Nationals Journal: grapefruit league


Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Stephen Strasburg improves at holding runners; Ryan Zimmerman plays

The Nationals starter gives himself opportunities to work on an area of need. Also, Ryan Zimmerman returns to action.

By James Wagner  |  07:43 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  grapefruit league, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, wilson ramos

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Ross Detwiler’s third start and Rafael Soriano’s improved outing

The Nationals closer had a strong inning without baserunners, an improvement from his previous spring outings.

By James Wagner  |  07:06 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam LaRoche, grapefruit league, rafael soriano, ross detwiler

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Gio Gonzalez’s up and down outing, Rafael Soriano’s rough inning -- and other notes

The Nationals closer hasn’t looked sharp this spring but Manager Matt Williams insists that the right-hander feels good.

By James Wagner  |  10:50 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, grapefruit league, rafael soriano, Zach Walters

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Ross Detwiler’s first start, curveballs; Tanner Roark’s solid two innings -- and other notes

The left-hander competing for the fifth spot in the rotation allowed three earned runs, but was pleased with the nine curveballs he threw.

By James Wagner  |  05:35 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  grapefruit league, ross detwiler, Tanner Roark

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/02/2014

Melvin Morris, Medal of Honor winner, throws out ceremonial first pitch

The 72-year-old will receive a Medal of Honor in two weeks in Washington.

By James Wagner  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 03/01/2014

Jordan Zimmermann’s efficient start, Luis Ayala’s groundballs, sloppy defense and other notes

The Nationals won their second game of the spring and Jordan Zimmermann looked sharp, as did Luis Ayala.

By James Wagner  |  07:13 PM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 03/01/2014

Braves at Nationals lineups and discussion thread: Spring Game 2

Jordan Zimmermann makes his first spring start as the Nationals play host for the first time this spring.

By James Wagner  |  09:34 AM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Nationals pitchers for the first two Grapefruit League games

Taylor Jordan starts the first game and Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound for the second.

By James Wagner  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  grapefruit league, Lineups

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 02/24/2014

The Nationals’ first lineup, injury updates, etc.

With only three practices left before their Grapefruit League opener, a lineup for the game vs. the Mets is planned.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:20 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  grapefruit league, Lineups, Spring Training

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Mets at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 6

Stephen Strasburg makes his second start of the season, and first one at home in Viera.

By James Wagner  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Marlins at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 5

Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Dan Haren make their spring training debuts.

By James Wagner  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Nationals vs. Mets spring training discussion thread: Game 33

Gio Gonzalez will finish off the Nationals' Grapefruit League schedule.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Nationals vs. Braves discussion thread: Game 31

Ross Detwiler faces the Braves.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Nationals at Marlins discussion thread: Game 30

Wondering what Davey Johnson thinks of Sports Illustrated picking the Nationals to win the World Series?

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Nationals at Astros discussion thread: Game 29

As the Nationals approach the end of spring, they'll face an Astros team brimming with former Nats.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:04 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 03/24/2013

Nationals vs. Braves discussion thread: Game 28

Jordan Zimmermann faces a loaded Braves lineup in Viera.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:01 PM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 03/23/2013

Drew Storen still ramping up, Gio Gonzalez goes six strong, Jeff Kobernus returned from Detroit

Wrapping up the Nationals' day in the Grapefruit League

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:14 PM ET, 03/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Nationals at Braves discussion thread: Game 25

Dan Haren vs. Tim Hudson in Lake Buena Vista on MLB Network.

By James Wagner  |  05:50 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Nationals at Marlins discussion thread: Game 24

Chris Young makes his third start of the spring, with the full entourage behind him, too.

By James Wagner  |  01:07 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Tigers at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 23

Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound and faces a near-complete Tigers lineup.

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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 03/17/2013

Today's Nationals-Tigers lineups

Ross Detwiler will face a near-complete Tigers lineup, including Miguel Cabrera.

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Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 03/16/2013

Nationals vs. Astros discussion thread: Game 21

Stephen Strasburg makes the start with a full lineup behind him, including Ryan Zimmerman at third base.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:03 PM ET, 03/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 03/16/2013

Ryan Zimmerman starts at third, Nationals lineup

He makes his first start of the spring since offseason shoulder surgery.

By James Wagner  |  02:42 PM ET, 03/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Today's Nationals lineup

The Nationals sent mostly reserves to play behind Dan Haren against the Cardinals.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Today's Nationals-Astros lineup

Expect to see more of the regulars in the lineup for the next three weeks.

By James Wagner  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Mets at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 17

The Nationals play their first split squad games; the regulars are in Viera facing the Mets.

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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Nationals lineups vs. Mets and Astros, and updates

Today is the Nationals’ first split-squad action of the season.

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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Braves at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 16

The Nationals and Braves meet for the third time this spring, and first time in Viera.

By James Wagner  |  12:43 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Today's Nationals-Braves lineups

Stephen Strasburg starts and Rafael Soriano faces the Braves.

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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/10/2013

Nationals at Tigers live updates and discussion thread: Game 15

Dan Haren makes his third start of the spring.

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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/10/2013

Nationals-Tigers lineups; updates on Nate Karns, Roger Bernadina

Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos are the only starters to make trip to Lakeland to play behind Dan Haren. Also, updates on Roger Bernadina, Nate Karns and Ross Detwiler.

By James Wagner  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/09/2013

Marlins at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 14

Chris Young, Ross Detwiler's WBC replacement in the rotation, makes his first start of the spring.

By James Wagner  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/09/2013

Today's Nationals-Marlins lineups

Jayson Werth was scratched from today's game against the Marlins but talked his way back in.

By James Wagner  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Cardinals at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 13

Jordan Zimmermann makes his third start of the spring. Rafael Soriano will make his second appearance. Wilson Ramos to catch four innings.

By James Wagner  |  12:36 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Today's Nationals-Cardinals lineup

Rafael Soriano's second game, Henry Rodriguez debuts, Wilson Ramos behind the plate and Jordan Zimmermann on the mound.

By James Wagner  |  09:20 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Nationals at Astros live updates and discussion thread: Game 12

Gio Gonzalez faces the Astros in his final tuneup before leaving for the WBC.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:44 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Gio Gonzalez's pitch limit and Nationals-Astros lineups

The Nationals will limit Gonzalez to 50 pitches today in order to ensure they are in compliance with WBC rules.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:04 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Nationals at Phillies live updates and discussion thread: Game 11

Stephen Strasburg vs. Roy Halladay. Enough said.

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Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Today's Nationals-Phillies lineups, Strasburg vs. Halladay

Stephen Strasburg faces Roy Halladay in Clearwater.

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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Astros at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 10

Dan Haren makes his second start of the spring. Rafael Soriano debuts. And Wilson Ramos catches for the first time.

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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Wilson Ramos starts at catcher, Rafael Soriano debuts and lineups

The Nationals' new closer makes his spring debut and catcher gets behind the plate for the first time. And the lineups.

By James Wagner  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  grapefruit league, wilson ramos

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/03/2013

Cardinals at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 9

Ross Detwiler makes his final start before he leaves for the World Baseball Classic.

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Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Gio Gonzalez strikes out none in windy start, Drew Storen's workload and other notes

The Nationals' left-hander had an unusual outing on a windy day against the Cardinals: he struck out none.

By James Wagner  |  06:11 PM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drew Storen, Gio Gonzalez, grapefruit league

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Nationals at Cardinals live updates and discussion thread: Game 8

Gio Gonzalez makes his second start of the spring, a re-match of NLDS Game 5.

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Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Ryan Mattheus works extra, Ryan Zimmerman to debut Sunday

Ryan Mattheus pitched two dominant innings, plus other notes from the Nats' tie.

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Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Today's Nationals-Mets lineups

Despite hitting the ball well, Bryce Harper gets the day of on Thursday.

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Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Wrapping up a 'dog day' afternoon for the Nationals

Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche debut, a possible sleeper emerges and Dan Haren gets his velocity back.

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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Marlins at Nationals live updates and discussion thread: Game 5

Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Dan Haren make their spring training debuts.

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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth to make spring debut, Wilson Ramos waiting to slide

Bryce Harper will hit second against the Marlins, but Davey Johnson says not to read anything into that.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Why Steve Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore are playing so much now; injury updates

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson wants to get two of his main backups as many at-bats as possible in spring training and ease his veterans into action.

By James Wagner  |  12:47 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Nationals at Braves live updates and discussion thread: Game 4

Follow along as Ross Detwiler makes his first start of the spring.

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Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Nationals at Mets live updates and discussion thread: Game 3

Follow along as Gio Gonzalez makes his first start of the spring.

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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Notes from the morning workout in Viera

The Nationals held a non-eventful workout this morning for the players not traveling to tonight's game in Port St. Lucie, which means every starter.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:18 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 02/24/2013

Nationals vs. Marlins live updates and discussion thread: Game 2

The Nationals face the Marlins behind Jordan Zimmermann in their home opener.

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Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 02/23/2013

Nationals plan to 'take it easy' during long spring

With 35 games this spring training, Davey Johnson stressed the importance of conserving energy and not getting hurt.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:23 PM ET, 02/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/23/2013

Nationals set for Grapefruit League opener against Mets

Lineups and more as the Nationals prepare for their first spring training game.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:04 AM ET, 02/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 02/22/2013

The Nationals' travel roster for Game 1 of spring training

Denard Span, Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond highlight the Nats' roster for their first spring training.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:04 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Davey Johnson's plan for the Nationals' first spring training games

With an extra week of games, Davey Johnson will rest most of his veterans during the opening spring training games.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:08 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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