Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Weekend In Review: Gio Gonzalez In WBC; Ross Detwiler In Viera, Florida

Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Nationals' pitchers and catchers report on Tuesday. It's almost officially the start of the 2013 campaign. The Nats learned this weekend that 21-game winning lefty Gio Gonzalez would pitch in the WBC. Gio Gonzalez news with no connection to the Miami New Times' "explosive" story is refreshing right now... Links and lots of them...

One day until pitchers and catchers report for the Washington Nationals, but already one pitcher is being given the star treatment. Soon-to-turn-27-year-old lefty Ross Detwiler, who ended his 2012 campaign with the start of his career in Game 4 of the NLDS, is in Viera, Florida early according to the Nationals' official Twitter (@Nationals), which sent out the following Tweet on Sunday to remind fans in the nation's capital that pitchers and catchers report on Tuesday as the Nats officially begin their defense of the NL East crown:

• "Nobody puts Baby in a corner! Detwiler in the bullpen! - Johnny

Another Nats' lefty, Gio Gonzalez, made big news this weekend when it was announced that he had accepted an invitation to pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. It was welcome baseball-related news about the Nationals' 21-game winner, whose name surfaced in the Miami New Times' report on a Coral Gables, Florida-based anti-aging clinic that reportedly/allegedly provided PEDs to a number of professional athletes. Gonzalez has, of course, denied taking any PEDs and denied any connection to the clinic or its chief Anthony Bosch, whose notebooks tied Gonzalez to the clinic. Gonzalez's father has admitted to working with Mr. Bosch in an attempt to lose weight., but has denied his son had anything to do with the clinic. The last two New York Times' articles on the developing story, however, have focused on Mr. Bosch, with former acquaintances and business partners wondering if he had all this in him...

Spring Training Previews, Biogenesis updates, WBC news, it's all in there. LINKS and LOTS of them, starting... RIGHT NOW!!:

THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "'At the end of day, I don’t think Tony [Bosch] had the capabilities or the client list to be able to do it,' said Jorge Jaen, the owner of a cosmetic surgery clinic in Miami called Body Chemistry L.L.C." - "Baseball Inquiries About Banned Substances Also Raise Some Doubts" - Steve Eder and Michael S. Schmidt, NYTimes.com

NATS BEAT:

• "[Mark] Lerner, a constant presence at games, said he and [Mike] Rizzo talk regularly, especially about major free agent signings or trades." - "Mark Lerner on his father Ted’s patience, Natitude and how he learns of team signings" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "As cohesive as they appeared to be on the field, the 2012 Nationals were equally cohesive in the clubhouse." - "Spring storylines: New clubhouse dynamic" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "The Nationals will have 52 players in big league camp once everyone has reported. Of those 52, 39 are on the 40-man roster, and 13 are non-roster invitees." - "The Nationals' camp roster" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "What do you think of the Nationals this season? [Robert] Wuhl: "I like them to repeat in the [NL] East. I might draft their entire pitching staff for my team." - "Actor-comedian Robert Wuhl likes Nationals to repeat as NL East champions" - Jim Williams, WashingtonExaminer.com

• via ESPN's Buster Olney On Twitter (@Buster_ESPN):

• "[Danny Espinosa] rehabbed the tear, strengthening the muscles around it, and said two weeks ago his swing felt great." - "Nationals spring training preview: 5 storylines to watch" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'World Series or bust,' [Davey Johnson] said in December. 'That's probably the slogan this year.' He didn't again offer his job as collateral." - "No. 1 Nats: Playoff heartbreak shouldn't detour Washington as NL pennant favorites" - Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports

• "The 70-year-old [Davey] Johnson has every reason to feel comfortable about the Nationals. Led by Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, the Nats have arguably the best starting staff in baseball." - "Nats' World Series quest starts in Spring Training" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "[Denard] Span began his preparation for his first season in Washington in December, and it brought him here, to the yoga studio designed like a log cabin, tucked into the woods." - "Denard Span comes to Washington Nationals ready to take step up in his career" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The Nationals did achieve something they'd never achieved last season, winning their first NL East title while posting baseball's best record." - "Spring storylines: Davey's last ride" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• via @NationalsPR on Twitter:

• "Through no fault of his own, Nationals outfielder Corey Brown looks to be a long shot to make the club out of spring training." - "Corey Brown hopes to beat odds, make impact for Nats" - Michael Huberman, CSN Washington

• "[Gio] Gonzalez, 27, led the NL in wins in 2012, with 21, one ahead of [R.A.] Dickey (who is now with the Blue Jays). He recorded a 2.89 ERA and struck out 207 in 199 1/3 innings." - "Gio Gonzalez accepts invite to pitch for Team USA" - Evan Dreilich, nationals.com: News

• "A nosedive by the Nationals would be a huge story, especially because they've strengthened themselves with the addition of closer Rafael Soriano." - "Spring training: National League East preview" - Phil Rogers, chicagotribune.com

• "Asked if the team was caught off guard by the news of [Gio] Gonzalez’s alleged connection, [Mark] Lerner answered: 'I think anytime you hear something like that out of the blue you’re blindsided.'" - "Mark Lerner on Gio Gonzalez, payroll, Mike Rizzo, MASN dispute" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Perhaps the bigger surprise was the consensus decision not to have [Danny] Espinosa undergo surgery to repair the tear but instead build up the muscles around the damaged cuff and play through the injury." - "Spring storylines: Returning from injury" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Listen, Rafael Soriano doesn't need to become best friends with Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard." - "Nationals Pastime: Off to Viera we go" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "An official for Major League Baseball confirmed that [Gio] Gonzalez had been asked by manager Joe Torre to participate, and had accepted." - "Gio Gonzalez accepts invitation to pitch for Team USA in WBC" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals believe Ross Detwiler could emerge as a successful lefty after going 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA last year in 33 games (27 starts). But [Javier] Vazquez would give them depth." - "David Prouty takes over as general counsel for baseball players’ union" - Nick Cafardo, The Boston Globe

• "Nobody's ignoring this franchise anymore. Nobody's setting the bar low. Everyone expects the Nationals to at worst repeat as NL East champions..." - "Spring storylines: Expectations raised" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals‘ all-star left-hander, will pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, a U.S. team spokesman said in an e-mail." - "Gio Gonzalez to pitch for Team USA in World Baseball Classic" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Gio Gonzalez has accepted an offer to pitch for Team USA in next month's World Baseball Classic..." - "Gonzalez to pitch for Team USA in WBC" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "Gio Gonzalez isn't shying away from the spotlight after being linked to a Miami-area anti-aging clinic accused of dealing performance-enhancing drugs." - "Gio Gonzalez to pitch for Team USA in World Baseball Classic" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "But one small defeat does not encapsulate the giant leap Washington took as a franchise last summer." - "Nationals could be next National League East dynasty" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News

• "'[Brian Goodwin's] biggest thing is playing time and playing experience at the Double-A level. Hopefully, (we'll) be able to move him up to the Triple-A and then to the big leagues,' [Matt] Lecroy said." - "Nationals want Goodwin to focus on bunting, baserunning" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "While the birth of the Shark nickname (and consequently the Shark movement) was August 26th, 2010, the blog that is Sharkadina was not formed until February 9th, 2011." - "Happy Sharkiversary!" - Sharkadina

• "[Kurt] Suzuki enjoyed three straight seasons of double-digit home runs in ’09-’11 and hit at that pace once he came to D.C." - "Washington Nationals 2013 Season Preview: The Catchers" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• "[Christian] Garcia was called up to the big club in September with Zach Duke, and he is being groomed as a starter for the Nats now after a great September and postseason." - "2012 Player-By-Player Wrap Up: Christian Garcia" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "Not be be outdone by Gio Gonzalez, who was honored by his hometown of Hileah with Gio Gonzalez Day back in January, it was Bryce Harper Day at a Toyota dealership in Las Vegas on Friday." - "Bryce Harper Day in Vegas" - Nats Enquirer

• "Gio Gonzalez pitching in World Baseball Classic to appease MLB following possible PED links is my favorite conspiracy theory of 2013 Nats" - William F. Yurasko, William World News

• "A NatsGM Interview with Mark Zuckerman from CSN Washington" - Ryan Sullivan, NatsGM

• "For the second year in a row, the Nationals’ racing presidents appeared in the annual Cupids Undie Run on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Saturday." - Racing presidents don boxers for Cupids Undie Run" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "Say it ain't so, Gio! Ugh. What's next?" - "Just what we need, more bad Gio Gonzalez news..." - Nats Enquirer

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets: "The Mets open spring training on Monday with offseason work ongoing, as the team still has serious interest in free agent center fielder Michael Bourn, according to club insiders." - "NY Mets still interested in Michael Bourn but keeping draft pick remains an issue" - Andy Martino, NY Daily News

Phillies: "There are so many issues that we're breaking them into 2 days. But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are five burning questions facing the Phils..." - "5 questions confronting Phillies" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Inquirer

Marlins: "[Jorge] Hidalgo and his friend, Gary Cooper, were in protest mode Saturday, advertising their disdain for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and team executives with hand-made T-shirts." - "Fans show discontent at Miami Marlins’ Winter Warm Up" - Clark Spencer, MiamiHerald.com

Braves: "Two-thirds of the Braves’ new-look outfield — and surely one of the great intrigues of baseball’s spring — was born here in the pine-and-backwater-scented lowlands at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay." - "Uptons’ upbringing all about competition" - Steve Hummer, www.ajc.com

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