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Nationals Watch Archive: March 2013


  • Nationals-Astros notes and lineups

    VIERA, FLA. -- Good afternoon from Space Coast Stadium where the wind is blowing, but the sun is out and temperatures are supposed to touch 75 degrees. Published March 5 2013

  • Chris Young throws 41 pitches in minor league game

    While the rest of the Washington Nationals teammates were enjoying their first off-day of the spring, Chris Young took his 6-foot-10 frame to the mound at Space Coast Stadium to face minor league hitters. Young threw 41 pitches (26 strikes) in two innings of work against some of the Nationals' minor leaguers. He gave up two unearned runs and sprinkled a few hard-hits among the outs and some spotty defense. He struck out one, 2012 fourth-round pick Brandon Miller. Published March 4 2013

  • Zach Walters' ability impressing Nationals

    Zach Walters has been getting a lot of playing time early in camp, either starting at shortstop or taking over for Ian Desmond when the latter's work is done for the day, and outside of the shoelace chat, the Nationals' seem to be impressed with the 23-year-old. Published March 4 2013

  • New report on baseball in the Dominican Republic focuses on 2011 death of Nationals prospect

    A new report from Mother Jones, an independent news organization, featuring investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture, published on Monday morning takes a look at Major League Baseball's practices in the Dominican Republic. The report, by Ian Gordon, focuses on the 2011 death of Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen. Published March 4 2013

  • Wilson Ramos on first game back from surgery: 'That's a big step for me'

    Wilson Ramos could feel his nerves as he stood in the on-deck circle on a blustery Sunday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. Published March 3 2013

  • Ross Detwiler heads off the the WBC after second spring start

    Monday morning, while the rest of his teammates enjoy their first off-day of the spring, Ross Detwiler will board a plane for Phoenix and begin his transition from Nationals camp to Team USA. Published March 3 2013

  • Nationals re-assign Bill Bray, Will Ohman, Tanner Roark and Brandon Mann

    The Washington Nationals made their first round of cuts on Sunday afternoon, re-assigning left-handers Bill Bray, Will Ohman and Brandon Mann, along with right-hander Tanner Roark, to minor league camp. Published March 3 2013

  • Nationals-Cardinals lineups: Ross Detwiler's sendoff to WBC

    It's a cold, windy day here at Space Coast Stadium as Ross Detwiler takes the mound for his final start with the Nationals before joining Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. Detwiler will pitch for Team USA on March 9, following Ryan Vogelsong to the mound. Published March 3 2013

  • Christian Garcia has partially torn tendon in forearm

    Christian Garcia has an official diagnosis for the pain and tightness he's been feeling in his right forearm/wrist area: a partially torn tendon. Published March 3 2013

  • Wilson Ramos cleared to play in games for first time since tearing ACL

    The Washington Nationals' catcher will get his first at-bat since May 12, 2012 on Sunday and he will start at catcher for the Nationals in Tuesday's game against the Houston Astros. Published March 3 2013

  • Nationals outfielder Eury Perez added to WBC roster for Dominican Republic

    Washington Nationals outfielder Eury Perez was added to the World Baseball Classic roster for the Dominican Republic on Saturday, replacing Yankees outfielder Melky Mesa. Published March 2 2013

  • Nationals notes: Drew Storen faces Cardinals, power bats arrive & more

    Drew Storen pitched the eighth inning Saturday afternoon, facing the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time since the night of Game 5 of the National League Division Series. He struck out the first two batters he faced, and then felt his mechanics falling out of whack a little, "leaking a little bit against the lefties." He loaded the bases. He coaxed a pop out. He moved on. He did not, he said, think once about the last time he'd faced the Cardinals. Published March 2 2013

  • No strikeouts, but Gio Gonzalez satisfied with second spring start

    In Gonzalez's five years in the major leagues, he has only once gotten through an appearance without striking out a batter -- including spring training and the postseason -- and that was in relief during his rookie season. He got his second on Saturday when he pitched three innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with 52 pitches. Published March 2 2013

  • Nationals-Cardinals lineups: Gio Gonzalez starts, Wilson Ramos to try sliding

    Gio Gonzalez likes to joke that the visiting clubhouse at Roger Dean Stadium has a locker specifically for him that the clubhouse manager keeps intact because Gonzalez uses it so often. Last spring, Gonzalez made almost all of his starts in Jupiter -- a quirk in the schedule -- and he is back Saturday to continue the tradition. Published March 2 2013

  • Roger Bernadina goes 1-for-5 with two RBIs in WBC opener

    The World Baseball Classic kicked off Saturday morning a half a world away but there were plenty of Nationals watching with interest as the Dutch team beat South Korea, 5-0. Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina hit third for the Dutch team, going 1-for-5. Published March 2 2013

  • Nationals notes: Tyler Clippard debuts, Anthony Rendon plays shortstop & more

    One of the most heavily-used relievers in the major leagues the past three years, Tyler Clippard came into spring training and planned with the Nationals' coaching staff to take things slow and prepare to go full-blast on April 1. Easing the right-hander into the spring meant that the sixth inning Friday night, in the Nationals' seventh game of the Grapefruit League slate, was the scene for his 2013 debut. Published March 1 2013

  • Jordan Zimmermann feeling confident in changeup

    The process for Jordan Zimmermann to get to the point he was at on Friday night, throwing his changeup with confidence and conviction, was not a quick one. As he put it in the bowels of Champion Stadium "it's been about three years." But in the Nationals' 6-5 victory over the Braves, Zimmermann came out of his three innings of work with effusive praise for the pitch and how strong he felt with it against a Braves lineup that featured at least six of their regulars. Published March 1 2013

  • Nationals-Braves lineups: Johnson tries out contingency plans

    The Nationals' lineup against the Atlanta Braves features some of the Nationals' regulars in irregular places. That's manager Davey Johnson's way of beginning to test out his contingency plans for the regular season. Published March 1 2013

  • Chris Young will start in Ross Detwiler's place on March 9

    The Washington Nationals set a firm plan for right-hander Chris Young on Friday, slightly altering what had been a loose outline. Young will start in a minor league game on Monday, March 4, when the Nationals have their first off-day of the spring. Young will then assume Ross Detwiler's spot in the rotation on March 9 after the left-hander departs for the World Baseball Classic. Published March 1 2013

  • Nationals lineups for Friday & Saturday, plus notes from Friday's workout

    The Nationals' schedule this week is a little quirky, as far as spring training goes. After a night home game on Thursday, the Nationals will play a night game in Orlando against the Braves on Friday night -- and then travel south to Jupiter on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start against the Cardinals. Published March 1 2013