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Wire Taps: Stephen Strasburg named Nationals' Opening Day; Decision day looms for Joe Nathan

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and make sure you know what's going on before baseball returns to Washington, D.C. later this week...

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The Nationals only have four Grapefruit League games left, believe it or not -- it hasn't exactly been as successful as last season, when the Nats won the Grapefruit League with the best record, but they still have a chance to come away from it with a winning record. Here's hoping, I guess.

Here's what's new in West Palm.

Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day
Dusty Baker didn't really want to admit it, but he told the press what we've all known for weeks last weekend: Stephen Strasburg will get the ball on Opening Day.

Decision day looming for Joe Nathan, other veteran relievers on Nats' roster
Joe Nathan can opt out of his contract as late as today, and the Nats have a few other veteran relievers on their roster with minor league contracts who they must decide whether to keep or cut loose.

Matt Grace, Brian Goodwin, Rafael Martin, Pedro Severino off to AAA
The Nats made four expected moves this past weekend, sending four experienced -- but not major-league ready -- minor leaguers to AAA.

The Nats see Koda Glover as a closer, but they still don't know when
Dusty Baker says the Nats have settled on a closer. It may or may not be Koda Glover, but rest assured, both he and the Nats are confident that he'll be a closer sooner or later.

Matt Albers continues to impress
Matt Albers has pitched in 10 games, and has allowed 0 runs. Whether that's enough for Dusty Baker to keep him on the roster, we'll see.

Let's just watch Ryan Zimmerman somehow avoid being tagged
In order of arrival at home plate: 1. Houston Astros catcher, Brian McCann 2. Baseball 3. Ryan Zimmerman 4. Crazy shimmy moves

Tanner Roark and Daniel Murphy return to Grapefruit League play and to form
The WBC champions on the team looked like their old selves again on Saturday.

Today's Game: Nationals vs Mets -- 1:10 PM
Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer (0-1, 3.86 ERA) vs Seth Lugo (2-0, 3.86 ERA)
Days until Opening Day: 6