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Opening Day

  1. Barrett flying high after dream debut

    Apr 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    AP

    Imagine the expression on Aaron Barrett’s face yesterday afternoon, after the rookie reliever not only made his big-league debut on Opening Day, not only retired the side with a pair of strikeouts, not only did all this in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame in front of 42,442 fans at Citi Field and not only did all this with his parents, wife and other family members in attendance, but emerged from it all with his first career win to boot.

  2. Strasburg’s gutty Opening Day start

    Apr 1, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

    AP

    NEW YORK — It got lost in the shuffle amid the injuries to Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper and the late-game heroics by the Nationals, but Stephen Strasburg’s Opening Day start deserves to be revisited.

    Strasburg was anything but crisp in his first outing of the season, especially early on when he allowed four quick runs and put the Nationals in a hole. But by day’s end, the right-hander displayed a trait not frequently associated with him: Guts.

  3. Williams pushes the right buttons during wild win

    Mar 31, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Matt Williams’ first game with the Nationals featured all sorts of twists and turns, forcing the rookie manager to make several tough decisions on the fly that ultimately led to a wild, 9-7 win over the Mets in extra innings.

  4. Ramos hitting cleanup, Zimmerman 2nd, Harper 5th

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    NEW YORK — Matt Williams tinkered with countless different lineup combinations throughout spring training, trying to find a formula he felt would work best once the regular season began. And then the first real lineup card the Nationals’ new manager ever filled out featured a 1-through-9 combo that was never actually used this spring. So,…

  5. Roster review: Nathan Karns

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Draft (12th round), June 2009 MLB service time: 15 days 2013 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 3 G, 7.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 17 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 5 HR, 6 BB, 11 SO, 1.917 WHIP, 0-1, HBP, FIP…

  6. Roster review: Corey Brown

    Nov 22, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Trade with Athletics, Dec. 2010 MLB service time: 94 days 2013 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 14 G, 15 PA, 12 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, 3 BB, 4 SO, .167 BA, .833 OPS, 126…

  7. Roster review: Xavier Cedeño

    Nov 17, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Waivers, April 23, 2013 MLB service time: 1 year, 19 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $495,900 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2013 Stats: 16 G, 12.1 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 9 SO, 1.865 WHIP, 6.57 ERA, 4.02 FIP, 0.0 WAR…

  8. Roster review: Erik Davis

    Nov 17, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Trade, March 2011 MLB service time: 45 days 2013 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 10 G, 8.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 12 SO, 1.269 WHIP, 1-0, 3.12 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 0.3 WAR Quotable: “I…

  9. The Baseball Show: Offseason to-do list

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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    With their entire starting lineup under contract for next season, the Nationals are unlikely to do any major overhauls to their roster this winter. They do, however, have several areas that need improvement and will surely make at least some changes. On Thursday’s Baseball Show, Mark, Jim Duquette and Rob Carlin looked ahead to this…

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