The competition for the Nationals' final rotation spot is underway, but the choice may still not be on the team.

Tommy Milone, far left, and A.J. Cole, far right, are among the pitchers in Nationals camp competing for a spot in the starting rotation. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The competition for the Nationals' final rotation spot is underway, but the choice may still not be on the team.

The Nationals and Astros wore Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball caps in their Grapefruit League opener on Friday.

Guiding the Nationals in the opener of their Grapefruit League schedule against the Houston Astros Friday afternoon will, of course, pale in comparison to his real debut on March 29 in Cincinnati.

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Milone, originally drafted by the Nationals in 2008, is a nonroster invitee to spring training.

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Eaton’s impending return to the leadoff role, which depends on how he holds up after an injury spoiled his 2017 season, is music to Trea Turner and Bryce Harper’s ears.

“Just looking around,” reliever Shawn Kelley said, “and knowing the big hairy gorilla is not sitting around here is weird.”

Benoit was signed after Koda Glover reported to spring training with shoulder soreness.

As Rendon is coming off the best season of his career, even hitting coach Kevin Long is leaving him be.

The Nationals outfielder is focused on one thing: winning games in 2018.

Murphy underwent microfracture surgery in October, and while he's “generally optimistic” about his recovery, he won't commit to playing Opening Day.

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The Marlins manager didn't appreciate Harper's comments about his team's cost-cutting moves.

Doolittle admits that “it was actually a very good burn.”

'There’s a guy like Jake Arrieta out there right now. I’d put him on my staff any day of the week,' the Nationals slugger said while discussing this year's tepid free agency market.

Benoit arrives less than a week after Koda Glover was shut down with shoulder soreness.

The Nationals star talked about everything Monday except his upcoming free agency.

Right fielder for the Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper, shared his thoughts on the upcoming Major League Baseball season.

Lilliquist inherits a pitching staff with few question marks.

Bryce Harper was an instant star. His older brother is still seeking to make the big-league roster, especially after missing the entire 2017 season following Tommy John surgery.

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