Opposite dugout: Indians now clinging to lead in AL Central

Opposite dugout: Indians now clinging to lead in AL Central
Manager: Terry Francona (4th season) Record: 62-47 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: SS Francisco Lindor (.306/.356/.450 with 13 HR, 55 RBIs), 3B Jose Ramirez (.302 /.360/.428 with 44 RBIs), 1B Mike Napoli (28 HR, 79 RBIs), RHP Josh Tomlin (11-4, 3.81 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (2.49 ERA with 20 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-1 Pitching probables: Aug. 9: RHP Trevor Bauer vs. RHP Max Scherzer, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 10: RHP Josh Tomlin vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez, 4:05 p.m., MASN Inside the Indians: The...
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Nationals recall outfielder Brian Goodwin

Nationals recall outfielder Brian Goodwin
The Washington Nationals recalled outfielder Brian Goodwin from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday and placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 1) with a left wrist contusion. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Goodwin, 25, joins Washington for the first major league assignment of his career. In 109 games for Triple-A Syracuse, Goodwin is hitting .284 with 25 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs,...
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Opposite dugout: Giants make pitching changes for another title push

Opposite dugout: Giants make pitching changes for another title push
Manager: Bruce Bochy (10th season) Record: 62-46 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.291/.364/.463 with 12 HR, 50 RBIs), 1B Brandon Belt (.283 /.395/.481 with 12 HR, 53 RBIs), SS Brandon Crawford (10 HR, 67 RBIs), LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.25 ERA), RHP Santiago Casilla (2.98 ERA with 25 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 2-2 Pitching probables: Aug. 5: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. RHP Jeff Samardija, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 6: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP Matt Cain, 7:05 p.m., MASN...
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District 34 podcast: Nationals' youth movement and another Giants showdown

District 34 podcast: Nationals' youth movement and another Giants showdown
This week's episode of the District 34 podcast is full of good vibes. The Nationals are coming off a 6-3 road trip that included stops in Cleveland, San Francisco and Arizona. While they split the series against the fellow division-leading Indians and Giants, they took care of business in Phoenix by sweeping the last-place Diamondbacks. The Nats finally had a successful West Coast swing, and it could not have come at a better time entering the dog days of August. They now stand 20 games above...
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Left-hander Wade Miley and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce report to the Orioles

Left-hander Wade Miley and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce report to the Orioles
The Orioles today announced that left-hander Wade Miley and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce have reported to the club and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne and right-hander Tyler Wilson have been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Miley, 29, was acquired by the Orioles from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for left-hander Ariel Miranda on July 31. He went 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA (62 ER/112.0 IP) over 19 starts with the Mariners this season. Over 157 career major league games (153 starts), he has...
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Orioles acquire infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays

Orioles acquire infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league catcher Jonah Heim. Pearce, 33, has hit .309/.388/.520 (63-for-204) with 11 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 29 RBIs over 60 games with the Rays this season. Over parts of four seasons with the Orioles from 2012-15, Pearce batted .258/.338/.478 with 50 doubles, one triple, 43 home runs and 116 RBIs in 266 games. He set career highs in 2014 with 26...
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Nationals recall right-hander Reynaldo Lopez

Nationals recall right-hander Reynaldo Lopez
The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Reynaldo Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Lopez returns to the Nationals for the second start of his major league career, which he will make Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The 22-year-old made his major league debut on July 19 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that outing, Lopez struck out nine batters, the second-most by a...
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Nationals acquire All-Star closer right-hander Mark Melancon

Nationals acquire All-Star closer right-hander Mark Melancon
The Washington Nationals acquired All-Star right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, in exchange for left-handed pitcher Felipe Rivero and minor league left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Melancon, 31, comes to the Nationals on the heels of nearly four seasons as the Pirates closer, in which he's amassed the fourth-most saves in Pirates history (130). A three-time...
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District 34 podcast: Trade deadline, Nats lineup and the Giants series

District 34 podcast: Trade deadline, Nats lineup and the Giants series
The Nationals are coming off a two-game interleague series with the Indians in Cleveland, a series they split but probably should have swept. Now they're out west to start an important four-game series with the National League West-leading Giants before popping down to Arizona. On top of that, the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline looms on Sunday. Needless to say, it's an exciting time for another episode of the District 34 podcast. But looking back as to why the Nationals didn't sweep the...
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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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