By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
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"I met a guy today who had been through 49 surgeries," said Chad Tracy. "I've been through four of five myself, just to imagine a guy going through almost 50 surgeries, to see he was still a driven, confident, leader of a man really touched me."
Harper homered in his first two at-bats to account for the only scoring and Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings as the defending NL East champs opened their 2013 campaign.
Not much has changed for Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond when it comes to a possible contract extension. The team is still open to discussing one with Desmond, and Desmond is still open to considering it.
Talented but inconsistent Henry Rodriguez will be in the bullpen to open the season for the Washington Nationals. He can be maddening but it is still too early to give up on him.
White cinder block walls lead the way. Past the security guard in need of a cup of coffee just after 8 a.m. on a cool March morning. Through the makeshift clubhouse kitchen at Space Coast Stadium where three plug-in griddles serve up pancakes and eggs with toppings stored in plastic containers.
It didn't take Mattheus long to look around the Nationals' clubhouse this spring and realize that, of the relievers on the team's 40-man roster, there is precisely one who throws with his left hand: Zach Duke.
They'll report to Viera, Fla., in two more weeks and begin the process of finding their place on the 2013 incarnation of the Nationals, one in which they'll try to find space for three closers.
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.
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.
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.
Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a two-year, $28 million deal that includes a vesting option for 2015 if the former Yankees closer finishes 120 games in the next two seasons, a source confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals reached agreement pending a physical on a $28 million, two-year contract that includes $14 million in deferred money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The mob of reporters in rain jackets they no longer needed and cameras encased in plastic bags drifted away from Drew Storen.
Before Game 4 of the National League Division Series, Gio Gonzalez put the onus on teammates to make a statement that "there will be a Game 5."
The beauty of these games we obsess about is that anything can happen. Raul Ibanez can pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth inning and hit a game-tying home run for the New York Yankees. (And follow that with a game-winning one in the 12th.)
"I'm used to being alone in the middle of a stadium. So this is a pretty amazing experience," Mr. Clippard agreed.
"It was almost like he never left," Clippard said. "I felt very comfortable with him out there. I'm just happy for him to get back into the swing of things. I know he's worked his tail off to get back to this point."