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DC Forecast: Storms in weather forecast for Nationals series against Phillies, Braves

DC Forecast: Storms in weather forecast for Nationals series against Phillies, Braves

With Bryce Harper and the Phillies coming to Washington, D.C., for a four-game series against the Nationals starting Monday, the weather isn't too happy.

Between Monday and Thursday, scattered showers and thunderstorms could threaten the Nationals and Phillies' matchups and cause delays, cancellations and postponements, according to NBC4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts. 

But, when the Atlanta Braves get into town Friday, the sun should be out and humidity will be down, with temperatures in the upper-70s by the 7:05 p.m. first pitch. 

The seven games in seven days, with four games against the Phillies and three against the Braves, could be a defining stretch for the inconsistent Nationals. Facing two NL East foes, Washington has the chance to make up much-needed ground on the first-and second-place teams in the division.

The Nats enter the week 33-38, 8.5 games back from the NL East first-place Atlanta Braves and 6.5 games back from the Phillies (39-32). 

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MLB return: Union fires back at owners in latest statement, reject additional concessions

MLB return: Union fires back at owners in latest statement, reject additional concessions

The latest whack of the negotiation tether ball came Thursday night when Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLBPA, issued a statement of discontent.

“In this time of unprecedented suffering at home and abroad, Players want nothing more than to get back to work and provide baseball fans with the game we all love. But we cannot do this alone,” it began.

Clark went on to cite the league’s most recent suggestion of a “dramatically shortened” season “unless Players negotiate salary concessions.” The league suggested a 50-game season would be reasonable for the amount of money players agreed to in salary following a late-March negotiation.

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The statement went on to refer to the league’s stance as a “threat,” as opposed to the players' proposal, which in Clark’s view, was designed to move the negotiations forward. He rattled off the various items in the union’s proposal, which was framed around a 114-game season: more games, two years of expanded playoffs, salary deferrals and the exploration of additional “jewel events” (All-Star Game, etc.).

Clark said a conference call with the MLBPA’s eight-person executive board, which includes Max Scherzer, and several other player leaders concluded “the league’s demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected.”

Clark went on to say the players are ready to compete and get back on the field.

The union’s reaction to MLB’s non-reaction is not a surprise. Players are adamant they are not taking further salary cuts. The league solidly believes salaries should -- and need to be -- negotiated if there is to be some form of 2020 season. Everyone continues to wait for a solution.

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Mike Rizzo: ‘I am horrified by the murder of George Floyd’

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Mike Rizzo: ‘I am horrified by the murder of George Floyd’

Mike Rizzo released a statement Thursday in response to the social unrest currently convulsing through the country following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

“I am horrified by the murder of George Floyd. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I strongly believe that silence is unacceptable and words are meaningless without action.

“Washington, D.C., is my home. The people of D.C. are my people. I am listening. I stand with you, and I am committed to being part of systemic change so every citizen here can say we are D.C. and D.C. is us.”

Rizzo made a statement, first provided to the Washington Post, separate from the team’s statement Tuesday.

Protests are expected to continue in Washington, D.C. this week.

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