A fiery Gio Gonzalez shuts down Mets, bullpen falters

VIERA, Fla. - After giving up back-to-back walks in the third inning, Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez shouted an expletive that could be heard in the left field tiki bar at Space Coast Stadium. "I have a split personality. I talk to myself a lot," Gonzalez said, admitting frustration after the game. "Once in a while, you're going to get a firecracker out of me. The ... read more

Gio Gonzalez strikes out five (Nats lose 8-3)

NATIONALS QUICK WRAP Score: Mets 8, Nats 3 Recap: Gio Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The Nats finally got on the board in the sixth on a pair of doubles from center fielder Michael A. Taylor and right fielder Clint Robinson. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman followed with a single and the Nats scored all three ... read more

Bryce Harper misses second day with stomach virus, time running out for Jayson Werth

VIERA, Fla. - Bryce Harper will not be in right field for the second straight game when the Nationals take on the Mets today. The 22-year-old has been dealing with a stomach virus according to manager Matt Williams. "He was really feeling bad yesterday and then today he's still not feeling well," said Williams. "He did a little bit of light swinging in the cage. ... read more

Tyler Moore looks to solidify a spot (Harper out with stomach bug)

VIERA, Fla. - Today's starting left fielder, Tyler Moore, was the story early in the exhibition season as extra-base hits were flying off his bat. His scorching spring has been overshadowed the past two weeks by a series of injuries facing Nationals starters. As we approach the home stretch of spring training, Moore's has a .351 average with three homers, seven doubles, a triple and ... read more

With Anthony Rendon doubtful for opening day, who's on third?

VIERA, Fla. - The opening day countdown is on for the Nationals and third baseman Anthony Rendon. The star injured his knee on March 9 while making a typical Rendon-esque play, diving to his left to stop a sure base bit and then jumping to his feet to fire to Ryan Zimmerman at first base for the out. Rendon actually came up to bat in ... read more

Scherzer dominantly backs up Williams' opening day call

VIERA, Fla. - Two day after Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Max Scherzer will start opening day, the prized right-hander turned in a nine-strikeout gem in 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday. St. Louis managed just three hits in six innings against Scherzer, his longest outing of the spring. "I'm happy with that," said Scherzer. "No walks. Nine strikeouts. That happens. That was a ... read more

Scherzer making quick work of Cardinals so far (Nats fall 1-0)

NATIONALS QUICK WRAP Score: Cardinals 1, Nationals 0 Recap: Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was spectacular, allowing just four baserunners while striking out a whopping nine Cardinals in six innings. St. Louis threatened only in the fifth when catcher Yadier Molina singled and John Jay doubled. But Scherzer struck out Cardinals starter Michael Wacha to end threat. Need to know: Nats second baseman Yunel Escobar grounded ... read more

After Rendon's second MRI, Williams says opening day is "in jeopardy"

JUPITER, Fla. - Nationals manager Matt Williams is concerned Anthony Rendon will not be ready for the beginning of the season after revealing that his third baseman underwent a second MRI exam on his sprained left MCL yesterday. Rendon has not played since injuring the knee while making a brilliant stop against the Braves on March 9. The Mets come to Nationals Park in just ... read more