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Scherzer, Strasburg toss bullpen session (0:27)
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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg aren't pitching in the Nats' Grapefruit League opener today. But that doesn't mean they're not pitching today.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

During their daily "Circle of Trust" meeting, the Nationals raise their Stoneman Douglas caps in a moment of silence. The Nats - whose West Palm Beach complex is 40 miles north of Parkland - are wearing the commemorative hats for their spring training opener today, along with every other MLB team.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats skipper Davey Martinez on outfielder Victor Robles, who's ranked among the top five prospects in baseball: "He does it all."

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Nats hurler Stephen Strasburg, on hearing that Dodgers lefty Alex Wood is planning on working exclusively from the stretch this year after watching Strasburg do it last year: "I don't try to set trends. I don't think I've started anything new. There's other guys that have done it before me. I did it to try to be more consistent." It worked: Strasburg's 2.72 FIP led the NL, and his 71% quality start rate trailed only Clayton Kershaw.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the most noticeable changes at Nats camp under Davey Martinez is the presence of music during workouts. The new skipper taps different players each day to DJ, and on Thursday it was Bryce Harper's turn. Harper went with old school hip hop, including Biz Markie's "Just a Friend," and "I Got 5 On It" by Luniz.

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Nats' Murphy (knee) uncertain for Opening Day

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy isn't sure if he'll be ready in time for Opening Day after having offseason debridement and microfracture surgery on his right knee.

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Harper 'very shocked' by Marlins' OF dismantling (0:22)
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Harper: Focus is on this year, not free agency

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper addressed reporters for the first time this spring training and refused to discuss anything beyond the upcoming season. That includes potential free agency.

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Harper refuses to discuss MLB future beyond 2018 (1:30)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper just addressed reporters for the first time, and refused to discuss his future beyond 2018. "If you guys do ask anything about that, then I'll be walking right out the door."

Shawn Fitzgerald ESPN Producer 

Bryce Harper talking to the media here in West Palm Beach at the Nationals Spring Training complex.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats reliever Koda Glover, who saved eight games as a rookie last year before a rotator cuff injury sidelined him, came to camp with shoulder soreness and isn't throwing, according to manager Dave Martinez. Glover had an MRI, which revealed inflammation in the shoulder.

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Martinez confirms Doolittle will be Nats closer (0:33)
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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats skipper Dave Martinez confirmed that Sean Doolittle is officially his closer. In related news, water is officially wet.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer is hitting the mound running. A day before Washington's first official workout, the Nats ace - who's won back-to-back Cy Young awards - threw a 60-pitch bullpen session. "I'm still pushing as hard as ever," said Scherzer. "There's no reason to stop."

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs2Tied-22nd
Batting Average.15426th
On Base Percentage.31315th
Slugging Percentage.23123rd
Earned Run Average4.50Tied-16th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st
WHIP0.501st
BAA.1431st