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  1. 2014 Outlook: Baltimore Orioles

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

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    2013 record: 85-77, 3rd place in AL East Manager: Buck Showalter, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $82 million Key additions: 2B Jemile Weeks, RP Ryan Webb, OF David Lough Key losses: 2B Brian Roberts, SP Scott Feldman, OF Nate McLouth, OF Michael Morse, CL Jim Johnson Projected lineup RF Nick Markakis 3B Ryan Flaherty 1B…

  2. Nats pitchers and catchers report date released

    Jan 7, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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    It may be one of the coldest days anyone alive can remember – the record low of 5 degrees for Jan. 7 in D.C. was set in 1884 – but here’s something to cheer Nats fans up. Nationals pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Viera, Fl. on Feb. 13. That means there…

  3. 2014 Outlook: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 2013 record: 81-81, 2nd place in NL West Manager: Kirk Gibson, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: 1B Mark Trumbo, CL Addison Reed, RP Brad Ziegler Key losses: SP Tyler Skaggs, RP Heath Bell, SP Daniel Hudson Projected lineup CF Gerardo Parra 2B Aaron Hill 1B Paul Goldschmidt C Miguel Montero LF Mark Trumbo 3B…

  4. Former Nats CF Nyjer Morgan attempting comeback

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Former Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is attempting a comeback to the major leagues. The 33-year-old with the nickname ‘Tony Plush’ spent last season with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan. He last played in the majors for the Brewers in 2012. Morgan put up some decent numbers in his one season overseas, hitting 11 home runs in…

  5. Nats add Burriss, Canham on minor league deals

    Dec 21, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

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    On the same day the Nationals announced their signing of catcher Chris Snyder, the team reached minor league deals with two other players: shortstop Emmanuel Burriss, and catcher Mitch Canham. Burriss joins the Nationals after a year in the Reds’ organization. He played 108 games in 2013 for Triple-A Louisville, posting a .241 average with…

  6. Nats sign C Chris Snyder to minor league deal

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

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    The Nationals signed catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal on Saturday, bringing the veteran back for a second consecutive spring. Snyder will join the team at big league camp in Viera, Fl. and provide backup catching depth behind Wilson Ramos. Snyder appeared in eight exhibition games for the Nats last year before he…

  7. Former Nats C Kurt Suzuki joins Twins

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Former Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki has a new home for 2014. The 30-year-old backstop has joined the Twins on a one-year deal, a day after Minnesota traded Ryan Doumit to the Braves. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news. Suzuki will earn $2.75 million next season playing for his third team in two years. Last year…

  8. Nationals fill out 2014 minor league staff

    Dec 20, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals announced on Friday their new minor league coaching staff for 2014, including a large group of promotions from within. Three complete coaching staffs got bumped up a level in the minors. Brian Daubach, Chris Michalak and Mark Harris will move together from Single-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg. Tripp Keister, Franklin Bravo and…

  9. Revisiting all those Nats and Athletics trades

    Dec 17, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

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    Since Mike Rizzo took over as Nationals general manager in 2009, he’s found quite the trade partner in Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics. Since late 2010, the two have orchestrated seven different trades, sometimes sending the same players back and forth in separate deals. Rizzo and Beane clearly enjoy doing business with each other,…

  10. Highlights from dinner with LaRoche & Duck Dynasty

    Dec 15, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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    On Friday night Adam LaRoche, Willie and Jep Robertson from Duck Dynasty and former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light hosted a group of Nats writers at the Occidental Grill in downtown D.C. to talk about their recent USO Holiday Tour. I’ve already covered some baseball related items involving LaRoche, as well as an in-depth look…

  11. Adam LaRoche, Duck Dynasty guys tell stories from USO Tour

    Dec 14, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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    For Adam LaRoche and the 2013 USO Holiday Tour, it was years in the making. The Nationals first baseman always knew he wanted to travel overseas to support the troops, and seeing teammates Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen embark on one last December sealed the deal. LaRoche talked with Detwiler and Stammen about their experience…

  12. Adam LaRoche, Duck Dynasty crew returns from USO Tour

    Dec 14, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche returned from his nearly weeklong tour of U.S. military bases overseas yesterday, flying into Washington alongside Willie and Jep Roberston from Duck Dynasty and former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light. Before each of them flew back home, they decided to meet with a few Nationals beat writers to discuss the experience. I’ll have…

  13. Nationals sign three to minor league deals with spring invites

    Dec 13, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals signed three players on Friday to minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training: first baseman Brock Peterson, pitcher Manny Delcarmen and catcher Brian Jeroloman. All three will report to Viera, Fl. hoping to compete for a roster spot and add depth to the Nationals’ exhibition squad. Peterson, 30, spent last…

  14. Could baseball return to Montreal? Maybe, possibly

    Dec 13, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Nearly ten years after the Expos moved to Washington to become the Nationals, the city of Montreal is discussing bringing baseball back. A new study from the Montreal Gazette explores the possibility by looking at the specific costs a new team would require. Their findings include a $525 million price tag to purchase a team…

  15. NatsFest 2014 details announced with new venue

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:07 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals have announced details for NatsFest 2014, with a new venue set to host the annual preseason celebration for fans. NatsFest will take place on Jan. 25 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Southern Maryland, one year after the event was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in…

  16. Nats officially announce McLouth signing, DFA Corey Brown

    Dec 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals officially announced the signing of outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal on Thursday, and in doing so designated Corey Brown for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. Brown hit .254 with 19 home runs, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 107 games with Triple-A Syracuse this season before…

  17. VIDEO: Will Nats make amends for 2013?

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams knows he is taking over a team with sky-high expectations. After winning 98 games in 2012 the Nats took a big step back by missing the playoffs with only 86 victories in 2013. Williams says the team hopes to reach their full potential in 2014, and make amends for what happened this…

  18. VIDEO: Nats GM Mike Rizzo on lefty reliever market

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have already made what many expect to be their biggest moves of the offseason, acquiring Doug Fister to strengthen their rotation and Nate McLouth to bolster their bench. There still remains, however, a vacancy in their bullpen where the Nationals would like to add at least one left-handed relief pitcher. Mark caught up…

  19. Nats 1B Adam LaRoche to join USO Holiday Tour

    Dec 7, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

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    Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will soon embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity, taking part in the 2013 USO Holiday Tour organized by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. LaRoche will join a group of celebrities including stars of the reality show ‘Duck Dynasty,’ Jep and Willie Robertson, as…

  20. Minor league spotlight: Matt Purke

    Dec 1, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: Draft (3rd round), June 2011 Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: N/A 2013 Team/Level: Hagerstown Suns (Single-A), Potomac Nationals (Single-A), Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) 2013 Stats: 18 G, 6-4, 3.80 ERA, 90.0 IP, 92 H, 45 R, 38 ER, 6 HR, 25 BB, 82 SO, 5 HBP, 10 WP, 1.300 WHIP (two teams) AFL…

  21. Minor league spotlight: Matt Skole

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 24 How acquired: Draft (5th round), June 2011 Position: Corner infielder Prospect Rank: No. 4 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2013 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (Double-A), Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) 2013 Stats: 2 G, 7 PA, 5 AB, R, H, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, .200 BA, .429 OBP, .400 SLG, .829 OPS 2013 Analysis: Matt…

  22. Minor league spotlight: Sammy Solis

    Nov 29, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: Draft (2nd round), June 2010 Position: Pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 6 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2013 Team/Level: Potomac Nationals (Single-A), Gulf Coast Nationals (Rookie), Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) 2013 Stats: 14 G, 13 GS, 2-1, 3.32 ERA, 59.2 IP, 59 H, 23 R, 22 ER, 3 HR, 19 BB, 43 SO, 3…

  23. Why every MLB team should be thankful this Thanksgiving

    Nov 28, 2013, 7:18 AM EDT

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    Some Major League Baseball franchises are more fortunate than others, that’s just the way it is. That’s life. Some teams will celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving holiday with a lot more to be thankful for. But each team, even the Mets, have something to appreciate, something to behold for the present and the future. As a…

  24. 2014 Hall of Fame ballot released by BBWAA

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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    The more than 600 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will receive a Hall of Fame ballot in the mail this week, a group of 19 players representing the new class of candidates. Writers will cast their votes with the results announced on Jan. 8. New to the ballot are some notable…

  25. Nats propose plan for roof at Nationals Park

    Nov 26, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

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    Six years after opening Nationals Park the Nats want to renovate. NBC Washington has reported the Nationals’ plans to build a roof over the 41,000 seat stadium in Southeast D.C. They are, as of now, just ‘plans’ as the city would have to not only approve of the project, but pay for it. Mark Segraves…

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