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

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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:

NATIONALS 2016 SCHEDULE


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.

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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.

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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.

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