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  • Adeiny Hechavarria has shown great improvement at the plate. From 1990-2013, he was one of eight major league hitters to total 500 or more plate appearances in an age-24 season or younger and hit less than .230. His 47-point improvement is second only to Brian McRae during that span. ... read more...
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  • The Marlins might have as many as seven players eligible for arbitration this offseason. Among them: first-timers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, second-timers Giancarlo Stanton, Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn, and five-plus arbitration-eligible third baseman Casey McGehee. ... read more...
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  • Late Wednesday night, Manager Matt Williams politely described the Nationals’ coming task as “not ideal.” In the middle of preparing for the playoffs, the Nationals would play two doubleheaders in two days, a scheduling quirk that could sap relievers and tire position players. A lot of things could have gone wrong. But the Nationals came […]... read more...
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  • Nationals Park will host a day game Friday for Game 1 of the National League Division Series. How early in the day will be determined by the Nationals’ opponent. Major League Baseball announced the start times for Game 1 and Game 2 of each division series. If the Pittsburgh Pirates win the NL wild-card game […]... read more...
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  • With a win Wednesday, Kyle Kendrick would become the sixth pitcher to total 14 or more in his career against the Marlins. Kendrick, who is making his 26th lifetime appearance (21st start) against them can boast a 13-3 record and 3.57 ERA in 126 innings in the series. ... read more...
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  • The delicate topic of what to do with Ryan Zimmerman can be made complicated – the face of the franchise, a diminished but useful star, a $100 million player not at full strength but able to play. It doesn’t have to be. It can be made as simple as this: Zimmerman is the Nationals’ best […]... read more...
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  • The Nationals have sewn up home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs, and tonight they’ll let Taylor Hill and a cast of reserves and call-ups bring home their two-day, four-game haul. Andrew Heaney, a right-hander drafted a few picks before Lucas Giolito in 2012, will oppose Hill for Miami. The Nationals can get to 95 wins, […]... read more...
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  • Christian Yelich, who doesn’t turn 23 until December, has established himself as one of the game’s best young hitters. Among players who do not turn 24 until June 30 or later, Yelich opened play Thursday second in hits (172 to 164), runs (114 to 93) and walks (82 to 68) to Mike... ... read more...
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  • Baseball is filled with nicknames. When you spend almost every day of seven months together, it’s only natural. Inside a clubhouse, a name is chopped in half and an “ie” or “y” is tacked on the end. Matt becomes Matty, Desmond is Desi and Wilson turns in Willy. Nationals Manager Matt Williams has a nickname for […]... read more...
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  • Bryce Harper was added to an MLB all-star team that will tour and play in Japan in mid-November, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. Harper joins Jose Altuve of the Astros and Justin Morneau of the Rockies as additions, joining a team that already included Baltimore’s Adam Jones, Seattle’s Robinson Cano, Anaheim’s Albert Pujols and Los Angeles’... read more...
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  • How hard is it to give up 13 hits and hold a team to a run like Bartolo Colon did during his 7 2/3 innings against the Marlins Tuesday night? Since the Marlins’ 1993 inaugural season, nine starters have done it a total of 10 times, including Livan Hernandez for the Marlins in 1999. ... read more...
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  • The offensive struggles of many of the Atlanta Braves hitters (primarily the guy on the left) has resulted in Greg Walker losing his job. Although Fredi Gonzalez and Interim GM John Hart were scheduled to meet on Wednesday for what fig... read more...
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  • One afternoon last week, as the Nationals took batting practice, Bryce Harper stood a few feet to the right of first base. Jayson Werth stood behind him, pointing at the plate and at the mound, imparting a lesson in base stealing. Werth took a lead off the bag and sprinted to second. Harper shadowed him. […]... read more...
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  • It was only a passing reference, but it may have revealed Manager Matt Williams’s view Ryan Zimmerman’s role for the Nationals heading into the first round of the playoffs. “We’ve got opportunities to get the regular guys in there initially,” Williams said, “and then opportunities to substitute later, depending on how the game goes and […]... read more...
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