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Wire Taps: Max Scherzer pitches in simulated game; Jose Lobaton turns down offer to play in WBC; Michael A. Taylor has case to make Nats

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers...

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The Nats have played the Astros three times in their new stadium. The Nats have beaten the Astros three times in their new stadium, twice on a walk-off. That's... something?

Here's the news from Nationals Park.

Max Scherzer pitches in simulated game
Scherzer had an umpire behind home plate and fielders behind him on Sunday morning during a simulated intrasquad game in which he didn't allow a run. Scherzer could pitch in a Grapefruit League game on March 22nd, at the very earliest.

Nationals' Max Scherzer progresses from injury
"He looked pretty sharp," Baker said. "I didn't get a velocity on him. I didn't have a chance to talk to him after he threw, but he looked pretty good."

Almost 50 years later, Dusty Baker returns to a changed West Palm Beach
Race relations have changed in West Palm Beach since Dusty Baker originally came to the city for spring training in the late sixties, but Baker still has plenty of friends from his original stint there with the Braves.

2017 Preview: Jayson Werth
The folks over at the Nats Blog tried to see if Jayson Werth can stave off mediocrity for another year.

Sammy Solis recounts epic European vacation
"Watch the Cubs win the World Series? No way. Sammy Solis got lost in Ireland, ordered onion rings in Prague and bunked in a Munich hostel instead."

With glut at catcher, Nationals place Derek Norris on waivers
"Ideally, the Nationals would find a trade partner, but they haven’t found much of a market for Norris..."

Jose Lobaton turns down opportunity to play for Venezuela in World Baseball Classic
"Jose Lobaton woke up Sunday to a voice mail from an official from Venezuela’s World Baseball Classic team."

Michael Taylor has case to make Nationals
"Taylor's statistical performance this spring suggests he could again break camp with the Major League club."

Former Nats: Desmond fractures hand in spring training game
Desmond could be out for a considerable amount of time in the first year of a five-year, $70 million deal he signed with Colorado this past offseason.

Today's Game: Tigers vs Nationals -- 1:05 PM (WJFK 1580 AM)
Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander (0-1, 5.14 ERA) vs Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
Days until Opening Day: 22