District 34: About last night ...

District 34: About last night ...
So last night's end to the Nationals-Dodgers series was less than ideal ... Plain and simple: Michael A. Taylor had a bad night at Dodger Stadium (0-for-5, five strikeouts and a three-base error in the ninth inning). But those days happen, and he's not the only one to struggle over this five-game losing streak on the West Coast. Alas, the Nationals must press on ... Meanwhile, Byron Kerr and I get to look back at last night's crazy and unfortunate finish for this week's episode of District...
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Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays dreading four-game series over weekend

Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Rays dreading four-game series over weekend
Manager: Kevin Cash (2nd season) Record: 31-39 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Evan Longoria (.273/.328/.539 with 18 HR, 43 RBIs), OF/DH Corey Dickerson (12 HR, 32 RBIs), SS Brad Miller (9 HR, 24 RBIs), RHP Matt Andriese (6-0, 2.61 ERA), RHP Alex Colome (1.76 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-3 Pitching probables: June 24: LHP Matt Moore vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 25: RHP Jake Odorizzi vs. RHP Kevin Gausman, 1:05 p.m., MASN June 25: RHP Matt Andriese vs. RHP...
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Orioles recall right-hander Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk, outright infielder Paul Janish to Norfolk

Orioles recall right-hander Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk, outright infielder Paul Janish to Norfolk
The Orioles today announced that they have recalled right-hander Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and outrighted infielder Paul Janish to Triple-A Norfolk. Drake, 29, pitched to a 2.02 ERA (6 ER/26.2 IP) with 10 saves over 27 games with Triple-A Norfolk this season. He did not surrender an earned run over his last 14 games with the Tides (14.0 IP), totaling 25 strikeouts in that span and was named the International League Pitcher of the Week on June 20. Drake has posted a 2.87 ERA (5...
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Opposite dugout: Strasburg vs. Kershaw highlights Nats-Dodgers in L.A.

Opposite dugout: Strasburg vs. Kershaw highlights Nats-Dodgers in L.A.
Manager: Dave Roberts (1st season) Record: 38-33 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: SS Corey Seager (.280/.342/.502 with 15 HR, 36 RBIs), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.274 with 32 RBIs), CF Joc Pederson (12 HR, 31 RBIs), LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-1, 1.58 ERA), RHP Kenley Jansen (1.59 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (4-2 in 2015) Pitching probables: June 20: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw, 10:10 p.m., MASN2 June 21: RHP Tanner Roark vs. LHP Scott Kazmir, 10:10...
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District 34 podcast: Wrapping up Cubs series and previewing West Coast trip

District 34 podcast: Wrapping up Cubs series and previewing West Coast trip
We've got a quick episode for you today, as the Nationals finish their three-game series with the Cubs. Byron and I recorded the fourth episode of District 34 leading up to Stephen Strasburg's first pitch at Nats Park. During this brief episode, we wrap up this Cubs-Nats series ahead of the rubber match and look at Strasburg's start. He is the only undefeated starting pitcher left in Major League Baseball as he looks to improve his 10-0 record against the Cubs' Jason Hammel, who has never...
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Opposite dugout: Pitching will decide Orioles-Red Sox series for division lead

Opposite dugout: Pitching will decide Orioles-Red Sox series for division lead
Manager: John Farrell (4th season) Record: 36-26 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH David Ortiz (.340/.423/.708 with 16 HR, 55 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.359/.405/.527 with 44 RBIs), CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.311 with 10 HR, 43 RBIs), RHP Steven Wright (7-4, 2.09 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (2.31 ERA with 14 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-4 Pitching probables: June 10: RHP Chris Tillman vs. LHP David Price, 7:10 p.m., MASN2 June 11: RHP Tyler Wilson vs. RHP Steven Wright, 7:10 p.m., MASN2 June...
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Orioles select right-hander Cody Sedlock in first round of 2016 First-Year Player Draft

Orioles select right-hander Cody Sedlock in first round of 2016 First-Year Player Draft
The Orioles tonight selected right-hander Cody Sedlock from the University of Illinois with their first selection as the 27th overall pick of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The Orioles also selected left-hander Keegan Akin at No. 54 overall from Western Michigan University and right-hander Matthias Dietz at No. 69 overall from John A. Logan College (IL). Sedlock, 20, went 10-6 with a 2.96 ERA (54 ER/164.1 IP) and 175 strikeouts in 47 games (19 starts) over three seasons with the University...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies starting to fade after hot start

Opposite dugout: Phillies starting to fade after hot start
Manager: Pete Mackanin (2nd season) Record: 29-31 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Odubel Herrera (.318/.422/.431), 3B Maikel Franco (10 HR, 32 RBIs), SS Freddy Galvis (6 HR, 22 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (5-4, 2.65 ERA), RHP Jeanmar Gomez (2.61 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 4-5 Pitching probables: June 10: RHP Jeremy Hellickson vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 11: RHP Aaron Nola vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 12:05 p.m., MASN June 12: LHP Adam Morgan vs. RHP Joe Ross,...
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Nationals select third baseman Sheldon Neuse 58th overall in 2016 First-Year Player Draft

Nationals select third baseman Sheldon Neuse 58th overall in 2016 First-Year Player Draft
The Washington Nationals selected third baseman Sheldon Neuse out of the University of Oklahoma with the 58th-overall selection in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo and assistant general manager & vice president of scouting operations Kris Kline made the joint announcement. A 6-foot, 195-pound junior, Neuse hit .369 (73-for-198) with 15 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs, 48 RBIs, 39 walks, 12 stolen bases and 42...
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Nationals select shortstop Carter Keiboom and right-hander Dane Dunning with first two selections in 2016 First-Year Player Draft

Nationals select shortstop Carter Keiboom and right-hander Dane Dunning with first two selections in 2016 First-Year Player Draft
The Washington Nationals selected prep shortstop Carter Kieboom out of Walton (GA) High School with the 28th-overall pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft and followed that selection with collegiate right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning out of the University of Florida with the 29th-overall selection. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo and assistant general manager & vice president of scouting operations Kris Kline made the joint announcement. Kieboom,...
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District 34 podcast: Turner, Papelbon and the draft

District 34 podcast: Turner, Papelbon and the draft
The Nationals offense is hot coming into the summer months! After their third straight 10-run game and victory, the Nats are looking to close out this 11-day road trip with a sweep of the White Sox before returning home. It's an exciting and eventful time in the baseball calendar with the First-Year Player Draft starting tonight. The Nationals hold the 28th, 29th and 58th overall picks in the first two rounds, so Byron Kerr and I give you a brief preview of the possible areas general manager...
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Orioles name Patrick Di Gregory director of professional scouting and special projects

Orioles name Patrick Di Gregory director of professional scouting and special projects
The Baltimore Orioles have named Patrick Di Gregory as director of professional scouting and special projects, where he will oversee professional scouting operations and complete special baseball operations projects. This marks Di Gregory's fifth season working in professional baseball and his fourth season with the Orioles. He served as coordinator of baseball operations for parts of three seasons (2014-2016) and joined the organization's baseball operations department in 2013. Prior to...
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District 34 podcast: Episode 2

District 34 podcast: Episode 2
Daniel Murphy, come on down to claim your award! Murphy was named the National League Player of the Month, the second consecutive month a Nationals player has been awarded the honor after Bryce Harper was named the NL's best in April. After slashing .416/.424/.673 with seven home runs, 23 RBIs and a new Nats record for hits in a month of 47, Byron Kerr and I figured Murphy would win, so we went ahead and discussed Murphy's May in this week's episode of District 34. With the calendar turning...
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Opposite dugout: Baker returns to Cincinnati to Reds team far from how he left it

Opposite dugout: Baker returns to Cincinnati to Reds team far from how he left it
Manager: Bryan Price (3rd season) Record: 19-35 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Zack Cozart (.306/.333/.524 with 7 HR, 20 RBIs), RF Jay Bruce (.275 with 11 HR, 36 RBIs), LF Adam Duvall (.260 with 14 HR, 31 RBIs), RHP Dan Straily (3-2, 3.43 ERA), RHP Blake Wood (4-1, 3.76 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (5-1 in 2015) Pitching probables: June 3: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. LHP Brandon Finnegan, 7:10 p.m., MASN2 June 4: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP Dan Straily, 4:10 p.m., MASN June...
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MASN booth heading to Celebrate Fairfax! community festival

MASN booth heading to Celebrate Fairfax! community festival
Don't have tickets to go see the Nationals take on the Phillies at Nats Park on June 10-12? Still want to be outside in the early summer sun while showing your support for the Nats and getting free stuff? We have you covered. The MASN booth is taking its talents to Northern Virginia, specifically the Celebrate Fairfaix! community-wide festival! On the weekend of June 10-12, the annual celebration will host tens of thousands of visitors at the Fairfax County Government Center with more than 300...
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Opposite dugout: Red Sox hitting on all cylinders offensively

Opposite dugout: Red Sox hitting on all cylinders offensively
Manager: John Farrell (4th season) Record: 30-20 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: DH David Ortiz (.339/.420/.720 with 13 HR, 46 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.351/.401/.514 with 6 HR, 28 RBIs), CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.333/.409/.592 with 8 HR, 36 RBIs), RHP Steven Wright (4-4, 2.52 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (3.10 ERA, 12 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: May 30: RHP Steven Wright vs. RHP Tyler Wilson, 1:35 p.m., MASN May 31: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez vs. RHP Kevin Gausman, 7:05...
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District 34 podcast: Episode 1

District 34 podcast: Episode 1
Don't you hate when you get stuck on the Metro and you're bored out of your mind? Or when you're stuck in rush hour traffic on the Capital Beltway and the radio is playing the same five songs over and over again? Whether you're on the Green Line going to or from a Nationals game at the Navy Yard or anywhere else around our nation's capital, you're stuck with the same old apps on your phone or no new music. Well, we have a solution for you: District 34, a brand -new podcast dedicated to...
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Orioles acquire right-hander Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek from Braves in exchange for lefty Brian Matusz

Orioles acquire right-hander Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek from Braves in exchange for lefty Brian Matusz
The Orioles tonight announced that they have acquired minor leaguers right-hander Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for left-hander Brian Matusz and a Competitive Balance Round B pick (76th overall) in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. Barker, 23, went 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA (10 ER/45.0 IP) and 40 strikeouts in nine games (eight starts) with Double-A Mississippi this season. In 50 career minor league games (40 starts), Barker has gone 20-14 with a...
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Opposite dugout: Astros struggling to continue last year's success

Opposite dugout: Astros struggling to continue last year's success
Manager: A.J. Hinch (2nd season) Record: 17-28 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Jose Altuve (.328/.413/.582 with 9 HR, 27 RBIs), RF George Springer (.254/ with 9 HR, 25 RBIs), SS Carlos Correa (.253 with 7 HR, 20 RBIs), LF Colby Rasmus (8 HR, 31 RBIs), RHP Doug Fister (4-3, 4.22 ERA), RHP Will Harris (0.46 ERA, 11 holds) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-3 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 24: RHP Chris Tillman vs. RHP Doug Fister, 8:10 p.m., MASN2 May 25: TBA vs. RHP Collin McHugh,...
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Opposite dugout: Angels sticking to formula of riding Trout's superstardom

Opposite dugout: Angels sticking to formula of riding Trout's superstardom
Manager: Mike Scioscia (17th season) Record: 19-22 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.327/.416/.588 with 10 HR, 31 RBIs), 3B Yunel Escobar (.309/.362/.426), RF Kole Calhoun (.291/.371/.412 with 20 RBIs), DH Albert Pujols (8 HR, 27 RBIs), LHP Hector Santiago (3-2, 3.42 ERA), RHP Fernando Salas (2.18 ERA, 2 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-2 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 20: RHP Mike Wright vs. LHP Hector Santiago, 10:05 p.m., MASN2 May 21: RHP Kevin Gausman vs....
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