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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before they wrap up the preseason with an exhibition against the Twins this afternoon in the nation’s capital...

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MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

A) There is baseball in Washington, D.C. today.
B) There are two days until Opening Day.
C) That is all.
D) Here’s what’s new in the Navy Yard.

Inside the Nationals, all the talk is about Mike Rizzo and his lack of a new deal
Everyone from Bryce Harper to Max Scherzer to scouts to hot dog vendors (probably) is asking the same question: What's taking the Nats so long to re-sign Mike Rizzo? And perhaps more importantly, what happens if they don't lock him up?

Boswell: Nationals have ‘looked mediocre-to-slipshod all spring’
Thomas Boswell has never seen a team this relaxed. But he's also never seen a team making this many stupid mistakes this late in the spring, and is generally frustrated with the lack of crisp baseball being played in Washington, D.C.

As Nats come home, Aaron Barrett looks to complete grueling comeback
Aaron Barrett hasn't thrown in a big-league game since late 2015, and has seen his prime slip away from him with bone chips, UCL troubles, and a broken arm.

Why would the Nationals choose an eight-man bullpen over a fully stocked bench?
When they fill in for Daniel Murphy, will the Nats regret running with Trevor Gott, Matt Grace, and Enny Romero? Eventually, they'll probably have to make a call regarding cutting one or two of the three.

Nationals' lineup set for Opening Day
Other than Howie Kendrick in place of Murphy, the Nationals are fired up, ready to go for Opening Day.

Dave Martinez is making the Nationals chill out. Will that help them win, too?
The players like Dave Martinez more than well enough, at least in March. The real test begins this Thursday, but the team is relaxed heading into the season.

The Nationals' bullpen looks stable. It may not be.
The back end of the bullpen — yeah, that's okay. As long as it's healthy. The middle part? That's less reliable, less proven, and less healthy.

Living close to spring training facility, Wil Crowe impresses in first March with Nationals
Wil Crowe only pitched nine games in the minors last year, but made a good impression this spring.

Nats Park 2018 lineup Part 1: Events and promotions
Photos of the Sean Doolittle, Ryan Zimmerman, and Max Scherzer bobbleheads are out, and they look really, really cool.

New at Nationals Park: Alcoholic juice pouches, skewers, and Nathan's hot dogs
Out: Hatfield. In: Nathan's. Out: Regular alcohol. In: Alcoholic juice boxes.

The Nationals are embracing the pressure
Ryan Madson thinks that if you listen closely enough, you can hear the talk that separates middling teams from World Series teams. And he's hearing it now, as are Davey Martinez and Sean Doolittle.

Dusty Baker reuniting with San Francisco Giants
Baker probably won't manage again, but he's back where he got his managing start, and is happy to be near Darren Baker in California.

Bowden: The NL East has a clear favorite, but could see a few surprises – The Athletic
The Nationals, per their former GM (who had a really prosperous end to his career with Washington), had a B- offseason.

Ronald Acuna, Shohei Ohtani, Victor Robles top rookies hoping to make names for themselves
Victor Robles *could* — keyword, *could* — make an impact if any injuries hit the Nats' outfield.