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  1. Frazier, McConnell sign minor deals

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed outfielder/first baseman Jeff Frazier and shortstop Chris McConnell to minor-league contracts, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. Frazier, 28, hit .256 with 25 homers and 73 RBI last season for Toledo, the Tigers’ Class AAA affiliate. He led the International League with 73 extra-base hits and made his big-league debut in…

  2. Zim 16th, Dunn 21st in MVP vote

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    Joey Votto won the National League MVP award this afternoon in a landslide over Albert Pujols. Votto got a staggering 31 of 32 first-place votes by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Pujols getting the other one. Hard to complain with the line of thinking displayed by my fellow scribes. You could…

  3. Arbitration, AFL and Upton

    Nov 22, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Bryce Harper more than held his own in the Arizona Fall League. This being Thanksgiving week and all, here's a smorgasbord of quick-hit Nats stuff to ponder over while you make your grocery list and prepare your strategy to walk into Best Buy at 4:30 a.m. Friday and snag a new…

  4. Harper, Solis starting AFL title game

    Nov 20, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    If you need a break from college football this afternoon, MLB Network has the Arizona Fall League championship between the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Peoria Javelinas at 3 p.m. EST. And the game will feature the Nationals’ top two 2010 draft picks in key roles. Bryce Harper is in Scottsdale’s starting lineup, batting seventh and…

  5. Marrero, Carr, Kimball on 40-man

    Nov 20, 2010, 1:29 AM EDT

    The Nationals have added Chris Marrero, Adam Carr and Cole Kimball to their 40-man roster, protecting all three players from being plucked away in next month’s Rule 5 draft. They have also lost pitcher Juan Jaime to the Diamondbacks on a waiver claim. No other players were removed from the 40-man roster, which now has…

  6. The Willingham Conundrum

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Josh Willingham is eligible to become a free agent after next season. Sounds like a movie title, doesn't it? Or maybe a complex physics theory. In actuality, "The Willingham Conundrum" is the dilemma facing the Nationals over the next 12 months with regards to their veteran left fielder.…

  7. 40-man maintenance

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Chico could get dropped from the 40-man roster to make room for younger prospects. It's that time of the year when baseball clubs start adding and removing guys from their 40-man roster, doing some housekeeping work in advance of the Winter Meetings. If a player is going…

  8. Exploring all options

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Baseball's GM meetings opened yesterday in Orlando with a flurry of activity. The Marlins traded Dan Uggla to the Braves for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn, then signed catcher John Buck to a three-year contract. The Cardinals re-signed Jake Westbrook to a two-year deal. The Mets conducted a second round of interviews with managerial candidates.…

  9. Comparing present to past

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn's career to this point is comparable to borderline Hall of Famers. Foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal made a really interesting point in an article posted last night. In questioning Scott Boras for comparing Adrian Beltre to Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt, George Brett and Paul Molitor (a ridiculous…

  10. No ROY votes for Strasburg

    Nov 15, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Had voting for the National League Rookie of the Year award taken place on August 20, Stephen Strasburg might well have won. Of course, the actual voting by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America took place right at the conclusion of the regular season, well after Strasburg had undergone Tommy John surgery. Thus,…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 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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