(Jonathan Newton)

Welcome to Port St. Lucie, where the Nationals will try to snap a five-game losing streak as Jason Marquis makes his fourth start the spring. We’re going to use the same format as yesterday: the updates will be in the comments section, along analysis and some conversation between myself and you all. It seemed like as people got used to it yesterday, it started to catch on. Keep the feedback coming, please, as we try to find the best way to present these spring training updates.

Also, Dave and Charlie have the call on radio today.

UPDATE, 2:43: The Nationals have granted Kevin Barker his unconditional release, per a team source. The Nationals had no room for Barker with Chris Marrero slated to take over first base at Class AAA Syracuse.