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The World Baseball Classic has started and so too has the spring of Chien-Ming Wang. Wang pitched six scoreless innings as Chinese Taipei beat Australia 4-1 in the WBC opener. Wang allowed four hits in the contest and struck out two but managed to stay under the 65-pitch limit for the classics opening round. While Wang’s numbers look good on paper there should be concern with the velocity he displayed. Reports say that Wang topped out at 82-83 mph on the stadiums radar gun. Wang averaged 91 mph last season when he was a member of the Washington Nationals. The New York Yankees were one team that watched Wang on Friday night. Wang could be an option for the Yankees with Phil Hughes dealing with a back injury. He was a member of the team from 2005-2009 recording back-to-back 19 win seasons in 2006 and 2007.

Taiwan beats Australia in WBC opener

Chien-Ming Wang threw six shutout innings to lead Taiwan past Australia 4-1 in Saturday's opening game of the World Baseball Classic. Scattering four hits, Wang, a former New York Yankees star, was helped by a solid infield that turned three double plays to halt Australian scoring threats in the Group B contest. Cheng-Min Peng homered and Chih-Sheng Lin doubled in a run to...

Video: Bryce Harper's first home run of spring

Your browser does not support iframes. And here's video of Bryce Harper's first home run of spring training on Friday night: Oppo boppo. Harper's bat may be ready for the season to start, but as Federal Baseball correctly noted, Harper's home run trot is definitely not in mid-season form. Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Dreaming of Chien-Ming Wang back in pinstripes? Why would we think the alligator-armed Evil Empire ™ will make a bid?

Former Yank hero (and ex-whipping horse) Chien-Ming Wang pitched well this weekend in the Selig Baseball Classic, stopping the mighty Bushmen of Australia.  He shut out the dreaded Aussie lineup (No lie: Beresford, Denning, Hughes, Welch, Huber, Walker, Harman, Snelling and Kennelly) over six innings, prompting bleacher report blogologists to suggest the cobra-like Yankees are watching...

This Bryce Harper baseball card is fairly awesome...

While not nearly as awesome as the 1983 Mike Rizzo Peoria Suns card, this Bryce Harper autographed card from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball line is still pretty awesome. (Photo by @ToppsCards) Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Ryan Zimmerman Update: Nationals' 3B making throws

For the first time since his shoulder surgery, Ryan Zimmerman is making throws on the field.  Just not in a game.  Zimmerman has not yet made his spring debut.  He will do so soon, but the Washington Nationals third baseman felt fine after making throws to second base for the first time since surgery. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says Zimmerman hopes to make full throws...

Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman Says Nobody Wants To Watch Cheaters

Major League Baseball and it’s performance enhancing drug problem has given the game a black eye and raised suspicions for every player that puts up good statistics year in and year out. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig  is seeking stronger penalties for performance-enhancing drug users, and some players are now voicing their support for the commissioners efforts. Washington Nationals...

Here's Roger Bernadina on TV representing the Netherlands...

Up above, a screencap of The Shark batting for the Netherlands in the WBC on Saturday... Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Baseball on Three Hours Sleep – The World Baseball Classic is Under Way!!!

Bear with me here. I was up early, like 11pm EST early, watching the World Baseball Classic’s Opening Day. Chien-Ming Wang came out crazy strong, pitching Chinese Taipei (i.e. Taiwan) to their first win of the tournament. Wang is now the buzz of every General Manager in North America with a pitching slot to fill. Anyone want to take the over/under on how quickly the New York Mets...

Baseball Prospectus Projects The Nats To Win The NL East

Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projection engine has predicted the Washington Nationals to repeat as National League East Division Champions. Here is their overall projection of the division: Overall, Baseball Prospectus projects that the Nationals will have the third best record in the National League in 2013 and the sixth best record in baseball. That projection would make...

Nationals 6, Cardinals 2

Adam Wainwright struggled with location in his second spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over three innings Saturday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings. Kurt Suzuki doubled off the Cardinals' ace leading off...

Harper, Heyward homer in Braves' loss to Nats

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Bryce Harper homered for Washington, Jason Heyward went deep for Atlanta, and the Nationals knocked off the Braves 6-5 in a spring training game Friday night. Harper hit his first homer of the spring in the top of the first. He finished 1 for 3, leaving his exhibition average at .538 (7 of 13). Heyward hit his third spring homer in the bottom half. He also...

MMO Fan Shot: The World Baseball Classic Is Not A Nuisance

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, righthander Chien-Ming Wang tossed six shutout innings to lead Chinese Taipei to a 4-1 victory over Australia. The 2013 World Baseball Classic is officially underway. As the tournament kicks off, the sentiment from most fans I run into is that they view the WBC as a “big pain in the ass”. Some fans resent the fact that their team’s top...
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