Nationals Spring Training: Stephen Strasburg to Start Exhibition Opener Against Mets

While we freeze our butts off up here, Nationals spring training continues in Viera, Fla., where the temperature is a cool 77 degrees. 

The Nats open their exhibition schedule Saturday against the New York Mets. Stephen Strasburg will start for Washington. Jordan Zimmermann will follow him Sunday against the Marlins, and Gio Gonzalez will get the third game against the Mets Monday.

Here are some odds and ends emanating from Space Coast Stadium:

  • Mayor Vincent Gray will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's game.
  • Jayson Werth told that if the Nationals were healthy last season, then they "might have won 120 games." Werth's statement was in response to a question regarding Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins' comments from last season, when he said that the Nationals were "a second-place team" if the Phillies hadn't been besieged by injuries.
  • The Washington Post writes about the Nationals' deep bench, featuring the likes of Roger Bernadina, Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore. 
  • In case you missed it, Bryce Harper is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated

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