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Nats Lose Two To Open Spring Training, Pitching A Key Contributor

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After two losses for the split-Nationals squad on Opening Day of Spring Training (aka Thursday afternoon), the Nationals are in the process of solidifying their regular season rotation.

Right now, Marquis and Lannan are on the list, but that’s all Riggleman has confirmed.

“These first couple of outings, we are going to let them get the bugs out,” Riggleman told

If by bugs he means losses, than that’s a good idea. Four pitchers fighting for the final rotation spots pitched in the split-squad games in Jupiter and Kissimmee, Fla. Thursday. The foursome included Right-handers J.D. Martin and Collin Balester vs. the Florida Marlins and Garrett Mock and Sharion Martis against the Houston Astros. Continue reading