Nationals Sign Closer Matt Capps

Nationals Sign Closer Matt Capps
The Washington Nationals today signed free-agent right-handed closer Matt Capps. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Capps signs with Washington after going 19-19 with 29 holds, 67 saves and a 3.61 ERA in 271 appearances spanning five seasons (2005-09) with Pittsburgh. Capps completes his Pirates career ranked sixth on Pittsburgh's all-time saves list. Since seizing the Pirates' closer role in June of 2007, Capps successfully converted an...
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Washington Nationals Announce 2010 Winter Caravan & NatsFest

Washington Nationals Announce 2010 Winter Caravan & NatsFest
The Washington Nationals today announced the schedule for their 2010 Winter Caravan when members of the Washington Nationals will tour the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area from January 27 to Saturday, January 30, and conclude with the second annual NatsFest at Nationals Park on Sunday, January 31. Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman, Players Brian Bruney, Matt Capps, Tyler Clippard, Adam Dunn, Danny Espinosa, John Lannan, Nyjer Morgan, Ivan Rodriguez, Ryan Speier, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Josh...
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Washington Nationals Introduce Mini Plans for 2010 Season

Washington Nationals Introduce Mini Plans for 2010 Season
The Washington Nationals will offer three mini plan packages in 2010, providing flexible and affordable options for all Nationals fans. As a bonus, each plan includes one game free of charge. The Champions Plan (14 games for the price of 13), Sunday Fun-day Plan (13 games for the price of 12), and Zim's Silver Slugger Plan (10 games for the price of 9) were designed to fit the various schedules and budgets of NatsTown citizens. The Nationals continue to be one of the most fan-friendly...
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Dave Matthews Band with Zac Brown Band to Perform at Nationals Park on Friday, July 23

Dave Matthews Band with Zac Brown Band to Perform at Nationals Park on Friday, July 23
Dave Matthews Band announced today they will perform at Nationals Park - the home of the Washington Nationals -- on Friday, July 23 with Zac Brown Band as support. This will be the ballpark's second-ever show, following Elton John and Billy Joel's sold-out show in July 2009. Tickets and parking will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m. online at www.tickets.com and by phone at 888-632-6287. The show will be held rain or shine and will be promoted by Live...
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Nationals Agree to Terms with Miguel Batista on Minor League Contract, Spring Training Invite

Nationals Agree to Terms with Miguel Batista on Minor League Contract, Spring Training Invite
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Miguel Batista on a minor-league contract that includes a Spring Training invitation. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Batista is 95-108 with 39 saves and a 4.54 ERA in 530 games/237 starts spanning 15 seasons with Seattle, Arizona, Toronto, Kansas City, Montreal, Chicago (NL), Florida and Pittsburgh. The 38 year-old Batista went 7-4 with 14 holds, one save and a 4.04...
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Washington Nationals Host Tryouts for 2010 Nat Pack Members

Washington Nationals Host Tryouts for 2010 Nat Pack Members
WHAT: The Washington Nationals will host tryouts for the 2010 Nat Pack - the team's in-park and around-the-District entertainment crew. Earlier this year, the club sought applications from outgoing, energetic and dedicated people interested in becoming members of the Nat Pack. Those selected were invited to this weekend's tryouts; which will include a group run, shooting the t-shirt gun, and demonstrating their best rally techniques. The second round of tryouts will take place Saturday...
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Washington Nationals Announce 2010 Grand Slam Flex Plans

Washington Nationals Announce 2010 Grand Slam Flex Plans
The Washington Nationals today announced the Grand Slam Flex Plans for the 2010 season at Nationals Park which will allow fans to choose four games from one of five plans, and receive a fifth game of their choice for free. These plans start at as low as $68 per seat and it's the team's most affordable multiple-game option to date. This is the earliest in the history of the ballclub flex plans have been introduced. "The introduction of the Grand Slam Flex Plans adds to the Nationals'...
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Nationals Agree to Terms with Reliever Ron Villone

Nationals Agree to Terms with Reliever Ron Villone
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Ron Villone on a minor-league contract that includes a Spring Training invitation. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Villone went 5-6 with seven holds, one save and a 4.25 ERA in a team-leading 63 appearances for the Nationals in 2009. Villone, who signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on April 11, 2009, paced the Nationals with five relief wins last year. On 23...
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Nationals Sign Right-Hander Chien-Ming Wang

Nationals Sign Right-Hander Chien-Ming Wang
The Washington Nationals today signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Wang, 29, is 55-26 with a 4.16 ERA in 109 games/104 starts spanning five seasons with the Yankees. An extreme ground-ball pitcher, Wang's career ground ball-to-fly ball ratio of 2.73/1 ranks third among active pitchers with 100-plus starts, trailing only Brandon Webb (3.63/1) and Derek Lowe (3.14/1). His .679 career winning...
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Nationals Agree to Terms with Livan Hernandez

Nationals Agree to Terms with Livan Hernandez
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez on a minor-league contract that includes a Spring Training invitation. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Hernandez rejoins the Nationals after going 9-12 with a 5.44 ERA in 31 starts last season with Washington and New York (NL). After winning seven games in 23 starts for the Mets, Hernandez signed with the Nationals on August 25, and in eight starts,...
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Today's Nationals-Astros Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain

Today's Nationals-Astros Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain
Today's 1:05 p.m. Nationals-Astros Grapefruit League contest at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL has been cancelled by rain. The game will not be made up. Fans holding tickets for today's contest vs. Houston can exchange those tickets for any other Nationals 2010 Spring Training contest, subject to availability. Friday's game at Space Coast Stadium vs. New York (AL) is already sold out.
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Today's Nationals-Yankees Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain

Today's Nationals-Yankees Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain
Today's 1:05 p.m. Nationals-Yankees Grapefruit League contest at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL has been cancelled due to rain. Fans holding tickets for either March 11 vs. Houston or March 12 vs. New York (AL)--both games were cancelled by rain--can exchange those tickets for any other Nationals 2010 or 2011 Spring Training contest, subject to availability. Nationals Spring Training season-ticket holders will be notified in the coming days as to policies affecting their tickets for both...
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Nationals Trim Roster to 36

Nationals Trim Roster to 36
The Washington Nationals today optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The Nationals currently have 36 players in their big league camp.
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President Barack Obama to Throw Ceremonial First Pitch When Washington Nationals Host NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day

President Barack Obama to Throw Ceremonial First Pitch When Washington Nationals Host NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day
March 29, 2010 (Washington, DC) - President of the United States Barack Obama will throw the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. prior to the 2010 season opener between the Washington Nationals and the defending National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, April 5 at 1:05 p.m. "Opening Day of the baseball season is a special event for our country and its importance has been reinforced by the 100-year history of Presidential participation," said Baseball...
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Today's Nationals-Mets Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain

Today's Nationals-Mets Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain
Today's 1:05 p.m. Nationals-Mets Grapefruit League contest at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL has been cancelled due to rain. Nationals Spring Training season-ticket holders can exchange March 29 tickets for account credit toward the 2011 Grapefruit League season at Space Coast Stadium. Note the 2011 Grapefruit League schedule has not yet been announced. Those requesting account credit for March 29 should submit a written request. All such requests should reference the refund option and...
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Markakis, Dempsey to Participate in Holiday Events

Markakis, Dempsey to Participate in Holiday Events
Nick & Christina Markakis to Light Washington Monument for Holiday Season this Thursday Orioles right fielder NICK MARKAKIS and his wife CHRISTINA will participate in "A Monumental Occasion," the 38th annual lighting of the Washington Monument, this Thursday, December 3 in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. Nick and Christina will flip the switch to illuminate the Monument, marking the start of the holiday season in the city. The event will also feature refreshments, roving...
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Orioles Announce 2010 Spring Training Schedule

Orioles Announce 2010 Spring Training Schedule
The Orioles will open their first season at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota with a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, March 3, the first of 16 home games the club will play as part of their 2010 spring schedule. Next year will be the first time the club has trained in Sarasota since 1995. The team spent the last 14 seasons in Fort Lauderdale. Baltimore will face 10 different opponents at home during the '10 spring campaign. They will host the Boston Red Sox three times at Ed Smith...
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Orioles Acquire RHP Kevin Millwood from Texas Rangers

Orioles Acquire RHP Kevin Millwood from Texas Rangers
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired RHP KEVIN MILLWOOD and an undisclosed amount of cash from the Texas Rangers in exchange for RHP CHRIS RAY and a player to be named later. Millwood, 34, was 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA (198.2IP, 81ER) in 31 starts for Texas in 2009. Millwood's 3.67 ERA in 2009 was eighth-best among American League pitchers. In 13 major league seasons, Millwood is 155-121 with a 4.02 ERA (2,314.1IP, 1,035ER) in 383 games (375 starts). Millwood has started at...
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Orioles Select Two in Rule 5 Draft

Orioles Select Two in Rule 5 Draft
The Orioles today selected two minor league players in the Rule 5 Draft, including LHP BEN SNYDER from the San Francisco Giants organization in the Major League phase of the draft. Following the draft, the Orioles traded Snyder to the Texas Rangers to complete Wednesday's trade which sent RHP KEVIN MILLWOOD to Baltimore in exchange for RHP CHRIS RAY. With the trade, the Orioles have 39 players on their major league roster. In the Triple-A phase of the minor league draft, the Orioles selected...
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Orioles Sign LHP Mike Gonzalez

Orioles Sign LHP Mike Gonzalez
The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent LHP MIKE GONZALEZ to a two-year contract through the 2011 season. Gonzalez, 31, went 5-4 with 10 saves and a 2.42 ERA (74.1IP, 20ER) in 80 games for the Braves in 2009. Gonzalez held opponents to a .209 (56-268) batting average in 2009 and held left-handed batters to a .194 (19-98) average. His 80 appearances, 74.1 innings pitched and 90 strikeouts each set career-highs and the 90 strikeouts were seventh-most among major league...
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