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The Nationals finally named their closer on Thursday, four days before Opening Day.

Blake Treinen and his 98-mph sinker get first crack at pitching the ninth for the Nats. ( Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Nationals finally named their closer on Thursday, four days before Opening Day.

The speedy shortstop impressed in half a season last year.

Decoding the maneuvers necessary to set the starting pitchers for the first week of the season.

Strasburg survived unscathed, which is priority number one at this time of year.

It's been almost 50 years since a president threw out a first pitch in Washington during his first year in office.

The Nationals released Vance Worley, who was once a promising bullpen candidate.

Washington may be running out of chances to claim a championship with its current core.

With Daniel Murphy still working back into shape, Dusty Baker might have to play with his lineup early on.

They haven't picked a ninth-inning man or settled on roles, but this year's relief corps has more late-inning potential than perhaps any Washington has had to date.

The two aces will both be with the club for at least the next three seasons and should keep the Nats in contention.

Midseason transactions have been a major part of the Nats’ recent success. That shouldn’t change this season.

Here are details on the key members of Washington's roster.

The Nats have a two-year window to win, and the manager has half as long. Yet he's a young-at-heart baseball liferwho wants to stay in the game.

The Nationals did not name a closer Tuesday, extending a spring-long saga.

The Nationals parted ways with the well-liked first baseman, making one of the more emotional cuts they have made all spring.

Shawafel is out. See You Tater is in.

A couple 'good kids,' Chris Heisey and Stephen Drew, have valuable roles as pinch-hitters and defensive replacements. And life on the bench, with all its down time, has helped them form a bond.

New seating area next to the home dugout will shift the tarp to the third-base line.

Team says the president has a “scheduling conflict” that day.

After Bryce Harper and Trea Turner homered twice each Monday, the Nationals are looking more and more ready to head north.

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