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The Red Sox are still trying to figure out who will be their fifth starter this season, but the Nationals' John Lannan might not be the guy. Despite a recent report stating otherwise, the team has not made an offer to the Nats for Lannan, according to's Alex Speier. This news comes on the heels of a report by ESPN's Jim Bowden that essentially stated Boston was trying to acquire the 27-year-old left-hander. "Nats listening to team's on Lannan but don't have to trade him because of $ if they don't get what they want back...Red Sox offer not...

Nationals to Sell Eight-Pound 'StrasBurger' at Ballpark This Season in Honor of Pitcher Stephen Strasburg

As Stephen Strasburg's strikeout total rises this season, so will the cholesterol level of many Nationals fans. That's because Nats fans will now have an opportunity to purchase the new eight-pound StrasBurger at Nationals Park, according to The Washington Post. Yes, eight whole pounds. The burger, which will be sold in the stadium's "Red Porch" section, is...

A rare Mike Morse baseball card, inscribed as "The Beast"

To celebrate Michael Morse's return to the Nationals' lineup yesterday (1-2 in his first game since that pesky lat strain), enjoy the image above: a 1-of-1 2012 Topps Tribute autographed Mike Morse card up for sale on on eBay, inscribed with "The Beast". Here's Morse on his return yesterday: "There’s still no rush. I could go out there and throw...

Nationals will be selling an eight-pound ‘Strasburger’ at home games

Since moving over from Montreal, the Washington Nationals have not had a winning season. They have come close a couple times and are improving as of late, but they still leave a lot to be desired. Nationals fans are waiting on Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper to take over the franchise, but more often than not they leave the ballpark with an empty feeling in their stomachs. This...

MLB Preview 2012: The Washington Nationals

I don’t know a lot about the Washington Nationals. That’s a relative statement of course. I know alot more than the average person about the Washington Nationals. I know that they’ve been a mediocre team since the franchise moved from Montreal, never reaching the playoffs. I know that they just signed Ryan Zimmerman to a large contract extension that seems somewhat questionable...

Kevin Youkilis Looks 'Like a Totally Different Guy This Spring,' Poised to Bounce Back for Red Sox

The Red Sox are officially in the thick of their spring training schedule and from here on out, it's all baseball all the time for Boston. With that, comes plenty of discussion points, something that is even more true this season with all of the new faces in Red Sox camp. Don Orsillo tackles that element and more in the latest edition of his weekly mailbag. Who will be MVP this...

Nats' Talent Level Is High, Confidence Even Higher

During a stroll through the Nationals’ minor league camp last week, we heard Washington’s Director of Player Development, Doug Harris, tell a group of players that they must respect the “W” on their hats, because the Lerner family is trying to build a brand. While that may be true, it is becoming more and more apparent that over in major league camp, Mike Rizzo and Davey...

2012 season preview: Boston Red Sox

It was a trying season for the Boston Red Sox in 2011. They started off slow in April, played awesome from May-August, and completely collapsed in September, blowing the wild card on the final day of the season after a late-game rally at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox did a lot of retooling in the offseason, and now look to enter the 2012 season with a more solid...

Adrian Gonzalez Not Fond of Possibly Dabbling in Outfield, But Will Accept Role If Necessary

TAMPA, Fla. –– Adrian Gonzalez is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner as a first baseman. Although he's still penciled in to patrol that position this season, Gonzalez isn't exactly thrilled with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's potential plan of slotting him into the outfield this spring. "I told Bobby I'm not an outfielder," Gonzalez said Monday...

Q&A: Daniel Bard: Data-Influenced Conversion

Daniel Bard is moving into the Red Sox rotation this summer, and according to the stat-savvy flamethrower, data supports the decision. Bard went 2-9, 3.33 as a set-up man last year, but those aren’t the numbers he looked at when he began exploring a new role. The Boston right-hander explained his thought-process prior to Monday’s game in Fort Myers. —— Daniel Bard: “I...

Aaron Cook Unlikely To Be Ready For Opening Day as Right-Hander Slowly Works Into Form

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Aaron Cook will inch back slowly into major league form. Despite Cook's impressive, two-inning debut on Sunday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hinted Monday that he didn't believe the right-hander would be ready in time for Opening Day. "Will he get enough innings in order to start pitching in the major leagues right at the beginning of the season...

Ryan Sweeney (quad) leaves game. Cody Ross elated

@TBrittonProJo via Twitter "Sweeney left game with left quad strain, btw."It's full on Cody Ross Time now!

Grapefruit League: Red Sox Lineup vs. Marlins 3/12/12

Here is today's lineup vs. the Marlins: Punto SSYoukilis 3BGonzalez 1BOrtiz DHSweeney RFRoss LFShoppach CMcDonald CFAviles SS Beckett SP (followed by Melancon, Bailey, Ohlendorf, Atchison and Carlson) Game time is at 1:35pm EST.  The game will be shown on ESPN. 
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