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2017 Nationals Spring Training Dates: Schedule, Opponents, location

2017 Nationals Spring Training Dates: Schedule, Opponents, location

Looking to pick up where they left last season, the Washington Nationals will begin their quest toward the 2017 World Series when 2017 Spring Training begins in February.

Coming off their 2016 NL East championship with NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, the Nationals first step will be the Grapefruit League and spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla. 

It will be the Nationals their first chance to work newly aquired veteran catcher, Derek Norris with their pitching staff after longtime starter Wilson Ramos left to join the Blue Jays.

The teams has also yet to aquire another closer this off-season, leaving Mark Melancon as the team's top option in 2017.

In the Grapefruit League, Washington will play fellow division rivals the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Miami Marlins. Also in the league are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Last season the Nationals made the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the NL, before losing to the NL West champions Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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Important Nationals 2017 Spring Training Dates: 

Spring Training Location: West Palm Beach, Fla.

Pitchers and Catchers Report: Feb. 14

Pitchers and Catchers First Workout: Feb. 16

Position Players Report: Feb. 17

First Full Workout: Feb. 19

Spring Training Opener: Feb. 25 @ New York Mets

Click here for Nationals' full Spring Training Schedule

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Bryce Harper reportedly will come off the disabled list tomorrow

Bryce Harper reportedly will come off the disabled list tomorrow

Bryce Harper's (probably) back. 

With just over two weeks left in the regular season, the Nationals star is set to be activated off the disabled list, according to the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes:

Harper hasn't played since August 12, when he slipped awkwardly on the first base bag while trying to beat out a grounder. He suffered a signifcant bone bruise, although the injury looked considerably worse than it ended up being. 

Before getting hurt, Harper was hitting .326/.419/.614 on the year with a 1.034 OPS and 29 home runs. 

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Nationals, without their big guns, fall to Mets

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Nationals, without their big guns, fall to Mets

NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud hit two home runs and the New York Mets ended a three-game skid, rallying past a watered-down lineup of Washington Nationals 7-6 on Friday night.

Washington manager Dusty Baker said he needed to "give my big boys much needed rest" with the playoffs nearing, and not a single regular started for the NL East champions. Star Daniel Murphy pinch hit in the eighth and flied out.

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The Nationals begin the Division Series in exactly two weeks. If the current standings hold, they would host the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to open the best-of-five matchup.

Adam Lind hit a three-run homer for Washington. It was the Nationals' 203rd home run this season, matching the franchise record dating to 1969 when they were the Montreal Expos.

Howie Kendrick had an RBI double and prized prospect Victor Robles lined a two-run triple in the fifth that put Washington ahead 6-1.

Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley exited in the eighth inning because of an apparent injury. He' has struggled this season and missed more than two months because of back problems.

Nori Aoki had three hits for the Mets, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning off Joe Blanton (2-4).

Chasen Bradford (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Jeurys Familia, the Mets' third pitcher in the ninth inning, came on to strike out Robles with runners on first and third for his fourth save -- his first since May 5. Familia, who missed three months after surgery to repair a blood clot, entered as part of a double switch, with Kevin Plawecki taking over at catcher for d'Arnaud.

D'Arnaud hit a solo homer in the second and connected for a tying, three-run drive in the fifth that finished starter Edwin Jackson. That gave d'Arnaud a career-best 15 homers and marked his second multihomer game, the other coming in April against Washington.

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Mets starter Robert Gsellman allowed six runs in five innings. He moved up a day to pitch in place of ace Jacob deGrom, who was moved back in the rotation until Sunday because of a stomach illness this week.