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Following the old baseball proverb "You will only go as far as your pitching takes you," the Orioles had a 3-0 start to the 2012 season after their 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins Sunday at Camden Yards, completing their weekend series sweep.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson has made no secret to the fact he believes the Nats can win this year and contend for the National League East title. Here's a look at the team position by position.
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After Tuesday's exhibition finale against the Red Sox at Nationals Park, the club surprisingly demoted left-handed pitcher John Lannan to Triple-A Syracuse and now Lannan has asked GM Mike Rizzo and the Nationals to trade him.
Gates at Nationals Park open at 12:30 p.m. for a 3:05 p.m. first pitch.
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Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and Brett Carroll hit a bases-loaded triple and scored on a throwing error as a Washington Nationals split squad defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Thursday.
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Jordan Zimmermann turned in the best start by a Nationals pitcher this spring going six innings, allowing two hits and striking out two as the Nats beat the Mets 3-2 at Digital Domain Flied.
Love is in the air for Washington's own Cutter Dykstra, infielder for the Nationals.
John Lannan pitched five strong innings and Roger Bernadina hit a two-run homer to lead the Nationals to their second straight Grapefruit League victory, beating the Astros 7-4 at Space Coast Stadium.
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.