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The Nationals added two more players to push their active roster to 32 on Thursday by calling up right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse and activating first baseman Tyler Moore off the disabled list.
Cole, 23, rejoins the Nationals for his third stint of the 2015 season. He made his MLB debut on April 28 and has a 5.79 ERA in three total games for the Nats. Cole has allowed 11 runs (six earned) in 9 1/3 big league innings.
Cole was very good with Syracuse this season. In 21 games - 19 of them starts - Cole held a 3.15 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 105 2/3 innings.
Nats manager Matt Williams expects Cole to settle into a long relief role for the remainder of this season.
"He's a starter, so the long role is where he fits. A couple of innings if need-be. He made his start and he's three days rest today. So, to send him out there and expect him to go six today would probably not be realistic. But once we get past today, if he's not used, then he's full rest and ready to go," he said.
Moore, 28, comes off the disabled list after rehabbing a sprained left ankle. The injury occurred when he stepped on a baseball in the indoor batting cage at Nationals Park.
Moore is batting .200 with four homers, 22 RBI and 10 doubles in 79 games this season with the Nats.
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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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