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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Strasburg, Davey and McCatty react to Strasburg's second spring start

The Nationals just wrapped up their 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins here in Jupiter. Stephen Strasburg was pleased with his three-inning stint. He felt he gave up really just one hard-hit ball, a triple to Jose Reyes, and had a fielding miscue to open the third inning that likely extended his time on the mound that frame. As a result, he threw the final 14 of his allotted 60 pitches in the bullpen. Next start out he'll be able to go up to 70-75 pitches, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Calf improved, Bryce Harper could try to talk his way into lineup to face Verlander (UPDATED)

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said Friday morning that the left calf tightness that scratched him from Thursday's game was feeling better but the 19-year-old had only hit and not tested the calf with running, which is when it bothers him. Harper took batting practice in the indoor batting cage Friday morning and planned to test the calf with running later during the team's workout. If he continues to feel good, Harper said he'd lobby to get back on the Nationals' trip to Lakeland on Saturday for a split-squad matchup with the Detroit Tigers.

Ross Detwiler dominates as his role remains undefined

Each day, Ross Detwiler walks the delicate line between the Washington Nationals' starting rotation and their bullpen. The Nationals feel he can be the starting pitcher to headline a ticket, a power lefty who performed so well in September he looked poised for a spot in the Nationals' opening day rotation for the first time since they drafted him in 2007. And yet the talent they crowded their rotation with this offseason all-but closed that door.

Edwin Jackson "superb" in four scoreless innings

Forget all about the mechanics. Forget tipping your pitches or showing the ball or separating your hands too early. Forget thinking. Just be an athlete. That was Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty's message to Edwin Jackson after his first spring training start. Jackson threw two scoreless innings against the Houston Astros last Saturday but he was a little erratic, walking two and throwing just 12 of his 28 pitches for strikes. Thursday, in a rematch with the Astros, Jackson was a different pitcher.

Lineups and pitchers for Wednesday and Thursday

Things are just about to get underway here in Viera for the Nationals-Cardinals 1 p.m. tilt at Space Coast Stadium. The Cardinals didn't exactly send their heavy hitters for this one. Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay appear to be the headliners as far as position players go.

Mark DeRosa reflects on his first home run since Feb. 2011

The last time Mark DeRosa can remember playing with his left wrist feeling as pain-free as it has during his first few weeks in Nationals camp was 2 1/2 years ago. When the question of how much soreness he's dealt with this spring comes up DeRosa drops his voice low, as if he's afraid talking about it will jinx him, and says "I've had none."

Davey Johnson's second base school

Before Zach Walters entered Monday night's game, he made his way over to Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson and asked if he might get a private class on second base footwork with the former All-Star. Johnson, who's noted on a few occasions that he intends to work with Anthony Rendon on just that, was delighted.