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Washington Nationals moving Triple-A affiliate to Rochester

Nov. 19, 2020 6:47 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The Washington Nationals are moving their Triple-A affiliate back to upstate New York after two years on the West Coast. The Nationals announced Thursday that they will relocate from Fresno, California, to Rochester of the International League. The change ends the Rochester Red...

Nats add lefty Sam Clay, looking for bullpen help

Nov. 18, 2020 6:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking for left-handed help in the bullpen, the Washington Nationals have reached agreement with longtime minor leaguer Sam Clay on a one-year contract. The Nationals made the announcement Wednesday. The 27-year-old Clay spent seven seasons in the Minnesota system. He was part of the...

FILE - In this April 6, 2009, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden throws out the first pitch prior to the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees opening day baseball game at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The Washington Nationals have invited President-elect Biden to throw out the ceremonial first ball when they host the New York Mets at Nationals Park on opening day next season. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

Nats make their pitch to Biden, invite him to throw 1st ball

Nov. 8, 2020 5:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are making their pitch to President-elect Joe Biden. The Nats have invited Biden to toss out the ceremonial first ball next season on opening day. Washington is scheduled to host the New York Mets at Nationals Park on April 1. “We’re excited to...

Julio Urias of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after the last out as fans celebrate from their cars as they watch the national broadcast of the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 during game 6 to win the the 2020 MLB World Series baseball game in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low

Oct. 28, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating, 12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. The previous low was...

Nats decline options for Kendrick, Eaton, Sánchez, Thames

Oct. 28, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals declined 2021 club options on right fielder Adam Eaton and right-handed starter Aníbal Sánchez on Wednesday, and declined their part of mutual options for infielder Howie Kendrick and first baseman Eric Thames. Those moves allow all four players to...

Nationals agree to terms with Harrison on 1-year contract

Oct. 22, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals agreed to terms on a $1 million, one-year contract Thursday with utility man Josh Harrison. The 33-year-old returns to Washington after hitting .278 with two doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs, six walks and 11 runs scored with the Nationals last season. He hit .309 as a...

Nationals hire Jim Hickey as pitching coach

Oct. 19, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals hired Jim Hickey on Monday as their pitching coach. Hickey is entering his 38th season in pro baseball after spending the past two with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a special assistant for player development. He has 15 years' experience as a pitching coach in the majors....

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) walks on the field next to pitching coach Paul Menhart, left, before a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Washington. The game was postponed due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals let pitching coach Menhart go, year after title

Oct. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals pitching coach Paul Menhart will not be brought back next season after working in the organization for 15 years. A team spokesman confirmed Sunday that the team would let Menhart go. His contract is up after this season. Menhart was the Nationals' minor league...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) walks on the field next to pitching coach Paul Menhart, left, before a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Washington. The game was postponed due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Champs to chumps: Age, injuries drop 2020 Nats to last place

Sep. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t tell Max Scherzer this year didn’t count. Yes, there were fewer than half as many games as normal. Sure, there were rules changes. All Scherzer knows is there was a Major League Baseball season played in 2020, his Washington Nationals were coming off a World Series...

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) reacts at first after his single during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Washington. Nationals first base coach Bob Henley, right. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals' Soto youngest ever to win NL batting crown

Sep. 27, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto became the National League’s youngest batting champion, Trea Turner hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs, and the Washington Nationals closed out the season with a 15-5 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday. Soto walked and singled before being lifted for a pinch...