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  1. Nats announce 2015 spring schedule

    Nov 5, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

    Viera making push to keep Nats

    Exactly four months before their exhibition games kick off in Viera, Fl., the Washington Nationals announced their 2015 spring training schedule on Wednesday afternoon. They will begin with the New York Mets on March 5 at Space Coast Stadium. That begins a stretch of 21 games in 19 days. The Nats will host the Cardinals,…

  2. Roster review: Matt Thornton

    Nov 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 38 How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees on Aug. 5, 2014 MLB service time: 9 years, 129 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: Signed for $3.5 million through 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51…

  3. Report: Alfonso Soriano retires from baseball

    Nov 4, 2014, 11:03 PM EDT

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    Alfonso Soriano – one of the most decorated players in the Nationals’ brief history in Washington – has retired from the game of baseball after 16 MLB seasons. Soriano, 38, played just one year with the Nats, in 2006. He hit .277 with a .911 OPS, stole 41 bases and posted 46 home runs and 95…

  4. Span & LaRoche miss out on Gold Gloves

    Nov 4, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Both Adam LaRoche and Denard Span lost out on the NL Gold Glove awards for their respective positions after entering Tuesday night as finalists. The award for first base went to Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, while Juan Lagares of the Mets won the honors for center field. Managers and coaches vote for the competition…

  5. Williams a finalist for NL Manager of the Year

    Nov 4, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

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    After leading his team to an NL-best 96 wins in his rookie season as skipper, Matt Williams has been named a finalist for National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Williams is among three nominees, the others are Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Clint Hurdle of the Pirates. Bochy…

  6. 30-for-30 series tells Hernandez brothers’ dramatic story

    Nov 4, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

    AP file photo

    For those who have followed the Nationals closely over the last decade, there are few figures more beloved than Livan Hernandez, the charismatic, overweight-yet-surprisingly-athletic, fun-loving right-hander who threw the first pitch in club history and until only recently held most of the team’s pitching records. The man we know simply as “Livo” will forever be attached to…

  7. Roster review: Jerry Blevins

    Nov 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade with Oakland on Dec. 11, 2013 MLB service time: 4 years, 81 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.675 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 64 G, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 31 R, 31 ER, 3 HR, 23 BB, 66 K, 1.238 WHIP, 2-3, 4.87 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “The situational type innings or…

  8. MLB free agency begins tonight

    Nov 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

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    At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning, MLB teams can begin making offers to free agents. In other words, the Hot Stove season is officially upon us. That means Asdrubal Cabrera, Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston are free to look elsewhere. It also means the Nats can begin filling holes on their roster for the 2015 season.…

  9. Nats claim RHP Fornataro

    Nov 3, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Seeking to fill out the final spot on their 40-man roster, the Nationals claimed right-handed pitcher Eric Fornataro off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Fornataro, 26, made his major league debut with the Cardinals in April. In eight MLB appearances this season, Fornataro gave up five earned runs in 9 2/3 innings…

  10. Nats add Miller as VP and Asst. GM

    Nov 3, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

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    The Nationals made a significant addition to their front office on Monday in hiring veteran MLB executive Bob Miller as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. Miller, 50, spent the previous nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in the same role. According to Nats GM Mike Rizzo, Miller will assist in all facets of baseball…

  11. Roster review: Craig Stammen

    Nov 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Drafted in 12th round of 2005 MLB Draft MLB service time: 4 years, 160 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.375 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2017 2014 stats: 49 G, 72.2 IP, 78 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 56 K, 1.266 WHIP, 4-5, 3.84 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 0.6 WAR Quotable: “I don’t normally…

  12. Roster review: Tyler Clippard

    Nov 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: Trade from Yankees for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, Dec. 2007 MLB service time: 5 years, 148 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $5.875 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 75 G, 70.1 IP, 47 H, 22 R, 17 ER, 5 HR, 23 BB, 82 K, 0.995 WHIP,…

  13. Roster review: Drew Storen

    Nov 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 140 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3.45 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2017 2014 stats: 65 G, 56.1 IP, 44 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 46 K, 0.976 WHIP, 11 SV, 3 BS,…

  14. Roster review: Tanner Roark

    Oct 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Trade with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 MLB service time: 1 year, 55 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $506,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2014 stats: 31 GS, 198.2 IP, 178 H, 64 R, 63 ER, 16 HR, 39…

  15. Nats pick up option on Span, decline LaRoche and Soriano

    Oct 30, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

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    The Nationals made their first contract decisions of the offseason Thursday afternoon, picking up the $9 million option they held on center fielder Denard Span for 2015 but declining their options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano. None of the three moves was a surprise, but each helps shape the club’s roster…

  16. Cabrera, Hairston, Schierholtz become free agents

    Oct 30, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Three veteran Nationals players officially became free agents today, the conclusion of the World Series signaling the beginning of baseball’s annual Hot Stove League. Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielders Scott Hairston and Nate Schierholtz are three of 121 major league players who are now free agents, according to a list released by the MLB Players…

  17. Roster review: Gio Gonzalez

    Oct 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 MLB service time: 5 years, 162 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $8.5 million Contract status: Signed for $11 million in 2015, $12 million in 2016, $12…

  18. Roster review: Doug Fister

    Oct 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Traded from Tigers for INF Steve Lombardozzi, LHP Ian Krol and LHP Robbie Ray, Dec. 2013 MLB service time: 5 years, 58 days 2014 salary + bonuses: $7.2 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 25 GS, 164 IP, 153 H, 52…

  19. Ohlendorf outrighted off 40-man, becomes free agent

    Oct 28, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Ross Ohlendorf, a surprise contributor to the 2013 Nationals pitching staff who battled a back injury throughout 2014, has been outrighted off the club’s 40-man roster and elected to become a free agent. Ohlendorf, 32, was an effective long reliever and spot starter for the Nationals in 2013, going 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA in…

  20. Roster review: Jordan Zimmermann

    Oct 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 154 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $7.5 million Contract status: Signed for $16.5 million 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 32 GS, 199.2 IP, 185 H, 67 R, 59 ER, 13 HR, 29 BB, 182 K, 1.072 WHIP,…

  21. Renda selected for AFL showcase

    Oct 27, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

    Photo by the Associated Press

    Nationals prospect Tony Renda has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League ‘Fall Stars’ showcase game on Nov. 1, the team announced on Monday. Renda – a 23-year-old second baseman – is currently playing with the Mesa Solar Sox, alongside other players from the Nationals’ system. Renda holds a .205 average with six…

  22. Roster review: Stephen Strasburg

    Oct 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 26 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 118 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3.975 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2017 2014 stats: 34 GS, 215 IP, 198 H, 86 R, 75 ER, 23 HR, 43 BB, 242 K, 1.121 WHIP, 14-11, 3.14…

  23. World Series Game 5: Royals at Giants

    Oct 26, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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    WORLD SERIES GAME 5: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Series: Series tied at 2-2 Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 60 degrees, wind 11 mph Starting pitchers: KC RHP James Shields (14-8, 3.21) / SF LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) For a series that has featured three blowouts in four games, the Giants and Royals…

  24. Roster review: Danny Espinosa

    Oct 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 3rd round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 113 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $541,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2018 2014 stats: 114 G, 364 PA, 31 R, 73 H, 14 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 8 SB, 18 BB, 122 SO, .219 BA, .283 OBP…

  25. Nats Arizona Fall League update

    Oct 25, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have seven players participating in this year’s Arizona Fall League as members of the Mesa Solar Sox. The Solar Sox have played 15 games now, providing a decent sample size for an update on their progress. Here is a look at each Nats prospect’s time so far in Arizona: RHP Derek Self –…

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