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  1. Managerial interviews beginning [updated]

    Oct 17, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Updated at 3:17 p.m. The Nationals are ramping up their managerial search, interviewing multiple candidates for the job and making plans to meet with others in contention to replace Davey Johnson next season. Mike Rizzo has already interviewed Matt Williams and Randy Knorr, sources familiar with the process confirmed, making the Diamondbacks third base coach…

  2. Roster review: Jordan Zimmermann

    Oct 17, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 154 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $5.35 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014 and 2015, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 32 GS, 213.1 IP, 192 H, 81 R, 77 ER, 19 HR, 40 BB, 161 K, 1.088 WHIP,…

  3. Roster review: Gio Gonzalez

    Oct 16, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 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: 4 years, 162 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $6.25 million Contract status: Signed for $8.5 million in 2014, $11 million in 2015, $12…

  4. Roster review: Stephen Strasburg

    Oct 15, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 118 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $3.9 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 30 GS, 183 IP, 136 H, 71 R, 61 ER, 16 HR, 56 BB, 191 K, 1.049 WHIP, 8-9, 3.00…

  5. Roster review: Wilson Ramos

    Oct 14, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Matt Capps, July 2010 MLB service time: 3 years, 47 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $501,250 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 78 G, 303 PA, 29 R, 78 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 16 HR, 59 RBI, 0…

  6. Roster review: Adam LaRoche

    Oct 13, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Free agent, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 10 years 2013 salary+bonuses: $10 million Contract status: Signed for $12 million in 2014, $15 million mutual option (or $2 million buyout) in 2015, free agent in 2016. 2013 Stats: 152 G, 590 PA, 70 R, 121 H, 19 2B,…

  7. Roster review: Anthony Rendon

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft MLB service time: 130 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $1.8 million Contract status: Signed for $1.8 million in 2014, club option for 2015, likely Super-2 arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2020. 2013 Stats: 98 G, 394 PA, 40 R, 93 H, 23 2B,…

  8. Roster review: Ian Desmond

    Oct 11, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: 3rd round pick, 2004 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 27 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $3.8 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014 and 2015, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 158 G, 655 PA, 77 R, 168 H, 38 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 21 SB,…

  9. A’s and Tigers meet in do-or-die Game 5

    Oct 10, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    ALDS GAME 5: DETROIT TIGERS at OAKLAND ATHLETICS Series: Tied 2-2 Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland Gametime: 8 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF Starting pitchers: DET RHP Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46) vs. OAK RHP Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67) It would be tough to imagine a more-compelling batch of Division…

  10. Roster review: Ryan Zimmerman

    Oct 10, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 29 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2005 draft MLB service time: 8 years, 32 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $14 million Contract status: Signed for $14 million in 2014, $14 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016, $14 million in 2017, $14 million in 2018, $18 million in 2019, $18 million club…

  11. Girardi stays in New York, not candidate for Nats

    Oct 9, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

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    If the Nationals had visions of bringing Joe Girardi to Washington, they were officially quashed on Wednesday when the Yankees announced they have signed their manager to a four-year extension that will keep him in the Bronx through at least 2017. The odds of Girardi coming to D.C. all along seemed long, with his top…

  12. Roster review: Denard Span

    Oct 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Alex Meyer, Nov. 2012 MLB service time: 5 years, 111 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $4.75 million Contract status: Signed for $6.5 million in 2014, $9 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) in 2015, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 153 G, 662 PA,…

  13. Roster review: Jayson Werth

    Oct 8, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2010 MLB service time: 10 years, 102 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $16 million Contract status: Signed for $20 million in 2014, $21 million in 2015, $21 million in 2016, $21 million in 2017, free agent in 2018 2013 Stats: 129 G, 532 PA, 84 R,…

  14. Roster review: Bryce Harper

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 21 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 159 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $2 million Contract status: Signed for $2.15 million in 2014, $2.25 million in 2015, arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2013 Stats: 118 G, 497 PA, 71 R, 116 H, 24 2B,…

  15. Pivotal Game 3′s today in NLDS

    Oct 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    NLDS GAME 3: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES Series: Tied, 1-1 Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gametime: 4:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 9 mph in from RF Starting pitchers: STL RHP Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69) vs. PIT LHP Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02) After bouncing back big-time to take Game 2…

  16. Offseason storyline No. 5: Extend Desmond, Zimmermann?

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, concluding today with the No. 5 storyline: Attempting to sign Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann to long-term contract extensions. … One reason the Nationals weren’t devastated…

  17. Offseason storyline No. 4: Fixing the bench, bullpen

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 4 storyline: Fixing a bench and bullpen that wasn’t nearly as strong in 2013 as it was in 2012… The Nationals,…

  18. Offseason storyline No. 3: Who’s the fifth starter?

    Oct 3, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 3 storyline: Whether to acquire a No. 5 starter or fill the position from within the system… The Nationals entered each…

  19. Offseason storyline No. 2: Keep the lineup intact?

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Whether or not to keep the current starting lineup intact… For more than four months, the Nationals owned one…

  20. Offseason storyline No. 1: Hire a manager

    Oct 1, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over the next five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, beginning today with the No. 1 storyline: The search for a new manager to replace Davey Johnson… Mike Rizzo is no dummy. He knows what needs…

  21. Revisiting Opening Day media predictions

    Sep 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    You may recall way back on April 1 when I posted this annual article of predictions for the 2013 Nationals made by me and my fellow reporters on the beat. Well, it’s time for another annual tradition: Revisiting those predictions and proving to the world just how wrong we all were in almost every case.…

  22. After disappointing ’13, Nats want continuity in ’14

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — The overwhelming sense of disappointment was evident throughout the Nationals’ clubhouse at Chase Field late Sunday afternoon, once their season was officially over, their 2013 record forever written in stone as 86-76. Everyone in that clubhouse expected to win more than 86 games this year. A second-straight NL East title, followed by a…

  23. “Time to go home”

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Davey Johnson had plenty of time to prepare for this, and he’d already formally been honored by the Nationals prior to his final home games one week ago, so by the time Sunday’s season finale was winding down the departing manager was, understandably, spent. Perhaps a day or two or 20 years earlier,…

  24. Instant analysis: Diamondbacks 3, Nats 2

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: For the final game of his illustrious managerial career, Davey Johnson decided to let his rookies and reserves take the field while his regulars got to enjoy the view from the dugout. Turns out those kids put together a solid performance of their own. Tanner Roark completed a surprising and impressive…

  25. Game 162: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Sep 29, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — And so we have reached the end of the road. A long, often frustrating, still entertaining season will conclude today here at Chase Field, with the Nationals falling short of their lofty expectations but still finishing with either 86 or 87 wins, hardly a terrible record by any stretch of the imagination. The…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 46 1.0
NEW YORK 48 53 8.0
MIAMI 47 52 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 43 57 12.5
Through Wednesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
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