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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...

New York Mets' Dominic Smith smashes into the outfield wall while chasing a fly ball that went for an inside-the-park home run by Washington Nationals' Andrew Stevenson during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. The game is a makeup from Sept. 25. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Mets eliminated from playoffs, then swept by Nats in DH

Sep. 26, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets were eliminated from playoff contention in a mistake-filled loss to the Nationals in the opener of a doubleheader on Saturday, and not much changed in the nightcap as an error extended a big inning for Washington, which won 5-3 to sweep the twinbill. Entering Saturday,...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, left, talks with general manager Mike Rizzo during spring training baseball practice in West Palm Beach, Fla. Martinez and the Nationals agreed to a multiyear contract extension that the team announced Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Nats GM Rizzo won't reveal length of Martinez's new contract

Sep. 26, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez spoke Saturday about managing the Washington Nationals for “many, many years” and over the “long term” and “quite some time,” thanks to his contract extension. Sharing a table to a socially distanced degree with his manager on a...

The tarp lies on the field as the scoreboard indicates that a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets was postponed due to inclement weather, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Mets-Nationals postponed; doubleheader set for Saturday

Sep. 25, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets' already slim playoff chances could be even skinnier by the time they play again. Friday night's game between the Mets and the Washington Nationals was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. New York...