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Nationals Journal: February 11, 2007 - February 17, 2007

Can you find me?

"Nationals Journal" had a nice spot atop the washingtonpost.com/sports site -- on Thursday and Friday. Not sure where it's gone since. The little secret: I kind of get weekends off from the blog, and so I suppose they bury it...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 17, 2007; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rocket's red hoax, and Carl Barger unveiled

Here at spring training, we live for the little things (smokehouse turkey paninis, a cool 45-mph breeze, a pleasant interview with a willing ballplayer). So when something major happens (the arrival of Nook Logan, for instance), we get ecstatic. For...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2007; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Johnson Arrives With a Limp

Nationals injured first baseman Nick Johnson updates the status of his broken right leg after reporting to training camp on Friday at Space Coast Stadium.

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  February 16, 2007; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nick Johnson Update, II

So GM Jim Bowden just dropped by, said he had joked with Nick Johnson in the trainer's room about his prediction of a June return, and said that Johnson's opinion wasn't based on any medical evidence provided by the club....

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2007; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nick Johnson update

So first baseman Nick Johnson got into town yesterday, went to dinner with some of the guys last night, came to the park for the first time today and dropped the news that he thinks June would be a good...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2007; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Don't worry. Brims can be flattened.

There may be pictures coming out of Nationals' spring training of Chad Cordero, the closer (who currently doesn't have a contract, which we'll get to in a minute, after more important matters are dealt with). Those pictures will show Cordero...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2007; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday Morning Presser

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By Jonathan Forsythe  |  February 16, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Acta's First Day on the Job

Follow Nationals' manager Manny Acta on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers in Viera, Fla.

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  February 16, 2007; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Don't worry. Brims can be flattened.

There may be pictures coming out of Nationals' spring training of Chad Cordero, the closer (who currently doesn't have a contract, which we'll get to in a minute, after more important matters are dealt with). Those pictures will show Cordero...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2007; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Acta Nervous Before First Workout

Manny Acta addresses the media and admits to having butterflies on the eve of his first official spring workout as a manager.

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  February 15, 2007; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The sun sets over Viera

Is there a more beautiful sight? Well, yes, I suppose the sun setting over, say, Des Moines. And that might be enough. Long-time readers of this space have experienced me ripping on Viera for far too long. I pledge to...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2007; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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One day down, 42 to go

First workouts in the bag. Universal conclusion: It was "crisp." No standing. No walking. Run between stations. Keep moving. "That's what we want," said right-hander John Patterson. And I know I shouldn't be saying this, and please forgive me, and...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2007; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pitchers, catchers and Panera

Welcome back. And by that, I mean the five people out there (Hi Mom) who read this blog in 2005, when the Nationals arrived in Washington, I arrived in Viera, Fla., and there was but one sandwich shop within a...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2007; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Acta, Bowden Stress Defensive Improvement

Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden and manager Manny Acta address the media on the eve of the first spring workout in Viera, Fla.

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  February 14, 2007; 8:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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