Never mind first; who’s on second?

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After initial hesi­ta­tion, former shortstop Yunel Escobar is committed to learning his new position with the Nationals.

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Yunel Escobar on his past reputation: ‘I’ve matured’

Yunel Escobar on his past reputation: ‘I’ve matured’

Escobar, 32, arrived in Viera this week with a checkered but slowly improving reputation.

The power of sports was nothing compared to ‘The Dress’

The power of sports was nothing compared to ‘The Dress’

Was it gold and white? Blue and black? Athletes and teams were among the zillions online who just had to have their say.

Never mind first; who’s on second?

Never mind first; who’s on second?

After initial hesi­ta­tion, former shortstop Yunel Escobar is committed to learning his new position with the Nationals.

Matt Williams not shying away from ‘the ultimate goal’

Matt Williams not shying away from ‘the ultimate goal’

On the day of his team’s first full-squad workout, Williams made the season’s goals clear.

Jayson Werth still cautiously hoping to play on opening day

Jayson Werth still cautiously hoping to play on opening day

Also, on the move back to left field: “Usually, you put the guy in left that you’re trying to hide. I get to go hide in left.“

Josh Hamilton’s never-ending fight with addiction

Josh Hamilton’s never-ending fight with addiction

Even at the apex of his career, Josh Hamilton remained wary of his worst impulses.

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Nationals have pitching, need hitting

Nationals have pitching, need hitting

COLUMN | Washington needs Zimmerman, Rendon and Harper to stay together, and stay healthy.

Protection, style go hand-in-hand in Giancarlo Stanton’s new batting helmet

Protection, style go hand-in-hand in Giancarlo Stanton’s new batting helmet

You’d emphasize safety, too, after a terrible beaning.

Reducing the MLB schedule from 162 games to 154 games is not a bad idea

Reducing the MLB schedule from 162 games to 154 games is not a bad idea

Reducing the season from 162 to 154 games shouldn’t allow luck to affect seasonal outcomes much more than it already does.

Mike Carp arrives at camp, could earn key bench role

Mike Carp arrives at camp, could earn key bench role

The veteran first baseman and outfielder enters spring training hoping to earn a spot on the Nationals bench.

Red Sox’ David Ortiz says he might go broke paying off MLB pace-of-play fines

Red Sox’ David Ortiz says he might go broke paying off MLB pace-of-play fines

He really, really doesn’t like the new rules.

Bryce Harper says he will ‘play smarter’ in 2015

Bryce Harper says he will ‘play smarter’ in 2015

After seeing two of his first three seasons shortened by injury, Harper said Wednesday he will be more selectively aggressive in 2015.

Orioles’ Matt Wieters, healthy again, returns to catcher after playing advisory role

Orioles’ Matt Wieters, healthy again, returns to catcher after playing advisory role

While he was hurt in 2014, the Orioles’ all-star catcher consulted and scouted. Now, he’s ready to play.

Josh Hamilton meets with MLB officials amid reports of cocaine relapse

Josh Hamilton meets with MLB officials amid reports of cocaine relapse

The Angels outfielder, who has a well-chronicled history of cocaine and alcohol abuse, is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Harper ready to ring in the Nats

Harper ready to ring in the Nats

The outfielder talks about staying healthy, switching positions, and bringing a World Series trophy to D.C. to ‘hoist over the monuments.’

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Harper: I’ll bring back a title to D.C.

Harper: I’ll bring back a title to D.C.

When asked about adding Max Scherzer to the starting rotation, Bryce Harper asked, “where’s my ring?”

Nationals’ Bryce Harper: ‘I’m going to bring back a title to D.C.’

Nationals’ Bryce Harper: ‘I’m going to bring back a title to D.C.’

On his first day at camp, the Nationals’ talented young star spewed confidence and enthusiasm throughout a 12-minute interview loaded with soundbites.

All Nationals players haved reported, plus injury updates and notes

All Nationals players haved reported, plus injury updates and notes

DAILY WRAPUP | Injury updates from Viera, where all Nationals players have reported ahead of Thursday’s first full-squad workout.

After Silver Slugger-winning season, Anthony Rendon hopes to keep it simple in 2015

After Silver Slugger-winning season, Anthony Rendon hopes to keep it simple in 2015

The Nationals third baseman won’t make things complicated as he tries to follow up a breakout 2014 season with a similar one in 2015.

Bryce Harper is the next Dwight Evans

Bryce Harper is the next Dwight Evans

Bryce Harper is the face of the Nationals, but there can be no doubt he has been underwhelming since his arrival in the big league.

Blake Treinen makes an impression ... again

Blake Treinen makes an impression ... again

For the second straight spring, big right-hander Blake Treinen’s power sinker and do-it-all attitude are making a big impression.

Hank Aaron says he is ‘rooting for’ Alex Rodriguez

Hank Aaron says he is ‘rooting for’ Alex Rodriguez

The legendary Braves slugger had his all-time home run record eclipsed by Barry Bonds.

Clippard leaves big innings to fill

Clippard leaves big innings to fill

Nationals will have to replace the veteran reliever’s sheer volume, results and clubhouse presence.

Matt Williams on when he’ll do Babe Ruth impression: ‘I have no idea’

Manager promised to re-enact his ground-breaking performance if the Nationals put together a double-digit winning streak. They did. He didn’t.

Post Sports Live: Why was RGIII named starting quarterback now?

Post Sports Live on why Redskins coach Jay Gruden has already named Robert Griffin III as starting quarterback and what’s behind the Wizards’ recent struggles.

ESPN explains why Redskins rank 120th out of 122 teams in use of analytics

ESPN explains why Redskins rank 120th out of 122 teams in use of analytics

Nationals and Capitals get high marks in ‘Great Analytics Rankings.’

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How will Zimmerman do at first base?

How will Zimmerman do at first base?

Post Sports Live discusses the major story lines from Nationals spring training, including who will be the Opening Day starter and how Ryan Zimmerman will transition to playing first base.

Trea Turner, Nats’ player to be named, reports to Padres big league camp

His agent, who had threatened a grievance hearing, says Turner has put the matter behind him.

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RGIII named starting quarterback, Wizards struggling after all-star break

RGIII named starting quarterback, Wizards struggling after all-star break

The Post's Des Bieler, Neil Greenberg and Dan Steinberg join host Gene Wang to discuss why Redskins coach Jay Gruden has already named Robert Griffin III as starting quarterback, look at what's behind the Wizards' recent struggles and talk about the biggest story lines from Nationals spring training.

Ryan Zimmerman says he’s healthy, ready to prove he can play first base

Ryan Zimmerman says he’s healthy, ready to prove he can play first base

One of the faces of the Nationals franchise is ready for a bounceback season at a new position, and is out working early every day to make sure he gets it.

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A veteran works through the grind

With more than 1,100 major league games under his belt, how does Ryan Zimmerman prepare for 162 games in 182 days?

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