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Desmond Visits Baseball Clinic in Prince George's County

On Saturday morning, Nationals rookie Ian Desmond visited with boys and girls in Prince George's County to participate in a baseball skills clinic. Desmond was a big hit with the kids. He taught them how to field infield grounders and they practiced throwing to various bases. They also practiced flipping short double plays. One child made a barehanded grab and fired a laser to first

Is this heaven? No, it's NatsTown

Katherine Connors, the laid-back beauty queen from Iowa, threw the ceremonial first pitch tonight at Nationals Park. Connors met with Miguel Batista before the game and the reliever provided some first pitch tips. Batista urged Miss Iowa to take a few steps toward home plate, instead of throwing from the mound. He also encouraged her to throw high to avoid bouncing the pitch. She listened.

Slaten, Balester Assist with Neighborhood "Green-Up"

Some community service projects sponsored by the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation take years to develop. Whether its fundraising for a world-class diabetes care clinic for children or developing a baseball academy for disadvantaged youth, making an impact takes time. But sometimes, one small project can also make a big difference. Just a few hours of service time can have a lasting and visible effect on

Miss Iowa Goes To Washington

It's official. Katherine Connors, Miss Iowa USA, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday evening's game against the Phillies. It's perhaps the most anticipated ceremonial first pitch since President Obama's on Opening Day. The Nationals extended the invitation to Miss Connors after pitcher Miguel Batista compared himself to her after his surprise start on Tuesday. Connors immediately challenged Batista to walk the runway,

What a relief

When Jim Riggleman managed the Seattle Mariners in the latter part of 2008, he had a journeyman reliever in the bullpen available for a variety of situations. Whether it was for a spot start, in relief of a starter's early exit or to protect a late inning lead, Riggleman could call on and trust Miguel Batista. Earlier this season, on April 18th, the skipper turned

NatsTown Green-Up

Here in this Nats Buzz space, I often have the opportunity to write about the many ways that Nationals players and front office staff give back to the community around Nationals Park and in the greater Washington D.C. metro area. Well, on July 30th, you can get involved right alongside those players and front office staff in an effort to "green-up" the area around the

Get to Know: Joel Peralta

You asked (through Ben Goessling's in-game chats), and Nats Buzz answered. We'll try to do more of these throughout the season, featuring new faces and players who you don't usually hear much about. First up is Joel Peralta, new to the organization after stints with the Angels, Royals and Rockies. Peralta was called up to join the Nationals on June 21st after going 2-0 with

Lunch with a Legend: Stan Kasten

Join Nationals president Stan Kasten and ESPN 980 personalities Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan for "Lunch with a Legend" on Wednesday. Kasten, a true "legend" in sports entertainment and business, will be the special guest at Morton's on Connecticut Ave. This event is part of a continuing series. The $40 tickets include a salad, main course, sides and dessert and the opportunity to participate in

Relive Stephen Strasburg's Debut

On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., MASN will re-air Stephen Strasburg's debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of the network's Nationals Classics programming. It's the perfect way to enjoy the All-Star break. Watch as the rookie phenom strikes out 14 and picks up his first major league win. The game will re-air again on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. The Nationals also announced that

Pudge Wins Fan Choice Bobblehead

In the first ever fan vote for a Nationals bobblehead, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez prevailed over teammates, mascots and the manager. Pudge will be honored with a bobblehead on Saturday, August 28th when the Nationals face the St. Louis Cardinals. The first 15,000 fans will receive the bobblehead, so plan to arrive early. Fans voted online for this fan choice bobblehead between March and April. The

Nats Buzz Winners for the First Half

With the All-Star break bringing our first half of the season to a close, Nats Buzz tallied up the totals for both the Where at Nats Park contest and Fantasy Baseball. And now, we have two winners to congratulate. Shoshana and Terp4Life, your prize packs will be on their way out shortly. Please send your mailing address to me at kristenhudak@masnstudios.com. Shoshana crushed the competition

Unexpected setbacks taking toll on Flores

On Saturday, General Manager Mike Rizzo announced that Jesus Flores experienced another setback in his long road back to the big leagues, saying the team will give Flores several days off from his throwing program after he recently experienced pain, once again, in his shoulder. Flores hasn't played with the team regularly for over a year and he's been rehabbing his shoulder since he had

Nats, USO and Microsoft Salute the Troops

On Sunday, the Nationals teamed up with the USO and Microsoft for an all-out military appreciation day to say thank you to local servicemen and women who continue to make sacrifices overseas and here at home. "This is a big deal for us," said USO Metro DC president Elaine Rogers. "It's a great way for volunteers to come together to say thank you to our

Christmas in July

Think snow! We're now just 168 days away from Christmas -- the most wonderful time of the year (besides baseball season). And so, for the fifth year in a row, the Nationals will host a Christmas in July Toy Drive during this weekend's series against the San Francisco Giants. As always, the program benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. The toys

Strasburg Action Figures?

He may not be an All-Star yet, but rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg is collecting yet another unique honor. The Syracuse Chiefs will be giving away Stephen Strasburg action figurines on August 27th before their game against Buffalo. The first 3,000 fans who purchase a ticket to the game will receive a voucher for the must-have collectible. Strasburg will be depicted mid-windup in his Chiefs white

Last minute voting...

You still have two hours to vote to send Ryan Zimmerman to the All-Star Game. Voting closes at 4 p.m. and last we checked, Votto remains in first place. Go ahead and vote - your boss won't mind! Zimmerman will also be featured tonight on MASN's Covering the Bases. Tune in to hear all about "the face of the franchise" from his teammates and his

Storen, Capps Teach Baseball and Healthy Lifestyles

On a scorching Wednesday morning in the nation's capital, All-Star Matt Capps and reliever Drew Storen could have been at home sleeping with the air conditioning blasting away. Instead, the late inning relievers got up early and braved the heat to teach nearly 100 children from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington about baseball and healthy lifestyles. "You get to hopefully teach these

Save the Best for Last

Cue Vanessa Williams.... The Nats are teaming up with the Texas Rangers to promote an All-Star Final Man alliance. The two third basemen, Michael Young and Ryan Zimmerman, are asking you to send both of them to the All-Star Game. Young and Zimmerman also share the bottom spot on each ballot, which lists the candidates alphabetically. "Save the Best for Last" and vote Zimmerman/Young right

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

We just shipped off a Nats Buzz prize pack to NatsNut for winning the off-season version of Where at Nats Park. Next week, we'll send another prize pack to the person with the most correct guesses since the season started. This is your last week to try to win that prize -- there will even be some bonus point opportunities. So, here goes. Where is

Vote for Zimmerman

Through Thursday at 4 p.m., fans can vote to send Ryan Zimmerman to the All-Star Game as the "Final Man" on the N.L. team. Zimmerman is up against some pretty tough competition, including Reds first baseman Joey Votto. It's up to Nats fans to make it happen. Why does Zimmerman deserve to be an All-Star? Leave your reasons in the comment section below. In the

Nats Honor Military Families on the 4th of July

This Sunday, Independence Day, the Nationals will honor their unique role in Washington by partnering with the USO on a special campaign for military families. Through the "Me and a Friend" campaign, the Nationals will invite the children of servicemen and women to the ballpark every Sunday afternoon. "It's one more part of our responsibility that we take very seriously," said Nationals president Stan Kasten.

Harris Excited to Celebrate Black Heritage Night

Throughout the season, the Nationals take several opportunities to recognize the achievements of African Americans in the game of baseball. While Jackie Robinson Day is one of those important celebrations, the Nationals will also recognize the accomplishments of other important African American legends like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Andre Dawson and Ken Griffey, Jr. during "Black Heritage Night." On Friday evening, several influential African-Americans will

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