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Nationals Game Notes: June 17 at San Diego Padres

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 Washington Nationals (42-25) at San Diego Padres (27-41) 

RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 3.01] | LHP Christian Friedrich [3-1, 2.12]

Friday, June 17 l Game #68 / Road #36 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:40 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ROAD WARRIORS

The Nationals opened their current three-city, 10-game, 11-day road trip with an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night…RHP Tanner Roark picked up his sixth win of the season while LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper and C Wilson Ramos registered multi-hit games…Harper, Ramos and 3B Anthony Rendon all homered in the contest…RHP Shawn Kelley picked up his second save in as many chances this season.

  • Washington has now won six of its last seven, nine of its last 11, and 13 of its last 17 games, playing at a .765 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.2 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 105-6.
  • At 42-25 (.627), the Nationals have posted their best record through 67 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (44-20, .688)…Washington’s 42-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

BACK-TO-BACK BONANZA

Nationals RF Bryce Harper sent his 14th home run careening off the facade of Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field in the third inning on Thursday night…C Wilson Ramos followed with a missile of his own to right field, his 11th of 2016 and the Nationals’ ninth set of back-to-back blasts this season — second most in MLB this year (Baltimore, 10).

  • According to STATS, LLC., the nine sets of back-to-back home runs are tied with the 2012 Nationals for the most in a single season in team history (2005-present)…It is the third time in franchise history a Nationals or Expos team has hit nine or more back-to-back homers in a season with the 2016 & 2012 Nationals joining the 1999 Expos, who did it 10 times.
  • For a full list of the Nationals’ 2016 back-to-back home runs, visit the Home Run Log on page 3 of the game notes.

GET OUT AND VOTE

The next round of National League All-Star balloting updates aren’t expected until Wednesday, but Washington boasts several position players building strong cases for consideration:

  • 2B Daniel Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.359)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T3rd, 28), OPS (2nd, .994), and hits (3rd, 88) while his .402 on-base percentage is 10th in MLB and sixth in the National League.
  • C Wilson Ramos clubbed his 11th home run of the season on Thursday night…Ramos has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games, posting a .392(18-for-46) average with two doubles, five homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 13 runs scored during that span….Finally qualifying for MLB league leaders (3.1 PA/Team Game) Ramos is curently fifth in MLB in batting average (.339) and leads all Major League catchers average (.339), on-base percentage (.388), slugging percentage (.568) and fewest strikeouts (26)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 38 RBI and his 11 home runs are tied for first with KCR’s Salvador Perez…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • RF Bryce Harper was second among all NL outfielders in voting as of the most recent update (June 15) with 1,451,270 fan votes to date…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is tied for first in MLB in walks (56) and also ranks in NL in on-base percentage (5th, .409) and OPS (10th, .911)…His 12 go-ahead RBI rank tied for third in MLB.

Nationals Game Notes: June 8 at Chicago White Sox

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Washington Nationals (35-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-29)
RHP Max Scherzer [6-4, 3.87] | RHP James Shields [2-7, 4.28]
Wednesday, June 8 l Game #59 / Road #33 l U.S. Cellular Field l Chicago, I.L. l 7:10 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HIT PARADE
The Nationals topped the White Sox, 10-5, on Tuesday night in the opener of this three-game Interleague set…Washington piled up 12 hits (six for extra bases) and six walks, putting up a 10-spot on the scoreboard for the second consecutive game…Tuesday’s victory, coupled with Sunday’s 10-9 triumph at Cincinnati, marks the first time since April 28 & 29, 2015 that the Nationals have scored 10 runs in back-to-back games…In Nationals history (2005-present) only one team (2012) has posted 10 or more runs in three straight games (June 26-28).

  • At 35-23 (.603), the Nationals have the third best record in Major League Baseball behind the Chicago Cubs (40-17, .702) and Texas Rangers (36-22, .621).
  • The Nationals have played to a 20-12 (.625) record on the road thus far this season, behind only the Cubs (18-9, .667) and Seattle Mariners (19-11, .633) in MLB.
  • Chicago is the third and final stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season…Washington opens a six-game homestand on Friday evening but then will head back out on the road for 11 days starting June 16 in San Diego.

SIZZLING AT THE HOT CORNER
Leading the charge for the Nationals’ offensive attack on Tuesday night was 3B Anthony Rendon, who went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored…Rendon’s RBI-double got the Nationals on the board in the second inning, and his two-run homer in the fourth helped put the team in position to assume the lead the following frame.

  • Since May 10, Rendon’s .348 batting average ranks fourth in the National League, his .442 on-base percentage ranks second, and his .596 slugging percentage is good for 10th.
  • In the month of June Rendon is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI, and three walks (.476 OBP, .833 SLG).

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
In eight games dating to May 29, Nationals C Wilson Ramos is 13-for-27 (.481) with two doubles, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks and nine runs scored…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 170 PA) in batting average (.348), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.561), RBI (32), and fewest strikeouts (21).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015 is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Ramos is outpacing his 2015 offensive numbers by more than 100 points in all three major categories…In addition to going from a .229 average (2015) to currently hitting .348, his 2015 on-base percentage was .258 and is currently .392, while his 2015 slugging percentage was .358 and he’s slugging .561 this season.

READY WHEN CALLED
The Nationals’ bullpen has been taxed with the third-fewest innings in Major League Baseball, their 162.2 IP slotting in behind only the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays (149.1 IP)…However, when they’re relied upon, the Nationals’ bullpen has excelled…WSH has the third-best bullpen ERA in MLB (2.88), the fourth-lowest batting average against (.216), and the fourth-highest save percentage (80%).

  • Since embarking on this current road trip (May 30), the Nationals’ bullpen has been asked to throw the second-fewest innings in the National League (20.2), despite needing 11.0 IP from the relief corps in the last two games alone.
  • That, of course, means the Nationals’ starting pitching staff has been carrying quite a load themselves…Washington’s starters currently lead MLB in strikeouts (378), and rank fourth in innings pitched (362.0)…The Nationals’ rotation is also holding opposing batters to the fourth-lowest average in MLB (.232).

Nationals Game Notes: May 27 vs. St. Louis Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals (24-24) vs. Washington Nationals (29-19)
LHP Jaime Garcia [3-4, 3.59] | RHP Max Scherzer [5-3, 3.80]
Friday, May 27 l Game #49 / Home # 24 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

A LANDMARK VICTORY
The Nationals topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, on Thursday night, the 1,700th victory of Dusty Baker’s managerial career…Baker is the 17th all-time winningest manager in MLB history, and the second active manager, behind only San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy (1,732 victories)…Baker is 69 wins behind Jim Leyland for the 15th spot on the list.

  • The victory, which matched career win No. 1 for Baker as his 1993 San Francisco Giants topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, on April 6, 1993, was Washington’s fifth straight over STL…The five-game winning streak over the Cardinals matches a Nationals record (2005-present) vs. STL (also June 14, 2011-Aug. 31, 2012).

AT THE HOT CORNER
Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 Thursday night, continuing his scorching hot stretch…In 16 games dating to May 10, Rendon 20-for-56 (.357) with five doubles, one triple, one home run, nine RBI, 11 walks, two stolen bases and nine runs scored…He has posted eight multi-hit efforts over that stretch.

INHERITANCE TAX
Nationals relievers have posted a miniscule 0.84 ERA (4 ER/42.2 IP) since May 9 (17 games)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.49 batters per nine innings, posted a 4.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just five extra base hits (4 2B, 1 HR)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: MIL, 1.70)

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (22 IR, 0 IRS)…No other team that’s inherited 10 or more runners in that span has kept all of them from scoring…Only the Brewers (8 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.

IT STARTS WITH THE STARTERS
Nationals RHP Joe Ross picked up his fourth win of the season on Thursday night, holding STL to one run over 7.0 IP…Ross, whose lone run allowed came on a solo home run by Aldemys Diaz in the fourth inning, struck out four, allowed six hits and walked one batter.

  • The Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads MLB with 449 strikeouts and ranks second in MLB with a 2.82 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (3rd, .347), opp. OPS (3rd, .636), WHIP (3rd, 1.12), hits/9.0 innings (3rd, 7.40), opp. average (3rd, .224), and opp. OBP (3rd, .289).

Nationals Game Notes: May 25 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (26-19) vs. Washington Nationals (28-18)
LHP Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81) | RHP Tanner Roark [3-3, 2.89]
Wednesday, May 25 l Game #47 / Home # 22 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals blasted five home runs and RHP Stephen Strasburg cruised to his eighth victory of the season on Tuesday night as Washington topped the New York Mets, 7-4…The Nationals continue this seven-game homestand Wednesday afternoon with the finale vs. the Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals (four games) come to town this weekend…Washington will then depart on a three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip to Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago (White Sox).

  • At 28-18 (.609), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (30-14; .682) and possess the third-best record in MLB.
  • The Nationals’ 28-18 record matches the best mark in team history (2005-pres.) through 46 games, joining the 2012 Nationals (28-18).
  • The Nationals have posted a +53 run differential, the second-best mark in the National League (CHI: +118) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +118; BOS: +71).

HOMER HAPPY
The Nationals’ five home runs on Tuesday night (hit by 1B Ryan Zimmerman, 3B Anthony Rendon, 2B Daniel Murphy, CF Ben Revere, and C Wilson Ramos) were a new season high and matched the second-most home runs hit in a game this year league-wide…STL, NYM and BAL have each had a six-homer game this season.

  • Zimmerman and Rendon went back-to-back with their blasts in the fourth inning, the third time the Nationals hit back-to-back home runs this season.
  • Entering Tuesday’s game, the Mets were the only Major League team not to allow more than two home runs in a game this season.
  • The benefactor of all that run support, RHP Stephen Strasburg, improved to 8-0, joining RHP Pedro Martinez (April 15-May 23, 1997) and LHP Kirk Reuter as the only starting pitchers in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to begin a season 8-0…The Nationals have now won each of Strasburg’s past 14 starts, a franchise record.

BULLISH ON THE ‘PEN
Despite allowing two runs in the ninth on Tuesday, Nationals relievers have posted a miniscule 0.93 ERA (4 ER/38.2 IP) since May 9 (14 games)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.8 batters per nine innings, posted a 3.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just five extra base hits (4 2B, 1 HR)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: MIL, 1.74).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (22 IR, 0 IRS)…No other team that’s inherited 10 or more runners in that span has kept all of them from scoring…Only the Brewers (6 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.

Nationals Game Notes: May 23 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (25-18) vs. Washington Nationals (27-17)
RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75) | LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-1, 1.86]
Monday, May 23 l Game #45 / Home # 20 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WELCOME HOME
The Nationals open a seven-game homestand tonight that will feature visits from the New York Mets (three games) and St. Louis Cardinals (four games).

  • At 27-17 (.614), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (29-13; .690) and are tied for the third-best record in Major League Baseball.
  • Washington’s 27-17 record is the best in team history (2005-pres.) through 44 games, topping the 2015 Nationals (26-18) and the 2012 Nationals (26-18).
  • The Nationals have posted a +50 run differential, second-best in the National League (CHI: +110) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +110; BOS: +66).

HEATING UP
In 12 games dating to May 10, 3B Anthony Rendon is 17-for-42 (.405) with five doubles, one triple, eight RBI, 10 walks, two stolen bases and eight runs scored…He has posted seven multi-hit efforts over that stretch, including four in his last five games…During that five-game stretch, Rendon is 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, one triple, seven RBI, five walks and four runs scored.

SETTING THE PACE
The Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads MLB with 412 strikeouts and ranks second in MLB with a 2.79 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (2nd, .344), opp. OPS (2nd, .637), WHIP (2nd, 1.14), hits/9.0 innings (3rd, 7.46), opp. average (3rd, .226), and opp. OBP (3rd, .292).

  • The Nationals boast four starting pitchers in the top 18 in ERA in the National League: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3rd, 1.86), RHP Joe Ross (T11th, 2.70), RHP Stephen Strasburg (15th, 2.80) and RHP Tanner Roark (18th, 2.89)…No other team has more than three.

Nationals Game Notes: May 21 vs. Miami Marlins

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 Washington Nationals (26-16) at Miami Marlins (21-20)

RHP Joe Ross [3-3, 2.63] | RHP Jose Fernandez [5-2, 3.21]

Saturday, May 21 l Game #43 / Road #24 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 7:15 P.M.

Television: FOX l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ROLLING ALONG

The Nationals reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week and sealed the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through the season’s first 42 games…No previous Nationals team won as many as 26 of its first 42 games (2015 & 2012 teams went 25-17)…The 1996 Montreal Expos went 27-14.

NO FEAR OF FISH HERE

With his home run in the second inning Friday night, Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman upped his career home run total vs. the Marlins to 28…The gaudy home run total for Zimmerman, who has homered three times already this season vs. MIA, trails only Chase Utley (30) and Ryan Howard (39) among active players against the Marlins.

  • In his career, Zimmerman has hit .304 vs. the Marlins, with 37 doubles, six triples, 28 home runs, 88 RBI, 66 walks and 99 runs scored.

TRADING PLACES

When the Nationals opened this road trip in New York on Tuesday, they did so with a slight tweak to manager Dusty Baker’s lineup…Baker swapped two-hole hitter 3B Anthony Rendon and No. 6 hitter LF Jayson Werth in the lineup, putting Werth at No. 2 and Rendon sixth…Since that switch, Werth is 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and is reaching base at a .500 clip while Rendon is 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles, four RBI and a .625 on-base percentage.

  • The Nationals have scored 20 runs in this four-game stretch with Werth scoring four, while Rendon has scored three and driven in four.

BULLETPROOF BULLPEN

Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.62 ERA (2 ER/29.0 IP), 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just three extra base hits (3 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.93).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (19 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.

SPOTLESS SHAWN 

Nationals RHP Shawn Kelley is one of only two relievers in MLB who has pitched at least 10.0 innings and is yet to allow an earned run…Kelley, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this offseason, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 19 appearances (15.0 IP) this season…He has struck out 21 batters against just two walks (one of which was intentional) and surrendered 10 hits…SDP RHP Fernando Rodney (16 G, 16.0 IP, 10 SV) is Kelley’s only company.

Nationals Game Notes: May 20 vs. Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (25-16) at Miami Marlins (21-19)
RHP Tanner Roark [2-3, 3.10] | LHP Justin Nicolino [2-1, 3.75]
Friday, May 20 l Game #42 / Road #23 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

NO NATIONALS LIKE THESE
The Nationals reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week in New York, taking two of three from the Mets and sealing the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through the season’s first 41 games…No previous Nationals team won as many as 25 of its first 41 games (2015 & 2012 teams went 24-17)…The 1996 Montreal Expos went 27-14.

  • The Nationals continue this six-game road swing Friday night in Miami…Washington has played to a 13-9 record on the road in 2016.

BREAK OUT THE BATS
The Nationals had their longest inning of the season on Thursday night, sending 11 batters to the plate in the top of the third vs. the Mets…The 11 batters produced seven runs, which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the most the franchise (Nationals/Expos) had scored in an inning against the Mets since July 26, 2004 at Montreal, and the highest-scoring inning that any Nationals or Expos team had ever produced in New York.

  • Four Nationals (CF Ben Revere, 2B Daniel Murphy, 3B Anthony Rendon, and SS Danny Espinosa) produced multi-hit games as Washington tallied 11 hits one night after registereing 11 walks and 11 strikeouts (Weds. vs. NYM).
  • With the win, RHP Stephen Strasburg improved to 7-0 on the season…Washington has won each of Strasburg’s last 13 starts, a franchise record (Nationals/Expos), besting the 12 straight earned when Jordan Zimmermann started from Aug. 2, 2015-April 8, 2015.

HAVE YOU MET MR. MURPHY?
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy is leading the Major Leagues with 20 multi-hit games this season…Having played in 40 of the Nationals’ 41 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games, going 33-for-78 (.423) with seven doubles, four homers, 18 RBI and 14 runs scored in that stretch.

  • Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.397), multi-hit games (20), hits (60), OPS (1st, 1.065)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in slugging percentage (3rd, .636), doubles (T5th, 14), and on-base percentage (6th, .429).
  • On the season, Murphy has hit safely in 34 of his 40 games played.

BULLETPROOF BULLPEN
Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.68 ERA (2 ER/26.2 IP), 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings, a 3.88 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just three extra base hits (3 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 2.05).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (17 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.

Homestand Highlights: Minnesota Twins (April 22-24) & Philadelphia Phillies (April 26-28)

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The upcoming homestand includes complimentary tickets for military service members, a giveaway item featuring Racing President Teddy and a visit from a NASA astronaut. There will also be several fun family activities, including Kids Opening Day, Scout Day and a celebration of Screech’s birthday. As always, the Budweiser Terrace will feature daily happy hour specials, including $5 beers from the time gates open until 35 minutes before first pitch.

Friday, April 22

Anthony’s Academy All-Stars: Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon will bring a group of scholar-athletes from the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy – where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors – to Nationals Park for an opportunity to watch a game. As part of this season-long program, the group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Anthony, special batting practice viewing, tickets to the game and NatsBucks. For more information on the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, visit nationalsacademy.org.

Saturday, April 23

PupsPups in the Park #1 Presented by Budweiser: On Saturday, Nationals fans and their canine friends can enjoy the first Pups in the Park of the 2016 season presented by Budweiser. Every dog participating in Saturday’s pregame Pups parade will receive a co-branded Nationals and Budweiser dog leash. Fans and their pups will enjoy the designated Pup Zone in the Family Picnic Area, featuring pet sitters and representatives from the Washington Humane Society and Fetch! Pet Care. All proceeds from dog tickets benefit the Washington Humane Society. Saturday’s event is sold out. The next Pups in the Park will be held on May 14. Visit nationals.com/pups for additional information and future tickets.

Scout Day #1: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Daisies, Eagle Scouts and other groups from across the region are invited to Nationals Park for the season’s first Scout Day. All scouts who purchase Scout Day tickets will receive a commemorative Nationals Scout Patch. For more information and tickets, visit nationals.com/groups.

Sunday, April 24

Kids Opening Day Presented by Jr. Nationals Kids Club: The Nationals invite the team’s youngest fans to help kick off the 2016 season by celebrating Kids Opening Day. A variety of kid-friendly activities will be available before the start of the game, including face painters in the Family Picnic Area from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition, all kids ages 4-12 will have the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday regular season home games, weather permitting. Jr. Nationals MVP members (ages 12 and under) will have access to an exclusive line that will go onto the field first. For more information on the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, visit nationals.com/jrnats.

Screech Birthday

Screech’s Birthday: Happy 11th birthday, Screech! Mascots from across the D.C. area will be at Nationals Park to help Screech celebrate his big day. Screech and his friends will play fun games, including musical chairs, and participate in a special birthday ceremony on the field!

Tuesday, April 26

TEDDY WINDOW CLINGRacing President Teddy Plush Window Cling: On Tuesday, the Nationals will give away Racing President Teddy Plush Window Clings to the first 20,000 fans to enter the ballpark through ALL GATES. After the game, the Nationals are encouraging fans to share photos of where they placed the Teddy Window Plush Cling by using the hashtag #ClingTeddyCling. Participants will be entered to win complimentary tickets to a game in May.

NASA Night at Nationals Park: NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 26 before the game against the Phillies. Dr. Lindgren recently returned from a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station, where he and his Expeditions 44 and 45 crewmates conducted hundreds of scientific experiments. As a tribute to the team, he brought along a Washington Nationals hat for his journey aboard the space station, and even threw a pitch in space.

Wednesday, April 27

Patriotic Series Presented by SAIC – Military Appreciation Day:  Military Appreciation Day marks the first of four games in the Patriotic Series presented by SAIC. The Patriotic series utilizes on-field programming and pregame ceremonies, themed giveaways and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families. As a thank you for their service and sacrifice, the Nationals will offer two complimentary tickets to members of the military (active duty, dependent, reservist or retiree) for every military ID presented at the Grand Staircase Box Office near First Base Gate beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Maximum of two tickets per ID. Complimentary and discounted tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Parking, Safety and Transportation

Visit nationals.com/waytogo for information on parking and additional routes to Nationals Park. To receive up-to-date WMATA service notifications on a mobile device, fans are encouraged to register for Alert DC at http://hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc.

As part of Major League Baseball’s ongoing safety enhancements at all ballparks, Nationals Park introduced walk-through metal detectors before the 2015 season. These safety precautions will continue throughout the 2016 season. The Nationals have added metal detectors at all entrances, including Third Base, as well as the ADA First Base Accessible entrance. Fans are encouraged to allow plenty of extra time when getting to their seats.

Fans traveling to the ballpark should be aware that there are numerous new construction projects underway in the surrounding area. To ensure safe crossings, please be mindful of signage and directions given by public safety officers.

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

Spring Training Preview: Infielders

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SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW – INFIELDERS

This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the course of this week, we are introducing these players in their position groups, continuing today with the infielders.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders

CHRIS BOSTICK

2015 Season Totals: N/A

A speedy, versatile defender, Bostick was added to Washington’s 40-man roster following the 2015 season. After being acquired from the Texas Rangers along with right-handed pitcher Abel de Los Santos on December 11, 2014, Bostick led Nationals Minor Leaguers with a career-high 31 stolen bases while hitting .258 with 22 doubles, eight triples, 12 home runs, 58 RBI, 31 walks and 57 runs scored between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.

WILMER DIFO

2015 Season Totals: .182/.182/.182, -9 wRC+, 0.0% BB rate, 18.2% K rate, -0.1 fWAR

Difo, a switch-hitting middle infielder with speed, enters 2016 rated as the No. 6 prospect in Washington’s system, per Baseball America. He was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg on May 19, making his MLB debut and notching his first MLB hit that night vs. the New York Yankees. Difo hit .286 with 39 extra-base hits, 30 stolen bases and 61 runs scored in 106 games between Single-A Potomac and Harrisburg.

STEPHEN DREW

2015 Season Totals: .201/.271/.381, 76 wRC+, 8.6% BB rate, 16.6% K rate, 0.2 fWAR

A veteran left-handed bat with the ability to play shortstop, second base and third base, Drew signed a one-year deal with Washington on January 6, 2016. He clubbed 17 home runs in his first full season with the New York Yankees in 2015, tied for third among MLB second basemen. It was his largest power output since 2008, when he hit 21 home runs with Arizona. Drew appeared in 123 games (94 starts) at second base, 15 games (10 starts) at shortstop and four games (one start) at third base.

DANNY ESPINOSA

2015 Season Totals: .240/.311/.409, 94 wRC+, 8.0% BB rate, 25.7% K rate, 2.3 fWAR

One of Major League Baseball’s best and most versatile infielders, Espinosa will likely see an increased role at shortstop in 2016. A season ago, he clubbed 13 home runs, his most since 2012, and slugged .409, his highest figure since 2011. If qualified, he would have ranked first in UZR/150 (18.4) and third in defensive runs saved among MLB second basemen (10). He earned starts at second base (74), third base (9), shortstop (5), first base (5) and left field (2) during the 2015 season.

TYLER MOORE

2015 Season Totals: .203/.250/.364, 61 wRC+, 5.5% BB rate, 22.5% K rate, -0.9 fWAR

A power hitter who adds defensive versatility to Washington’s roster, Moore saw action at first base (39 games/23 starts), left field (20 games/13 starts), and right field (one game) and as a pitcher (one game/0.2 IP). He posted career highs in games played (97), at bats (187) and doubles (12) in 2015 while ranking second on the club with five hits as a pinch hitter. He became the second Nationals position player to pitch in a game, and the first at Nationals Park, August 5 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.

DANIEL MURPHY

2015 Season Totals: .281/.322/.449, 110 wRC+, 5.8% BB rate, 7.1% K rate, 2.5 fWAR

A 2015 postseason hero with the New York Mets, Murphy signed a three-year deal with the Nationals on January 6, 2016. He garnered NLCS MVP honors after clubbing four home runs during New York’s four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs, also becoming the first player in MLB history to hit a home run in six consecutive postseason games. He hit a career-high 14 home runs in 2015, adding 38 doubles and 73 RBI. He proved to be the toughest batter to strike out in MLB, fanning once every 14.2 plate appearances.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

ANTHONY RENDON

2015 Season Totals: .264/.344/.363, 97 wRC+, 10.1% BB rate, 19.7% K rate, 0.9 fWAR

A versatile infielder and one of the top young hitters in Major League Baseball, Rendon looks to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2015 campaign. After suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee in Spring Training, Rendon made his 2015 debut on June 14 before returning to the DL on June 25 with a left quad strain. His best stretch of the season came from August 22–September 17, when he hit .356 (37-for-104) with four doubles, four home runs, 16 runs batted in, 12 walks and 25 runs scored.

CLINT ROBINSON

2015 Season Totals: .272/.358/.424, 115 wRC+, 10.5% BB rate, 14.8% K rate, 0.4 fWAR

Robinson joined the Nationals on a Minor League deal with an invite to 2015 Spring Training, and would end up making his first Opening Day roster. In his first full MLB season, Robinson ranked among NL rookies in on-base percentage (3rd, .358), walks (3rd, 37) and slugging percentage (10th, .424). Robinson finished strong, hitting .284 with three homers, nine RBI and 10 walks in 27 September games. On May 12 at Arizona (1.0 IP, H, SO), Robinson became the first-ever Nationals position player to pitch in a game.

TREA TURNER

2015 Season Totals: .225/.295/.325, 72 wRC+, 9.1% BB rate, 27.3% K rate, 0.1 fWAR

The No. 2 prospect in Washington’s system per Baseball America, Turner was acquired from the San Diego Padres on June 14 to complete an offseason trade between the teams. He had his contract selected from Triple-A Syracuse on August 21 and made his Major League debut that night vs. the Milwaukee Brewers, entering the game as a defensive replacement. In 116 Minor League games in 2015, Turner hit .322 with 24 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 54 RBI, 29 stolen bases and 68 runs scored.

RYAN ZIMMERMANSPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

2015 Season Totals: .249/.308/.465, 107 wRC+, 8.5% BB rate, 20.3% K rate, 0.6 fWAR

A former Gold Glove third baseman, Zimmerman made the transition across the diamond to first base in an injury-shortened 2015 campaign. He hit .249 with 25 doubles, 16 home runs, 73 RBI, 33 walks and 43 runs scored in 95 games, including .311/.372/.652 after returning from plantar fasciitis in his left foot on July 28. He clubbed his 200th career home run during an 11-game span from August 23–September 2, in which he collected 23 RBI — the most over 11 games in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).

 

 

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

JASON MARTINSON2010 fifth-round pick enters his first training camp on the Major League side.

BRENDAN RYANDefensive wizard and veteran of nine big league seasons competing for a utility role.

SCOTT SIZEMOREVirginia Beach native and VCU alum got off to a fast start in Grapefruit League play.

MATT SKOLENationals 2012 Minor League Player of the Year hit 20 homers in the Minors in 2015.

 

Nationals reinstate infielder Anthony Rendon and option pitcher Abel de Los Santos

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By Kyle Brostowitz

The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated infielder Anthony Rendon from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Abel de Los Santos to Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday.

Rendon, 24, returns to the Nationals’ active roster after missing 25 games with a left quad strain. He appeared in six Minor League rehab games with Single-A Potomac, hitting .471 (8-for-17) with two doubles, one RBI, three walks and two runs scored.

The Nationals’ first-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Rendon is coming off a superb 2014 season in which he took home the National League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for third basemen and finished fifth in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting.

Getty Images/Mitchell Layton

Getty Images/Mitchell Layton

Rendon, who is an exceptional defender at second and third base, hit .287 with 39 doubles, six triples, 21 home runs, 83 RBI, 58 walks and 111 runs scored in 153 games in 2014. The gifted infielder ranked fourth in the Major Leagues (second in the NL) in wins above replacement (6.6), according to FanGraphs.com, at the conclusion of the season.

de Los Santos, 22, appeared in two games for the Nationals allowing one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 1.2 innings of relief. He made his Major League debut on July 21 vs. New York.

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