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Wire Taps: Nationals’ first season without Jayson Werth in a while; Adam Eaton gets leadoff spot; Signing Mike Rizzo could lead to Bryce Harper...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before this afternoon’s Grapefruit League opener with the Astros.

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Baseball today!

Whaddya mean, not one starter on the field?

Here’s what’s fresh from, the, uh, FITTEAM.

There’s a Jayson Werth-shaped hole in the Nationals’ clubhouse
“Just looking around,” reliever Shawn Kelley said, “and knowing the big hairy gorilla is not sitting around here is weird.”

Adam Eaton will again bat leadoff for Nationals once ready, but first he must practice patience
Trea Turner gets to hit second again! First, Adam Eaton needs to make sure his leg works again, though.

Tommy Milone to start Nationals’ Grapefruit League opener, a chance at making his case
"He is competing for the final spot in Washington’s starting rotation, though he seemingly is behind A.J. Cole, Erick Fedde and Edwin Jackson in the race."

If the Nats re-sign Mike Rizzo, they'll have a better shot at Bryce Harper
"Washington needs to show its superstar the team is serious about the future."

Dave Martinez to Nationals: I'm here to learn too
Dave Martinez knows that his veteran guys get it. Which is why he wants to learn from them, apparently?

Victor Robles a dark-horse candidate for the Nats
The roster is essentially set, but Victor Robles likes breaking these sorts of rules.

Nationals open Spring Training versus Astros
"Martinez... will ease most of his veteran starters into game action."

After tough year on and off field, Joaquin Benoit relishes chance with Nationals
Benoit, who struggled with homers last year and some off-field stuff, is hoping to regain his form this year.

Tommy Milone on mound for spring training opener Friday
He'll face off against an Astros' lineup that looks much closer to what they'll put out on Opening Day compared to what the Nats put out.

Matt Adams relishes a chance to help Nationals
Your favorite pilates-practicing first baseman is excited to be on a true contender for the first time since 2015.

Nationals' lefties compete for roster spots
Enny Romero, Sean Doolittle, and Sammy Solis are locks. Bryan Harper and Tim Collins? Less so.

Dave Martinez has learned from the best
Dave Martinez has learned from Joe Maddon, Gene Michael, Buck Rodgers, and everyone in between.

Today’s Game: Nationals vs Astros — 1:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Tommy Milone vs Rogelio Armenteros