Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park | Manager: Matt Williams
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Nationals.2536861523.03
NL East1st1st1st1st
National League 5th3rd4th1st

Schedule

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5:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
NYM
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 6
at ATL
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
STL
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
at NYY
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1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
ATL
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1:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
at MIA
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1:05 pm EDT
Wed Mar 11
DET
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1:10 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
at NYM
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1:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
HOU
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1:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
MIA
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1:10 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
at NYM
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 15
at HOU

Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Washington86-5696-66
New York68-7479-83
Atlanta72-7079-83
Miami64-7877-85
Philadelphia66-7673-89
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Nationals' Yunel Escobar gets strong reviews at second
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar received strong reviews after taking fielding practice at the position on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Escobar met with team officials recently to discuss the transition. While he was initially hesitant to move off shortstop, Escobar said he's now committed to being the best second baseman in the league. Escobar spent the past month preparing at second base, but asked that the Nationals be patient as he gets used to his new spot.

Nationals defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier doesn't think it will take long for Escobar to master the new position. "His athleticism, his agility...his footwork is excellent," Weidemaier said. "I don't think it's going to be a big transition for him."

Escobar, 32, hit .258/.324/.340 over 476 at-bats last year.

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Nationals' Jayson Werth still aiming to be ready by season opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who was limited in workouts Thursday, said his surgically repaired right shoulder feels good and he will ramp up activities at the eight-week mark in his recovery, according to The Washington Post. Werth underwent surgery Jan. 9.

Werth is still aiming to be ready by opening day, but added he will be cautious in his recovery.

“You got to err on the side of caution,” Werth said. “You come back too early and then you have a setback or something like that so it’s a fine line. But our trainers and doctors are on top of it. I feel like I have a good sense of where I’m at and where I want to be so it’s just a time thing. It’s good to get down here and have our guys, so to speak, looking at it and caring for it. And it’s just good to be back around everybody.”

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Nationals' Mike Carp hopes to be proven left-handed bat off the bench
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Mike Carp told reporters he's looking to contribute as a productive left-handed bat off the bench for the Nationals this season, per MLB.com.

Carp hit .175/.289/.230 over 126 at-bats last season, 86 of which came with Boston. He revealed that a discussion with manager Matt Williams led to him signing a minor-league deal with the Nationals in January.

"Obviously, the pieces are there," Carp said. "Overall, wanting to win -- it seems that's the main focus on everybody's agenda. I couldn't be happier to be with guys who share that same philosophy."

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Nationals' Harper in better shape, hoping to play smarter
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has reported to camp in better shape, according to The Washington Post

Harper lost weight during the offseason, reporting to camp at 204 pounds. He was able to work on his entire body during the winter, which he couldn't do last season due to a knee injury. Manager Matt Williams was impressed, saying Harper is in "fantastic shape."

On top of that, Harper said he's focused on playing smarter in the field in order to avoid an injury. Harper missed a large chunk of the 2013 season after running into the outfield wall, and it seems he'll do a better job of being more careful this year. 

The 22-year-old hit .273/.344/.423 over 352 at-bats last season. 

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Nationals' Anthony Rendon taking a status-quo approach into 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Coming off a breakout season in 2014, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he doesn't plan to change anything in his game.

It should come as no surprise since he finished fifth in the NL MVP race last season after batting .287 with a .473 slugging percentage, .824 OPS, 21 home runs, 39 doubles, 83 RBI and 111 runs.

“My game is simple,” Rendon said Wednesday, per The Washington Times. “I just try to put the barrel on the ball. When I put the barrel on the ball, good things come out most of the time.

“That’s what’s awesome about this game. A guy with two years [of experience] and a guy with 20 years, he’s still trying to improve himself in every part of the game. This game, you learn something new each and every day, so take it one day at a time and try to better yourself.”

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGDenard Span , CF.302
HRAdam LaRoche , 1B26
RBIAdam LaRoche , 1B92
OBPJayson Werth , RF.394
SLGAnthony Rendon , 3B.473
RAnthony Rendon , 3B111
SBDenard Span , CF31
WDoug Fister , SP16
ERADoug Fister , SP2.41
WHIPJordan Zimmermann , SP1.07
KStephen Strasburg , SP242
SVRafael Soriano , RP32
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