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March

16
Nationals release reliever Hunter Strickland

Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely due to the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring Training has been suspended and Opening Day will be pushed back at least two weeks, though that remains subject to change. On Friday, MLB and the MLBPA informed teams that players have three options during the shutdown: stay at their team’s spring training facility, return to their offseason homes, or return to their team’s home city. MLB and the MLBPA are still working through the logistics of the shutdown, including a potential roster […]

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March

11
Nationals ace Max Scherzer misses start due to fatigue on side

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was removed from Tuesday’s scheduled start versus Miami due to fatigue on his right side. “There’s not even a strain. There’s no MRIs. There’s nothing like that,” Scherzer said. “This is purely just a fatigue and endurance thing.” The 35-year-old right-hander said his right side has lagged behind the rest of his body as he attempts to build strength in preparation for the campaign. The fatigue is in the area of the latissimus dorsi, serratus and oblique muscles. “It’s the one spot that’s a little bit behind,” Scherzer said. He currently isn’t feeling pain when […]

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January

07
Nationals to bring back infielder Asdrubal Cabrera

The Nationals have agreed to terms with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera on a one-year, $2.5 million deal, per multiple reports.  Cabrera, 34, won a ring with the Nationals last season. He was signed by the Rangers in January but then released on August 3. Three days later, the Nationals signed him as a free agent. In 38 games down the stretch, Cabrera slashed .323/.404/.565 with six homers and 40 RBI while walking more times than he struck out. He wasn’t quite as productive in the postseason, hitting .233/.250/.267.  Cabrera can handle second or third base adequately, in theory, but he’s lacking range at this point in his […]

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December

18
Stephen Stasburg returns to Nationals

World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg on Monday agreed to terms with the Washington Nationals on a seven-year, $245 million contract, according to sources, six weeks after opting out of the final four years of his contract with the Nationals. There are no opt-outs or options in the contract, a source said. Some of the contract money is deferred. Gauged before the deferrals are assessed, the contract carries the highest average annual value — $35 million — for a pitcher and tops the prior record for total value for a pitcher — David Price’s $217 million — by $28 million. Those records are expected to be short-lived, as Gerrit […]

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November

01
Nationals’ Anthony Rendon tops list of MLB free agents on market

Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon became a free agent Thursday, a day after homering to spark the Nationals’ seventh-inning comeback in Game 7 of the World Series. Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole also went free after warming up in the bullpen but never getting into the season finale. And Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the World Series MVP, could be joining them in the next few days. He has the right to opt out of his contract, which has $100 million over four years left. “I think it’s hard to kind of fast-forward,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “Seasons end really fast. I don’t care if you get all the […]

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October

24
Nationals defeat Astros again to take a 2-0 lead of World Series

The tension mounted in Minute Maid Park with each pitch to the pinch-hitting rookie with two aboard in the sixth inning of a tied Game 2 on Wednesday night.  Kyle Tucker fought off Stephen Strasburg’s most onerous offerings and slowly worked the count full, with the Astros faithful waving their orange towels in anticipation of a magic moment. Then the kid watched a high curveball dive into the upper reaches of the strike zone for the inning-ending strike three. Instants later, a leadoff rocket off the bat of Kurt Suzuki just one pitch into the seventh sparked the ruthless six-run frame that included a rare intentional walk and […]

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October

21
Nationals against Astros for World Series 2019

The 2019 World Series is set: The Houston Astros will face the Washington Nationals for the Commissioner’s Trophy to close out the postseason. Both teams have highly touted starting pitching, but they took different October roads to reach the Fall Classic. Washington had to come from behind to win the Wild Card Game over the Brewers on Oct. 1. The Nationals then won the final two games of the NLDS to upset the top-seeded Dodgers before sweeping the NL Central-winning Cardinals to get the World Series. It was a more straightforward road for the Astros. Houston had baseball’s best record in the regular season, going 107-55. The Astros won the […]

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October

16
Nationals defeat Cardinals to reach first World series

The Washington Nationals made history Tuesday night, proceeding to their first World Series in franchise history. The Nationals jumped on the Cardinals early, scoring seven runs in the first inning, and won 7-4 to complete the NLCS sweep. The Nationals are 8-2 in the postseason and have won six straight overall. “It’s one of these situations where teams just kind of get hot,” TBS and MLB Network Host Casey Stern alleged on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I thought the Nationals would win the division before the year began. It clearly didn’t (start) that way through 50 games, but I […]

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October

08
Ryan Zimmerman gives Washington life with big home run

Ryan Zimmerman has spent his whole professional career with the Washington Nationals. He’s the franchise’s leader in hits, home runs and runs batted in. However, he may not have ever delivered a bigger hit. In Monday’s game four of the best-of-five National League Division Series, with his team clinging to a 2-1 lead vs. the two-time defending National League champion Dodgers, Zimmerman clubbed a towering three-run home run to give Washington a 5-1 lead. Nationals ace Max Scherzer scattered four hits and one run over seven innings to earn the victory. Virginia Beach’s Daniel Hudson, a former Old Dominion University […]

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October

08
Scherzer to pitch for Nationals’ survival in Game 4

Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer answered without hesitation when asked whether an extra day of rest would help him more in terms of quality or quantity. “Everything,” he said. That explains why Nationals manager Dave Martinez saved Scherzer for Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Monday night against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in the nation’s capital. But now the pressure is on Scherzer and his teammates as they face a win-or-go-home situation against Los Angeles, which holds a 2-1 edge in the best-of-five series. The Dodgers relied on a seven-run sixth inning to sprint to a 10-4 win in a pivotal […]

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