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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Weekend In Review - Spring Training 2013 - First Full Workouts

Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson talked about how impressed he was with some of his pitchers. The Nats' skipper talked about potential batting order options. The Nationals saw their new closer arrive at camp. Gio Gonzalez wowed himself with a fastball. Jordan Zimmermann pulled out his change... Spring Training is underway.

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Davey Johnson was reportedly impressed with what he saw from right-hander Cole Kimball, who's finally healthy but expected to start the season at Triple-A Syracuse. The Washington Nationals' manager also talked about where Jayson Werth might hit in 2013. Gio Gonzalez apparently considered the Spring Training bullpen session version of dropping the mic and walking off the stage after a particularly impressive (potentially wind-aided) fastball. Jordan Zimmermann impressed with a changeup he's once again trying to work into the mix. Everyone's in camp and ready to get started in spite of the unnaturally chilly weather in Viera, Florida as the 2013 season gets underway. If you're feeling the cold a little today, just remember, next Saturday afternoon the Nationals and Mets will be on tv playing Spring Training baseball and if you look at the Nats' roster, there are a lot of players that are going to be fun to watch even in the late innings this Spring. The Washington Nationals Weekend in Review starts... RIGHT NOW!!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!: (Washington Post writer Thomas Boswell brings you along for an Aaron Sorkin-esque walk and talk about the upcoming season in D.C.):


• "In an itinerant mercenary sports world, the Nats are recreating something from a previous age — as much as the era permits." - "Washington Nationals have right personality to handle the long grind of a regular season" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "VIDEO: On the Nats' chemistry" - Mark Zuckerman,

"The Nationals’ first full-squad workout of the spring felt little like spring at all with 53 players in camp gathered on the minor league fields bundled in sweatshirts and winter hats." - "Cold temperatures greet Nationals' first full-squad workout" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The other day, I had someone here at Nats camp ask me which player I was most interested in watching this spring. One name immediately sprung to mind: Micah Owings." - "Nationals Pastime: One of the more intriguing players in Nats camp" - Dan Kolko,

• "'It feels like we just picked up where we left off,' left-hander Gio Gonzalez said. 'Having fun, seeing these guys. The chemistry between the position players and the pitchers is about just having fun.'" - "Davey checks out new players at first workout" - Joey Nowak, News

• "Manager Davey Johnson, 70, strode into the locker room a hair before the 9 a.m. team meeting. Johnson prefers one-on-one conversations to speeches." - "2013 Washington Nationals gather for first spring training workout since NLDS playoff loss" Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

VIDEO: Behind The Scenes At Spring Training:

• "[Denard] Span fills a void the team has long been searching to fill -- a speedy defensive center fielder who can bat at the top of the order and has a career .357 on-base percentage." - "Span gets fresh start with Nationals" - AP/

• "On opening day this season, [Destin] Hood will be just 23 years old, so there is still plenty of time for the athletic, 6-foot-1, 225 lb., outfielder to show what he is made of and grab a spot in Triple-A." - "Nationals excited about Destin Hood's 'upside' in 2013" - Byron Kerr,

• "[Davey] Johnson has managed the Mets, Reds, Orioles, Dodgers and, since June 27, 2011, the transplanted franchise in the nation's capital. And everywhere Davey has gone, success was sure to follow." - "Marty Noble: As skippers go, Davey Johnson among the most special" - Marty Noble, News

• "[Davey] Johnson leans on veteran players to tell him how much they want to play in spring training to get ready for the season." - "Davey Johnson wants Denard Span to get acclimated to his outfield teammates" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "[Davey] Johnson kept the workout tight because of the conditions, wrapping things up in roughly an hour and 45 minutes." - "Nationals notes: Gio Gonzalez in impressive form early in spring training" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "There is the possibility, of course, that Team USA is eliminated in the first round and [Gio] Gonzalez never actually gets to join the team or participate in any of the games." - "Nationals Pastime: Gonzalez to join Team USA for second round of World Baseball Classic" - Dan Kolko,

• "[Denard] Span's arrival also means that Jayson Werth will stay in right field and Bryce Harper will move from center field to left. Both players saw action in center last year, but they are best suited for the corner spots." - "Denard Span fitting in well early on in Nationals' tenure" - Bill Ladson, News

• "[Gio] Gonzalez will join Team USA in the second round, which takes place in his native Miami. Team USA pitching coach Greg Maddux informed Nationals Manager Davey Johnson today that he will start March 12..." - "Nationals, Team USA set Gio Gonzalez’s spring training schedule" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

This is the end... of Danny Espinosa's epic beard...

• "Team USA plays three games in the first round of the WBC, scheduled for March 8-10 in Phoenix. With [Gio] Gonzalez slated to start the fourth game (March 12 in Miami, assuming the Americans advance from pool play)..." - "Gonzalez will miss 1st round of WBC" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "It took [Cole] Kimball longer than he initially expected to find himself feeling the way he does now. After all, everything else happened so fast." - "Cole Kimball impressing after long road back from rotator cuff surgery" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Since his July 2011 surgery, [Cole] Kimball has faced a long and arduous recovery." - "Cole Kimball’s improvement and other notes from the first full team workout" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Davey Johnson spent the vast majority of the workout watching the young players and new guys on the team to get a feel for what they bring to the table." - "Nationals Pastime: Notes from the first full-squad workout of spring" - Dan Kolko,

• "Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, a late addition to the Team USA starting rotation for the World Baseball Classic, will not join the team until the second round of the tournament..." - "Gio Gonzalez to stay with Nationals, miss first round of World Baseball Classic" - Joey Nowak, News

• "Barring any surprise additions, the Nationals will have no player older than 33 line up for introductions on April 1." - "The Nationals are getting young as they get good" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "'Rain yesterday. Snow today,' left-hander Gio Gonzalez cracked. 'What do we got tomorrow, hail storm?'" - "Nats all smiles on a frigid day" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Matt Skole, the organization's 2012 minor league Player of the Year, has put on quite a show early in camp, sending lasers from gap-to-gap in BP." - "Nationals Pastime: Various Monday morning odds and ends" - Dan Kolko,

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• "Ben previews the Nationals' season with Paul Sporer and Daniel Rathman, and Pete talks to Adam Kilgore, who covers the Nationals for the Washington Post (at 19:51)." - "BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 142: 2013 Season Preview Series: Washington Nationals" - Ben Lindbergh and Pete Barrett, Baseball Prospectus

• "'We'll throw 10 scoreless and we won't talk to the media at all, but give up a game-winning hit and everyone's around our locker,' Clippard says. 'That's the nature of being a bullpen guy.'" - "For Nationals, three hardly a crowd in ninth inning" - Paul White, USA Today Sports

• "Zach Duke, a one-time All-Star, is resurrecting his baseball career hoping to catch on as the Nationals’ lone lefty out of the pen — middle reliever, spot starter or whatever the team needs." - "Nationals give lefty Zach Duke royal welcome" - John Torres,


• "Michael Morse is a beast. Even his @SEA_Beast38 Twitter handle says so. And on Sunday, the Mariners outfielder unleashed his power on some BP balls. This one, in particular, went 'a long ways'" - "Michael Morse is a beast" - Cut 4 News

• "'You’re getting a whole lot more serious about this than I would ever get,' laughed John G. Taft, great-grandson of the 27th president. 'But I actually think it’s cute, and I think it’s interesting.'" - "Taft descendants rally around new racing president" - Dan Steinberg, D.C. Sports Bog

• "William Howard Taft on a snowmobile..." - Nats Enquirer

• "Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt comfortably beat rival William Howard Taft to the Black Hills of South Dakota on the eve of Presidents Day, but rather than head to Mt. Rushmore, Teddy opted to visit the Old Style Saloon..." - "Teddy’s playing poker, Bill’s on a snowmobile as Roosevelt & Taft reach South Dakota" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "Nats Restock On Minor-League Pitchers Again" - Luke Erickson,

• "Washington Nationals Prospect Preview and Scouting Report: Anthony Rendon" - Ryan Kelley, District Sports Page

• "February 18, 1954 The Washington Senators trade Gil Coan to the Baltimore Orioles for Roy Seivers." - "This Date in Washington Senators History – Coan is traded for Seivers" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "Projecting the 2013 Nationals, Part 1: Ground Rules & Starting Line-ups" - Ouij, Natstradamus

• "Disco Shark Hat" - Sharkadina

• "Ian Desmond Is Growing Lip Fur" - Jamie Mottram, Mr. Irrelevant, a D.C. Sports Blog by the Brothers Mottram

• "Remember how last year we all thought [Stephen] Strasburg was just kind of off? I don't think we give him the credit he deserves because last year was pretty awesome." - "Strasburg - last year revisited" - Harper, Nationals Baseball


Mets: "[Johan] Santana said he felt fine after the 20-pitch workout in the chilly, windy conditions and that he was on track. He is scheduled to start Opening Day, April 1 against the Padres at Citi Field." - "NY Mets Johan Santana throws off mound for first time since August, says he feels fine after workout session in front of manager Terry Collins, owner Fred Wilpon" - Kristie Ackert, NY Daily News

Braves: "[Tim] Hudson, who went 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA in 2012 despite missing the first month recovering from back surgery, is preparing for his 15th major league season and ninth with the Braves." - "Veteran pitcher Hudson's value to Braves extends beyond every..." - David O'Brien,

Marlins: "The last time Juan Pierre and Chone Figgins were on the same team, they weren’t exactly living high on the hog." - "JUPITER: Friendship in minors between Juan Pierre, Chone Figgins blossoms into long-term bond in majors" - Clark Spencer,

Phillies: "'If we're not the top bullpen in Major League Baseball [next season], we'll definitely be the top in the National League,' Jonathan Papelbon said after the Phillies finished 2012 with a lackluster loss to Washington at Nationals Park." - "Inside the Phillies: Jonathan Papelbon sees similarities between his old Red Sox and new Phillies teams" - Bob Brookover, Philadelphia Inquirer