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Texas Acquires Guzman From Washington

The Rangers have traded for Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman, according to a source.

Guzman's agent, Stanley King, confirmed the trade.

Texas has been looking for help in the infield because it dealt first baseman Justin Smoak to the Mariners in the Cliff Lee deal, then Ian Kinsler went on the disabled list with a strained left groin.

The Rangers acquired Jorge Cantu from the Marlins on Thursday.


Yankees Done Pursuing Dunn

The Yankees have given up their pursuit of Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, according to a report in the New York Post.

They consider the asking price for Dunn to be too high.

New York is also concerned about giving up top prospects and asking Dunn to switch to designated hitter, a role he hasn't played in his lengthy National League career.

Via New York Post

El Duque Makes Minors Debut For Nats

Former major leaguer Orlando Hernandez made his minor league debut for the Nationals in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Hernandez, 44, gave up one run and two hits in one inning for the GCL Nationals in their 3-2 victory over the Marlins' affiliate Thursday.

El Duque last appeared in the majors with the Mets in 2007.


Twins Get Capps From Nationals

The Twins acquired All-Star closer Matt Capps from the Nationals late Thursday night for prized catching prospect Wilson Ramos and minor league left-hander Joe Testa.

The Twins also received cash considerations in the deal.

Via AP

Miss Iowa Throwing Out First Pitch On Friday In Washington

The Nationals said that Miss Iowa, Katherine Connors, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's game against the Phillies -- a few days after Batista made reference to her as part of a self-effacing joke.

On Tuesday, many in the crowd of more than 40,000 booed when told Batista would be replacing Strasburg. "Imagine," Batista said that night, "if you go there to see Miss Universe and you end up having Miss Iowa -- you might get those kind of boos."


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