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Wire Taps: Jayson Werth shows up late, hits HR for Nationals; Joe Blanton finalizes deal; Releasing Derek Norris?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news, including the story about how Jayson Werth almost missed hitting a home run yesterday...

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Spring Training is in full swing, but do the Nats really need it? After their thirteen run performance, we may as well skip ahead to Opening Day.

Here's what's new in West Palm.

Jayson Werth showed up late to the Nats game and then proceeded to hit a home run
Jayson Werth was the Nats' DH on Thursday, batting sixth. Only problem: he forgot it was a road game, not a home game. As it turned out, it wasn't much of a problem, as Werth smacked a homer to left field in his first at-bat.

Joe Blanton, Nats, finalize one-year deal
Spencer Kieboom was designated for assignment on Thursday, making space for the right-handed reliever.

The Nats don't have a closer, but Dusty Baker isn't stressed
Dusty Baker isn't that worried about the lack of closers on the Nats, and is sure that someone will emerge.

Nats could release Derek Norris
The catcher's salary may be too hefty for other teams to be willing to take on as it is, and the Nats may only be able to release the catcher if they hope to get rid of him.

Nats-Orioles TV dispute has court date in appellate court
The Nats and Orioles will present arguments in hopes of a final decision on what the Nats should be paid by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the Baltimore Orioles.

Today's Game: Nationals vs Cardinals, Nationals vs Marlins
Probable Pitchers: Michael Wacha vs Stephen Strasburg; A.J. Cole vs TBD
Days Until Opening Day: 30