MASN and COX hosting Social Media Weekend August 12-13 at The Bullpen

MASN and COX hosting Social Media Weekend August 12-13 at The Bullpen
This Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, MASN and COX will be hosting Social Media Weekend at The Bullpen next to Nationals Park! Fans will have the opportunity to collect unique Nationals prizes at both the MASN and COX booths, and can try their swinging luck at the Cox Virtual Home Run Derby! Think you can hit a homer? Try your luck! The Cox Virtual Home Run Derby is available prior to each game Saturday and Sunday. For updates on the event and how to win prizes, be sure to RSVP on...
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Opposite dugout: Struggles at plate and on mound have crippled Giants

Opposite dugout: Struggles at plate and on mound have crippled Giants
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season) Record: 46-70 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.321 with 51 RBIs), CF Denard Span (24 doubles, 4 triples), 2B Joe Panik (20 doubles, 4 triples), LF Gorkys Hernández (9 stolen bases) RHP Hunter Strickland (2.09 ERA, 13 holds), RHP Mark Melancon (11 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 0-3 Pitching probables: Aug. 12: RHP Chris Stratton vs. RHP Edwin Jackson, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 13: RHP Jeff Samardzija vs. RHP A.J. Cole, 1:05 p.m., MASN Aug....
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Marty Niland: Nats bench gaining valuable experience for postseason

Marty Niland: Nats bench gaining valuable experience for postseason
The dog days of August are proving to be a grind for the Nationals, playing .500 ball in their past 10 games. But while they endure this rough patch of injuries and a sometimes sputtering offense, they are laying valuable groundwork for the postseason. Let's face it, with a 13-game lead in the National League East and none of the other teams playing even .500 ball, it's extremely likely the Nats will win their fourth division title in six seasons. While this might be the most exciting team...
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Opposite dugout: Marlins' big numbers don't show in their record

Opposite dugout: Marlins' big numbers don't show in their record
Manager: Don Mattingly (2nd season) Record: 52-57 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF Giancarlo Stanton (36 home runs), LF Marcell Ozuna (26 homers, 87 RBIs), 2B Dee Gordon (40 stolen bases), CF Christian Yelich (24 doubles, 9 stolen bases), C J.T. Realmuto (.306 average), Brad Zeigler (6.10 ERA, 2 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 5-4 Pitching probables: Aug. 7: LHP Chris O'Grady vs. RHP Max Scherzer, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 8: RHP Vance Worley vs. RHP A.J. Cole, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 9: LHP...
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Luke Erickson: Are any Nats affiliates playoff bound?

Luke Erickson: Are any Nats affiliates playoff bound?
If you've been following the Nationals' minors closely (*ahem*), you'd know this ranges from virtually impossible (DSL Nats, Syracuse) to almost laughable (Potomac, Harrisburg, Auburn; all in last place by several games). Two of the affiliates, however, are in contention. If you're one to bring the tartar sauce while going after your white whale, you might make the argument that these two teams - the Gulf Coast League Nationals and the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns - are the ideal. The...
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"Come As You Were": '90s night coming to Nats Park

"Come As You Were": '90s night coming to Nats Park
'90s night is coming to Nats Park on August 11 as the Nationals take on the Giants! Over the past two seasons, the Nats have put on successful '80s-themed nights where fans, players and on-air personalities dressed in '80s-themed costumes, making for a radical night at the game. This season, the Nats have decided to change up the decades and go with a '90s-themed night full of feathered bangs and spiky hair, Air Jordans, Tamagotchis, all the cartoons and your favorite entertainment from the...
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David Huzzard: Dusty Baker is better than some think

David Huzzard: Dusty Baker is better than some think
My opinion on Dusty Baker started to change sometime before the Nationals hired him. His name came up often whenever a job opened up and he was mentioned often by broadcasters when Matt Williams was the manager of the Nats. My thought on Baker started to be why is a manager that has done nothing but win in his career so disliked by a certain segment of fans? I've read "The Book" and "Moneyball" and I visit FanGraphs.com on a near daily basis, but at some point when the results are so...
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Washington Post Magazine gives Nats fans a closer look at MASN broadcaster F.P. Santangelo

Washington Post Magazine gives Nats fans a closer look at MASN broadcaster F.P. Santangelo
If you follow F.P. Santangelo during MASN broadcasts or on social media, you know he isn't afraid to give you an inside look into his life in and out of the broadcast booth. He caught up with Joe Heim of the Washington Post for a Q&A on an array of topics, including covering the Nationals, adjusting broadcast styles and bringing personal insights from his seven years in the majors. The energetic broadcaster continues to show his love for the D.C. area, as well as the players he closely...
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Opposite dugout: Cubs gaining momentum to start possible playoff preview with Nats

Opposite dugout: Cubs gaining momentum to start possible playoff preview with Nats
Manager: Joe Maddon (3rd season) Record: 57-50 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 3B Kris Bryant (.274/.388/.511 with 20 HR, 47 RBIs), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.263/.392/.523 with 26 HR, 70 RBIs), C Wilson Contreras (.276/.347/.508 with 18 HR, 65 RBIs), RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-3, 3.80 ERA), RHP Wade Davis (2.43 ERA, 22 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 2-2 Pitching probables: Aug. 4: RHP Tanner Roark vs. RHP Kyle Kendricks, 2:20 p.m., MASN Aug. 5: RHP Edwin Jackson vs. RHP John Lackey, 2:20 p.m., MASN...
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Luke Erickson: Finally, some promotions

Luke Erickson: Finally, some promotions
If there's one thing that marked the 2017 season in the Nationals minors, it's how few, far between and slow promotions have been. To clarify, I'm talking about upward moves from the low-to-mid minors based on merit, not the needs-based shift from Triple-A to the majors. Granted, nobody in their right mind wants to return to the days when an old-for-the-level, low Single-A guy is moved to Double-a in the space of 10 days (Bill Rhinehart, 2008) or a southpaw moved up from high Single-A to the...
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Marty Niland: D.C. needs sports stars like Howard and Zimmerman

Marty Niland: D.C. needs sports stars like Howard and Zimmerman
Sunday was a day Nationals fans should long remember. On that sunny afternoon, they got to celebrate a baseball milestone along with two men who became stars at times when their teams and fans needed it. In the third inning of the Nats' 10-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Ryan Zimmerman sent a fly ball over the right field fence and into the Nats bullpen for his 238th career homer, surpassing Frank Howard for the most ever hit by a player in a Washington uniform. Zimmerman later hit a solo shot...
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Opposite dugout: Marlins sellers at the deadline, giving up on 2017

Opposite dugout: Marlins sellers at the deadline, giving up on 2017
Manager: Don Mattingly (2nd season) Record: 49-54 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: RF Giancarlo Stanton (33 HR, 73 RBIs), LF Marcell Ozuna (.312/.371/.558), 2B Dee Gordon (.297 average, 38 SBs), C J.T. Realmuto (.311 average), RHP José Ureña (4.04 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-3 Pitching probables: July 31: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. RHP José Ureña, 7:10 p.m., MASN August 1: RHP Max Scherzer vs. LHP Chris O'Grady, 7:10 p.m., MASNAugust 2: TBA vs. RHP Vance Worley, 7:10 p.m.,...
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David Huzzard: Stop pointless debates and enjoy what's happening on the field

David Huzzard: Stop pointless debates and enjoy what's happening on the field
When I was growing up, Washington D.C., was the murder capital of the world and currently the Nationals are murdering baseballs at an alarming rate. The third inning of yesterday's game saw a quintuple homicide committed at Nats Park. But as with anything that's fun, there are always people that want to ruin it. Seriously, go to your Twitter right now and type in something you think is fun and declare your joy for it, and I'm sure one of the first responses will be someone looking to rain on...
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Opposite dugout: Rockies hope potent offense carries them to postseason

Opposite dugout: Rockies hope potent offense carries them to postseason
Manager: Bud Black (1st season) Record: 58-45 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 2B DJ LeMahieu (.312), 3B Nolan Arenado (.313 with 23 HR, 89 RBIs), 1B Mark Reynolds (22 HR, 70 RBIs), CF Charlie Blackmon (.326/.379/.609), LHP Kyle Freeland (10-7, 3.64 ERA), RHP Greg Holland (31 saves, 1.72 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-3 Pitching probables: July 28: RHP German Márquez vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 7:05 p.m., MASN July 29: LHP Kyle Freeland vs. RHP Erick Fedde, 7:05 p.m., MASN July 30: RHP Jon...
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MASN and COX kick off Social Media Weekend July 29-30 at The Bullpen

MASN and COX kick off Social Media Weekend July 29-30 at The Bullpen
This Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30, MASN and COX will be kicking off Social Media Weekend at The Bullpen next to Nationals Park! Fans will have the opportunity to collect unique Nationals prizes at both the MASN and COX booths, and can try their swinging luck at the Cox Virtual Home Run Derby! Sara Perlman (@saraperlman) of "MASN All Access" will be on site to interact with fans of all ages on Saturday to kick off the festivities. For updates on the event and how to win prizes, be...
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Luke Erickson: The season-ticket holder experience in the minors

Luke Erickson: The season-ticket holder experience in the minors
For the past several years of writing online about the Nationals minor leaguers, I've had to make the disclosure that I'm a season-ticket holder to Washington's high Single-A affiliate in Potomac. Well, maybe not "had to," but I've felt the need to as a matter of integrity and my experience as a newspaperman (I'm old enough to have actually cut and paste with an X-acto knife and a wax machine). It's also because the inference that I might be a "homer" because I root for many of these...
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Opposite dugout: Brewers aim to regain form after letting Cubs catch up

Opposite dugout: Brewers aim to regain form after letting Cubs catch up
Manager: Craig Counsell (3rd season) Record: 53-48 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: C Manny Piña (.294), 1B Eric Thames (23 HR), 3B Travis Shaw (70 RBIs, 22 HR, 24 doubles), 2B Jonathan Villar (19 SB), LF Ryan Braun (.272/.356/.562), RHP Corey Knebel (1.75 ERA, 17 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (4-2 in 2016) Pitching probables: July 25: RHP Edwin Jackson vs. RHP Zach Davies, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 July 26: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson, 7:05 p.m., MASN July 27: RHP Max...
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Marty Niland: Despite injuries and bullpen woes, Nats making the best of it

Marty Niland: Despite injuries and bullpen woes, Nats making the best of it
How are you feeling about the Nationals season so far? Are you one of those glass-half-empty types who believe that the 59-38 Nats have underachieved this season and should be competing with the Dodgers for baseball's best record, if not for so many wasted scoring opportunities and blown leads? Or is your glass half-full, thankful that the team is 21 games over .500 with the biggest division lead in the National League - 12 games approaching the end of July - despite what has been baseball's...
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David Huzzard: Trade for relief help puts Nats in strong position

David Huzzard: Trade for relief help puts Nats in strong position
The recent acquisition of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson helps the Nationals bullpen. It added two much-needed proven, veteran arms to a 'pen that was lacking everything. Madson brings his 2.01 ERA and 2.39 FIP, and Doolittle his 3.63 ERA and 2.51 FIP. While these two are instantly the best relievers in the Nationals bullpen, all reports indicate the Nationals are far from finished in looking to add talent to a bullpen that has severely lacked it for most of the season. If the Nationals are...
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Opposite dugout: Bullpen has Diamondbacks in playoff contention

Opposite dugout: Bullpen has Diamondbacks in playoff contention
Manager: Torey Lovullo (1st season) Record: 55-40 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Jake Lamb (22 HR, 76 RBIs), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.311/.427/.569), RF David Peralta (.320 average), LHP Robbie Ray (2.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), RHP Fernando Rodney (22 saves) Pitching probables: July 21: RHP Max Scherzer vs. TBA, 9:40 p.m., MASN2July 22: RHP Tanner Roark vs. RHP Zack Godley, 8:10 p.m., MASN2July 23: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. LHP Robbie Ray, 4:10 p.m., MASN2 Inside the Diamondbacks: In 2016, the...
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