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The second half of spring training

In the second half of spring training, things are about to get serious. As we noted in today’s story, Manager Davey Johnson will start taking over management of the team’s offense (the running game, hit-and-run plays, etc.), as well as the pitching. And for those of you here in Viera, you’re going to start seeing a lot more of the team’s regulars — no more “get yourself two at-bats and hit the golf course.”

“We’re getting closer to our 25-man roster,” Johnson said, “and the everyday guys will start getting more at-bats. Everyday players, this next week, will start playing nine innings. Catchers will be capable of going nine. Pitchers should be able to give me five innings after the break.

“Basically, a week before the [regular] season I want everyone feeling awful good about themselves, as far as their conditioning, their arms and legs, their timing at home plate. I want them ready a week early. I don’t want my guys putting it together the last week or two.”

The second half of spring training opens tonight with the Nationals visiting the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie. Stephen Strasburg will be your starting pitcher.

Lineups to come.


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Dave Sheinin has been covering baseball and writing features and enterprise stories for The Washington Post since 1999.


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