"Comfortable" Espinosa could be the Nats' opening day third baseman

VIERA, Fla. - With one week left before the start of the regular season, it's looking more and more like Danny Espinosa will be the Nationals' starting third baseman on opening day. Anthony Rendon, the team's everyday third baseman, hasn't played since March 9 due to a sprained left MCL. Williams hasn't officially ruled Rendon out for next Monday's opener, but I think it's a ... read more

Fister not sharp again, but Harper and company play longball

VIERA, Fla. - Nationals right-hander Doug Fister has struggled the past few times he's taken the hill. The Marlins tagged Fister for three home runs in the Nats' 11-7 win this afternoon. He's allowed 13 earned runs and given up six homers in just five starts this spring. "Basically command (was the issue), mostly on the sinker," said Fister. "Making sure that it's down and ... read more

Casey Janssen to have a MRI on right shoulder

VIERA, Fla. - Right-hander Casey Janssen will have a MRI on his right shoulder tomorrow, Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday afternoon. "He's having a little trouble getting loose, so we're gonna have a test done on that," said Williams. "The last time out, he started to feel it. He had a little issue getting as loose as he wanted to get." Janssen last appeared ... read more

Taylor, Harper and Fister part of home run parade (Nats outslug Marlins)

NATIONALS QUICK WRAP Score: Nationals 11, Marlins 7 Recap: The Nationals broke out of their offensive slump in a big way against the Marlins today. Center fielder Michael A. Taylor set the tone immediately with a lead off solo blast in the first. Right fielder Bryce Harper and catchers Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton also went deep for the Nats. Washington starter Doug Fister ran ... read more

Zimmerman appears fine, Williams talks lineup minus Werth, Span and Rendon

VIERA, Fla. - After a spring training filled with Nationals starting position players dropping like flies with injuries, manager Matt Williams finally was able to exhale when he received news on the team's latest medical scares. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Friday's game prematurely after banging his left shoulder on a diving stop. But Zimmerman was able to participate in full pregame drills today and ... read more

Michael A. Taylor leads Nats against Marlins (with lineups)

VIERA, Fla. - Center fielder Michael A. Taylor could be the Nationals' leadoff man against the Mets on opening day. He's occupied that spot in the order for much of the Grapefruit League season since both center fielder Denard Span and third baseman Anthony Rendon went out with injuries. Taylor has produced 14 hits in a team leading 47 at-bats this spring for a .298 ... read more

Fister fifth as Williams lines up his rotation

VIERA, Fla. - Try to digest this with your Sunday morning waffles: The fifth starter in the Nationals rotation has started eight postseason games, including one in the World Series, and posted a 16-6 record with a splendid 2.41 ERA last season. In fact, one of those playoff starts came for the Nats in Game 3 of last year's National League Division Series. And tall ... read more

Harper fine after awkward fall, Mets shell Strasburg, Roark

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Right-hander Stephen Strasburg returned to the mound after missing his last start due to a sprained left ankle. He was rolling until the third inning when right fielder Curtis Granderson and third baseman David Wright tagged him for back-to-back home runs as the Mets went on to beat the Nats 10-2. Strasburg ended up pitching four innings while allowing four ... read more