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  • Players like Tyler Moore, who provides depth on the bench at multiple positions, give the team flexibility in building a roster. (Associated Press)

    Nationals 2013: Waiting for 'that nudge': In Rizzo's plan, talent runs deep at every position

    The grease boards, as he calls them, are stored in Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo's office. The markers he uses on them have been worn out, replaced, and worn out again.


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    Micah Owings eyes move to position of power

    It was about a year ago that Micah Owings decided to ask the question. The thought had been in his mind for some time. It'd crop up, perhaps, with every well-struck line drive, or double, or home run -- of which there were nine — he'd hit as a starting pitcher in the major leagues.


  • Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler throws during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    World Baseball Classic now a prime concern for Nationals

    With 40 percent of their starting rotation now committed to Team USA, the Nationals' attention to the tournament has become much more personal.


  • Wilson Ramos' season came to an abrupt end nearly two weeks ago when his cleat caught while he was making a play. The Nationals' medical director says recovery time ranges from six months to a year, though the schedule is different for everyone. (Associated Press)

    Nationals notes: Wilson Ramos expected to be ready by Opening Day

    Ramos has already begun to conquer what was admittedly his biggest fear: blocking. He participated in a blocking drill on Sunday with bullpen coach Jim Lett throwing balls at the catchers, bouncing them in the dirt and on either side of them, and Ramos had no trouble.


  • **FILE** Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo (left) looks on as newly acquired pitcher Rafael Soriano models his jersey during an introductory news conference at Nationals Park in Washington on Jan. 17, 2013. Rizzo also discussed the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect A.J. Cole from the Oakland Athletics. (Associated Press)

    FENNO: Soriano provides a needed storyline

    Until last week, the Washington Nationals were set to decamp next month to the master-planned communities and chain restaurants of Viera, Fla., for spring training with a startling absence of dramatics. Enter Rafael Soriano.


  • Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span (2) plays against the Chicago White Sox during a baseball game, Monday, July 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

    Nationals add bull’s-eye on back as part of their new look

    A few minutes after Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo sat before a room full of media and team employees to introduce his new closer Thursday, he stood to the side and challenged the idea that Washington' latest moves should be interpreted as the team announcing it is "all-in" for the 2013 season.


  • **FILE** Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo (left) looks on as newly acquired pitcher Rafael Soriano models his jersey during an introductory news conference at Nationals Park in Washington on Jan. 17, 2013. Rizzo also discussed the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect A.J. Cole from the Oakland Athletics. (Associated Press)

    Rafael Soriano gives Nats 3 closers in bullpen

    If there was one takeaway from Soriano's introduction, officially installing him in a bullpen that already contained two right-handers with significant closing experience in Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, it was that closing games was precisely what he was brought here to do.


  • ** FILE ** In this Oct. 13, 2012, file photo, New York Yankees' pitcher Rafael Soriano throws in the tenth inning of Game 1 of baseball's American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers in New York. A person familiar with the negotiations says Soriano and the Washington Nationals are working to finalize a $28 million, two-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been signed. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Rafael Soriano addition illustrates Nats’ ‘win now’ mentality

    It was a cold fall night three months ago when the Nationals stood one strike away from the National League Championship Series. When they were forced to turn their eyes toward the future and, difficult as it may have been, see that it was still bright.


  • Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche follows through on a home run as Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) watches during the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Adam LaRoche, Nationals agree to 2-year deal

    This winter, as Adam LaRoche waded through free agency, he presented the various options coming across his desk to his children. Each time LaRoche furnished the options to his familial panel — including his 10-year-old son Drake, who became a fixture in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse last season — the answer was always the same.


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