Kieboom, Bautista, Simms and Bacus shining in winter play

Right-hander Abel del los Santos took the loss in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game on Saturday night as the West beat the East 8-3. With the game tied at 2-2 in the fifth inning,, de los Santos allowed a couple of hits, a wild pitch, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly. He did finish the inning, allowing only the one run. The ... read more

Baker on his style and how important listening to Nats players will be

New Nationals manager Dusty Baker gave us a clue about his possible managing style at Thursday's news conference when he talked about being aggressive on the base paths. "We're going to run the bases," Baker said. "I think that's something that's probably last on the list on a lot of teams. Baserunning is probably the most overlooked part of baseball." It might be a welcome ... read more

Baker, Rizzo understand the benefits revamped training system could have for Nats

After the season was completed, the Nationals announced they had dismissed their athletic training staff including head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz, assistant trainer Steve Gober, and strength and conditioning coach John Philbin. New manager Dusty Baker was asked in his introductory news conference about the Nationals' issues with injuries to key players last season. He was very concerned about the situation. "That's a big point," ... read more

Baker and Rizzo on Maddux, Lopes and Bonds

New Nationals manager Dusty Baker was thrilled to be able to add former Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux his staff. Baker said he was able to talk to Maddux when the Rangers played a game at Oakland two years ago and Baker's son wanted to watch right fielder Shin-Soo Choo play for the Rangers. "I've been knowing Mike a long time and his brother Greg ... read more

Dusty Baker says he's "ready to do more with more"

The Nationals introduced Dusty Baker as their new manager at a news conference Thursday morning at Nationals Park. Baker becomes the seventh manager in the club's history since arriving in D.C. in 2005. "This is a big occasion in my life and in my family's life," Baker said. "My son and daughter and wife are very, very excited. It was my wife and my son ... read more

Mike Maddux named Nationals pitching coach

The Nationals have agreed to terms with Mike Maddux to be their pitching coach and he will reportedly be introduced alongside new manager Dusty Baker on Thursday morning at Nationals Park, according to a team release. The club announced thatterms of the deal were agreed upon on Tuesday night. Maddux is considered to be one of the top pitching coaches in the major leagues, turning ... read more

De Los Santos to AFL Fall Stars Game; McLouth and Janssen not returning

The Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game is Saturday at Salt River Fields and high Single-A Potomac manager Tripp Keister will manage the East Division All-Stars. Keister has guided the Salt River Rafters (10-6) to a first-place showing to begin the fall campaign. He will be joined by right-hander Abel De Los Santos, who will represent the Nationals on the East squad. Anthony Rendon, Brian ... read more

Salt River tied for first place as AFL week begins

Catcher Spencer Kieboom has done nice job so far in the Arizona Fall League for the Salt River Rafters. He has seven hits, one homer and four RBIs in eight games. He has four walks and six strikeouts and his on-base percentage is .379. Kieboom has had seven hits in his last six games. He hit .248 in 71 games for high Single-A Potomac. This ... read more