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Nats begin '16 in Atlanta, home opener vs. Miami


Nats begin '16 in Atlanta, home opener vs. Miami

The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day.

Major League Baseball unveiled its full 2016 schedule Tuesday afternoon, announcing that every team in the sport will begin play on Monday, April 4, aside from one yet-to-be-determined season-opening game the previous night.

The Nationals, who opened this season at home, will be on the road next yet, though not for long. They’ll face the Braves in the final opener at Turner Field on April 4, then take a day off before wrapping up that series April 6. The next day, Thursday, April 7, the Nats will host the Marlins, the start of a 7-game homestand.

The annual Battle of the Beltways returns to a 4-day, home-and-home format, with Camden Yards hosting games August 22-23 before the two rivals head to Nationals Park on August 24-25.

The Nationals’ other interleague games all come against the AL Central, with the Twins (April 22-24), Tigers (May 9-11) and Indians (August 10-11) all traveling to D.C. The Nats will play at the Royals (May 2-4), White Sox (June 7-9) and Indians (July 26-27).

In between their spring training finale in Viera and Opening Day in Atlanta, the Nationals will come north for two exhibitions against the Twins (April 1-2).

Here’s the full 2016 schedule, subject to change:


April 1-2: Exhibitions vs. Twins at Nationals Park

April 4, 6: at Braves

April 7, 9-10: vs. Marlins

April 11-14: vs. Braves

April 15-17: at Phillies

April 18-21: at Marlins

April 22-24: vs. Twins

April 26-28: vs. Phillies

April 29-May 1: at Cardinals

May 2-4: at Royals

May 5-8: at Cubs

May 9-11: vs. Tigers

May 13-15: vs. Marlins

May 17-19: at Mets

May 20-22: at Marlins

May 23-25: vs. Mets

May 26-29: vs. Cardinals

May 30-June 1: at Phillies

June 3-5: at Reds

June 7-9: at White Sox

June 10-12: vs. Phillies

June 13-15: vs. Cubs

June 16-19: at Padres

June 20-22: at Dodgers

June 24-26: at Brewers

June 27-29: vs. Mets

June 30-July 3: vs. Reds

July 4-6: vs. Brewers

July 7-10: at Mets

July 12: All-Star Game in San Diego

July 15-17: vs. Pirates

July 19-21: vs. Dodgers

July 22-24: vs. Padres

July 26-27: at Indians

July 28-31: at Giants

Aug. 1-3: at Diamondbacks

Aug. 5-7: vs. Giants

Aug. 9-10: vs. Indians

Aug. 12-14: vs. Braves

Aug. 15-17: at Rockies

Aug. 18-21: at Braves

Aug. 22-23: at Orioles

Aug. 24-25: vs. Orioles

Aug. 26-28: vs. Rockies

Aug. 29-31: at Phillies

Sept. 2-4: at Mets

Sept. 5-7: vs. Braves

Sept. 8-11: vs. Phillies

Sept. 12-14: vs. Mets

Sept. 16-18: at Braves

Sept. 19-21: at Marlins

Sept. 23-25: at Pirates

Sept. 26-29: vs. Diamondbacks

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: vs. Marlins

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.


Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.


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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.


Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.