#TBT: Nats explode for 16 runs in rout of Rays

#TBT: Nats explode for 16 runs in rout of Rays
Yesterday was a great day for a MASN broadcast of a Nationals game. But then again, when is there ever not a great day to watch a baseball game on MASN? Stephen Strasburg stole the show against the Yankees at Space Coast Stadium yesterday. He only pitched five innings against a non-regular Yankees lineup, but he struck out nine on just 68 pitches. It's good to see Strasburg is ready for the regular season. But overshadowed by Strasburg's performance was the Nationals' offensive onslaught...
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#TBT: Tyler Wilson impresses in first major league start

#TBT: Tyler Wilson impresses in first major league start
We're at that point in spring training where tough decisions must be made. If you read Roch Kubatko's morning post on the importance of today's Orioles exhibition game, then you know it's a big day for starting pitcher Tyler Wilson, who, amid Miguel Gonzalez's command struggles this spring, finds himself competing for a spot in the starting rotation. Wilson has a 2.89 ERA over four spring appearances, including two starts, while giving up just four runs (three earned) and 11 hits. With...
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Orioles to host "Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark" charity event on Saturday, March 26

Orioles to host "Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark" charity event on Saturday, March 26
Event to benefit the Sarasota Family YMCA's Youth Programs & Music Health Alliance The Orioles will host "Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark" - an exclusive, on-field performance at Ed Smith Stadium - on Saturday, March 26. Every dollar raised at the charity event will directly benefit the Sarasota Family YMCA's Youth Programs and Music Health Alliance. The performances will begin at 8:45 p.m. showcasing a cross-section of Nashville's vast songwriting community including...
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Orioles to celebrate Kids' Opening Day on Sunday, April 10

Orioles to celebrate Kids' Opening Day on Sunday, April 10
The Orioles today announced plans for their second annual Kids' Opening Day, which will be held Sunday, April 10, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when the Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:35 p.m. The celebration will welcome children and their families to a new season of Orioles baseball with many fun activities and unique gameday opportunities for several lucky kids throughout the day. Kids' Opening Day will feature a kids-only Orioles T-shirt, available to the first 7,500 fans age 14 and...
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Nationals to host two exhibition games against Minnesota Twins

Nationals to host two exhibition games against Minnesota Twins
Fans are invited to attend first exhibition game with a donation to the Nationals Dream Foundation In preparation for the 2016 home opener at Nationals Park on April 7, the Nationals will host two exhibition games against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. The first exhibition game will start at 6:05 p.m. on Friday. For this special game, seating will be limited to the lower bowl of Nationals Park. The Nationals distributed complimentary tickets to all Season Plan...
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Nationals announce "Pitch Your Product" winners

Nationals announce "Pitch Your Product" winners
TWO LOCAL FOOD VENDORS ARE GETTING CALLED UP TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES Maryland and Virginia restaurants win Pitch Your Product competition The Nationals announced today that two local businesses, Maryland-based Pinch Dumplings and Virginia-based Haute Dogs and Fries, were declared the winners of the "Pitch Your Product" competition and will be featured at Nationals Park during the 2016 season. The "Pitch Your Product" competition was designed to offer entrepreneurs from D.C., Maryland and...
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Orioles make four roster moves

Orioles make four roster moves
The Orioles today announced that they have optioned left-hander Chris Jones and outfielder Henry Urrutia to Triple-A Norfolk, optioned right-hander Jason Garcia to Double-A Bowie and reassigned right-hander Hunter Harvey to minor league camp. With these moves, the Orioles now have 47 players at major league spring training, including 10 non-roster invitees.
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Orioles make seven roster moves

Orioles make seven roster moves
The Orioles today announced that they have reassigned left-hander Cesar Cabral, catcher Jonah Heim, infielder Trey Mancini, infielder Ozzie Martinez, left-hander Andy Oliver, catcher Chance Sisco and left-hander Ashur Tolliver to minor league camp. With these moves, the Orioles now have 51 players at major league spring training, including 11 non-roster invitees.
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Orioles to host 2016 "Go Green" day on Thursday, March 17

Orioles to host 2016 "Go Green" day on Thursday, March 17
Game-worn caps & jerseys auction to benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens The Orioles will host "Go Green" day, presented by Waste Pro, at Ed Smith Stadium for St. Patrick's Day on Thursday, March 17, when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m. ET. Orioles players and coaches will wear specially-designed white jerseys with green Orioles script lettering and a shamrock on the right sleeve with green caps for the game. The caps and jerseys will be autographed, authenticated and...
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Orioles sign infielder Pedro Alvarez to one-year contract

Orioles sign infielder Pedro Alvarez to one-year contract
The Orioles today announced that they have signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a one-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have released right-hander Andrew Triggs. Alvarez, 29, hit .243/.318/.469 (106-for-437) with 18 doubles, 27 home runs, and 77 RBIs in 150 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015. The left-handed hitter slugged 24 home runs in 426 plate appearances last season against right-handed pitching. Since 2012, Alvarez ranks 11th among all major league hitters...
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Orioles agree to terms with 21 players on one-year contracts

Orioles agree to terms with 21 players on one-year contracts
The Orioles today announced that they have agreed to terms with 21 players on one-year contracts: Right-handed pitchers: Parker Bridwell, Odrisamer Despaigne, Oliver Drake, Jason Garcia, Kevin Gausman, Mychal Givens, Chaz Roe, Andrew Triggs, Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright Left-handed pitchers: Chris Jones, Chris Lee and T.J. McFarland Catchers: Caleb Joseph and Francisco Pena Infielders: Jimmy Paredes, Jonathan Schoop and Christian Walker Outfielders: Dariel Alvarez, Joey Rickard and Henry...
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Out of the Park: MASN personalities and the Oriole Bird are ready for spring training games

Out of the Park: MASN personalities and the Oriole Bird are ready for spring training games
They're here! Finally, we have actual baseball being played as spring training games started this week. MASN's Jim Hunter probably couldn't wait to get out of Baltimore and to Sarasota, Fla., faster (especially since we saw snow last night) to call some Orioles spring training games on the radio for 105.7 The Fan. Time to get started. Bonnie dropped me off at BWI to head to Sarasota. @Orioles @masnOrioles #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/TWZ1L0vyBx -- Jim Hunter (@JimOriolesTV) February 28,...
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Out of the Park: Giolito bakes and Harper, Nats say goodbye to Desmond

Out of the Park: Giolito bakes and Harper, Nats say goodbye to Desmond
If you've been following along with the Nationals this spring training, you've probably come across a few mentions of top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito and his baking. Giolito and his roommate at big league camp, catcher Spencer Kieboom, have posted pictures here and there of the pitcher's tasty creations. But this week, we got some good views of Giolito's banana bread. Spring Training Monday baking round 3... pic.twitter.com/ua1ySMQS1m -- Lucas Giolito (@LGio27) February 29, 2016 The...
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Nationals announce extension of safety netting

Nationals announce extension of safety netting
The Washington Nationals today announced they are extending the on-field netting to the outer ends of both dugouts for the 2016 season. "In December, Major League Baseball released new guidelines regarding field netting. An internal review of those guidelines led us to conclude that expanding the field netting is the best approach to enhance fan safety," said Jennifer Giglio, vice president of communications for the Washington Nationals. The Nationals join at least four other MLB teams in...
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Orioles announce 2016 spring training opening day plans

Orioles announce 2016 spring training opening day plans
The Orioles have announced plans for opening day of the 2016 spring training season on Wednesday, March 2, when the Orioles host the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. All fans in attendance will receive a 2016 spring training schedule magnet, courtesy of Visit Sarasota County. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans in attendance will receive a bird of paradise flower, courtesy of Beneva Flowers. WWSB ABC7 anchor and managing editor Alan Cohn will throw out the ceremonial first...
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Orioles and Adam Jones will no longer celebrate with pies to the face

Orioles and Adam Jones will no longer celebrate with pies to the face
Adam Jones delivered some tough news to Orioles fans over the weekend: He and the team will no longer celebrate wins by giving pies to the face. The reason being to the discontinuation of the recent tradition is safety related, not wanting to risk injuring a teammate with the aggressive nature of the celebration. Understandable, but the news still comes as a bummer for Birdland. Jones still wishes to continue his relationship with Dangerously Delicious Pies, who became the supplier of the pies...
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Out of the Park: Adam Jones is the voice of the O's on social media, plus Scott Van Pelt's Bawlmer accent

Out of the Park: Adam Jones is the voice of the O's on social media, plus Scott Van Pelt's Bawlmer accent
With spring training workouts in full swing (see what I did there?), the Ed Smith Stadium complex has been buzzing this week. The same cannot be said for the Orioles in the Twittersphere. You shouldn't take that as a red flag, however. Obviously, it's more important what the players are doing on the field rather than off it, especially in these very early stages of the 2016 season. But one Oriole we can always count on to be the voice of the team is the face of the franchise, the leader, the...
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Out of the Park: A look at what the Nats are doing outside of spring training workouts

Out of the Park: A look at what the Nats are doing outside of spring training workouts
It's been a somewhat quiet week on social media for the Nationals, which can be a good thing with the full team reporting and working out in Viera, Fla. They're more concerned with what they're doing on the field than what they're doing off of it. But how are the Nats winning off the field? (Anyone?) I found some nuggets for those of you who are wondering how the team is doing all-around at spring training. Earlier this week, MASNsports.com's Mark Zuckerman wrote about the story behind new...
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Orioles sign right-hander Yovani Gallardo to two-year contract with a club option for 2018

Orioles sign right-hander Yovani Gallardo to two-year contract with a club option for 2018
The Orioles today announced that they have signed right-hander Yovani Gallardo (pronounced yoh-VAH-nee giy-YAHR-doh) to a two-year contract with a club option for 2018. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Efren Navarro has been designated for assignment. Gallardo, 29, went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA (70 earned runs in 184 1/3 innings pitched) in 33 starts with the Texas Rangers in 2015. The right-hander has earned 12 or more victories in six of his last seven seasons and is 102-75 with a...
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Out of the Park: Pitchers and catchers report to start spring training

Out of the Park: Pitchers and catchers report to start spring training
I have some housekeeping business to address before we get to the best of the Nationals getting ready for spring training. As I'm sure you've noticed by now, we have a new Nats beat reporter here on MASNsports.com, Mark Zuckerman! Guess the news is out there now: Yes, I've been hired as @masnNationals new beat writer. Thrilled to get started, heading to Viera tomorrow! -- Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) February 16, 2016 JUST IN: Welcome @MarkZuckerman as MASN's new #Nats beat writer!...
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