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Washington Nationals infielder Carter Kieboom throws during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Hitting the right notes: Kieboom gets shot at 3rd for Nats

Feb. 19, 2020 2:24 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — If, as he hopes, and the Washington Nationals hope, Carter Kieboom earns a job this spring as the reigning World Series champions' starting third baseman, he'll do so with the help of years' worth of ideas typed into the Notes app on his cellphone. Ever since Kieboom was in...

Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin wears a World Series Champions patch on his jersey while throwing a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in the World Series last season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Nats look back at Series, then ahead, as full workouts start

Feb. 18, 2020 6:36 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Carter Kieboom, a rookie who will get a shot to be the Washington Nationals' starting third baseman on opening day, took grounders alongside Asdrúbal Cabrera, a versatile, 14th-year infielder who was among seven free agents returning to the World Series champions. Across...

Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle smashes a cabbage on a sidewalk while teammates cheer as part of a team-building exercise and in recognition of National Cabbage Day during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The champs are here: Cabbage race, Soto arrive at Nats camp

Feb. 17, 2020 3:40 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — On the day position players reported to camp, the Washington Nationals finally got around to putting up a sign on the ivy-covered wall near the entrance to their spring training facility with a curly "W," a rendering of the Capitol dome and, most significantly, the proclamation...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker gestures as he watches his team during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Baker to MLB: Tell teams to 'stop the comments' on Astros

Feb. 15, 2020 8:28 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dusty Baker wants action from Major League Baseball: End the criticism of the Astros from across baseball over sign stealing, and take steps to ensure pitchers don't throw at his players. “It's not good for the game, it's not good for kids to see it, so I think...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates his two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Houston. While the Astros have been punished by Major League Baseball for a sign-stealing scheme in their run to the 2017 championship, and Correa says Houston won that World Series “fair and square.” (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

War of words on Astros scandal now involves partial tattoo

Feb. 15, 2020 5:19 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The verbal sparring between the Houston Astros and others around the majors over the team's sign-stealing scandal is reaching new levels of absurdity — from accusations of illiteracy to claims about a player's partial tattoo. Yes, really. And spring training is only a...

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger leaves the batting cages during spring training baseball Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Bellinger, Bauer, GMs assail Astros' scam and recent apology

Feb. 14, 2020 8:46 PM EST

NL MVP Cody Bellinger called out José Altuve and the Houston Astros for swiping their trophies and said he suspected they kept scheming last season, too. "One hundred percent,'' the Dodgers slugger said. "I don't know why they would stop.'' All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer went even farther. "I'm not going to...

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, right, signs autographs for fans during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

'They cheated': Nats GM Rizzo unsatisfied by Astros' apology

Feb. 14, 2020 3:56 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Count Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo among those not impressed or satisfied by the Houston Astros' attempts to apologize for -- and put behind them -- their sign-stealing scandal. "They cheated. They were found guilty of it. And I haven't heard it yet," Rizzo...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto, center, celebrates with teammates during a rally following a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over Houston Astros in Washington. The Nationals head to spring training with mostly the same squad that won the World Series. They are counting again on being led by a star-studded rotation featuring Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, along with slugger Soto. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

NL East teams at the start of spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 12:23 PM EST

A team-by-team look at the National League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Atlanta Braves Manager: Brian Snitker (fifth season). 2019: 97-65, first place, lost to Cardinals in...

Ace scout, Nats adviser Phil Rizzo dies at 90, dad was GM

Feb. 1, 2020 4:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime scout and Washington Nationals senior adviser Phil Rizzo has died. He was 90. The Nationals confirmed Rizzo's death in a statement Saturday. Phil is the father of World Series-winning Washington general manager Mike Rizzo. Phil Rizzo was named to the inaugural class of the...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman hits a home run during the second inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. Zimmerman and the World Series champion Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals finalize $2M, 1-year contract

Jan. 28, 2020 1:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman and the World Series champion Washington Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract on Wednesday. The 35-year-old first baseman, who has spent his entire 15-year big league career with the Nationals, can earn $3 million in performance bonuses. He can earn $1.5...