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  1. Gaudin signs minor-league deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Gaudin, who will be 28 on Opening Day, has pitched for six major-league clubs in eight years, most recently the Yankees. He went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 relief appearances for New York this season;…

  2. "Athleticism" and the new Nats

    Dec 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Josh Willingham's trade opens the door for Roger Bernadina to start in left field. If it wasn't clear before, it certainly became obvious yesterday when Mike Rizzo traded Josh Willingham to the Oakland A's. The Nationals' general manager is remodeling his roster to include more guys who fit…

  3. Wang re-signs for $1 million

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

    Photo courtesy Bill Scheuermann Chien-Ming Wang returns after appearing in two Florida instructional league games. Chien-Ming Wang made $2 million from the Nationals last year without ever appearing in a game. The Nats are willing to give the Taiwanese right-hander another $1 million to make another attempt to return in 2011. The Nationals re-signed Wang…

  4. Rizzo, Beane, Willingham speak

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    Read my full story on the trade on CSNwashington.com The Nationals and A's each just had dueling conference calls a little while ago. I was in on the Nats' call with Mike Rizzo, who had some interesting things to say about today's trade and why it was made. My colleague John Shea of the San…

  5. Willingham dealt to A’s [updated]

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Updated at 4:03 p.m. The Nationals have finalized a trade that will send left fielder Josh Willingham to the Athletics for reliever Henry Rodriguez and minor-league outfielder Corey Brown, both teams formally announced late this afternoon. Willingham, who hit .268 with 16 homers and 56 RBI in 114 games this season before undergoing knee surgery…

  6. Who’s on first?

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    The Nationals have a right fielder (one who will cost them $126 million over the next seven years). They've got one of the best third basemen in the game. They've got a pair of young middle infielders who can grow together. The Nats have both a veteran and two young catchers who can share the…

  7. "I hate to lose. I’m here to win."

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:44 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth spent the last four seasons playing in as successful an environment as you can find in baseball: as one piece of a Phillies roster loaded with All-Stars that played in front of sellout crowds every night and won four straight division titles, with a World Series crown thrown in for good measure. The…

  8. Highlights from Jayson Werth

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jayson Werth donned a Nats cap and jersey today for the first time. Jayson Werth's introductory press conference (along with several follow-up, smaller sessions with reporters talking to Werth, Mike Rizzo, Jim Riggleman and others) has concluded. I'm going back through the tape right now and will be…

  9. Werth press conference today

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    The Jayson Werth signing was completed 10 days ago, but at long last this afternoon, we’ll finally get to see the Nationals’ new $126 million right fielder in a curly W cap and jersey. Werth will formally be introduced during a 1 p.m. press conference at Nationals Park. If you’re near a television, you can…

  10. Nats sign veteran hitter Stairs

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed Matt Stairs to a minor-league contract, bringing aboard a veteran slugger who will most likely serve as their top left-handed pinch-hitter in 2011. Stairs, who turns 43 in February, is baseball’s all-time leader with 23 pinch-hit home runs. He’s played for 12 different major-league clubs over the last 19 seasons in…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Saturday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (5) 90 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 2.5
ST. LOUIS 87 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 75 10.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Saturday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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ON THE RADIO

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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