Tanner Roark was notified by Team USA that he would pitch in its second game of the World Baseball Classic on March 11, although at the time, he was unsure which team he would face. Turns out his opponent will be the Dominican Republic, the defending Classic champion, which ran the table in 2013 to finish 8-0. He'll be ready.
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Commissioner Rob Manfred will help usher in a new era of Grapefruit League baseball at 1:05 p.m. ET Tuesday afternoon when the Astros and Nationals meet in the inaugural game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the jewel of the new Spring Training facility the clubs began sharing this year.
Tanner Roark tossed three scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut and Trea Turner hit a solo homer, but the Cardinals rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to steal a 5-4 victory over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday.
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Chris Speier, now the Nationals' bench coach, knows firsthand that young shortstops, even the most talented, are going to make errors. Speier will be the coach working closest with Trea Turner this spring to prepare to take over as the Nationals' starting shortstop this season, and he knows growing pains are to be expected.
When the Nationals traded away some of their rotation depth this offseason, it increased the importance of right-hander A.J. Cole, the team's no. 9 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com. He owns the most starting experience in the Majors of the remaining pitchers behind the starters, and he would almost certainly be the next in line if the Nationals suffer an injury to their rotation.
Catcher Jason Castro, who joined the Twins on a three-year deal in the offseason, connected on his first homer of the spring to lead Minnesota to a 5-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
Nationals' prospect Erick Fedde was impressive in his spring debut, tossing a pair of scoreless innings with two strikeouts during the team's 5-2 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
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Max Scherzer completed his first bullpen session of the spring on Saturday afternoon, the first time he has thrown off the mound since he arrived at camp still feeling the effects of a stress fracture in his right ring finger.
Bryce Harper bulked up during the offseason, adding about 15 pounds of muscle to his frame. He has credited his offseason routine as a reason he entered Spring Training feeling strong. Harper saw immediate results in his first at-bat of Grapefruit League play on Saturday afternoon, when he launched a solo home run over the right-center-field wall in the second inning of the Nationals' 8-6 victory over the Mets.
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Bryce Harper began his spring with a bang, as he launched a solo homer to start the second inning as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 8-5, on Saturday afternoon at First Data Field.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker met with Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer, prior to Saturday's 8-6 victory against the Mets to discuss some of the potential new rule changes for the 2017 season.
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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had a long conversation with Derek Norris to tell him the team was closing in on signing free-agent catcher Matt Wieters, a deal that was completed Friday morning.
After spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Orioles, Matt Wieters admitted it was a little different walking into the Nationals clubhouse on Friday morning, when the team officially announced his signing.
They have everything. But do they have enough? The question pervades the state-of-the-art scene where the Astros and Nationals -- two win-now teams with new facilities but one obvious source of roster uncertainty apiece -- get ready for 2017.
The Nationals intrasquad game on Thursday also featured the first time many of the Major League coaching staff got a look at outfielder Victor Robles, who was called up to Major League camp for the day to hit third and play center field for one of the teams.
The Nationals held an intrasquad game Thursday afternoon, a chance to get their pitchers facing hitters in game situations ahead of their Spring Training opener Saturday. It offered yet another strong indicator for Stephen Strasburg's health coming off a torn pronator tendon that ended his 2016 season Sept. 7.
During the offseason, Daniel Murphy came across articles using Statcast™ data to explain Ryan Zimmerman's rough 2016 season, where he hit a career-worst .218/.272/.370 with a 69 OPS+, despite having an exit velocity among the best in the Majors last season.
The Nationals had been the speculated landing spot for free-agent catcher Matt Wieters this offseason, and the two sides completed a deal on Friday.
Stephen Drew said he had offers to start with other teams as he spent this offseason as a free agent. And yet, he decided to sign a one-year deal to return to the Nationals in January because he was comfortable in this situation, even if it meant accepting a role coming off the bench
The first time Gio Gonzalez remembered a glove that really stood out to him in the Majors was when Jose Lopez, a former infielder with the Mariners, rocked a solid teal glove as a middle infielder. That same style of glove was passed down to Seattle's current second baseman, Robinson Cano. Gonzalez tries to add his own flare to his glove, and partnered with Wilson to create his own custom glove each season.
Turner goes from jury duty to Nationals camp
Within the new norm that is baseball's late free-agent market, the Nats agreed to terms with All-Star catcher Matt Wieters on what is reported to be a two-year, $21 million contract Tuesday, with a player opt-out after this season. This was also a signing that created more questions than it answered.
Before the team workout on Tuesday morning, Nationals manager Dusty Baker pulled Derek Norris aside. Baker wanted to let him know -- before he read it on social media or heard it from somewhere else -- that the Nats were closing in on a deal for free-agent catcher Matt Wieters.
Even after parting with their three best pitching prospects, the Nationals still have plenty of pitching depth left on the farm in right-handers Erick Fedde, Austin Voth and A.J. Cole, all of whom could see time in the big leagues in 2017. Top prospect Victor Robles' five-tool potential makes him the undisputed gem of the Nationals' system, while fellow outfielder Juan Soto, last year's Rookie Gulf Coast League MVP, may be one of the best hitters yet to reach full-season ball.
Nats lefty Gio Gonzalez didn't need a map to find the team's new Spring Training facility, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
With Presidents Day today and Spring Training just beginning to kick into full gear, who better to combine the two than Mike Rizzo, the Nationals' president of baseball operations and general manager.