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  1. Nats rank 6th in MLB with $163 million payroll

    Apr 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals opened the 2015 season with a club-record $163 million payroll, sixth-highest in Major League Baseball. The Associated Press, in its annual calculations of Opening Day salaries, pegged the Nationals’ exact payroll at $163,264,559. That figure includes the salaries and prorated bonuses given to everyone on the 25-man roster and major-league disabled list. The…

  2. Depleted lineup squanders rare opportunities in opener

    Apr 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT


    As his team gathered in Viera seven long weeks ago, Matt Williams outlined the areas he felt the Nationals most needed to improve upon in 2015. Near the top of the list: Offensive efficiency. “We want to pick up the RBI that are given to us,” Williams said way back on Feb. 21. “For example,…

  3. Mets 3, Nats 1: Desmond errors spoil Scherzer’s debut

    Apr 6, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an elaborate pregame ceremony that included award presentations, the announcement of the 2018 All-Star Game coming to D.C. and a slightly delayed flyover at the end of the national anthem, the Nationals opened the 2015 season with anticipation sky-high. And after Bryce Harper homered and Max Scherzer retired 15 in…

  4. 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…

  5. Game 1: Mets at Nats

    Apr 6, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT

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    And so it begins. The 11th season of Nationals baseball is the most-anticipated yet, with a ballclub trying not only to win its third division title in four years but advance in October for the first time. And you couldn’t ask for a better setting on this Opening Day. There isn’t a cloud in the…

  6. It all begins: Scherzer starts Nats career on Opening Day

    Apr 5, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT

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    After three months of hype and praise, and five spring training starts, Monday will afford Max Scherzer his first opportunity to show the Nationals what they paid for this offseason. The 30-year-old right-hander was given a record $210 million contract, further cementing the Nationals as 2015 World Series favorites. But before they prove all the…

  7. Nats officially announce Opening Day roster, DL

    Apr 5, 2015, 4:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals officially set their Opening Day roster and DL on Sunday afternoon, a roster that includes a few players who were afterthoughts when spring training began and two outfielders who weren’t even in the organization a week ago. Saturday’s final cuts of first baseman Mike Carp and left-hander Rich Hill all but established the…

  8. Scherzer named Opening Day starter

    Mar 23, 2015, 11:33 AM EDT


    Max Scherzer will start Opening Day for the Nationals, the club announced Monday, a not-surprising answer to a question that nonetheless had hovered over camp all spring. Scherzer, signed by the Nationals in January to the largest contract ever given a free-agent right-hander (7 years, $210 million), gets the nod over equally qualified rotation mates…

  9. Barrett flying high after dream debut

    Apr 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT


    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.

  10. Strasburg’s gutty Opening Day start

    Apr 1, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT


    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.

  11. Williams pushes the right buttons during wild win

    Mar 31, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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    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.

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

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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    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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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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