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With the departure of Jordan Zimmermann, and the expected loss of Doug Fister in free agency as well, the Nationals' starting rotation currently projects to look like this: Max Scherzer, Stephen S

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[Updated: 5:52 p.m.]

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To clear room on their roster for rookie pitcher Joe Ross, the Nationals made a pair of roster moves on Saturday in sending A.J.

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The Nationals have optioned right-hander A.J. Cole - considered their second-best pitching prospect - to Triple-A Syracuse, ending his outside shot of earning a roster spot this spring.