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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals vs New York Mets vs Houston Astros: Grapefruit League GameThread...

On their last day in Florida, the Nationals take on the Mets (at 12:05 PM EDT on MLBN; MLB dot tv) and the Astros (at 1:05 on radio only via MLB’s At Bat app) in Grapefruit League action...

Talking to 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies last September, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo explained that they were going to handle 25-year-old right-hander Joe Ross like they have the other starters in the organization who’ve undergone Tommy John surgery.

Ross underwent the procedure...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ roster cuts; Mike Rizzo on Anthony Rendon; + more Jake Noll ??...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of today’s split-squad games with the Mets and Astros.

Washington’s Nationals announced the latest round of roster cuts after yesterday’s game, but before the game there was plenty of chatter, with GM Mike Rizzo discussing the talks with Anthony Rendon among other topics.

There aren’t too many decisions left to make before Opening Day, but we’ll have to wait until later this week for the final roster spots to be...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals announce latest roster cuts as Opening Day approaches...

The Nationals announced the latest round of rosters cuts after today’s game against the Cardinals...

Following the completion of today’s game, a 4-4 tie with St. Louis, Washington’s Nationals announced the latest round of roster cuts.

The Nationals optioned starter Joe Ross to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, and sent catcher Spencer Kieboom and starter Erick Fedde to Double-A Harrisburg, keeping the backstop and starter close by, while sending Ross, who’s heading into his first full...

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Patrick Reddington

Stephen Strasburg strikes out nine; Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals settle for 4-4 tie...

Stephen Strasburg struck out nine of the 26 batters he faced in what ended up a 4-4 tie with the Cardinals.

A nasty backdoor curve got Dexter Fowler looking, and after he threw a wicked changeup by Paul Goldschmidt for strike two, Washington Nationals’ right-hander Stephen Strasburg painted the outside corner with a fastball that got the St. Louis Cardinals’ hard-hitting first baseman swinging for the first out of the opening frame of today’s game, but a couple of balls hit toward...

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Patrick Reddington

Baltimore Orioles claim Pedro Severino from Washington Nationals...

Baltimore’s Orioles claimed Pedro Severino on outright waivers this afternoon. Severino was out of options this Spring, and was the odd man out in Washington after the Nationals added Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes this winter.

Pedro Severino, once considered the Washington Nationals’ catcher of the future, is now a Baltimore Oriole, having been claimed on outright waivers by the Orioles this afternoon, as announced on the Nats’ PR Twitter feed.

Severino, 25, struggled in 2018, given a...

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Orioles claim veteran catcher Pedro Severino

Baltimore has claimed catcher Pedro Severino off waivers from the Nationals, the Orioles announced. In a corresponding move, the club has designated infielder Stevie Wilkerson for assignment. Severino, 25, hasn’t hit much at the big-league level since debuting late in 2015, slashing .187/.273/.287 (47 wRC+) in 282 career big-league plate appearances. The rocket-armed catcher hasn’t had much success in his last three Triple-A stints either, though he did post a career-best .192 ISO in...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals: Grapefruit League GameThread...

Stephen Strasburg makes his final Grapefruit League start of the 2019 campaign when the Nationals take on the Cards at 1:05 PM EDT in West Palm Beach, in a game which is available on MASN and MLB.tv this afternoon.

After this afternoon’s start, Stephen Strasburg will have to wait until next Saturday to get on the mound again, when the Washington Nationals and New York Mets meet up in Game 2 of 162. Before moving on to his 2019 debut, however, there’s one more start this afternoon in a...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Max Scherzer Ks 12 in final Spring start; Davey Martinez & the Nationals’ lineup + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of today’s Grapefruit League game...

The next time Max Scherzer takes the mound it will be in Nationals Park on Opening Day. He wrapped up his Spring with a 12-K outing against the Miami Marlins last night, pounding the zone with strikes in his final Grapefruit League start.

Stephen Strasburg gets the nod this afternoon, when the Nationals and Cardinals meet up in West Palm Beach.

While you’re waiting to see Strasburg...

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Patrick Reddington

Max Scherzer strikes out 12 in 5-5 tie between Nationals and Marlins...

In his final tune-up before Opening Day, Max Scherzer gave up 10 hits and struck out 12 batters in what ended up a 5-5 tie between the Nationals and Marlins.

Adam Eaton doubled off Miami Marlins’ starter Dan Straily to start tonight’s game, moved to third on a sac bunt by Trea Turner, and after a walk to Juan Soto, scored on a sac fly to right off Anthony Rendon’s bat, 1-0. It was the start of a big offensive night for Eaton.

With a leadoff single (by Curtis Granderson, on Max...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins: Grapefruit League GameThread...

Max Scherzer and the Nationals travel to Jupiter, FL tonight to take on the Marlins in Roger Dean Stadium in a 7:05 PM matchup that’s available via MLB’s At Bat audio.

Through five outings this Spring, Max Scherzer, who is set to start Washington’s first game of the 2019 campaign next Thursday in Nationals Park, has given up 18 hits, three walks, and 10 earned runs (4.58 ERA), with 22 strikeouts in 19 2?3 innings pitched, over which he’s held opposing hitters to a combined .237 AVG....

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Howie Kendrick, Tony Sipp, Michael A. Taylor getting ready; Oysters and Lobster Rolls at Nationals Park; Juan Soto’s prowess...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the start of tonight’s game against the Marlins...

As Spring Training wraps up, the Nats are just a half-game behind the Yankees for the number one spot in the Grapefruit League. That’s right: this team’s AAAA players and number-98s are better than anyone else but New York’s on this side of the Mississippi.

Here’s what’s new in West Palm:

Juan Soto Is Extreme (Fangraphs)
Juan Soto's numbers garner historical...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ reliever Tony Sipp and the last run (?) of the left-handed specialist...

Washington Nationals’ lefty Tony Sipp is working hard to get ready for the start of the 2019 campaign after signing late this Spring.

While both manager Davey Martinez and Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo talked up the fact that their right-handed relievers in the bullpen could retire left-handers, and Martinez at times entertained questions about whether or not there was even a need for a left-handed specialist these days, the Nationals did end up signing veteran left-hander Tony...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals 7-1 over St. Louis Cardinals: Jeremy Hellickson sharp in final tune-up for regular season...

Jeremy Hellickson tossed five scoreless and Ryan Zimmerman and Brian Dozier homered as the Nationals beat the Cardinals, 7-1 in West Palm Beach.

#TKCHZ: Starting in his 10th game of the Spring, which is nine more games than he played in last time around, Ryan Zimmerman homered in his first at bat of the night tonight, taking St. Louis Cardinals’ starter Chris Beck deep to lead off the bottom of the second inning.

It was Zimmerman’s second home run over 22 at bats in Grapefruit League...

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Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals: Grapefruit League GameThread...

Washignton and St. Louis meet in Grapefruit League action tonight with Jeremy Hellickson on the mound against Cards’ starter Chris Beck at 6:35 PM on 106.7 the FAN in D.C. and MLB’s At Bat app.

Jeremy Hellickson went five strong last time out, in his fourth Grapefruit League start, giving up five hits, a walk, and two runs, one earned. He also had a 5-0 lead before he took the hill against the New York Mets, and the Nationals ended up hitting seven home runs total in an 11-3 win for...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Anthony Rendon declines an extension offer; Phillies fans will invade Nationals Park again; Boring camp what Nationals needed...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of tonight’s 6:35 PM EDT matchup with the Cardinals.

The Astros locked up Alex Bregman. The Angels got Mike Trout for the rest of his career. Eloy Jimenez is set in Chicago. It all leads to the question: when will the Nationals extend Juan Soto until the 2051 season?

Here’s the news from Nationals Park:

Nationals made recent offer to Anthony Rendon, talks expected to continue (WaPo)
The Nats made their first offer to Anthony...

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Patrick Reddington

What will it take to keep Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon in the nation’s capital long-term?

Reports on Wednesday said the Nationals made another offer to Anthony Rendon last month that Rendon and his side rejected...

Damn it. Max Scherzer was right. Again. As soon as Bryce Harper signed, agreeing on a 13-year/$330M deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 2nd, after two-plus years and the innumerable questions about where he’d land, the talk quickly turned to Anthony Rendon, and the third baseman’s future in Washington, D.C.

Rendon is, of course, the next potential free...

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Anthony Rendon weighs in on contract talks with Nationals

The Nationals have held ongoing contract talks with third baseman Anthony Rendon, with optimism at times of reaching a long-term deal. But Rendon says he rejected an offer in late February (around the time that Nolan Arenado signed his new deal with the Rockies) and that talks have “kind of come to a halt lately,” as Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reports. It’s not known what the Nats dangled to Rendon when last the sides spoke in earnest. But the number “wasn’t to where we...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Rain may delay Tony Sipp, Howie Kendrick; Mike Trout eclipses Bryce Harper; Joe Ross in the ‘pen?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy a day off from Grapefruit League action.

Boy, it’s great that Bryce Harper spent the entire winter holding out for such a high contract, because it’s never going to be topped, at least not for a few yea–oh? Well, at least he can play with Mike Trout when he returns to Philly in 2020, right? Right? Right?

Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:

Anthony Rendon extension talks come to a 'halt' after he turns down recent offer - (NBC...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals 3-2 over Atlanta Braves with late rally: Aníbal Sánchez faces former team...

Aníbal Sánchez gave up five hits, a walk, and two earned runs in five innings on the mound against the Braves in what ended up a 3-2 win for the Nationals.

Starters: Washington’s hitters, at least according to what the announcers doing Atlanta’s radio broadcast saw, had a tough time figuring out Braves’ starter Max Fried’s curve.

Fried tossed five scoreless against the Nationals, working around five hits (all singles), a walk, and an error.

Aníbal Sánchez, who pitched for the...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves: Grapefruit League GameThread...

Aníbal Sánchez and the Nationals take on the Braves in a 1:05 PM EDT game in Lake Buena Vista, FL’s Champion Stadium...

In his last Grapefruit League start, before he faced off against Washington Nationals’ minor leaguers last time out, Aníbal Sánchez tossed four scoreless innings against Miami back on March 9th, giving up just four hits and inducing 10 ground ball outs. He was not concerned about the results after the outing, however.

“The good thing is just I was able to throw...

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