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  1. For Harper, All-Star glory secondary to the season

    Jul 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — He had just gone 0-for-3, striking out a couple of times and having very little impact on the 86th MLB All-Star Game. And this after having very little impact on the 83rd and 84th Midsummer Classics. Bryce Harper, though, was all smiles late Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. It mattered not…

  2. AL 6, NL 3: Trout homer sets the tone in All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The 86th MLB All-Star Game already was a major event before Mike Trout stepped to the plate for the night’s first at-bat. That’s what happens when Pete Rose is introduced on the field in Cincinnati, and then Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays all take the field together…

  3. Manfred on pitch clocks, scheduling, expansion and Rose

    Jul 14, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — In the six months since he became baseball’s 10th commissioner, Rob Manfred hasn’t been afraid to confront the sport’s time-tested traditions and embrace the idea of change. And Manfred continued the trend Tuesday during his first-ever All-Star Q&A session with members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, offering up thoughts on pitch…

  4. 2015 MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CINCINNATI — It’s tough to imagine anything that happens tonight topping what happened during last night’s Home Run Derby, but this is the MLB All-Star Game, and you never really know what may transpire once you put all these great players together on one field. And then you add Pete Rose to the mix for…

  5. “He’s the best hitter in the game”

    Jul 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — Inside a ballroom at the Cincinnati Westin on Monday sat the best players the game of baseball has to offer, dynamic young talents like Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson, recent MVPs like Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, one of the great hitters in history in Albert Pujols and 3-time World Series champion Buster…

  6. 2015 Home Run Derby

    Jul 13, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CINCINNATI — Hello from Great American Ball Park, where the sun actually is shining at the moment but is not expected to throughout the evening. There was already one major storm that swept through town this afternoon, and there’s another one coming before the end of the night. With that in mind, MLB decided to…

  7. Harper will bat 3rd, start in right field for NL

    Jul 13, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT

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    CINCINNATI — Bryce Harper will bat third and start in right field for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, manager Bruce Bochy announced this afternoon. Harper, enjoying a breakthrough season that to this point would rank among the best in baseball history, was selected to hit in the heart of a stacked NL…

  8. Scherzer starting Sunday, won’t pitch in All-Star Game

    Jul 11, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE — Max Scherzer will start Sunday’s first-half finale at Camden Yards, knocking the Nationals’ ace out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, a decision manager Matt Williams said reflected both his and the right-hander’s priorities. “It’s a question of him wanting to pitch tomorrow on his normal rest and help us win another game,” Williams said.…

  9. Scherzer named All-Star; Storen, Escobar left out

    Jul 6, 2015, 7:19 PM EDT

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    Max Scherzer was named to the NL All-Star team Monday evening and will join teammate Bryce Harper next week in Cincinnati as the Nationals’ lone representatives for the Midsummer Classic. For now. Scherzer, arguably the NL’s best pitcher through the season’s first half, is the logical choice to start next Tuesday night’s game at Great…

  10. Harper won’t participate in Home Run Derby

    Jul 6, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, not wanting to compete in the annual All-Star Game event with his father injured and unavailable to pitch to him. Harper, who finished runner-up in the 2013 derby at Citi Field with father Ron as his pitcher, said he couldn’t imagine participating again with anybody…

  11. Harper leads all NL players in All-Star voting

    May 27, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper’s stunning start to the season hasn’t been lost at all by baseball fans, both in Washington and around the world. Harper has received more All-Star votes than any other player in the National League so far, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday, making him an early favorite to be in the starting lineup at…

  12. It’s official: D.C. gets 2018 MLB All-Star Game

    Apr 6, 2015, 11:52 AM EDT

    MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

    Updated at 4:05 p.m. Commissioner Rob Manfred officially awarded the 2018 MLB All-Star Game to Washington on Monday, making the announcement just hours before the Nationals hosted the Mets on the club’s 11th Opening Day. “Nationals Park has already hosted a postseason,” Manfred said in a pregame news conference. “This is another opportunity to to…

  13. Nats expected to be awarded 2018 All-Star Game on Monday

    Apr 4, 2015, 9:24 PM EDT

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    New commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to officially award the 2018 MLB All-Star Game to the Nationals on Monday, according to league and club sources, bringing the Midsummer Classic to the District for the first time in 49 years. Manfred, who is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Nationals’ season opener…

  14. A brief-but-eventful All-Star appearance for Clippard

    Jul 16, 2014, 1:32 AM EDT

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    MINNEAPOLIS — Tyler Clippard was minding his own business out in the visitors bullpen at Target Field, chatting with other pitchers on the NL All-Star squad, unsure if he would be appearing in this game at all. And then the call came, and the Nationals right-hander found himself warming up in a hurry, needed to…

  15. Instant analysis: AL 5, NL 3

    Jul 15, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Everyone knew coming in what the 85th Midsummer Classic would be all about: Derek Jeter. And the Yankees shortstop didn’t disappoint in his 14th and final All-Star Game appearance. Afforded no fewer than three standing ovations, he rose to the occasion by going 2-for-2 with a double and a single, also…

  16. 2014 MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 15, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MINNEAPOLIS — It’s another cool, windy day in the Twin Cities, but thankfully there’s no rain in the forecast after last night’s already-tedious Home Run Derby was delayed. It should be a beautiful night as the baseball world converges on Target Field for the 85th All-Star Game. There are no shortage of big-name players to…

  17. In search of a Nationals All-Star

    Jul 15, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    MINNEAPOLIS — Maybe I’m just a softie, but the All-Star Game has always held a special place in my heart. Where else can you find this kind of assemblage of baseball talent, outside of perhaps Cooperstown for one summer weekend, the sport’s best and brightest stars all gathered together in one place for 48 hours?…

  18. Former Nats catchers blossom into All-Stars

    Jul 14, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

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    MINNEAPOLIS — The Nationals always liked Kurt Suzuki and Derek Norris. They just liked Wilson Ramos better, which is why they were willing to trade away both catchers to the Athletics. Little could the Nationals — or anybody else, for that matter — have foreseen both guys blossoming into All-Stars this season. Yes, stroll through…

  19. 2014 Home Run Derby

    Jul 14, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MINNEAPOLIS — Hello from Target Field, where the Home Run Derby is about to begin. The weather conditions aren’t ideal; it has been raining on and all since mid-afternoon. But the skies are clear for the moment and they’re ready to get this annual event going. There are some changes from past years. For the…

  20. All-Star lineups announced

    Jul 14, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

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    MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Matheny, as Nationals fans surely know at this point, likes his guys. So it perhaps wasn’t surprising when the Cardinals manager chose one of his own to start Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. Matheny named Adam Wainwright as starting pitcher for the NL squad, selecting the veteran St. Louis ace over Dodgers ace…

  21. Alvarez replaces Zimmermann, leaving Nats without All-Star

    Jul 12, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Updated at 8:13 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — The 102-loss, 2008 Nationals had All-Star Cristian Guzman. The 103-loss, 2009 Nationals had All-Star Ryan Zimmerman. The first-place, 2014 Nationals, however, will have no active players at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game after injured right-hander Jordan Zimmermann was replaced today by Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez. NL manager Mike Matheny of…

  22. Zimmermann named All-Star, Rendon in Final Vote

    Jul 6, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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    A Nationals club that boasts the NL’s fourth-best record but fewer dominant performances by individuals so far this season received only one All-Star selection Sunday evening: right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. There’s still a chance of more Washington representation at Minnesota’s Target Field on July 15, with infielder Anthony Rendon one of five candidates in the NL’s…

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