Opposite dugout: Twins try to avoid trading season sweeps with Orioles in makeup game

Opposite dugout: Twins try to avoid trading season sweeps with Orioles in makeup game
Manager: Paul Molitor (2nd season) Record: 37-63 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Eduardo Nunez (.300/.326/.444 with 12 HR, 47 RBIs), 1B Joe Mauer (.359 OBP with 31 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (17 HR, 51 RBIs), RHP Brandon Kintzler (2.05 ERA with 8 saves), LHP Fernando Abad (2.61 ERA with 6 holds) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-5 Pitching probables: July 28: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez vs. RHP Kyle Gibson, 7:10 p.m., MASN Inside the Twins: The Twins won all seven games against the Orioles last season. But...
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Orioles make three roster moves

Orioles make three roster moves
The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez from the Paternity Leave List, reinstated outfielder Hyun Soo Kom from the 15-day disabled list and designated outfielder Julio Borbón for assignment. Jiménez, 32, has gone 5-9 with a 7.38 ERA (67 ER/81.2 IP) and 72 strikeouts over 18 games (17 starts) with the Orioles this season. In 75 career games (71 starts) with the Orioles, he has gone 23-28 with a 5.02 ERA (218 ER/391.0 IP) and 356 strikeouts. Over...
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Nationals reinstate first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and left-hander Sammy Solis

Nationals reinstate first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and left-hander Sammy Solis
The Washington Nationals returned from rehab assignment and reinstated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis on Tuesday. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor and right-hander Lucas Giolito were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Zimmerman, 31, returns to the Nationals' active roster after missing 13 games with a left rib cage strain. The veteran first baseman hit .417 in...
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Opposite dugout: Indians bring balanced attack in interleague matchup of division leaders

Opposite dugout: Indians bring balanced attack in interleague matchup of division leaders
Manager: Terry Francona (4th season) Record: 56-41 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Francisco Lindor (.303/.360/.458 with 12 HR, 49 RBIs), 2B Jason Kipnis. (.285 with 16 HR, 52 RBIs), 1B Mike Napoli (22 HR, 68 RBIs), RHP Danny Salazar (11-3, 2.75 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (2.55 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (2-1 in 2013) Pitching probables: July 26: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. RHP Danny Salazar, 7:10 p.m., MASN July 27: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco, 12:10...
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Orioles option outfielder Dariel Álvarez to Triple-A Norfolk

Orioles option outfielder Dariel Álvarez to Triple-A Norfolk
The Orioles tonight announced that they have optioned outfielder Dariel Álvarez to Triple-A Norfolk. Álvarez, 27, went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in four plate appearances over two games with the Orioles this season.
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Orioles recall Dariel Álvarez from Triple-A Norfolk, place Joey Rickard on disabled list

Orioles recall Dariel Álvarez from Triple-A Norfolk, place Joey Rickard on disabled list
The Orioles today announced that they have recalled outfielder Dariel Álvarez from Triple-A Norfolk and placed outfielder Joey Rickard on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 21) with a right thumb ligament injury. Álvarez, 27, batted .280/.315/.382 (104-for-372) with 26 doubles, four home runs, 34 runs scored and 40 RBIs over 93 games this season with Triple-A Norfolk. He walked in his only plate appearance for the Orioles this season. Álvarez hit .241/.290/.370 (7-for-29)...
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Opposite dugout: After making some moves, Padres might still hold trade chips at deadline

Opposite dugout: After making some moves, Padres might still hold trade chips at deadline
Manager: Andy Green (1st season) Record: 41-55 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B Wil Myers (.277/.347/.505 with 20 HR, 61 RBIs), LF Melvin Upton Jr. (.260 with 16 HR, 44 RBIs), RF Matt Kemp (20 HR, 63 RBIs), LHP Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.55 ERA), LHP Ryan Butcher (3.14 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 2-2 Pitching probables: July 22: RHP Luis Perdomo vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 7:05 p.m., MASN July 23: RHP Edwin Jackson vs. RHP Max Scherzer, 7:05 p.m., MASN July 24: LHP Christian Friedrich vs....
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Bryce Harper to be featured granting local wish in "My Wish" series

Bryce Harper to be featured granting local wish in "My Wish" series
It's that time of year again to break out the box of tissues: ESPN's annual "My Wish" series returns this week and will feature Nationals right fielder and reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper granting the wish of a local fan battling a serious illness. On its 10th anniversary, the "My Wish" series on "SportsCenter" will showcase the power of sports wishes that the Make-A-Wish foundation grants. Tomorrow night's 6 p.m. edition of "SportsCenter" will highlight 16-year-old...
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Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame announces 2016 class

Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame announces 2016 class
Christine Brennan, Marco Etcheverry, Patrick Ewing, Frank Herzog, Earl Lloyd, Dexter Manley, Missy Meharg, Bob Milloy, Hymie Perlo, Phil Perlo and Harold Solomon will be honored during a pregame ceremony on July 17 at Nationals Park The 11 new members of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame will be honored during a pregame ceremony on Sunday, July 17 at Nationals Park, before the Nationals play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The following inductees will be honored: * Christine Brennan - USA Today...
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Opposite dugout: Healing Rays still fading

Opposite dugout: Healing Rays still fading
Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 34-54 Last 10 games: 1-9 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.289/.337/.526 with 19 HR, 47 RBIs), 2B Logan Forsythe (.285 with 8 HR, 21 RBIs), SS Brad Miller (14 HR, 32 RBIs), LHP Matt Moore (5-6, 4.46 ERA), RHP Alex Colome (1.69 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-7 Pitching probables: July 15: RHP Yovani Gallardo vs. RHP Chris Archer, 7:10 p.m., MASN2 July 16: RHP Chris Tillman vs. LHP Matt Moore, 6:10 p.m., MASN2 July 17: TBA vs. RHP Jake...
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District 34 podcast: Looking back and ahead at All-Star break

District 34 podcast: Looking back and ahead at All-Star break
We're back! After a short absence, Byron Kerr and I are back for another episode of the District 34 podcast! The Nationals ended the first half of the season hot, winning 11 of 15 games before the break, including six of seven against the division rival Mets. The Nats have given themselves a comfortable six-game lead in the National League East over the Mets and Marlins, but they still have a long way to go in the second-half stretch. Before the break, we heard some comments from manager Dusty...
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Nationals RHP Max Scherzer named to NL All-Star team

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer named to NL All-Star team
Nationals right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer was named an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season, added to the National League squad on Friday by manager Terry Collins. Scherzer's addition gives the Washington Nationals five All-Star representatives, a record for the club since baseball returned to the District in 2005. Scherzer joins four teammates: outfielder Bryce Harper, second baseman Daniel Murphy, catcher Wilson Ramos, and right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg, as fellow Midsummer...
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Orioles reinstate infielder Pedro Álvarez from the bereavement list

Orioles reinstate infielder Pedro Álvarez from the bereavement list
The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated infielder Pedro Álvarez from the bereavement list. Álvarez, 29, has batted .242/.317/.461 (40-for-165) with nine doubles, nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 53 games with the Orioles this season. Over 795 career major league games, he has hit .236/.310/.442 with 140 home runs and 427 RBIs. Since 2012, Álvarez ranks 19th among major league hitters with 120 home runs.
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Opposite dugout: Mets playing better but still battling injuries (updated)

Opposite dugout: Mets playing better but still battling injuries (updated)
Manager: Terry Collins (6th season) Record: 46-38 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: CF Yoenis Cespedes (.299/.366/.581 with 21 HR, 51 RBIs), 2B Neil Walker (.259 with 15 HR, 35 RBIs), RF Curtis Granderson (15 HR, 27 RBIs), RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-2, 2.41 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (2.61 ERA with 30 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-6 Pitching probables: July 7: RHP Lucas Giolito vs. RHP Bartolo Colon, 7:10 p.m., MASN July 8: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard, 7:10 p.m., MASN July...
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Nationals agree to terms with two picks from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft

Nationals agree to terms with two picks from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft
The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with first-round selection (No. 29 overall), right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning, and 12th-round pick (No. 364 overall) left-handed pitcher Hayden Howard. Nationals president of baseball operations & general manager Mike Rizzo and assistant general manager & vice president of scouting operations Kris Kline made the joint announcement. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior, Dunning went 6-3 with two saves and a 2.29 ERA (20 ER/78.2 IP) in 33 games (five...
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Lucas Giolito's debut cut short by rain in Nats' 5-0 win

Lucas Giolito's debut cut short by rain in Nats' 5-0 win
Given all the hype and hoopla that surrounded tonight's Mets-Nationals game featuring the major league debut of top prospect Lucas Giolito, the first word that comes to mind to sum up the night for the right-hander is bummer. Not because of his performance, far from it. No, it was a bummer because of the 55-minute delay before the game started and then the 1-hour, 25-minute rain delay that cut Giolito's debut short in the fourth inning. Sadly, the rookie didn't get a decision in a 5-0...
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Dusty Baker on Wilson Ramos: "He is my field general"

Dusty Baker on Wilson Ramos: "He is my field general"
Much is being said about Lucas Giolito's highly anticipated major league debut tonight at Nationals Park. Giolito is the Nationals' top prospect, he has a big presence on the mound, he's got a powerful fastball and a killer curveball. Every move he makes tonight will be carefully watched and analyzed by media and fans alike. But there's also a second part to Giolito's debut, one that might be getting overlooked a bit as all eyes focus on the 21-year-old: his batterymate, Wilson Ramos....
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Nationals recall right-hander Rafael Martin

Nationals recall right-hander Rafael Martin
The Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Rafael Martin from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, adding him to the active roster in the space that was vacated when right-hander Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain (retroactive to June 16) on Sunday, June 26. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Martin, 32, joins the Nationals for his first major league assignment of the season. The right-hander...
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Opposite dugout: Mets aren't exactly cruising entering critical stretch before break

Opposite dugout: Mets aren't exactly cruising entering critical stretch before break
Manager: Terry Collins (6th season) Record: 40-34 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: CF Yoenis Cespedes (.287/.358/.566 with 18 HR, 45 RBIs), 2B Neil Walker (.265 with 14 HR, 30 RBIs), RF Curtis Granderson (13 HR, 21 RBIs), RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (2.89 ERA with 26 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-3 Pitching probables: June 27: RHP Noah Syndergaard vs. RHP Joe Ross, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 28: RHP Matt Harvey vs. TBA, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 29: LHP Steven Matz vs....
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Orioles recall left-hander T.J. McFarland as 26th player for Saturday's doubleheader

Orioles recall left-hander T.J. McFarland as 26th player for Saturday's doubleheader
The Orioles today announced that they have recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk as the 26th player for today's doubleheader. McFarland, 27, went 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA (7 ER/21.0 IP) over five games (four starts) with Triple-A Norfolk this season. In 13 games with the Orioles this season, McFarland has gone 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA (12 ER/21.0 IP). Over 118 career major league games (two starts), he has gone 11-7 with a 4.02 ERA (87 ER/194.2 IP) and 124 strikeouts.
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