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The 2018 Uni Watch MLB preview

It's time for another baseball season, so let's catch up with every patch, stripe, throwback and color change in the majors.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Batting leadoff...Bryce Harper? Nats skipper Davey Martinez is open to the idea. "Maybe. We'll talk about, play with it. Before I do it, I'll definitely have a conversation with him." Harper, who hit leadoff last Saturday, hasn't done it during the regular season since 2013, when he did it 16 times. If the Cubs, where Martinez served as Joe Maddon's bench coach the last three years, are any indication, Martinez means what he says: Slugger Anthony Rizzo, who had never hit leadoff prior to 2017, did it 14 times last season.

Reddick pads Astros lead with two-run homer (0:28)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Daniel Murphy said it's "reasonable to expect" that he won't be ready for Opening Day. The Nats' second baseman, whose .322 average last year was second in the NL, is recovering from offseason microfracture surgery on his knee. If Murphy isn't ready, Wilmer Difo and/or Howie Kendrick will plug the hole.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's Nats/Astros matchup could be a World Series preview. Or it could be just another spring training game. Regardless, Washington outfielder Adam Eaton, appearing in just his third contest as he recovers from a torn ACL, is just happy to be back on the field. "Once your body gets into that zone of playing baseball, you don't think about anything. You react." Eaton, who's batting leadoff today, is 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk so far.

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Nats' Murphy expecting to miss Opening Day

The Nationals' Daniel Murphy, who had microfracture surgery in October, said it's reasonable to expect that he won't be ready for Opening Day.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats skipper Davey Martinez hired a DJ to spin tunes during today's workout. "We got six days left," said Martinez. "I wanted to turn it up a notch." Apparently, he turned it up too much - the music was so loud that the power blew out on the back fields of the complex.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper just went deep to dead center for his second jack of spring training. The Nats star is now slashing .371/.450/.629. Normally, preseason stats matter not, but in this case, the stats suggest a fully healthy Harper. As long as that continues, look for the former MVP to put up huge contract-year numbers.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Before today, the last person to go deep off Stephen Strasburg was Yangervis Solarte - over seven months ago. Including playoffs and Grapefruit League, Strasburg had gone 72 homeless innings before Lewis Bronson's leadoff jack.

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Nationals option top prospect Robles to minors

Outfielder Victor Robles, the Nationals' top prospect, has been optioned to the minors after batting .188 with 12 strikeouts and a walk in 21 Grapefruit League games.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Top Nats prospect Victor Robles has been optioned to triple-A Syracuse. Unlike the Ronald Acuna situation, this move doesn't appear to wrapped in red tape, as Robles was hitting .188 in spring training and the Nats are pretty stacked in the outfield.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer's six earned runs against the Marlins today are the most he's allowed in a spring training game since 2012. Said Scherzer: "You need one of these outings."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

This is the monstrous boombox that Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez (who serves as team DJ) introduced into the clubhouse this spring. It's three feet long and 1.5 feet high. Best of all, Gonzalez says he got the idea from an Instagram pic of the same model posted by Vanilla Ice.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's official: Max Scherzer will start Opening Day for the Nationals. Asked when he arrived at that decision, new skipper Davey Martinez said, "The day I got the job."

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Sources: Hellickson inks minors deal with Nats

Jeremy Hellickson, who went 8-11 with a 5.43 ERA last year in 30 starts for Philadelphia and Baltimore, has joined the Washington Nationals on a minor league contract, sources told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

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Rizzo: We Like Our Pitching And Our Depth

Buster Olney talks to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo about Jake Arrieta signing with the division rival Phillies, what he thinks are Washington's biggest strengths and more.

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Nats' Murphy takes first on-field BP of spring

Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy didn't experience any issues during his first on-field batting practice of the spring on Saturday.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dave Martínez was very complimentary of the work Miguel Montero has done in Nationals camp. Said that he got a bad rep last year with the Cubs, but that he really knows Miggy's competitive spirit and that he's been working well with his new teammates. Montero is competing for the backup catcher job in DC.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.3811th
Quality Starts0Tied-14th
Batting Average.24528th
On Base Percentage.32921st
Slugging Percentage.35130th