Max Scherzer struck out seven in five scoreless innings and was backed by a pair of Bryce Harper home runs (his seventh and eighth of the spring) and two solo shots by Trea Turner in the Nationals' 6-0 win over Seth Lugo and the Mets on Monday.
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Bryce Harper homered in his first at-bat of the spring here at First Data Field, and it turns out that was only the start of what has been a tear through the Grapefruit League. He launched another pair of home runs in Monday afternoon's 6-0 victory against the Mets, to bring his homer total to a Major League-leading eight in 52 at-bats during this exhibition season.
The Nationals pulled off perhaps their most aggressive trade in the tenure of general manager Mike Rizzo this offseason, when they traded away three of their top pitching prospects for outfielder Adam Eaton. It was as clear a signal as any that the future is now in Washington, and the Nats are going to try and capitalize on this championship window while they can.
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Right-handers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers were unconditionally released Monday despite strong performances this spring that left an impression. But the Nationals simply did not have enough open spots in their bullpen for either player.
Orioles' prospects Trey Mancini and Cedric Mullins combined to go 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored in Baltimore's 11-9 loss to the Red Sox on Monday.
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday.
Things had been rocking along for Nats starter Gio Gonzalez this spring. In only two of five previous outings had the left-hander even allowed a run, and in both of those he yielded just one run.
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Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick, Houston's No. 8 and 9 batters in the lineup, homered in successive innings to power the Astros past the Nationals, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Both Tanner Roark and Daniel Murphy had encouraging returns to Grapefruit League action in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Astros.
Zimmerman dances around home plate to avoid tag
Tanner Roark, making his first start since returning from the World Baseball Classic, held the Astros to one run and three hits and struck out five batters in 5 1/3 innings to lead the Nationals to a 4-1 win Saturday afternoon at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
The Nationals have decided on a closer, according to manager Dusty Baker, but they are not ready to reveal who it is just yet.
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The Nationals made their latest round of roster cuts after Saturday's 4-1 victory against the Astros, trimming the roster by five additional players.
Jeremy Guthrie had his finest audition for a spot in the Nationals' bullpen as a long reliever in the Nationals' 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Friday afternoon. He held St. Louis hitless for 4 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
Both Tanner Roark and Daniel Murphy have played in the postseason, and they both said the atmosphere in the World Baseball Classic matched that intensity. Roark and Murphy both returned to Nationals camp Friday morning fresh off Team USA's championship run in the Classic and raved about their experiences.
The Nationals still have not decided on an Opening Day closer, but they have been giving Koda Glover serious consideration. They wanted to be sure he faced strong competition in the spring, so manager Dusty Baker ran the right-hander out in the top of sixth inning Friday afternoon against the Cardinals. But St. Louis hit Glover hard, and aided by a few defensive mishaps, defeated the Nationals' split-squad, 3-1, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single and two hits on Friday night and right-hander Jose Urena threw four shutout innings in the Marlins' 3-0 win over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker, along with pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Sammy Solis, took some time off from their Spring Training schedule on Friday morning to attend the MLB Play Ball event at the Dan Calloway Recreation Complex.
A day after he put together his most impressive outing of the spring, the Nationals reassigned right-hander Erick Fedde to Minor League camp Friday morning.
Tim Raines has started practicing his Hall of Fame speech even though he hasn't written anything down and probably won't. He's never been one to read off a page, but perhaps he'll write down a few names. That will be enough to jog his memory.
A pair of top pitching prospects turned in impressive performances during a 1-0 Nationals victory over the Mets on a rain-soaked afternoon at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Thursday.
Michael A. Taylor returned to Nationals camp on Thursday afternoon after missing the past few days following the death of his father, Anthony.
Max Scherzer's good health may not guarantee the Nationals their fourth postseason appearance in six seasons, but it's a step in the right direction.
After weeks of uncertainty marked by the possibility of a stint on the disabled list, an experiment with a three-finger fastball grip and slow signs of progress, Max Scherzer finally took the mound for his Grapefruit League debut in the National's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.
Max Scherzer finished 4 2/3 innings in his Grapefruit League debut, but Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia stole the spotlight to help St. Louis to a 6-1 victory over Washington at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.
Tanner Roark got Team USA off to a strong start against Japan on Tuesday in the World Baseball Classic semifinals.
In the only matchup of the spring between the two National League East rivals, the Nationals defeated the Braves, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Ryan Zimmerman and Emmanuel Burriss led the way with two hits and a run apiece.
Roark's quick reflexes help USA to WBC '17 final
One of the biggest issues for Gio Gonzalez during his rough 2016 season was his trouble once runners got on base -- and especially once they reached scoring position. The left-hander gave up a .706 OPS to opposing hitters with the bases empty, but that rose to .764 with men on base and leaped to .913 with runners in scoring position. Once he got into trouble, he was usually unable to get out of it.
The Nationals have some crucial decisions to make to fill out the final spots in their bullpen as Spring Training winds down during the next two weeks, including whether they will keep a long reliever in the bullpen. They received a look at a few of their potential options in Monday afternoon's 9-3 loss to the Yankees.
The Nationals sold out the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for the first time in its short history, as 7,675 fans were in attendance for Monday afternoon's matchup with the Yankees. Brett Gardner drove in a pair with a two-run single in the second and Matt Holliday launched a two-run home run as New York came away with a 9-3 victory.
Even as Ryan Zimmerman got off to a slow start during Grapefruit League play, Nationals manager Dusty Baker had no concerns. As long as Zimmerman was healthy, Baker said, he would wait to judge Zimmerman until it became later in the spring.