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  1. Nationals announce spring training schedule

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced their 2014 spring training schedule on Wednesday, a 31-game exhibition slate that begins Feb. 28 against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and concludes March 29 against the Tigers in Washington. The Nationals haven’t announced reporting dates yet, but pitchers and catchers will arrive in Viera, Fla., in mid-February for what…

  2. Free agency primer: Starting pitchers

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re going to take a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We start today with starting pitchers… If it seems like the Nationals always…

  3. Williams on “aggressive” approach to baseball

    Nov 5, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There is much we already know about Matt Williams. We know he was an intense competitor during his 17 big-league seasons. We know he is an excellent communicator based on his post-playing career as a broadcaster and coach. And we know he believes in the importance of defense based on his own track record (four…

  4. Detwiler, Garcia come off 60-day DL

    Nov 4, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

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    The Nationals officially activated Ross Detwiler and Christian Garcia off the 60-day disabled list, required procedural moves that transfer both pitchers back onto the club’s 40-man roster for the offseason. Detwiler dealt with a lingering back injury much of the season that ultimately was diagnosed as a herniated disc. The left-hander was limited to 13…

  5. Knorr embraces role as Williams’ bench coach

    Nov 4, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Randy Knorr knew he had overwhelming support from players, not to mention Davey Johnson. He felt his interview with Mike Rizzo and members of the Lerner family a few weeks ago went well. And, he admitted, there was a point when he really thought he was going to be the next manager of the Washington…

  6. Williams adds LeCroy, Weidemaier to coaching staff

    Nov 2, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals will keep most of their coaching staff intact despite a change in managers, a decision both Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams agreed upon, but they will have two new coaches in uniform next season, including one who will hold a brand-new position. Matt LeCroy, who played for the Nationals in 2006 and has…

  7. Williams ready to put his stamp on Nationals

    Nov 1, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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    Rarely does any manager — let alone a first-time manager with only four years of big-league coaching experience — take over a club with few obvious roster holes and the expectation of immediate success. So as Matt Williams, on his first official day as manager of the Nationals, contemplated what needs to be fixed on…

  8. Roster review: Tyler Moore

    Nov 1, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: 16th round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 106 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $493,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2013 Stats (Nats only): 63 G, 178 PA, 16 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB, 8…

  9. Rizzo on Williams: “The best candidate available”

    Oct 31, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Updated at 1:25 p.m. Mike Rizzo had known Matt Williams for roughly 14 years and for much of that time had considered the All-Star third baseman a “manager-in-training.” But Rizzo insists he didn’t settle on Williams as the Nationals’ new manager until after the 47-year-old Diamondbacks coach formally interviewed for the job earlier this month…

  10. Roster review: Scott Hairston

    Oct 31, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 33 How acquired: Traded from Cubs for RHP Ivan Pineyro and player-to-be-named, July 2013 MLB service time: 8 years, 102 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $2.5 million Contract status: Signed for $2.5 million in 2014 (Cubs will pay $500,000 of that), free agent in 2015 2013 Stats (Nats only): 33 G, 62…

  11. Roster review: Taylor Jordan

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 93 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $490,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 9 G, 51.2 IP, 59 H, 27 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 29 SO, 3 HR, 1.355 WHIP, 1-3, 3.66 ERA, 3.49 FIP,…

  12. No Gold Gloves for Span, Desmond

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Superb defensive seasons by Denard Span and Ian Desmond weren’t quite superb enough to earn baseball’s highest fielding honor. Neither Span nor Desmond won Gold Glove Awards, which were officially handed out tonight by Rawlings, though each Nationals player was a finalist at his respective position. Span lost out to the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez as…

  13. Roster review: Ross Ohlendorf

    Oct 29, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 31 How acquired: Minor-league free agent, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 4 years, 170 days 2013 salary+bonuses: Unknown Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 16 G, 7 GS, 60.1 IP, 56 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 14 BB, 45 SO, 8 HR, 1.160 WHIP, 4-1,…

  14. Roster review: Ian Krol

    Oct 28, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 22 How acquired: Traded with RHP A.J. Cole and RHP Blake Treinin from A’s for OF/1B Michael Morse, who went to Mariners, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 117 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $490,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 32 G, 27.1 IP, 28 H, 12…

  15. Roster review: Fernando Abad

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Minor-league free agent, Nov. 2012 MLB service time: 2 years, 73 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $500,000 (approx.) Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2018 2013 Stats: 39 G, 37.2 IP, 42 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 10 BB, 32 SO, 3 HR, 1.381 WHIP, 0-3, 3.35…

  16. Strasburg, Harper, LaRoche all have surgeries

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Three of the Nationals’ most important players underwent various surgical procedures in the last three days, the club announced Saturday morning, with Stephen Strasburg and Adam LaRoche each having their elbows repaired and Bryce Harper having his knee fixed. All face recovery times of 4-to-6 weeks and are expected to be ready for the start…

  17. Familiarity key to Williams’ hire

    Oct 25, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Major-league general managers only get so many opportunities to hire a new manager, even fewer opportunities to conduct a managerial search with a completely clean slate. So when presented with such a scenario, Mike Rizzo did what almost any GM would have done: He went with the guy he’s always believed would make a great…

  18. Source: Nationals plan to hire Williams as manager

    Oct 25, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams appears to be the choice for the Nationals’ managerial opening. General manager Mike Rizzo has settled on Williams among the pool of candidates who interviewed for the job and plans to hire the Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach, a source familiar with the process confirmed this morning. Rizzo also hopes to keep Randy…

  19. Roster review: Steve Lombardozzi

    Oct 25, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 19th round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 23 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $501,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2018 2013 Stats: 118 G, 307 PA, 25 R, 75 H, 15 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 4 SB, 8 BB, 34…

  20. Marrero outrighted to AAA, will become free agent

    Oct 24, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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    The Nationals outrighted Chris Marrero to Class AAA Syracuse, removing the former first-round draft pick from their 40-man roster and effectively ending his tenure with the organization. Marrero, 25, was the 15th overall pick in the country in the 2006 draft, touted by the Nationals as a future offensive force who could hit both for…

  21. Roster review: Tanner Roark

    Oct 24, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Trade with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 MLB service time: 55 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $490,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 14 G, 5 GS, 53.2 IP, 38 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 1 HR, 11…

  22. Roster review: Craig Stammen

    Oct 23, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: 12th round pick, 2005 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 160 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $875,000 Contract status: Signed for $1.375 million in 2014, arbitration-eligible in 2015 and 2016, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 55 G, 81.2 IP, 78 H, 30 R, 25 ER, 4 HR, 27…

  23. Roster review: Drew Storen

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 140 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $2.5 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 68 G, 61.2 IP, 64 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 7 HR, 19 BB, 58 K, 1.362 WHIP, 3 SV, 5 BS,…

  24. Leyland retirement shouldn’t impact Nats’ search

    Oct 21, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

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    Jim Leyland’s retirement earlier today as Tigers manager resonated throughout the baseball world, but the surprise announcement shouldn’t significantly affect the Nationals’ ongoing search for a new skipper. Leyland’s departure does create another high-profile and attractive opening for managerial candidates, leaving five positions now available: the Nationals, Tigers, Reds, Cubs and Mariners. But the only…

  25. Roster review: Tyler Clippard

    Oct 21, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 29 How acquired: Trade from Yankees for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, Dec. 2007 MLB service time: 4 years, 148 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $4 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 72 G, 71 IP, 37 H, 19 R, 19 ER, 9 HR, 24 BB, 73 K, 0.859 WHIP,…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 48 --
ATLANTA 58 51 1.5
MIAMI 53 55 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.0
PHILADELPHIA 48 61 11.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 p.m.
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