Nats, Astros hope Florida legislature can clear hurdle for new spring training complex

Nats, Astros hope Florida legislature can clear hurdle for new spring training complex
If the Astros and Nationals are going to get their long-awaited shared spring training complex in West Palm Beach, they're going to have to overcome a late-in-the-process hurdle. The Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported Monday that drinking water protections on the parcel of land where the teams want to have a $135 million facility constructed could stand in the way of the project's completion. In order for the shared spring training home to move forward, the Florida legislature needs to...
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Palm Beach County OKs funds for Nats/Astros spring complex, teams have 90 days to find site (updated)

Palm Beach County OKs funds for Nats/Astros spring complex, teams have 90 days to find site (updated)
Palm Beach County commissioners this morning voted 5-2 to approve $108 million in hotel bed tax revenues that will help fund the new spring training facility the Nationals and Houston Astros want to share. The teams now have 90 days to find a suitable site to build a new stadium, practice fields, offices and other facilities that would be used for both spring training and Grapefruit League games. "It's a critical step in the success of keeping Major League Baseball on the east coast of...
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Nats, Astros pitching Palm Beach County tourism council about spring training site today (updated)

Nats, Astros pitching Palm Beach County tourism council about spring training site today (updated)
Today's the day officials from the Nationals and Astros meet with the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council to make their pitch for a new shared spring training site. According to news reports, the teams will ask for Palm Beach County to chip in almost $155 million from a hotel tax to help offset costs for the stadium project. About $50 million in funds from a state program designed to retain Grapefruit League teams would be combined with almost $57 million from the Astros and...
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Report: Astros and Nationals shared spring training site could be ready in 2017

Report: Astros and Nationals shared spring training site could be ready in 2017
There have been discussions recently about the Nationals and Houston Astros working together on a shared spring training site. According to a Houston Chronicle article, Astros owner Jim Crane confirmed there have been more than talks and a proposed site in West Palm Beach, Fla., could be set to open in as early as 2017. Approval from state and local authorities is still needed for the sight to be confirmed. The Nationals/Expos organization has played at Space Coast Stadium since 2003. The...
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Opposite dugout: Improved Astros look to stay hot with strong set of pitchers on mound in D.C.

Opposite dugout: Improved Astros look to stay hot with strong set of pitchers on mound in D.C.
Manager: Bo Porter, second year Record: 32-39 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF George Springer (.245/.341/.470, 12 HR, 36 RBIs); CF Dexter Fowler (.284/.389/.412, 19 XBH, 41 R, 22 RBIs); 2B Jose Altuve (.318/.359/.428, 25 XBH, 22 RBIs, 24 SB); LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-3, 2.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats: 0-2, 3 runs scored, 11 runs allowed Pitching probables June 17: Dallas Keuchel vs. Tanner Roark, 7 p.m., MASN2 HD June 18: Scott Feldman vs. Gio Gonzalez, 7 p.m., MASN HD Series...
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Opposite dugout: Astros look to stay one of majors' hottest teams with Birds in town

Opposite dugout: Astros look to stay one of majors' hottest teams with Birds in town
Manager: Bo Porter, second year Record: 22-32 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF George Springer (.269/.361/.510, 9 HR, 27 RBIs); 2B Jose Altuve (.317/.361/.430, 20 XBH, 17 RBIs, 17 SB); LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-2, 2.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP); RHP Scott Feldman (3-2, 3.02 ERA) Season series vs. O's: 1-2, 12 runs scored, 11 runs allowed Pitching probables May 29: Brad Peacock vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, 8 p.m., MASN HD May 30: Brett Oberholtzer vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 8 p.m., MASN2 HD May 31: Dallas Keuchel vs....
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Nats continue pursuit of new spring home in Palm Beach County

Nats continue pursuit of new spring home in Palm Beach County
The Nationals are continuing their efforts to move their spring training headquarters to Palm Beach County, and they may not be the only team exiting Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. The Single-A Brevard County Manatees, a Brewers affiliate that plays in the Florida State League are listening to a pitch from Winter Park, Fla., near Orlando, where a new $30 million stadium would be built on a site owned by Rollins College. News of the Manatees' proposed move came on the same day that...
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Opposite dugout: Feldman faces former team as Astros come to Baltimore

Opposite dugout: Feldman faces former team as Astros come to Baltimore
Manager: Bo Porter, second year Record: 11-24 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: SS Jonathan Villar (.240/.301/.490, 5 HR, 13 RBIs, 8 SB); 2B Jose Altuve (.271/.323/.375, 12 XBH, 12 RBIs, 11 SB); RHP Scott Feldman (2-1, 1.69 ERA, .176 BAA); RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.79 ERA, 0.88 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 2-4, 30 runs scored, 24 runs allowed Pitching probables May 9: Scott Feldman vs. Wei-Yin Chen, 7 p.m., MASN HD May 10: Collin McHugh vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 7 p.m., MASN HD May 11: Jarred...
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Opposite dugout: Springer, powerful Astros looking to launch

Opposite dugout: Springer, powerful Astros looking to launch
Manager: Bo Porter, second year Record: 9-17 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Jonathan Villar (.234/.289/.468, 11 XBH, 8 RBIs, 4 SB); C Jason Castro (.221/.322/.429, 4 HR, 13 RBIs); RF George Springer (.170/.264/.213, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs); LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-4, 4.61 ERA, 22 K) Season series vs. Nats (2013): Did not play Pitching probables April 29: Jarred Cosart vs. Gio Gonzalez, 8 p.m., MASN2 HD April 30: Brett Oberholtzer vs. Jordan Zimmermann, 8 p.m., MASN2 HD Series breakdown The...
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Report: Nationals interested in Palm Beach County for new spring HQ

Report: Nationals interested in Palm Beach County for new spring HQ
The Nationals' search for a new spring training facility has led them to a new locale. According to this tweet from MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, the Astros have met with the Nationals about the possibility of sharing a new two-team spring training facility in Palm Beach County. This isn't the first time the Astros and Nationals have been linked as possible partners in a new spring headquarters. The teams were interested in working together on a facility that would have been based in...
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Nats-Astros lineups and a few notes

Nats-Astros lineups and a few notes
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Kyle Lohse finally has a team. I guess his days of throwing simulated games against community college squads are over. Lohse agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with the Brewers, according to reports. He'll now have a solid week to get to know his teammates before opening day. Former Nats starter John Lannan got smacked around a bit today. The Phillies lefty gave up 12 runs on 14 hits over four innings today in a game against the Blue Jays. I guess he was just working...
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Rendon among Nats' cuts (updated with more cuts)

Rendon among Nats' cuts (updated with more cuts)
VIERA, Fla. - The Nationals sent four more players over to minor league camp this morning, according to a team source: infielders Anthony Rendon and Matt Skole, right-hander Nathan Karns and left-hander Pat McCoy. Update: In addition to the four players listed above, infielder Will Rhymes, catcher Sandy Leon and outfielder Eury Perez have also been sent to minor league camp, manager Davey Johnson announced. Rendon, Karns and Leon were optioned to Double-A Harrisburg, Perez was optioned to...
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Nats-Astros lineups as Gonzalez makes final pre-WBC start

Nats-Astros lineups as Gonzalez makes final pre-WBC start
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jayson Werth chose not to get into the Nationals-Phillies fray this morning. I swung by the Nationals complex at Space Coast Stadium before making the drive here for this afternoon's game against the Astros, and checked in with Werth to see if he had anything to offer after yesterday's incident involving Stephen Strasburg, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay and Tyler Moore. Werth, who spent four years with the Phillies before joining the Nats in 2011, opted to stay out of it all,...
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Haren and Ramos both look sharp vs. Astros

Haren and Ramos both look sharp vs. Astros
VIERA, Fla. - Dan Haren worked both sides of the plate, mixed in some sharp off-speed stuff and cut his way through the Astros' lineup through his first two innings of work this afternoon. Haren retired the first six Astros hitters he faced, not letting a ball out of the infield in that time, before hitting a bit of a bump in the third. The veteran righty allowed a run on two hits and a walk in that third inning, but he'll likely leave Space Coast Stadium today pleased with his...
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Bo Porter is back

Bo Porter is back
VIERA, Fla. - Bo Porter spent much of the late morning walking around the field inside Space Coast Stadium, giving friendly handshakes and dishing out big hugs. The Astros' new manager, who spent the last two years with the Nationals as the team's third base coach, is back in Viera today to play his former team. As the Nats took batting practice, Porter weaved his way behind the batting cage, having lengthy chats with Nationals owner Mark Lerner, manager Davey Johnson and many of his former...
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Soriano makes his debut today, Ramos behind the plate (with lineups)

Soriano makes his debut today, Ramos behind the plate (with lineups)
VIERA, Fla. - Nationals manager Davey Johnson used yesterday's off-day the same way many of use spend our days away from the job: He got stuff done around the house. Johnson went back to his home in the Orlando area and took care of a couple "dangerous jobs," including replacing a handful of light bulbs that were 24 feet off the ground. He got through the tasks just fine, then took a playful jab at Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who broke his leg while skydiving yesterday. "I...
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Updates on Walters, Tatusko and Lozada for Leones de Ponce

Updates on Walters, Tatusko and Lozada for Leones de Ponce
Here are some updates on Leones de Ponce in the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (offseason league) this past week and how the Nationals' prospects are faring. Third baseman Zach Walters has put together four multi-hit games in his last nine contests, with 10 hits since Dec. 6. He had three hits on Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, plus a pair of base knocks on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .270 and his overall average is .260 overall with eight doubles and 13 RBIs...
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Harper getting a mental break (with lineups)

Harper getting a mental break (with lineups)
Davey Johnson suggested last night that he would probably give Bryce Harper a day off today, and that's what he's done. Mired in a slump, which has seen him hit just .176 since the All-Star break, Harper is not in the Nationals lineup today. The rookie outfielder also made an ill-advised throw in the ninth inning last night, allowing the Astros to put the potential game-winning run in scoring position. It was after that play that Johnson said he decided Harper could use a breather, or a...
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The series just keeps getting weirder (Gonzalez carries Nats to 4-3 win)

The series just keeps getting weirder (Gonzalez carries Nats to 4-3 win)
We've had a sacrifice bunt which scored a runner from first and left the bunter standing on third base. We've had a leaping catch against the wall in left-center which was one of the best grabs you'll see all season. We've had a sacrifice fly called back because the pitcher was called for a balk, scoring a run. We've had two extra-inning games in consecutive nights played between the best team in the majors and the worst team in the majors. Now, we have Gio Gonzalez crushing a two-run,...
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Reliving Bernadina's 12th-inning heroics

Reliving Bernadina's 12th-inning heroics
Tyler Clippard owes Roger Bernadina a big, juicy steak. Or 12. If not for Bernadina's dazzling defense, we'd be talking about how Clippard had blown four saves since the All-Star break, including two in as many nights. Instead, Clippard gets his 23rd save of the season thanks to a scoreless 12th inning. Looks pretty nice in the box score. I know Mike Trout's home run-robbing grab at Camden Yards earlier this season was just an insane play. There have been a few other ridiculous outfield...
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