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Roark takes the hill as Nats aim to continue success vs. Phillies

Roark takes the hill as Nats aim to continue success vs. Phillies

Nats (37-24) vs. Phillies (29-32) at Nationals Park

Ready or not, here comes some noon baseball action at the Navy Yard. The Nats will look to clinch a series victory over the Phillies on Saturday afternoon as they'll send Tanner Roark (4-4, 3.21 ERA) to oppose Aaron Nola (5-4, 2.65 ERA). 

With a day game after a night game, Dusty Baker has opted to give a few of his regulars the day off. Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Danny Espinosa aren't listed in the starting lineup, with Michael Taylor, Clint Robinson and Stephen Drew filling the respective voids. 

A quick note about this weekend's schedule: The reason for the wonky start times is because the club is hosting its annual charity gala on Saturday night. The noon start allows for the team to leave the stadium around 5 p.m. to go to the event, and Sunday's 4:05 p.m. first pitch gives the players a few extra hours to sleep in. 

First pitch: 12:05 p.m.
TV: CBS-9, MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Phillies - Aaron Nola 

NATS

LF Ben Revere
CF Michael Taylor 
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
3B Anthony Rendon
SS Stephen Drew
RHP Tanner Roark 

PHILLIES

CF Odubel Herrera
SS Freddy Galvis
3B Maikel Franco
1B Tommy Joseph
LF Cody Asche
C Cameron Rupp
2B Cesar Hernandez
P Aaron Nola
RF Peter Bourjos

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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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