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Nationals Watch Archive: March 2011

  • Morning notes and lineups

    The big news this morning is obviously Bryce Harper being carted off the field during a minor league intrasquad game at the Nationals' training complex. Right now, Harper is listed as day-to-day with a left ankle sprain but it's more than likely that the Nationals will be running more tests and taking an X-ray. I'll certainly update you with any information as it becomes available. As for the rest of the news this morning... Published March 21 2011

  • Gorzelanny solidifies role as fifth starter and other postgame notes

    Tom Gorzelanny threw 84 pitches in five innings of work, allowed four hits and two earned runs on a wind-aided home run to right field on Sunday in the Nationals' 6-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Space Coast Stadium. In the process, the left-hander solidified his place as the Nationals fifth starter. Published March 20 2011

  • Lerner on Nationals future in Viera: "We do have a problem here"

    The Nationals are actively exploring their opportunities to move the team's spring training home out of Viera, Fla., and have toured sites in both the west coast of Florida and Arizona, principal owner Mark Lerner told the Washington Post on Sunday morning. Published March 20 2011

  • Morning notes and lineups

    The Nationals are on the field doing cutoff drills right now, a few hours before their game with the Tigers this afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. Here are the morning notes. Published March 20 2011

  • Morse breaks slump, Marquis' gets roughed up and other postgame notes

    Michael Morse broke out of an 0-for-16 slump, Jason Marquis faced his first real struggles of the spring and a few other notes after the Nationals' sixth straight loss, a 7-4 affair in Port St. Lucie against the Mets. Published March 19 2011

  • No relief for struggling Clippard

    With each early appearance he made this spring, Tyler Clippard was reaffirming the Nationals faith and trust in him as a reliever. A candidate for the team's up-for-grabs ninth inning role, Clippard had posted three scoreless outings in four apperances before this week. Since Wednesday, it has been a different story. Published March 19 2011

  • Right now, the Nationals lineup has a few moving parts

    The Nationals' question marks in center field leave them with uncertainty at the top of their lineup. Published March 19 2011

  • No change at catcher: Pudge to catch Opening Day

    When the Nationals take the field for the first time on March 31 at Nationals Park, the man behind the plate will be Ivan Rodriguez. After that, expect Wilson Ramos to get more opportunities. Published March 19 2011

  • Nationals lineup vs. the Mets today

    The Nationals are making their last trip to Port St. Lucie of the spring today and Jason Marquis will be on the mound for his fourth start of the spring. Published March 19 2011

  • The good and the bad from the Nationals' loss to the Cardinals

    The Nationals dropped their fifth straight spring game this afternoon, a 10-4 affair at Space Coast Stadium that, quite simply, featured two explosive innings for the St. Louis Cardinals and not enough offense from Washington. Published March 18 2011

  • Making room for Brian Broderick

    With less than two weeks until Opening Day, Rule V draft pick Brian Broderick has not only proven that he belongs at major league spring training, he's making a case for a spot on the Nationals 25-man roster. Published March 18 2011

  • Espinosa, Rodriguez scratched from lineup

    Danny Espinosa and Ivan Rodriguez were scratched from today's Nationals lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals. Published March 18 2011

  • Morning notes and lineups

    The Nationals are back home in Viera after a three-day stretch of road games, taking on the Cardinals this afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. Published March 18 2011

  • Rodriguez "effectively wild," Maya can't contain big inning as Nationals fall

    In straight away center field at Champion Stadium is an LED scoreboard that displays radar gun readings on pitches. When Henry Rodriguez entered the game in the ninth inning Thursday night, those readings began hitting numbers they had yet to display all game. It flashed 94, then 95, then 98 and topped out at 99. Published March 18 2011

  • Desmond at leadoff? It could happen

    Ian Desmond is batting leadoff tonight and Rick Ankiel, batting second, is playing center field. Get used to it. If Ankiel wins the center field job over likely leadoff hitters Nyjer Morgan or Roger Bernadina, Desmond could be seeing a lot more time as a leadoff hitter. Published March 17 2011

  • Kimball, Marrero, Brown and Norris all sent out of big league camp

    Pitcher Cole Kimball, first baseman Chris Marrero, catcher Derek Norris and outfielder Corey Brown were all sent to minor league camp today in the Nationals' latest round of cuts. Published March 17 2011

  • Brown sent to minor league camp, Nationals lineup and morning notes

    Nationals outfielder Corey Brown was packing up his belongings and shaking hands in the clubhouse this morning, a victim of the Nationals' latest round of cuts that sent him to the minor league complex. Published March 17 2011

  • Clippard, Detwiler struggle as Nationals fall to Astros

    The Nationals bookended their 8-7 loss to the Astros on Wednesday with poor pitching but had plenty of positives in the middle innings. Published March 16 2011

  • A few pregame notes

    There isn't a whole lot of pregame news today, mostly updates on a few things, so here you go. Published March 16 2011

  • The fifth starter dilemma

    The competition for the Nationals fifth rotation spot is getting tougher each day and though Tom Gorzelanny would have to completely implode in the next two weeks in order to be knocked off the top spot, it's a good dilemma for the Nationals to have. Published March 16 2011