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Lopez Impressed with Nats’ Improvement

Cardinals infielder Felipe Lopez, who played for the Nationals from 2006-2008, talked briefly about his time in Washington over the weekend. Lopez was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds before the trade deadline in 2006 and after two seasons in Washington, he was released in July of 2008. He’s played for the Brewers, Diamondbacks and Cardinals since leaving Washington, but Lopez said his family does miss

100th Win at Nationals Park

With a new look to the lineup, strange plays, two ejections and over 30,000 fans on hand to watch, the Nationals collected their 100th win at Nationals Park on Saturday night by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 14-5. Moreover, the 14 runs scored tonight were the highest single-game total in DC since baseball returned in 2005. That’s a lot of good news following a tough

Clip and Save (a life)

On Saturday, the Nationals hosted their second and final blood drive of the season in partnership with Inova Health System. Several hundred fans turned out for the drive to donate blood to 15 local hospitals in Washington D.C. and Virginia. Only 37 percent of people in the United States are eligible to donate blood and of those, fewer than 5 percent donate on a regular

Lannan, Dunn Appear on Bravo’s Top Chef

Spoiler Alert! On Wednesday evening, the Nationals were featured on Bravo’s hit reality television cooking show, Top Chef. The Emmy award winning show filmed its seventh season in Washington D.C. this past spring and John Lannan, Adam Dunn and Matt Capps participated in the episode, “Making Concessions.” “I didn’t realize this at the time but it’s a huge show,” Lannan said. “I think I’m going

Wing eating contest at Nats Park

Give Hard Times Cafe a point for creativity. The famed local eatery is trying to spice things up during these late summer baseball games by hosting a wing eating contest on Friday night. How many spicy chicken wings can you eat in 90 seconds? If you’re ready for that challenge and confident in your ability, send an email to entertainment@nationals.com to explain why you should

Special screening of Ken Burns’ “The Tenth Inning”

If you loved Ken Burns’ classic Baseball documentary, you’ll probably want to pencil this event onto your calendar. On Thursday, September 23rd, Burns will join filmmaker Lynn Novick for a preview screening of his new film, the Tenth Inning, at Lisner Auditorium in Washington D.C. at 7 p.m. This preview screening is a PBS and WETA event which will feature a discussion with Burns, Novick

This Week at Nats Park

There is so much happening at Nationals Park this week and plenty of good reasons to ignore the rainy forecast. But, in case you need it, here is the Nats’ hotline for inclement weather: 202-675-NATS, Option 5. Now for the good stuff... Tuesday is T-Shirt Tuesday, with a special design featuring Stephen Strasburg. The first 10,000 fans will get a t-shirt courtesy of tickets.com. On

Storen Bobbleheads and Other Upcoming Events

If you’re not busy tonight, head down to Woodbridge to pick up your one of a kind Drew Storen bobblehead, courtesy of Geico. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive the signature collectible. Stay after the game and enjoy a classic family friendly movie on the new scoreboard. Also, reminders about two upcoming events: The final Ladies Night of the 2010 season will

Strasburg wired for Wednesday’s game

He won’t be on the mound, but fans can still enjoy plenty of Stephen Strasburg during tonight’s game against the Braves. Strasburg will wear a wireless mic as part of MASN’s regular Wired Wednesday, a feature which brings fans candid thoughts and sounds straight from the dugout each week. It will give fans an up-close look at the phenom and his interaction with teammates during

More suggestions for the Braves’ organist

For Stephen Strasburg’s first game in Atlanta, we asked you to provide song suggestions to Matthew Kaminski, the organist for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Kaminski seeks tips from fans and tries to match up songs to visiting players and pitchers. The Nationals face the Braves this week for a three game series and you’ll have another chance to show-off of your cleverness. Scott

Back to School Drive

My close friends know that I’ve been pining for fall for awhile. I’m ready for sweaters, scarves, boots, pumpkin spice lattes and a nice cool breeze at Nationals games. Tonight, I can pretend it’s fall by donating notebooks, pencils and pens to the Nationals’ fourth annual Back to School Drive. Fans may donate new school supplies at the Center Field Gates from the time gates

Owen Wilson to make Nats debut this December

The romantic comedy “How Do You Know” staring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson is set to be released this Christmas. The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg pointed out this morning that a new movie trailer for the film is available. In the film, Owen Wilson plays Manny, a Nationals reliever and the love interest of Reese Witherspoon’s character. Last summer, Nationals fans

Syracuse Chiefs Visit Golisano Children’s Hospital

Check out this video of the Syracuse Chiefs visiting the Golisano Children’s Hospital on August 9th. Andrew Kown, Josh Wilkie, Pete Orr, Chase Lambin, Jeff Mandel, Adam Carr and Seth Bynum were among the players who took time away from their busy schedules to lift the spirits of a few Syracuse area children coping with medical problems. Bynum even plays the piano in the clip.

Zimmerman Hosts “A Night at the Park”

On an off-night after a long West Coast road trip, nine Washington Nationals skipped a night of rest and family time to support Ryan Zimmerman’s inaugural ziMS Foundation event in Washington D.C. “A Night at the Park” formally launched the foundation in the nation’s capital, introducing Nationals fans and Washington elite to Zimmerman’s important cause. “This has been my home for the past five years.

Last chance to purchase tickets for ziMS Foundation event

In case you haven’t already purchased tickets to attend tonight’s A Night at the Park event benefiting the ziMS Foundation, it appears that tickets will be on sale for a few more hours. A general admission ticket for $75 includes access to the Mutlu and Amos Lee live performances, as well as the silent and live auctions. This is the inaugural event for the ziMS

Best of 2010

Express, the free Washington Post publication widely read by morning commuters, is asking for your submissions for their Best of 2010 issue. You can make nominations until August 13th about D.C.’s favorite people, places and things. Final voting will take place on September 7th. Some of the categories you may want to consider: Coach: Manager Jim Riggleman D.C. Team: Washington Nationals Local Athlete: Ryan Zimmerman,

With Nats in Arizona, Batista addresses immigration legislation

Back in April, the state of Arizona -- home to the Diamondbacks and the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game -- passed controversial new immigration legislation to help identify illegal immigrants in the state. The law was set to go into effect on July 29th, though a federal judge blocked some of the most problematic parts of the law. The Washington Nationals are the first

Thank Zimmerman for his Walk-Off Home Run

On Saturday night, Ryan Zimmerman sent Phillies fans home miserable with just one swing. It was quite the present for Nationals fans who get tired of dealing with Nats Park visitors from the City of Brotherly Love. Did you know that you can thank Ryan for that special moment? Just like fans channel messages to Ryan in MASN’s Defining Moments advertisements, you can send a

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