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Here is the latest Washington Nationals headlines and news from around the web.


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Washington Nationals Series Preview: The New York Mets

As the New York Mets come into town for the first time in 2020, we take a look at what we can expect in this upcoming series. 

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Nats run their winning streak to 3 and get to .500!

The game started in the sunshine as the tropical storm blew off to the northeast earlier than expected if you trusted the forecast that was predicted on Sunday. The Yankees postponed their game for today a day ago and did not wait to see if the storm changed its course.

Read the full article via Talk Nats

Washington Nationals 5-3 over New York Mets: Howie Kendrick 4 for 4 with HR…

Patrick Corbin put together another solid start in his second outing of the 2020 campaign, giving up eight hits and three runs in 5 2⁄3 innings, and Washington’s Nationals beat the NL East rival New York Mets in the first game of two in the nation’s capital this week, 5-3 final.

Howie Kendrick went 4 for 4 in his return to the lineup, after he was scratched with upper back stiffness last Wednesday.

Read the full article via Federal Baseball 

Strasburg to pitch simulated game before making 2020 debut

Stephen Strasburg wants to face hitters in a real game as soon as possible. But before he can do that, he feels like he needs to face hitters in a simulated game.

 Thus, Strasburg will pitch against his Nationals teammates Wednesday afternoon, perhaps the right-hander’s final step before returning from a nerve impingement in his wrist to make his delayed season debut.

Read the full article via MASN Sports

Mets fall to Nationals as Steven Matz struggles

The ouch factor is real for the Mets on multiple fronts. 

There is the obvious: Robinson Cano was placed on the injured list Tuesday with a grade two left abductor strain, and two other starters, Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario, were sidelined (even unavailable to pinch hit) and listed as day to day after receiving MRI exams for ailments. 

Read the full arrticle via New York Post

Nats return to health, return to winning, hold off Mets, 5-3

Inside an empty Nationals Park, there’s a hiccup of silence between contact, when ball meets wooden bat, and the next wave of fake crowd noise. Those moments are filled with cheers from the home or visiting dugout, whichever has reason to stir. And on Tuesday, in the Nationals’ 5-3 win over the New York Mets, that’s when Howie Kendrick received four bursts of praise from the bench.

Read the full arrticle via The Washington Post

Nationals players receive heartfelt hellos in surprise video message

About 10 minute before first pitch Tuesday, different sounds made their way through Nationals Park.

The voices coming across the speakers and bouncing through the empty stadium were more high-pitched than usual. The Nationals have used several season-ticket holder videos as part of their game presentation during this fan-less season. But, this was different, as voices from dads, wives, sons, daughters and moms suddenly populated the video board, grabbing everyone’s attention.

Read the full artiicle via NBC Sports Washington

Castro finds learning about new teammates tough during COVID-19

Nationals second baseman Starlin Castro is getting acclimated to his new teammates, even if that is made more difficult because of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s kind of weird,” Castro said during a Zoom call late last week. “It’s kind of really weird. But the good thing is, we’ve got like what, two weeks, three weeks in spring training to meet each other, to meet all the guys before all these things get crazy. We keep talking. I try to keeping knowing all the guys, what they like, how they do, how they prepare. They had a really good season last year. So, I just continue learning from them and try to learn the most that I can.”

Read the full article via MASN Sports


Around The Horn: News From Around The League

Yoenis Cespedes’ Shocking Exit Par for the Course for Hapless Mets

It wasn’t that long ago the New York Mets were a perceived force in the National League, full of hope and on-paper promise, especially in a short season with expanded playoffs. The Yankees might rule New York, but the rejoinder from Flushing was clear: Don’t count us out.

Read the full article via Bleacher Report 

 Atlanta Braves Ace Mike Soroka Out for Season With Torn Achilles

Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his Achilles on Monday night against the New York Mets. This is not only a devastating injury for the Braves, but for Major League Baseball. Soroka, a native of Calgary, is one of the game’s bright young stars and is an ambassador for baseball in Canada. In 37 career starts, he’s compiled a 15-6 record, 2.86 ERA, and has only allowed 15 home runs in 214 innings pitched.

Read the full article via Last Word on Baseball 

St. Louis Cardinals COVID-19 outbreak stems from a trip to the casino
The St. Louis Cardinals are just the latest MLB team to suffer at the hands of a coronavirus outbreak, which forced their weekend games against the Milwaukee Brewers to be cancelled and puts their upcoming series vs the Detroit Tigers in jeopardy. The Cards have at least seven known members of the organization who have tested positive, and its widely expected that there are more on the way.

Read the full article via Fan Sided 

The Cardinals’ alleged casino trip is exactly how the MLB will fail

The MLB season hinges on personal responsibility. The absence of a bubble means players, teams, and the league need to work together to ensure the season can progress. After about two weeks, it’s been an unmitigated failure. The Miami Marlins have already had a major outbreak, more than 20 games have been postponed, and the future of the season hangs in the balance.

Read the full article via SB Nation

Molina, DeJong among Cards’ positive tests

All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was one of the seven Cardinals players to have tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Instagram on Tuesday.

 Through the team, five of Molina’s teammates also revealed that they had positive tests for COVID-19: All-Star shortstop Paul DeJong; infielders Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo; and relievers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley. A total of 13 members of the Cardinals traveling party, seven players and six staff members, have tested positive.

Read the full article via MLB

Drone Forces Temporary Delay During Pirates-Twins Game At Target Field

Pittsburgh Pirates fans can now say they have seen it all.

 During Pittsburgh’s game Tuesday at Target Field against the Minnesota Twins, a random drone spotted over the field caused a temporary delay.

Read the full article via CBS Pittsburgh 

4 ideas for keeping the 2020 MLB season going during COVID-19 from agent Scott Boras, including a World Series bubble

Boras is relieved that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred did not follow through on his threat to cancel the season despite the Miami Marlins’ outbreak of 21 COVID-19 cases, the St. Louis Cardinals’ continuing flare-up and the postponement of 17 games, including three more Sunday.

Read the full article via The Chicago Tribune

 Dad strength! Trout HRs in first AB back

Angels superstar Mike Trout returned to the club on Tuesday with a new role in his life — a father for the first time. But he also did something very familiar, as he homered yet again in a 5-3 win over the Mariners.

 After missing four games to attend the birth of his son, Beckham Aaron, with his wife, Jessica, on Thursday, Trout rejoined the Angels for the opening game in Seattle and wasted no time getting back in action with a solo home run in his first at-bat, a 407-foot shot to center field. Trout now has 42 homers against Seattle, his most against one club, while his 25 homers are a record for visiting players at T-Mobile Park.

Read the full article via MLB

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