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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Stephen Strasbug: "I feel ready to go."

Shortly after Stephen Strasburg stood on the mound at Space Coast Stadium Sunday afternoon and held the New York Mets scoreless for five innings, he admitted this start qualified for the "rehearsal stage."

Nationals' bats awaken in 12-0 victory over Mets

Ian Desmond was first. The Nationals' leadoff man saw one pitch, a ball, from Mets starter and top prospect Matt Harvey on Sunday afternoon before turning on the next one. And with his first home run of the spring deposited safely over the left field wall, he left the gate open for the rest of the Nationals' offense to come stampeding through.

Injuries making Nationals "regular" lineup look a little less regular

For the better part of a week Nationals manager Davey Johnson has been pointing reporters to Sunday on the calendar. Sunday he'd run his regular lineup out there and let them play nine innings, Sunday would begin the period of the spring when he turns the intensity up for everyone and wants to see where they're at with Opening Day just 10 days away.

Sarasota road trip provides homecoming for Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond is Sarasota born and bred. The Washington Nationals' shortstop grew up less than five miles from Ed Smith Stadium, the new spring home of the Baltimore Orioles. He went to high school down the street from the complex and his home now sits less than two miles from it.

Changeup, stamina pleases Zimmermann in Nationals loss

On the whole, Jordan Zimmermann's line was rather unremarkable on Friday. The right-hander, who'll slot in third in the Nationals' rotation behind Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, went five innings, allowed four earned runs off eight hits and a walk, and struck out three.

Nationals won't let "dog days" winless skid affect roster decisions

As the innings began to pile up Friday and the zeroes on the scoreboard at Osceola County Stadium blared back at Nationals manager Davey Johnson, he turned to Jayson Werth in the dugout and told the right fielder that he'd seen an awful lot of baseball in his lifetime, an awful lot of spring training baseball, too, but he'd never been no-hit in the spring.

Talking about the Nationals' injuries and bench options

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson plans to start playing his regular lineup more often starting with Sunday's game at home against the New York Mets. And through watching his regulars like Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos go nine innings, Johnson also plans to get a better idea of the five players who'll make up his bench.

MRI shows inflammation in elbow joint for Nationals closer Drew Storen

Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen was relieved Friday that the results of an MRI taken on his right elbow Thursday showed no structural damage and his ulnar collateral ligament was "completely fine." Storen had been dealing with biceps/triceps soreness and went for further testing as a precaution but the MRI showed just some inflammation in the elbow joint.

Gio Gonzalez hits a spring training speed bump

Thursday was not a good day for Gio Gonzalez. Eighty five pitches were expended for Gonzalez to allow 10 hits, eight earned runs, walk four and strike out three Cardinals in a 9-0 drubbing of the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.