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3/4/2015 | Escobar's transition to second ahead of schedule

The Nationals have nothing but good things to say about Yunel Escobar. After the team acquired him from the Athletics in January, Escobar was informed that he would switch from shortstop to second base, a position he hasn't played since 2007.


3/4/2015 | Williams says new rules will become second nature

The Nationals will have their first experience with Major League Baseball's new pace-of-play rules during Thursday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets.


3/4/2015 | Eager to be ready by opener, Werth starts activity early

Jayson Werth admitted to being a little anxious to finally test his surgically repaired right shoulder. The Nationals outfielder was initially supposed to wait eight weeks (which would've been Friday) after having arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder before he began any activity, but he decided to start a little early.


3/4/2015 | After difficult year, Gwynn ready for fresh start

After a long trip from San Diego, outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. arrived at Nationals camp on Wednesday, looking for a fresh start.


3/4/2015 | Friendly competition: Harper takes hacks vs. Strasburg

For a moment during the Nationals' workout Wednesday morning, Field 4 was the center of attention. Stephen Strasburg was one of the pitchers who had requested to throw a second live batting-practice session in advance of facing hitters in Spring Training games. The first hitter to step into the batter's box against Strasburg? Bryce Harper.


3/4/2015 | Scherzer eager to see how Nats' rotation stacks up

Inside the Nats' clubhouse is a row of lockers that's indicative of how strong their starting rotation may be this season. From left to right: Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. It's still to be determined whether that group will be good enough to pitch the Nationals into the World Series.


3/3/2015 | Ankiel brings wealth of experience to new role

Rick Ankiel's baseball career had its share of highs and lows, and now he's ready to help other players successfully navigate any on-field or off-field troubles as the Nationals' new life skills coordinator.


3/3/2015 | Scherzer gets nod for Nationals' spring opener

After an offseason of buzz that has carried into the first few weeks of Spring Training, Max Scherzer will make his anticipated Nationals debut Thursday, starting the team's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets.


3/3/2015 | There's an air of excitement in Nationals' camp

The key word here is "excited" or "exciting" or "excitement." But this is not child-at-Christmas-jumping-for-joy-right-now excitement. This is more like the healthy anticipation of down-the-road achievement, on the part of highly competitive adults.


3/3/2015 | Strasburg appreciates Gwynn's style of play, work ethic

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was pleased to learn the Nationals signed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., a fellow San Diego native, to a Minor League contract on Monday.


3/2/2015 | Gwynn joins Nationals' outfield competition

The Nationals have signed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to a Minor League contract, the team announced on Monday night. Gwynn will join the team at big league Spring Training on Wednesday.


3/2/2015 | Purke hopes to move past injuries, contribute to Nats

Left-hander Matt Purke has been injury prone since he was selected by the Nationals in the third round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.


3/2/2015 | Barrett makes most of each opportunity with Nats

Nationals right-hander Aaron Barrett vowed to never let adversity get the best of him. He learned how to take the good with the bad by watching how players such as Adam LaRoche, Ian Desmond, Craig Stammen and Drew Storen reacted to certain situations.


3/2/2015 | Zimmerman puts in extra work at first base

After the Nationals completed their workout on Monday, Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman went to Space Coast Stadium to get some extra work in the infield with manager Matt Williams and defensive coordinator and advance coach Mark Weidemaier.


3/2/2015 | Zimmermann doesn't ease up during live BP

It was just his first live batting-practice session of Spring Training, and most of the hitters did not even swing the bat, but Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann treated it with increased intensity.


3/1/2015 | McLouth nearly up to speed from shoulder surgery

Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is near the final stages in the recovery of his surgically repaired right shoulder. Although he is not restricted from participating of the team's workouts, the club is limiting the volume of McLouth's activity as a precaution.


3/1/2015 | Harper says he has to 'step up' for Nationals

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper made it clear Sunday what he wants to see change this season. He wants to improve his numbers from last year. He wants to stay injury-free. He wants to get better at the plate.


3/1/2015 | Inbox: Would Nats consider 6-man rotation?

Washington Nationals beat reporter Bill Ladson answers this question from a reader and more in his latest Inbox from Spring Training.


3/1/2015 | Scherzer sharp in first session facing hitters

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer threw his first live batting-practice session Sunday at the club's Spring Training complex, and he looked like he was in midseason form.