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Marion, Walters & Ruppert on Hall of Fame ballot

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Marion, Walters & Ruppert on Hall of Fame ballot

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) NL MVPs Marty Marion and Bucky Walters, and former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert are among 10 candidates on the ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame's pre-integration era committee.

Former players Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Tony Mullane and Deacon White also are on the 10-man ballot, along with former St. Louis Cardinals owner Samuel Breadon, sporting goods executive Alfred Reach and umpire Hank O'Day.

A 16-member committee will meet Dec. 2-3 at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.

Electees, who must receive at least 75 percent of votes, will be inducted on July 28 along with any players elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in voting announced Jan. 9. The BBWAA ballot will include Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens for the first time.

Candidates for the pre-integration committee must have made their most significant impact by 1946.

Marion, a slick fielding shortstop, was voted NL MVP in 1944 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Walters was the 1939 winner for Cincinnati after going 27-11 with a 2.29 ERA and 137 strikeouts, winning the pitching triple crown.

Ruppert owned the Yankees from 1915-39, a period that saw them win their first six World Series titles, acquire Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox and build Yankee Stadium.

The committee that will vote includes Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Phil Niekro and Don Sutton; executives Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gary Hughes and Bob Watson; and historians/reporters Jim Henneman, Steve Hirdt, Peter Morris, Phil Pepe, Tom Simon, Claire Smith, T.R. Sullivan and Mark Whicker.

The expansion-era committee (1973-present) meets at the 2013 winter meetings and the golden era committee (1947-72) at the 2014 winter meetings.

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season. 

The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee. 

One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night. 

Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup. 

Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer. 

Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup: 

According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup. 

Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2.