Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Trim Roster To 34; Erik Davis; Chris Marrero; Corey Brown And More...

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According to reports from the Washington Nationals' clubhouse this morning, the team made another round of cuts before today's game with the Detroit Tigers. Yunesky Maya, Ryan Perry, Erik Davis, Chris Marrero, Jhonatan Solano and Corey Brown were optioned To Syracuse. Ross Ohlendorf and Zach Walters were re-assigned to minor league camp.

According to reports from Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium this morning, the Washington Nationals made a second round of cuts, sending RHP Erik Davis, catcher Jhonatan Solano and shortstop Zach Walters down this morning. They were seen packing up their lockers when reporters arrived. The Nationals announced all of this morning's moves on Twitter shortly after the initial reports came out:

26-year-old Erik Davis gave up four hits, two walks and one run in 8.0 IP in which he struck out eight batters in his first major league camp after the Nationals added the right-hander to the 40-Man Roster this winter to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Corey Brown was 14 for 51 with the Nats. Ross Ohlendorf gave up 12 hits, five walks and nine runs in 11.0 IP. Jhonatan Solano, whose adventure in the outfield made the end of Sunday's game interesting, was 6 for 19 in Grapefruit League action, and Zach Walters (called a young Ian Desmond by Davey Johnson last week), was 11 for 37 with two home runs before he was, apparently, sent to minor league camp this morning. Chris Marrero was 11 for 46 with three doubles and a home run. Yunesky Maya allowed six hits, four walks and two runs in 8.0 IP. Ryan Perry gave up 13 hits, four walks and 11 runs in 9.2 IP. More information on the moves when it's available. For now it's links and lots of them as we wait for Jordan Zimmermann's start against the Detroit Tigers this afternoon. Link time starts... RIGHT NOW!!!

• THE BIG STORY:

• "Look at the team we’ll start at Double-A with [hitters] Anthony Rendon and his Rice teammate Rick Hague, Matt Skole, Michael Taylor and Destin Hood and [pitchers] Sammy Solis, Matt Purke and Nathan Karns." - Davey Johnson - "Washington Nationals are talkin’ baseball — championship-style" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• NATS BEAT:

• "Still young enough that this is just his fourth spring training, [Drew] Storen finally has made the important distinction between what he’s trying to do and what the results mean." - "Drew Storen patient as he works way to regular-season form" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "After [Drew] Storen’s latest outing, which brought his spring totals to 12 hits, five earned runs and two walks in seven innings, Davey Johnson diagnosed what he saw as Storen’s problem." - "Drew Storen explains ‘thinking too much’ during spring training" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The Nationals' 12-9 victory over the Tigers earlier today was a wild affair, with both teams exchanging blows most of the afternoon..." - "Detwiler impresses, Solano plays LF" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "[Ross] Detwiler was thrilled to face live competition again - and even happier that he fared so well against a power-packed batting order." - "Nationals Buzz: Detwiler on Detwiler, Johnson on Perry" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com

• "[Christian] Garcia was scheduled to fly to Washington on Sunday to be evaluated by Ken Means, a hand specialist." - "Christian Garcia to rest two more weeks" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Ross Detwiler started for Washington in his first game back since pitching for the United States in the World Baseball Classic." - "Moore homers twice as Nationals beat Tigers 12-10" - AP/WTOP.com

• "[Ross] Detwiler recovered quickly from Torii Hunter's first-inning solo homer off the top of the left-field berm to toss four innings of three-hit ball." - "Tyler Moore drills two homers in back-and-forth victory" - Jason Beck, nationals.com: News

• "[Ross] Detwiler returned to the Nationals on Saturday from the WBC and a day later was thrown into the fire, facing a nearly complete Tigers lineup..." - "Ross Detwiler strong after long WBC layoff" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "After four innings and 57 pitches, pitching coach Steve McCatty decided that was enough for [Ross] Detwiler after all the travel and his unusual routine the last few days." - "Ross Detwiler pleased with changeup in start vs. Tigers" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "With the Washington outfield set in stone and Adam LaRoche's big bat and slick glove manning first base, [Tyler] Moore is without a position." - "Nationals Buzz: For Moore, a different feel this spring" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com

• "Baseball is a sport of quirks, habits and routines, and there’s no more unique part of the game than a player’s relationship with his equipment." - "Washington Nationals players are particular about their equipment" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "'Four years from now, I think it'll be good,' [Bryce] Harper said. 'I'll be excited to play. I've been playing for the USA my whole life.'" - "Harper hopes to compete in next Classic" - Jim Hawkins, nationals.com: News

• "The Nationals’ ceiling, if all breaks right, is to rank with some of the best teams in recent memory. What about the other extreme?" - "What could go wrong for the Nationals?" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "'Last year in Wrigley was great, but this is going to be in front of, hopefully, a sellout crowd at home.'" - Stephen Strasburg -"Nationals notes: Stephen Strasburg's family ready for road trip" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Last season [Henry] Rodriguez moved his way into a closer's role thanks to injury, performed well for a time and then fell apart spectacularly..." - "Nationals' Henry Rodriguez not ready to flame out yet" - Brian McNally, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "The catcher who played the final two innings in left field Sunday afternoon didn't look as out of place as you might expect." - "Nationals Buzz: Jhonatan Solano's most excellent outfield adventure" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com

• "[Tyler] Moore had quite a day for himself, even before [Jhonatan] Solano borrowed his glove for the game’s final two innings." - "Jhonatan Solano plays left field, Tyler Moore has a two-homer day" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'The first fly ball I said, ‘Oh my God. It’s coming to me!’ [Jhonatan] Solano said." - "Jhonatan Solano, a catcher, played left field. Yes, left field." - James Wagner, Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama):

• NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

• "The scramble for backup catchers is on, and the Nationals’ Chris Snyder is almost certain to be moved before Opening Day, sources say." - "Free-agent Kyle Lohse itchin' for a job as MLB regular season nears" - Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports on MSN

• "Of course [Stephen] Strasburg's main concern is upping his workloads and convincing the Nationals to allow him to be a workhorse this season. Whether or not that happens is yet to be determined..." - "Spring Headlines: Stephen Strasburg in mid-season form; Aroldis Chapman happy as closer" - Mark Townsend, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

• "The suspension of [Cesar] Carrillo stemmed from his name surfacing in Biogenesis documents published by the Miami New Times, major-league sources say." - "The first domino in baseball’s Biogenesis scandal has fallen" - Ken Rosenthal, MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

• "Video: Are the Nationals better than last year?"- USA Today Sports

• "Nationals Discuss Pre-Arbitration Extensions" - B.J. Rains, MLBTradeRumors.com

Biogenesis Update:

• NATSTOWN:

• "Stephen Strasburg was pitching, Ryan Zimmerman was playing third base, and all of the Nationals regulars were in the starting lineup for the first time truly in Spring Training Saturday night." - "The Big Machine" - Curly W Live

• "Solano Adds Appeal To Ugly 12-10 Nats Win" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• "Gio Gonzalez with Winnie the Pooh" - Nats Enquirer

• "Is It April Yet?" - William Yoder, The Nats Blog

via Gio Gonzalez on Twitter (@GioGonzalez47):

• "Ross Detwiler allowed just one run in 4.0 innings pitched in his return from the World Baseball Classic, but the Washington Nationals’ bullpen nearly handed the Detroit Tigers a win Sunday afternoon." - "Washington Nationals Spring Training: Detwiler sharp in Nats’ 12-10 win over Detroit" - Alyssa Wolice, District Sports Page

• "Pitcher Dick Mulligan would start his very brief major league career as a One Game Wonder with the 1941 Senators." - "This Date in Washington Senators History" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "March 17, 1911 - Washington’s Griffith Stadium, currently under construction and being prepared for an April opener, catches fire when plumbers working on the piping start a fire that burned down the grandstand." - "This Date in Washington Senators History – Griffith Stadium catches on Fire" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets: "[David] Wright said the injury began with stiffness in his back the 'first or second' day he was working out with the team in Arizona." - "David Wright unsure he’ll be ready for opening day with NY Mets due to rib cage injury that pulled him out of World Baseball Classic" - Kristie Ackert, NY Daily News

Phillies: "Presented Without Comment" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Marlins: "Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek have yet to experience the playoffs. If or when they do, the postseason atmosphere won't be completely foreign." - "Miami Marlins: Stanton, Cishek help Marlins top Cardinals" - Juan C. Rodriguez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Braves: "[Julio] Teheran has pitched 20 innings this spring and allowed just seven hits and three earned runs with 25 strikeouts and six walks. He’s posted a 1.35 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP." - "Teheran solidifying claim to 5th spot in rotation" - Michael Cunningham, www.ajc.com

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