Nats Spring Training
Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth and Roger Bernadina hit first-inning home runs off Matt Harvey to back Stephen Strasburg, and the Washington Nationals routed the New York Mets 12-0 Sunday to stop an 11-game winless streak.
The Nationals offense remained missing in action on Friday as Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell combined to throw six shut out, no hit innings as the Astros beat the Nats 5-1, keeping Washington winless over their last 10 Grapefruit League games.
Gio Gonzalez defined his start against the Cardinals Thursday afternoon as "a learning experience" and a "step in the right direction."
John Lannan had his best outing of the spring allowing three hits, walking one while striking out two over four innings as the Nationals fell in 10 innings to the Atlanta Braves, 3-2.
Stephen Strasburg will be the Nationals opening day starter when the team takes on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field April 5.
Stephen Strasburg had his best outing of spring going five innings and giving up one run on two hits and a home run as the Mets shutout the Nationals 2-0 at Digital Domain Park.
Following Sunday's 11-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the Nationals optioned 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse of the International League as part of four cuts made by the team.
These aren't the same old Nationals, who are used to being the doormats of the NL East.
Jordan Zimmermann was impressive in his third outing of the spring going four innings, allowing five hits while striking out three as the Nationals and the Florida Marlins finished in a 1-1 tie after nine innings.
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is ready for his first full season coming off his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang spent the better part of Friday in the team's training room after he strained his left hamstring in the third inning of the game Thursday against the Yankees
Jayson Werth enters his second season with the Nationals looking to rebound from a disappointing 2011 season in which he hit .232, with 20 homers and 58 RBI.
Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang suffered a left hamstring strain in the third inning of the Nat 8-5 loss to the New York Yankees at Space Coast Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
Stephen Strasburg struggled with his command giving up four runs on five hits over four innings on Wednesday as the Braves came from behind to beat the Nationals 6-5 in Grapefruit League play.
Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward hit homers off Stephen Strasburg and the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
Ryan Raburn homered, had two hits and drove in three runs to lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.
Ryan Zimmerman homered and doubled and Jesus Flores homered and drove in two runs to lead the Nationals to an 8-4 victory over the Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium.
The Washington Nationals have attracted a new fan at their spring training home in central Florida. A great horned owl is nesting high atop the right field lights.
Gio Gonzalez's mood wasn't dampened by a rainout. He had 20 boisterous family members and friends in the crowd to boost his spirits.
What started out as a partly sunny day with a game time temperature of 76 degrees, turned into a wet, waterlogged event at Roger Dean Stadium as the game between the Nationals and Cardinals was canceled after four innings with the Nats leading 1-0.