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Nationals Journal: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Elijah Dukes says he smoked marijuana out of "peer pressure" from Nationals teammates

The Tampa Tribune published its story on former Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes's new rap career and the claims he made about rampant marijuana use among himself and teammates, which include Dukes smoking before Nationals games. Dukes, in the piece,...

By Adam Kilgore  | February 12, 2011; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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The Nationals in the Dominican Republic: One last word

Those there are photographs, taken with my BlackBerry, of Carlos Alvarez's fake passport, which last week I held in my hand. The Tuesday before last, I had been spending the better part of the afternoon with Jose Rijo. We...

By Adam Kilgore  | February 11, 2011; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  minors & farm system  
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Elijah Dukes is rapping now, says he smoked marijuana before Nationals games

The Tampa Tribune is going to run what sounds like a crazy story about Elijah Dukes in tomorrow's editions, and there is a preview up now on its Web site. Dukes, the Nationals' former right fielder who was released last...

By Adam Kilgore  | February 11, 2011; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Long toss: Nats 2011 pitching staff

As Adam noted in this morning's post, pitchers have begun to show up in force in Viera. By tomorrow, almost the entire staff should be on hand. Pitching coach Steve McCatty told Kilgore the Nats braintrust expects to have a...

By Washington Post Sports  | February 11, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Nationals want a competitive spring training for starters

Already, the Nationals' spring training complex is being inundated with pitchers. John Lannan, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Burnett, Todd Coffey, Garrett Mock, Collin Balester, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, Tim Wood and Cole Kimball have showed up. Many others will arrive today....

By Adam Kilgore  | February 11, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Stephen Strasburg has started throwing

As he prepares to join his Nationals teammates this weekend at spring training, Stephen Strasburg has reached a significant milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. For the first time since he felt a pop in his right...

By Adam Kilgore  | February 10, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Long toss: Winners or losers?

Yesterday on Baseball Insider, Dave Sheinin presented his offseason winners and losers. The Nationals were mentioned among the winners ... but not exactly in a winning way. 5. Jayson Werth. The 31-year-old right fielder played his free-agency card like a...

By Washington Post editors  | February 10, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Long toss: Are the owners treating fans well?

In Tracee Hamilton's First Things First online Q&A this morning, one chatter wondered if the Nationals' owners are exhibiting the same blind eye toward public relations that Redskins owner Dan Snyder has recently. PR and ticket sales - mis-reading or...

By Washington Post editors  | February 9, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Hector Taveras suspended, Alex Cintron signed

Apologies for being a few hours late to the party, but there are two small items of news to catch up from yesterday evening: >>Major League Baseball suspended Nationals minor league catcher Hector Taveras 25 games for violating the Minor...

By Adam Kilgore  | February 9, 2011; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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John Lannan's train ride to spring training

John Lannan will arrive in Viera, Fla., sometime tomorrow, six days before pitchers and catchers officially report and about 24 hours after he started his journey to spring training. The word "journey" here is only half-hyperbolic. Lannan woke up this...

By Adam Kilgore  | February 8, 2011; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Post Sports Live: Super Bowl recap, spring training preview and Georgetown-Syracuse

Dan Steinberg and Adam Kilgore joined LaVar Arrington, and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to discuss Super Bowl commercials, Nationals spring training, Georgetown-Syracuse, and which streak will finally come to an end in the Wizards-Cavaliers game on Sunday....

By Washington Post editors  | February 8, 2011; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Post Sports Live  
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Long toss: Is it enough?

In this morning's newspaper, Adam Kilgore chronicled the Nationals' progress in the Dominican Republic since the Smiley Gonzalez scandal. Despite the positive steps, one reader -- PowerBoater69 -- zeroed in on an old problem. "one of the smallest budgets in...

By Washington Post editors  | February 8, 2011; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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More on the Nationals in the Dominican Republic

Someday, maybe, we'll be able to talk about the Nationals' efforts in Latin American without the Smiley Gonzalez fiasco as context. It remains, and likely will remain for a good while, a lesson, a warning and a hurdle to overcome....

By Adam Kilgore  | February 8, 2011; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Long toss: Worth waiting for?

Last week the Nationals started finalizing their spring training roster. Reader Crashdavis commented: Matt Antonelli signing is getting no love anywhere. Guy was a top 50 prospect a couple of years ago until injuries hit. Think his signing is going...

By Washington Post editors  | February 7, 2011; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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As spring training closes in, a look at the roster

There is probably still some snow piled up in some corners of Nationals Park, and pitchers and catchers don't report until next week. But make no mistake: With the conclusion of the Super Bowl, it's unofficially baseball season. Get...

By Adam Kilgore  | February 7, 2011; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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