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.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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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.
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.
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.
The Nationals' question marks in center field leave them with uncertainty at the top of their lineup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Danny Espinosa and Ivan Rodriguez were scratched from today's Nationals lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.