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Trump Declines Invite To Throw First Pitch For Nationals

Mar 29, 2017 7:36 AM

Donald Trump will not throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals because of a scheduling conflict.

For more than 100 years, presidents have occasionally thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at baseball games on Opening Day in Washington.

The tradition began in 1910, when President William Howard Taft threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Senators.

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Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

Mar 27, 2017 5:31 PM

The Nationals on Monday released 42-year-old reliever Joe Nathan, who indicated he has no plans to retire.

Nathan was released along with fellow reliever Matt Albers.

Nathan, who pitched for the Cubs and Giants last season, had a 3.86 ERA in 12 appearances this spring.

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Max Scherzer Likely To Miss Opener With Fractured Finger

Mar 17, 2017 7:50 AM

Max Scherzer will probably miss the Washington Nationals' season opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger.

The injury had caused Scherzer to change the grip on his fastball, placing three fingers on top of the ball instead of two, but he went back to his old grip Thursday during his first game action of the spring.

"That's the really good news today," he said. "It's good to be back to the normal grip. From here on out, I'll be obviously progressing that way. Now I'm dialing it in, trying to hit locations and really trying to pitch with the fastball again. Now I feel back."

Scherzer threw 35 of 54 pitches for strikes, mixing in some three-fingered fastballs. He had two quick innings but struggled with his control in the second.

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Rays Have Had Conversations About Adding Derek Norris

Mar 15, 2017 8:26 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays "continue to have conversations" about adding Derek Norris, who was placed on waivers by the Washington Nationals over the weekend.

Washington was known to be shopping Norris after the signing of Matt Wieters, but couldn't find anyone willing to take on his $4.2 million salary.

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Stephen Strasburg Trying To Simplify Windup

Mar 4, 2017 1:34 PM

Stephen Strasburg might emulate closers and pitch only from the stretch this season.

In his first appearance of spring training, Strasburg avoided a windup for all 23 of his pitches in a 2-1, 10-inning loss Nationals split squad to the Cardinals on Friday.

"I'm not trying to reinvent myself, but just trying to simplify things as much as I can and be able to repeat my mechanics," Strasburg said

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Philliles, Nationals, Yankees Early Favorites To Sign Bryce Harper

Mar 3, 2017 7:31 AM

Bryce Harper is expected to shatter contract records when he signs his next deal and the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals are the early favorites for his services.

One executive believes the Nationals are a long-shot to re-sign Harper -- “How are they going to sign him? They defer money in every contract," the executive said. However, Washington has surprised in the past by signing Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg for a combined $385 million.

"I always have hope," Mike Rizzo says about Washington's chances to keep Harper on an extension. "Who wouldn't want to have him long-term? We'd love to have him long-term. We scouted, signed and developed him. And he's been an MVP here. He's great on the club and in the clubhouse. He's a wonderful kid who's been misunderstood."

Harper will be a free agent after the 2018 season. He is a four-time All-Star in five seasons. He's one year removed from a 42-home run season with a 1.109 OPS and a 9.9 WAR.

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Joe Blanton Signs One-Year, $4M Deal With Nationals

Mar 1, 2017 7:34 AM

The Washington Nationals have signed Joe Blanton to a one-year, $4 million deal, according to multiple reports.

Blanton, 36, was a reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA.

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Max Scherzer Modified Fastball Grip Due To Finger Injury

Feb 28, 2017 7:09 AM

Max Scherzer won the National League Cy Young award last season despite pitching the second half with a stress fracture in his right ring finger, but that doesn't mean the injury hasn't changed the way he pitches.

The injury only bothers Scherzer when he throws his fastball, so the right-hander modified his fastball grip to take pressure off the finger. He's throwing a three-finger fastball rather than the traditional two-finger fastball.

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Nationals Have Interest In Angel Pagan

Feb 27, 2017 10:23 AM

The Washington Nationals are among the teams interested in Angel Pagan.

The Nationals and other interested clubs are hoping to land Pagan on a Minor League deal.

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Nationals Trying To Trade Derek Norris

Feb 24, 2017 6:48 AM

The Washington Nationals are looking to trade Derek Norris, according to other clubs.

Washington lost Wilson Ramos in free agency, but signed Matt Wieters recently and he figures to serve as the primary catcher.

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White Sox Want Pedro Severino From Nationals In David Robertson Trade
The White Sox would trade David Robertson to the Nationals and maybe even eat some of his salary if they receive Pedro Severino in return, according to a report.

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Matt Wieters Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Nationals
The contract is reportedly worth $21 million.

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Lucas Giolito: Trade To White Sox Was Like 'Breath Of Fresh Air'
Lucas Giolito reacted favorably when the Nationals traded him to the White Sox this offseason.

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Nationals Agree To Terms With Adam Lind
Adam Lind clubbed 20 home runs for the Mariners in 2016.

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Nationals Were Close To Acquiring David Robertson From White Sox
However, a Nationals official now says the two sides are in a stalemate and no deal is imminent.

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Tim Tebow Working Out With Daniel Murphy
Tim Tebow will report to Minor League camp with the Mets next week.

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Nationals Sign Joe Nathan, Matt Albers To Contracts
Both of the contracts are Minor League pacts.

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Stephen Drew Agrees To $3.5M Deal With Nationals
Stephen Drew has a chance to earn up to $1.25 million more in performance bonuses tied to the number of games he plays.

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Angels, Nationals Remain Most Likely Suitors For Matt Wieters
Matt Wieters remains unsigned as the clock ticks on Scott Boras' cautious timeline that the catcher would be a January signee.

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Bryce Harper To Make $13.6M Next Season
Bryce Harper, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2018 season, will reportedly seek a deal north of $400 million.

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Max Scherzer Will Skip WBC With Injured Finger
The Nationals have announced that Max Scherzer has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger.

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Nationals Maintain Interest In Matt Wieters
Washington isn't heavily pursuing Matt Wieters currently because they want the catcher to lower his demands in terms of both years and dollars.

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Several Clubs Interested In Brian Dozier
The Cardinals have joined the Dodgers, Nationals, and Giants in talks with the Twins about second baseman Brian Dozier.

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Angels, Ben Revere Agree On One-Year, $4M Deal
Ben Revere hit .217 with two homers and 24 RBIs in 103 games for the Nationals last season.

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Many Expect Matt Wieters To Sign With Nationals
There is heavy speculation that the Nationals will sign Matt Wieters.

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Bryce Harper Marries Longtime Girlfriend
Nationals star Bryce Harper and Kayla Varner were married in San Diego this weekend.

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Dodgers, Kenley Jansen Agree To Five-Year, $80M Deal
Closer Kenley Jansen had better offers from both the Nationals and Marlins but decided to stay home and take less money.

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Strasburg Feels He Probably 'Abused Slider'
Stephen Strasburg said his new slider put stress on his pitching arm which resulted in the injury problems last season.

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Angels Trade Two Pitching Prospects To Nats For Danny Espinosa
The Angels sent right-handers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin to the Nationals on Saturday.

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Nats Send Three Pitching Prospects To White Sox For Adam Eaton
The Nationals have sent pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning to the White Sox.

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