By CHUCK KING
Within an hour after their spring training game with the Nationals, a story broke about the Miami Marlins that has to be considered great news for their fans.
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.
With less than three weeks to go until Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 6, the Nats have announced who will throw out the first pitch as part of their pregame ceremonies.