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  1. Around the NL East: Kimbrel trade highlights the week

    Apr 8, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT

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    With the new baseball season upon us, CSNWashington will take a weekly glimpse at the rest of the NL East:  ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves started Opening Week off with a bang — and it was before they even played a single game. Atlanta concluded what looks like an offseason-long fire sale when it traded four-time…

  2. Will Mets be Nats’ biggest challengers in 2015?

    Apr 7, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT

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    If the preseason predictions are to be believed, the Washington Nationals are supposed to waltz through the National League East without much resistance. After all, they have what is widely considered to be the best starting rotation in the game to go along with a balanced lineup that, when healthy, should be able to score…

  3. Are Nats sad to see Kimbrel go? Nope

    Apr 7, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT

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    When news broke on Sunday the Atlanta Braves were trading star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, or in other words out of the NL East, Nationals fans celebrated on Twitter. My mentions were filled with people saying ‘amen,’ ‘hallelujah,’ ‘it’s a great day to be an NL East fan,’ and one who…

  4. Despite loss, Scherzer ‘as advertised’

    Apr 7, 2015, 12:40 AM EDT

    MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

    It didn’t take long for the juiced up Opening Day crowd at Nationals Park to see just what all the hoopla was all about. Max Scherzer, the Nats’ prized offseason acquisition, took the hill Monday against the New York Mets and — for a time — showed why he’s fit to lead what many consider…

  5. Desmond’s errors loom large in Nats’ loss

    Apr 6, 2015, 8:42 PM EDT

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    With three regulars out with injuries, three players playing new positions, a rookie in center field and a natural first baseman in left, defense will surely be a big point of focus for the Nationals early in the 2015 season. As they navigate through their current circumstances, mistakes are to be expected and they could at…

  6. Werth nearly played Opening Day, is close

    Apr 6, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Jayson Werth remains sidelined as the Nationals open their 2015 season Monday against the New York Mets, though he was apparently close to making the Opening Day lineup. Manager Matt Williams said he and Werth had a discussion in recent days about him potentially being in the lineup. As Monday approached, however, they decided to…

  7. Span to play in simulated game

    Apr 6, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Center fielder Denard Span will play in a simulated game at Nationals Park on Tuesday with plans to take swings against live pitching for the first time since undergoing core muscle surgery on March 9. Span, 31, has played in two minor league exhibition games on defense. He played three innings on both Saturday and…

  8. The Baseball Show: Season preview

    Apr 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The Baseball Show is back on Comcast SportsNet this season with a new day and time. The show now airs on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. with replays on Monday mornings. Last night was the first episode of the season and a ton of topics were covered. Mark talked with host Rob Carlin and MLB analyst…

  9. It all begins: Scherzer starts Nats career on Opening Day

    Apr 5, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT

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    After three months of hype and praise, and five spring training starts, Monday will afford Max Scherzer his first opportunity to show the Nationals what they paid for this offseason. The 30-year-old right-hander was given a record $210 million contract, further cementing the Nationals as 2015 World Series favorites. But before they prove all the…

  10. Robinson making Nats is a great story

    Apr 5, 2015, 10:58 AM EDT

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    Clint Robinson, 30 years old and a veteran of eight seasons in minor league baseball, has appeared in just 13 MLB games since getting drafted in the 25th round by the Kansas City Royals back in 2007. He has just 14 career plate appearances in the majors and has spent most of the last decade in…

  11. Uggla confident as he awaits decision

    Apr 4, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have all but decided their Opening Day roster, though the team plans to make an official announcement on Sunday. And despite their unwillingness to confirm it, veteran Dan Uggla is almost certain to make the team. Uggla himself has not been told either way, but is simply happy with the way the last few…

  12. Robinson makes roster; Carp and Hill reassigned

    Apr 4, 2015, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Within minutes of their final exhibition game of 2015 spring training, the Nationals informed 30-year-old Clint Robinson he had made the Opening Day roster. Veterans Mike Carp and Rich Hill, on the other hand, have been reassigned to Triple-A Syracuse. The Nationals will not announce officially their 25-man roster until Sunday, but choosing to send…

  13. Fister sharp in Nats’ loss to Yankees

    Apr 4, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals closed their 2015 exhibition schedule with a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday, a sunny but windy afternoon in Washington. Doug Fister closed the books on an inconsistent spring training with a strong outing and the Nats’ lineup looked sharp against New York starter Nathan Eovaldi. But…

  14. Williams: Werth could return within week

    Apr 4, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Just 48 hours before the Nationals open their 2015 season against the New York Mets, manager Matt Williams sounded optimistic about the progress of Jayson Werth’s recovery. Werth had surgery on January 9 to repair the A/C joint in his right shoulder. Since he has slowly moved forward in his rehab, which will almost certainly…

  15. Span to play in minor league game

    Apr 4, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams’ press conference Saturday at Nationals Park ahead of the team’s final exhibition game of 2015 brought some unexpected good news on the injury front regarding center fielder Denard Span. Span, who has been sidelined since having core muscle surgery on March 9, is expected to play three innings in a minor league game…

  16. Nats vs. Yankees — 4/4/15

    Apr 4, 2015, 9:23 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are finally back in Washington to kick off their 2015 season, but before they take on the Mets on Opening Day, they have an exhibition game set against the New York Yankees this afternoon. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. and Doug Fister will take the mound. The Nats have most of their expected…

  17. Nats at Yankees — 4/3/15

    Apr 3, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals play their final spring training game before heading north for Washington. They face off with the Yankees, whom they will also play in tomorrow’s exhibition at Nationals Park. The pitching matchup today is a good one, as both Stephen Strasburg and C.C. Sabathia are set for their final warmups before the 2015…

  18. Around the NL East: Spring training recap

    Apr 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES After a wild offseason for the Atlanta Braves, their 2015 spring training has been without any real major news stories. They saw B.J. Upton change his name to Melvin Upton, Jr, Mike Minor miss time with a shoulder injury and Cuban infielder Hector Olivera choose the Dodgers over them in a late offseason…

  19. Nats sign outfielder Johnson to minor-league deal

    Mar 30, 2015, 4:56 PM EDT

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    On a day that featured a flurry of roster moves, the Nationals signed veteran outfielder Reed Johnson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Johnson, 38, was cut by the Miami Marlins earlier on Monday. He has 12 years of MLB experience. Johnson spent 2014 with the Marlins, appearing in 113…

  20. UPDATED: Blevins traded to Mets for outfielder den Dekker

    Mar 30, 2015, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:50 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — Needing outfield help to compensate for a phalanx of spring training injuries and believing they had some excess left-handed depth, the Nationals traded reliever Jerry Blevins to the Mets on Monday for outfielder Matt den Dekker. The deal, announced shortly before the conclusion of the Nationals’ 6-2 exhibition…

  21. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Mark Zuckerman & Mets’ reporter Marc Carig

    Mar 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With less than two weeks to go until Opening Day, ‘Baseball in the District’ has returned with the first episode of 2015. Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I did a season preview that included Mark calling in from Viera, Fla. to give an update on the Nats and Marc Carig of NY Newsday to talk…

  22. Heath Bell retires

    Mar 24, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT

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    One day after getting released by the Nationals, 37-year-old veteran reliever Heath Bell has decided to call it a career. The right-hander retired on Tuesday after 11 major league seasons. Bell signed a minor league deal with the Nats in late December and pitched for them in seven spring games. He allowed five runs (4…

  23. Nats at Marlins — 3/18/15

    Mar 18, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Anything can happen over the course of a 162-game MLB season, but as of today, March 18, the Miami Marlins certainly look like the Nationals’ biggest threat to repeating as champions of the NL East. They have the pitching and they have the young talent on offense to contend for the playoffs this year, and…

  24. Nats option A.J. Cole to Triple-A

    Mar 18, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT

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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. Cole, 23, will return to the Chiefs where he spent the second half of his 2014 season. The former fourth round pick made two appearances this spring,…

  25. Manfred to throw out first pitch on Opening Day

    Mar 18, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT

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    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. New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will get the honor in his first season on the job. He took office in January, succeeding…

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