Starting lineups: Nats vs. Braves in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals used to face the Braves a bunch in spring training, back when they trained only an hour from Atlanta’s complex at Walt Disney World. Now that they’re 2 1/2 hours away, they face their longtime division rivals only once: today at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Gio González is on the mound, looking to continue his dominant ... read more

Nathan making his case, but do the Nats have room for him?

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Joe Nathan hasn’t been in this particular position - less than two weeks to go until opening day, trying desperately to make a big league roster, utterly unsure if it’s going to happen - in quite some time. The 42-year-old reliever had for well more than a decade used spring training simply to prepare himself for the regular season, knowing ... read more

Little clarity in competition for long relief job

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Dusty Baker prefers to have a true long man in his bullpen. The Nationals manager has said so multiple times this spring. “You need that guy,” Baker said this morning. “Unless you just have a five-man rotation that’s unbelievable, but those are hard to find. We’ve got a good one, but a lot of teams are going to need that ... read more

Baker, Maddux speak to USA coaching staff (Nats lose 9-3)

NATIONALS QUICK WRAP Score: Yankees 9, Nationals 3 Recap: The largest crowd of the spring to date (7,675, a sellout) saw some early offensive fireworks from both teams. The Yankees scored four runs in the top of the second off Vance Worley, taking advantage of two walks and then RBI hits by Rob Refsnyder, Ronald Torreyes and Brett Gardner. Worley rebounded from that and was ... read more

Nationals trim roster with four cuts

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals made another round of cuts today, reassigning left-hander Braulio Lara, catcher Spencer Kieboom, and infielders Neftali Soto and Grant Green to minor league camp. None of those moves will come as a shock to anyone, but the cuts do move the Nationals closer to making the tougher decisions that are looming in the near future. Their spring roster ... read more

Starting lineups: Nats vs. Yankees in West Palm Beach on MASN

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It’s a big day here at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Not only are the Yankees in town, with a sellout crowd expected, but you’ll be able to watch it live on MASN as well. Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo and Dan Kolko have made the trip to Florida and will have today’s game on the air, with some special ... read more

Some encouraging (and discouraging) spring developments

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - We are now exactly two weeks from opening day. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? The home stretch of spring training has arrived for the Nationals, who are now lining up their rotation for the regular season, setting up bullpen roles and deciding the composition of their bench. There is still plenty left to play out before the team ... read more

Zimmerman heats up, Strasburg finishes strong, Kelley returns

JUPITER, Fla. - Ryan Zimmerman is, by nature, as even-keeled as they get. He refuses to get too excited or too depressed about anything he does on a baseball field, certainly anything does on a baseball field in March. The veteran first baseman was able to at least smile after his performance today in the Nationals’ 10-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Marlins, in which ... read more