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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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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.

Gorzelanny does better the second time around but Nationals fall to Mets

The goal for Tom Gorzelanny Tuesday night in Port St. Lucie was simple: to pitch better than the did in his debut, a 2.1 inning performance that brought up questions about his viability as the Nationals fifth starter. He tailed off a bit in his final two innings but Gorzelanny was certainly better this time around, tossing four innings, allowing just two hits but walked three and gave up the game-tying run to the New York Mets in the bottom of the fourth. The Nationals lost 5-2.

Nationals lose another as Morse scratched

Michael Morse became the third National of the day to be scratched from the lineup when Laynce Nix went out to left field in his place to begin the bottom of the first inning. According to a Nationals spokesman, Morse was scratched just before the first pitch because he was feeling under the weather.

Morning notes and travel roster

The Nationals are heading to Port St. Lucie this evening for a 7:10 p.m. game with the Mets so there won't be much action until later today. Here's the travel roster for tonight, with Tom Gorzelanny making his second start of the spring. Also, a minor Nationals Park note.

Drew Storen's 'mood hats' and other postgame notes

Drew Storen needed a few reminders today, before he went out and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers -- an outing Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said was "definitely" the reliever's best of the spring. Before he stepped on the mound, he looked at the brim of his hat where he'd written the three things he needed to remember once he took the ball: Down, precise, focus through the target.

Strasburg throws from 90 feet

Stephen Strasburg and Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz were in right field early this morning at Space Coast Stadium as the right-hander continued to take steps in his rehab from Tommy John ligament reconstruction surgery by playing catch with Kuntz from 90 feet.

Morning notes and lineups

Brian Bixler is still "in the mix" for a bench spot, 2006 first-rounder Chris Marrero gets the start at first base today, looking to continue his impressive spring and the lineups for today's 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Detroit Tigers.

By hitting Morgan, were the Marlins keeping an old grudge alive?

When Nyjer Morgan strode to the plate Sunday afternoon as the leadoff hitter for the Nationals against Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins, there was a strong round of boos that rippled through Roger Dean Stadium. Three pitches later, in an 0-2 count, Nolasco hit Morgan on his right side -- a move that was met with cheers from the crowd. So was it bad blood or bad control?