monday night, Nationals manager Matt Williams reiterated that he wasn't concerned about his closer.
3/10/2014 | After starting strong, Gio labors in second inning
It looked like Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was going to have his best start of the spring on Monday evening against the Astros. He struck out the first five hitters he faced. Suddenly, Gonzalez had a tough time getting the third out in the second inning.
3/10/2014 | Soriano feels fine despite being hit hard vs. Astros
In his second game of the spring, Nationals closer Rafael Soriano was hit hard, allowing five runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Astros on Monday night.
3/10/2014 | Prospect Souza off to a hot start this spring
Nationals right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is off to a good start this spring, going 7-for-21 (.333). He hit his first home run of the spring against the Astros on Monday night.
3/10/2014 | Ayala revived career by learning cutter from Mariano
There is always a smile on Nationals reliever Luis Ayala's face when one talks to him about Yankees great Mariano Rivera. If not for Rivera, there is no telling where Ayala would be right now.
3/10/2014 | Williams is confident in Carroll's abilities
Nationals infielder Jamey Carroll is batting .133 (2-for-15) this spring, but that doesn't seem to matter to manager Matt Williams. The skipper pointed out that Carroll can do the little things to make a team better.
3/10/2014 | Gio fans five in two innings before Soriano struggles
Jonathan Villar drove in three runs and helped the Astros defeat the Nationals, 7-4, at Space Coast Stadium on Monday evening. Gio Gonzalez struck out five over two innings before Nationals closer Rafael Soriano allowed five runs in the sixth inning.
3/9/2014 | Ward wastes no time impressing Nationals
A third-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the left-handed hitting Drew Ward had a .292 batting average with a home run, 28 RBIs and a .402 on-base percentage for the Gulf Coast Nationals last year.
3/9/2014 | Desmond swipes team-best fourth base of spring
Manager Matt Williams said he wants the team to be more aggressive on the bases this season and shortstop Ian Desmond took advantage of the situation in the third inning against the Cardinals.
3/9/2014 | Strasburg makes adjustments in solid outing
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was solid in an 11-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. He pitched three innings and allowed one run on two hits.
3/9/2014 | Ramos leads Nationals' offensive onslaught
Wilson Ramos drove in three runs and helped the Nationals top the Cardinals, 11-1, at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
3/9/2014 | Skole reassigned in Nats' first round of cuts
The Nationals made their first round of cuts Sunday morning, reassigning infielder Matt Skole, catcher Jeff Howell and pitchers Gabriel Alfaro and Tyler Robertson to Minor League camp.
3/9/2014 | Williams impressed with LaRoche's spring
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is off to a good start, going 5-for-15 with two home runs and four RBIs entering Sunday's action. Manager Matt Williams is most impressed by how LaRoche is handling left-handed pitchers.
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.
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