Team News: Washington Nationals

  • Baker decides on closer, remains secret for now
    The Nationals have decided on a closer, according to manager Dusty Baker, but they are not ready to reveal who it is just yet.

  • Murphy, Roark contribute in first game back
    Both Tanner Roark and Daniel Murphy had encouraging returns to Grapefruit League action in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Astros.

  • Nats send four to Triple-A, reassign Burriss
    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.

  • Roark, bullpen keep Astros' bats in check
    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

  • Zimmerman dances around home plate to avoid tag
    Zimmerman dances around home plate to avoid tag

  • Robinson goes 2-for-3 in nightcap loss to Fish
    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.

  • Nats discuss love of game at Play Ball event
    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.

  • Guthrie turns in finest audition for 'pen yet
    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.

  • Guthrie has great start, but Cards get to Glover
    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 six

  • Nats send impressive Fedde to Minors camp
    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.

  • Murphy, Roark return, rave about Classic run
    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 ru

  • Fedde, Nats best Gsellman in prospect duel
    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.

  • Raines: HOF call surpassed winning WS title
    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.

  • Taylor returns to camp after father's death
    Michael A. Taylor returned to Nationals camp on Thursday afternoon after missing the past few days following the death of his father, Anthony.

  • Scherzer tosses 4 2/3 in spring debut
    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.

  • Scherzer: Injury 'behind me now'
    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 los

  • With Max back in action, Nats even mightier
    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.

  • All Roark, plenty of bite in USA win vs. Japan
    Tanner Roark got Team USA off to a strong start against Japan on Tuesday in the World Baseball Classic semifinals.

  • Roark's quick reflexes help USA to WBC '17 final
    Roark's quick reflexes help USA to WBC '17 final

  • Gio buckles down early en route to strong start
    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 ro

  • Zimmerman stays hot in support of solid Gio
    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.

  • Nathan's strong spring creating tough decisions
    The Nationals have a decision to make soon with veteran right-hander Joe Nathan as they approach the date of the opt-out clause in his contract, which is reportedly Friday.

  • Worley hopes versatility pays off in roster spot
    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

  • Lind plates pair, but 'pen struggles vs. Yanks
    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 H

  • Nats, Zim encouraged by recent hot stretch
    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.

  • Zimmerman busts out to pace Nats vs. Marlins
    After a rocky first inning, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg settled into a comfortable groove, retiring 11 of the last 12 he faced on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Zimmerman belted a two-run homer, and had three hits and a walk as Washington defeated th

  • Three new players key to middle of defense
    The Nationals are incorporating three new players to the middle of their defense this season, with Matt Wieters taking over at catcher, Trea Turner transitioning as the full-time shortstop and Adam Eaton coming in as the starting center fielder.

  • Ross fans three in start as Green homers
    Alejandro Garcia singled home a run in the ninth inning to catapult the Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Nationals on Saturday at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. It was the first run of the spring surrendered by Koda Glover, the Nats' dynamic young reli

  • Taylor stays hot as Nats rally late to tie
    Marcell Ozuna's three-run homer in the second inning boosted the Marlins to a five-run advantage, but the Nationals rallied back with four runs in the seventh inning and pulled even on Isaac Ballou's RBI double. The game ended in a 5-5 tie on Friday at Ro

  • Fedde grateful for big league camp experience
    While watching Erick Fedde in the bullpen for the first time this spring, what struck Nationals manager Dusty Baker the most was how frequently he threw strikes.

  • Auditions continue for final bench, 'pen spots
    This projection of the 25-man roster will look different than it did before the start of camp. Washington still has a few unknowns in the bench and bullpen, but here is how the Nats' roster likely will look when the team breaks camp.

  • Nats' Adams, Bautista optioned to Triple-A
    The Nationals made two more cuts Friday morning, optioning right-hander Austin Adams and outfielder Rafael Bautista to Triple-A Syracuse.

  • Lannan on Nats reunion: 'New home with the same family'
    John Lannan was throwing for a scout, as a favor, while working out in Tampa last year when he had the conversation that could change the course of his career.

  • Harper homers, Gio deals vs. Mets
    Bryce Harper hit his Major League-leading sixth spring home run, and the Nationals carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 3-1 win Thursday over the Mets at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Scherzer: 'Now I feel back,' after Minors start
    Max Scherzer returned to using his normal two-finger fastball grip to complete his Minor League start on Thursday afternoon, a significant step forward in his progress from the stress fracture in his right ring finger.

  • Q&A with Nationals prospect Carter Kieboom
    As part of MLBPipeline.com's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we'll be sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Nationals camp, it was No. 4 prospect Carter Kieboom.

  • Pipeline report: Prospects in Nationals' camp
    The Washington Nationals believed they were getting a promising young hitter when they signed Dominican outfielder Juan Soto for $1.5 million, a franchise-record bonus for a Latin American teenager at that time, at the outset of the 2015-16 international

  • Taylor, Zim highlight bats; Cole off his game
    Jon Kemmer belted a three-run homer and Brian McCann added a solo blast to lead the Astros to an 8-2 win over the Nationals on Wednesday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Nationals release veteran catcher Norris
    The Nationals released catcher Derek Norris on Wednesday morning, bringing an end to his second stint with the Nats just three months after the club traded for him. The end had been imminent for Norris for weeks, however, since the team signed free-agent

  • Hot Rod? Eaton's motor extends beyond field
    Take a glance at Adam Eaton's Instagram page and one thing that stands out -- aside from his adorable son, Brayden -- is that it's filled with pictures of cars.

  • Stras brings heat in strong start, K's 5 Tigers
    With each start this spring, Stephen Strasburg said he will continue to grow more comfortable as he learns to pitch entirely from the stretch. He made a slight adjustment in Monday's 3-3, 10-inning tie against the Tigers, after he believed he was tipping

  • Nats rally late, tie Tigers after Stras' solid start
    Two of the top pitchers in baseball matched up Monday afternoon at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, as the Tigers' Justin Verlander dueled with the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg in a 3-3 tie in 10 innings.

  • Prospects Ward, Stevenson among Nats' cuts
    This is what Nationals manager Dusty Baker calls his toughest decisions of the year, having to making cuts from his Spring Training roster. The Nats made their second round of cuts Monday morning, sending 10 players to Minor League camp and trimming their

  • Harper, Eaton blast off in win over Astros
    Adam Eaton and Bryce Harper homered as the Nationals beat the Astros, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Ross shines in Wieters' Nationals debut
    If he can stay healthy, Joe Ross could be a valuable back-of-the-rotation starter for the Nationals this season. The 23-year-old right-hander showed that Sunday in the Nationals' 5-4 walk-off Grapefruit League win over the Astros at The Ballpark of the Pa

  • Scherzer looks more like Max in latest sim game
    Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who has been slowed this spring by a stress fracture in his right ring finger, took another step forward on Sunday when he pitched two innings in a simulated game on a back field at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Harper homer winds up with Nats fan grandma
    Harper homer winds up with Nats fan grandma

  • Taylor's relaxed approach translating to better results
    It's still a little too early in Spring Training to say he has solidified a spot on the 25-man roster, and manager Dusty Baker won't commit to it yet, but Michael Taylor is making a strong case to be the Nationals' fourth outfielder when the club breaks c

  • Heisey, Taylor lift Nats; Fedde strong in start
    Starting pitching ruled Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla., with Steven Matz and Erick Fedde each allowing no earned runs over three innings in a 6-0 Nationals win over the Mets at First Data Field.

  • 'Aggressive' Fedde looking good on mound
    Erick Fedde's first Major League Spring Training camp has gone about as well as he or anyone in the Nationals' organization could have hoped.

  • Q&A: Rizzo on Nats, scouting vs. analytics
    Mike Rizzo dreamed of a long, successful career in the Major Leagues, but after a three-year stint in the Minors, it wasn't meant to be. The next best thing? A long, successful career as a Major League executive, one he achieved after years of grinding hi

  • Harper homers; Gio has 'positive outing'
    Mike Leake tossed four strong innings and was backed by his teammates' bats Friday as the Cardinals defeated the Nationals 7-1 at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Blanton no-nonsense in Nats debut
    Joe Blanton's debut with the Nationals on Friday was short and sweet, and that pleased manager Dusty Baker.

  • Gon' with the wind? Gio looks like old self
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker is confident that Gio Gonzalez has a 20-win season still left in him, and Gonzalez is bent on not letting down his manager.

  • Baker on prospects: 'We've got some good arms'
    The Nationals re-assigned five players, all pitchers, to their Minor League camp prior to Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

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  • Nationals' Top 30 Prospects list
    Who do the Nationals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Washington's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.

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