Washington Nationals

Roark simplifies windup, mindset on mound
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Baseball can be a complicated game, but it doesn’t have to be. Simplifying things is what Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark strives for, and sometimes that’s easier said than done.

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Martinez compares Robles to McCutchen
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Victor Robles has yet to play a full season, but his ceiling is off the charts. When asked on Saturday to compare Robles to any other Major Leaguer, Nationals manager Dave Martinez sat and thought about it for a few seconds, then offered the named of the Giants’ Andrew McCutchen.

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Confident in roster, Rizzo likely done dealing
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As the Nationals prepared to open up their 2018 Grapefruit League schedule on Friday afternoon, general manager Mike Rizzo maintained that he was satisfied with his current roster.

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Martinez all business in managerial debut
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Once the national anthem finished and he walked back to the dugout, it was business as usual for Nationals manager Dave Martinez. While he technically made his managerial debut during Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Astros in the Grapefruit League opener, once he took his spot in the dugout, nothing felt different for him.

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Martinez ready for managerial debut Friday
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Nationals manager Dave Martinez has done his best to run a loose camp during this abbreviated spring schedule, finding time for his players to complete their workouts while also allowing them to have fun. A popular new feature has been music during workouts. Bryce Harper got his turn to serve as DJ on Thursday with […]

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Robles among dark-horse candidates in camp
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The Nationals are entering camp with a 25-man roster that is virtually set, after bringing back much of last season’s club and addressing remaining needs during the offseason with a few minor, but key, signings. That will make this spring a bit light on true positional battles, but there will certainly be room for opportunity.

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Benoit, Nationals complete one-year deal
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The Nationals announced the signing of releiver Joaquin Benoit on Wednesday, two days after agreeing on a one-year contract with the free-agent right-hander.

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Nats, Astros announce new name for ST park
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The Nationals and Astros unveiled their new Spring Training facility a year ago. Now, on the eve of its second season, the two clubs are announcing a new naming rights partner, unveiling the new name and logo for the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday afternoon.

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Robles leads Nats' 100% homegrown Top 30 list
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Top-ranked prospect Victor Robles, No. 6 on MLB Pipeline’s preseason Top 100 prospects list, appears poised to make significant contributions regardless of where he begins the season. Along with Robles, right-hander Erick Fedde, a first-rounder in 2014, and catcher Raudy Read, as well as outfielders Andrew Stevenson and Rafael Bautista, all received their first tastes […]

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Murphy still limited but primed for Opening Day
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It has been difficult for Daniel Murphy to spend the past few months not being able to hit, limited as he recovers from the debridement and microfracture right knee surgery he underwent at the end of the season. Nationals position players participated in their first full-squad workouts on Tuesday, and Murphy was not able to […]

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Doolittle plans to tinker with slider during spring
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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle plans to spend the spring tinkering with his slider, trying to find a grip comfortable enough to regain his confidence in the pitch.

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Source: Benoit, Nats agree to one-year deal
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The Nationals agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent right-hander Joaquin Benoit, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Monday afternoon.

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