Opposite dugout: Division games could be deciding factor for Yankees in second half

Opposite dugout: Division games could be deciding factor for Yankees in second half
Manager: Joe Girardi (8th season) Record: 50-41 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: LF Brett Gardner (.300/.378/.477 with 10 HR, 42 RBIs), DH Alex Rodriguez (.277/.378/.515 with 19 HR, 52 RBIs), C Brian McCann (.255 with 15 HR, 58 RBIs), 1B Mark Teixeira (.249 with 23 HR, 63 RBIs), RHP Nathan Eovaldi (9-2, 4.50 ERA), LHP Andrew Miller (20 saves, 1.44 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-5 Pitching probables: July 21: LHP Wei-Yin Chen vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 7:05 p.m., MASN July 22: RHP Kevin Gausman...
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Opposite dugout: Dodgers look to continue controlling NL West with strong pitching

Opposite dugout: Dodgers look to continue controlling NL West with strong pitching
Manager: Don Mattingly (5th season) Record: 51-39 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.283/.355/.520 with 18 HR, 55 RBIs), C Yasmani Grandal (.282/.401/.526 with 14 HR, 36 RBIs), CF Joc Pederson (.230 with 20 HR, 40 RBIs), 2B Howie Kendrick (.292 with 37 RBIs), RHP Zack Greinke (8-2, 1.39 ERA, 0.84 WHIP), LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-6 with 160 strikeouts, 2.85 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (2-4 in 2014) Pitching probables: July 17: RHP Mike Bolsinger vs. RHP Jordan...
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Nationals players to read to youth at D.C. public libraries on Saturday

Nationals players to read to youth at D.C. public libraries on Saturday
WHAT: To celebrate the DC Public Library's 2015 Summer Reading program sponsored by the Washington Nationals, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg and Aaron Barrett will visit three DC public library locations on Saturday, July 18 to read to and interact with local youth enrolled in the three-month initiative. The 2015 Summer Reading Program, which runs through August, is the largest program in the District that addresses the "summer slide," or the loss of learning that children experience during...
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Orioles designate left-hander Wesley Wright for assignment

Orioles designate left-hander Wesley Wright for assignment
The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment. Wright, 30, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 11 with a left trapezius strain and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 24. In two games with the Orioles this season, Wright went 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA (1.2IP, ER).
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Nationals reinstate right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, option left-hander Sammy Solis to Double-A Harrisburg

Nationals reinstate right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, option left-hander Sammy Solis to Double-A Harrisburg
The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann from the paternity list on Saturday, and optioned left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis to Double-A Harrisburg. Zimmermann will start at Baltimore on Saturday night. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Zimmermann, 29, is 7-5 with a 3.05 ERA this season. The two-time All-Star has been particularly strong of late, allowing just one earned run in his previous three starts, a 0.40...
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Opposite dugout: Nationals looking to deliver in another season with high expectations

Opposite dugout: Nationals looking to deliver in another season with high expectations
Manager: Matt Williams (2nd season) Record: 46-38 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Bryce Harper (.343/.417/.709 with 25 HR, 60 RBIs, 6.1 WAR), 3B Yunel Escobar (.315/.365/.405 with 27 RBIs), 2B Danny Espinosa (.258/.338/.435 with 9 HR, 25 RBIs), C Wilson Ramos (.258 with 8 HR, 38 RBIs), RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.04 ERA), LHP Matt Thornton (2.18 ERA, 1.02 WHIP), RHP Drew Storen (25 saves, 1.97 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-3 in 2014) Pitching probables: July...
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Orioles recall infielder Christian Walker from Triple-A Norfolk

Orioles recall infielder Christian Walker from Triple-A Norfolk
The Orioles today announced that they have recalled infielder Christian Walker from Triple-A Norfolk. Walker, 24, batted .266/.321/.380 (81-305) with 25 extra-base hits and 28 RBI in 78 games with the Tides this season. He hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games with Norfolk, batting .328 (20-61) with five multi-hit games, three home runs, and seven RBI, as well as an 11-game hitting streak in that span. In 85 at-bats this season against left-handed pitching, Walker hit .306/.348/.482 with 26...
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Opposite dugout: Reds looking to reverse fortunes with another big series against Nationals

Opposite dugout: Reds looking to reverse fortunes with another big series against Nationals
Manager: Bryan Price (2nd season) Record: 36-44 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Todd Frazier (.285/.344/.602 with 25 HR, 54 RBIs), 1B Joey Votto (.274/.387/.478 with 14 HR, 39 RBIs), 2B Brandon Phillips (.279 with 31 RBIs), RF Jay Bruce (12 HR, 40 RBIs), RHP Johnny Cueto (5-5, with 100 strikeouts, 2.984 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (16 saves, 1.83 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-0 Pitching probables: July 6: RHP Anthony DeSclafani vs. RHP Doug Fister, 7:05 p.m., MASN July 7: RHP Johnny...
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Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer named National League Pitcher of the Month

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer named National League Pitcher of the Month
Following a month that featured his first career no-hitter and in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches in Major League history, Nationals right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for June on Thursday. Major League Baseball made the announcement. Scherzer, 30, is the first Nationals (2005-present) pitcher ever to earn the honor in back-to-back months, as well as the first Washington pitcher to take home the award twice in one season. The...
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Nationals agree to terms with two international free agents

Nationals agree to terms with two international free agents
The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with two international free agents: outfielder Juan Soto and infielder Luis Aquino. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Director of Latin American Operations Johnny DiPuglia made the joint announcement. Soto, 16, is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. According to Baseball America, he is rated as the No. 13 prospect in this year's international signing class. MLB.com has him...
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Opposite dugout: White Sox dragging along while Orioles have soared since historic meeting

Opposite dugout: White Sox dragging along while Orioles have soared since historic meeting
Manager: Robin Ventura (4th season) Record: 34-42 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Jose Abreu (.291/.342/.488 with 13 HR, 43 RBIs), RF Avisail Garcia (.273/.322/.391 with 7 HR, 29 RBIs), DH Adam LaRoche (.233 with 9 HR, 31 RBIs), LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 2.87 ERA), RHP David Robertson (16 saves, 2.76 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: July 3: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez vs. LHP John Danks, 8:10 p.m., MASN2July 4: RHP Chris Tillman vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija, 2:10 p.m., MASN2July 5: RHP...
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Opposite dugout: Braves look to get Nats monkey off their backs

Opposite dugout: Braves look to get Nats monkey off their backs
Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (5th season) Record: 36-40 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: RF Nick Markakis (.300/.387/.355 with 23 RBIs), CF Cameron Maybin (.286 with 6 HR, 36 RBIs), C A.J. Pierzynski (.268/.308/.404 with 4 HR, 24 RBIs), SS Andrelton Simmons (.271 with 28 RBIs), RHP Shelby Miller (5-3, 1.94 ERA), RHP Jason Grilli (21 saves, 3.14 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-8 Pitching probables: June 30: RHP Jordan Zimmermann vs. RHP Shelby Miller, 7:10 p.m., MASN July 1: RHP Doug Fister vs....
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Orioles recall LHP T.J. McFarland as 26th player for Game 2 of today's doubleheader

Orioles recall LHP T.J. McFarland as 26th player for Game 2 of today's doubleheader
The Orioles today announced that they have recalled LHP T.J. McFARLAND from Triple-A Norfolk as the 26th player for Game 2 of today's doubleheader. McFarland, 26, has gone 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA (11.1IP, 4ER) in 11 games with the Orioles this season, holding left-handed batters to a .143 batting average (4-28). In nine games (seven starts) with Triple-A Norfolk this season, he went 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA (34.1IP, 13ER) and one save.
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Tonight's Orioles-Indians game postponed due to rain; split-admission doubleheader tomorrow at 1:35 & 7:05 p.m.

Tonight's Orioles-Indians game postponed due to rain; split-admission doubleheader tomorrow at 1:35 & 7:05 p.m.
Tonight's game between the Orioles and Cleveland Indians has been postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Sunday, June 28, at 1:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Separate admission is required for each game. Tickets for today's game marked June 27 will be honored for the 7:05 p.m. game on June 28. Gates for the 1:35 p.m. game will open at 11:30 a.m., and gate times for the 7:05 p.m. game will be announced at the conclusion of the first game. Additionally, in...
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Orioles postpone season plan member autograph session and State of the Orioles Address

Orioles postpone season plan member autograph session and State of the Orioles Address
While tonight's game between the Orioles and the Cleveland Indians is scheduled to begin on time at 7:15 p.m., several special events at Oriole Park including the Orioles Season Plan Member Autograph Session and State of the Orioles Address have been postponed due to rain. The events will be rescheduled for a future date. Fans with questions regarding the Season Plan Member Autograph Session and State of the Orioles Address are encouraged to call Orioles Fan Services at 1-888-848-BIRD.
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Opposite dugout: Indians and Orioles have taken different turns since last meeting

Opposite dugout: Indians and Orioles have taken different turns since last meeting
Manager: Terry Francona (3rd season) Record: 33-38 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 2B Jason Kipnis (.354/.431/.521 with 31 RBIs), LF Michael Brantley (.293/.370/.435 with 37 RBIs), RF Brandon Moss (11 HR, 35 RBIs), RHP Corey Kluber (117 strikeouts, 3.65 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (14 saves, 47 strikeouts) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: June 26: RHP Corey Kluber vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 June 27: RHP Cody Anderson vs. RHP Chris Tillman, 7:15 p.m., FOX June 28: RHP...
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Opposite dugout: Braves within reach, but not at same level of Nats

Opposite dugout: Braves within reach, but not at same level of Nats
Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (5th season) Record: 35-35 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Freddie Freeman (.299/.367/.520 with 12 HR, 41 RBIs), RF Nick Markakis (.293/.386/.324 with 21 RBIs), CF Cameron Maybin (.288 with 5 HR, 35 RBIs), RHP Shelby Miller (5-3, 1.99 ERA), RHP Jason Grilli (20 saves, 2.73 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-5 Pitching probables: June 23: LHP Alex Wood vs. Stephen Strasburg, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 June 24: RHP Shelby Miller vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 June...
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#AskMatt: What are a few of your favorite things?!

#AskMatt: What are a few of your favorite things?!
Today, we had our second #AskMatt session of the season at Nationals Park. This time around, we got a little "off-beat," as MASN's Chris Johnson put it, and asked Matt about some of his favorite things. Fans were again able to follow along live through the Periscope app and by following @masnNationals on Snapchat. We know it was a Friday afternoon, so if you were stuck at work and couldn't follow us live, check out the whole interview below! Matt, the everyday outdoorsman (more on that...
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Opposite dugout: As two hot teams clash, Blue Jays still rely on strong bats to back up poor pitching

Opposite dugout: As two hot teams clash, Blue Jays still rely on strong bats to back up poor pitching
Manager: John Gibbons (8th season) Record: 36-32 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.307/.363/.559 with 17 HR, 46 RBIs), DH Jose Bautista (.252/.388/.524 with 13 HR, 43 RBIs), C Russell Martin (.277 with 10 HR, 35 RBIs), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (13 HR, 38 RBIs), LHP Mark Buehrle (7-4, 4.01 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (7 holds, 2.05 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 6-3 Pitching probables: June 19: RHP Mike Wright vs. RHP Marco Estrada, 7:07 p.m., MASN June 20: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP...
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Nationals Homestand Highlights vs. Tampa Bay Rays (June 17-18), Pittsburgh Pirates (June 19-21) & Atlanta Braves (June 23-25)

Nationals Homestand Highlights vs. Tampa Bay Rays (June 17-18), Pittsburgh Pirates (June 19-21) & Atlanta Braves (June 23-25)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 · Grand Opening Celebration of the New Team Store and Nationals Motorcycle Unveil: The Nationals will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Team Store with special events on Wednesday before the game, including a special sweepstakes with Nationals memorabilia. In addition, the team will be unveiling a custom Nationals motorcycle presented by GEICO on Wednesday. Located inside the team store, the motorcycle will be raffled off in September. All proceeds will...
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