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Zimmermann returns to face Nats, Scherzer in series finale vs. Tigers

Zimmermann returns to face Nats, Scherzer in series finale vs. Tigers

Nats (20-13) vs. Tigers (15-17) at Nationals Park

It's finally here, a day many Nationals fans and Jordan Zimmermann himself have anticipated for months, ever since the right-hander left the Nats to sign with the Detroit Tigers in free agency. On Wednesday night, Zimmermann makes his much-awaited return to Nationals Park for the first time since leaving.

It just so happens that Zimmermann will pitch opposite Max Scherzer, who is also facing his former team, the Tigers, for the first time since signing away in free agency. Both pitchers will go up against their friends and former teammates in a game that will probably have mixed feelings for each guy.

Zimmermann is pitching much better than Zimmermann lately with an MLB-best 1.10 ERA. Scherzer, meanwhile, is looking to find consistency early this season, as he holds a 4.60 ERA.

The Nats' lineup has a minor change today with Ryan Zimmerman hitting fifth and Daniel Murphy batting cleanup. Manager Dusty Baker explained it as a decision due to Murphy's history of success against Zimmermann. Zimmerman has never faced Zimmermann. Weird sentence, but you know what I mean.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 183
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Tigers - Jordan Zimmermann

NATS

CF Ben Revere
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Max Scherzer

TIGERS

2B Ian Kinsler
RF J.D. Martinez
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Victor Martinez
LF Justin Upton
C James McCann
CF Anthony Gose
SS Jose Iglesias
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
 

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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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