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Nats plan to call up Ross from AA for Saturday start


Nats plan to call up Ross from AA for Saturday start

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

Right-hander Joe Ross, one of the players acquired in last winter's complex trade that most notably will bring shortstop Trea Turner to the Nationals next week, will be promoted from Class AA Harrisburg and start Saturday's game against the Cubs, manager Matt Williams announced.

Ross, 22, isn't currently on the Nationals' 40-man roster, but he can have his contract purchased, with the organization clearing a spot for him by transferring one of several injured players (Craig Stammen, Jayson Werth, Reed Johnson, Nate McLouth) from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Another player will have to come off the 25-man active roster in exchange for Ross.

Though the Nationals have starting candidates with experience at both Class AAA Syracuse and the big leagues — right-handers A.J. Cole and Taylor Hill both are currently on the major-league roster — they will instead turn to the promising (if inexperienced) Ross to make his debut Saturday.

"We're excited to see him, having come from a different organization," Williams said. "He's pitched very well, though. He's commanded the zone and done everything that's asked of him. So he's going to get a chance."

Ross is 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in nine starts at Harrisburg, striking out 54 batters while walking 12 in 51 1/3 innings. He was already on schedule to start Saturday against Trenton.

A first-round pick of the Padres in 2011, Ross was part of December's complex, 3-team trade that saw the Nationals send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Rays while also acquiring a player to be named later from San Diego. That player, prized shortstop prospect Turner, will finally be eligible to be dealt June 13.

The 6-foot-4 Ross is the younger brother of Padres right-hander Tyson Ross, who beat the Nationals at Petco Park last month.

"I think he was a guy that we thought that would be quick through the minor leagues for us," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "But this has accelerated his development even a little faster than I thought he would."

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.