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Davey Martinez hospitalized for precautionary reasons during Nationals’ Sunday win

Davey Martinez hospitalized for precautionary reasons during Nationals’ Sunday win

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Davey Martinez left the dugout in the sixth inning on Sunday after not feeling well. 

Team physicians assessed him and decided the best course of action was for Martinez to go to a local hospital for further examination. Bench coach Chip Hale replaced Martinez for the remainder of the Nationals' 7-0 win against Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.

"So, just for precautionary reasons, they took him to the hospital to see what's going on, but we're expecting everything to be good," Hale said.

The team, set to fly to St. Louis on Sunday night, was informed postgame. 

"I don't know what's going on, so I can't really speak on that," Howie Kendrick said. "I knew, I think it was the fifth inning, maybe? And then Chip took over as manager. Then after that, all you can worry about is hopefully, he's doing great. I wish him the best. I love Davey. We talk pretty much every day. He's got a lot of insight and I've known him for years -- playing against him in the American League, too. He's done a great job this year. I wish him the best right now. Like I said, I don't know what's really going on, but hopefully it's nothing major."

Hale said Martinez, 54, in his second year as the team's manager, is expected to join the team in St. Louis.

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Nationals' 2021 schedule again includes the AL East

Nationals' 2021 schedule again includes the AL East

WASHINGTON -- Despite the 2020 season wobbling toward a late start, Major League Baseball released the 2021 schedule on Thursday afternoon.

Without warning or fanfare -- MLB’s usual ineffective process of releasing the schedule -- the Nationals learned they will open 2021 at home on April 1 against the New York Mets.

All 30 teams are slated to play on Opening Day in 2021.

The Nationals will again face the American League East during interleague play. Oddly, Major League Baseball did not use the already existing full 2020 schedule, nor did it change the interleague matchups after alterations for this season. For instance, the Nationals could have played the American League West next season -- like they were originally scheduled to in 2020. Instead, they will be dealing with the AL East heavyweights for a second consecutive season.

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The Nationals first road trip will be to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series against the Dodgers on April 9-11 and then on to St. Louis to face the Cardinals, April 12-14.

The Nationals will play the Yankees in New York on May 7-9. The Boston Red Sox visit Nationals Park Oct. 1-3 to close the regular season.

Per usual, most of September will be spent playing within the division. From Aug. 24 through Sept. 22, the Nationals will play 22 out of 28 games against National League East.

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Spelling error? Stephen Strasburg was nervous opening his World Series ring

Spelling error? Stephen Strasburg was nervous opening his World Series ring

It’s understandable that a player might feel an array of emotions when finally getting the chance to see their championship ring in person for the first time.

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg opened his Thursday and while he was feeling nervous, it wasn’t because of the long road Washington took to winning its first World Series.

“It was very special to see,” Strasburg said on a Zoom press conference Thursday. “I got a little nervous at first because on the outside of the box it came in, my last name was spelled wrong. Luckily, it was spelled correctly on the ring, so I was pretty happy about that.”

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The Nationals unveiled the design for their World Series rings May 24, one year to the day after they began climbing out of the depths of a 19-31 start. However, players decided against receiving them until they could all do it together.

“It’s cool to see in person but I think I’ll be with Davey [Martinez] when I can actually put that thing on,” Nationals starter Max Scherzer said after the design was unveiled. “I think all of us, when we’re all together, when we can have that moment together, that’s the final piece to our championship and that’ll be an emotional moment.”

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Strasburg was the only player made available to the media after the rings were distributed, but he emphasized that the moment lived up to expectations.

“It’s pretty special,” Strasburg said. “You just look at all the little things they put on the ring to commemorate some of the big moments of the season and it kind of takes you right back to that moment. And they did a great job on it...Can’t wait to get it home to show my kids.”

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