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Nationals trade for former Bryce Harper nemesis Hunter Strickland

Nationals trade for former Bryce Harper nemesis Hunter Strickland

In another last-minute move to shore up their bullpen, the Nationals traded Aaron Fletcher for Hunter Strickland of the Mariners, NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas confirms

Before even throwing a single pitch for the Nationals, Strickland might already be a fan favorite. Once adversaries, Strickland and the Nationals share a mutual contempt towards Bryce Harper. Strickland plunked Harper in May 2017, inciting the helmet throw heard around the world. 

Strickland had been out since March due to a Grade 2 lat strain, but returned July 29 in impressive fashion. In the eighth inning against the Tigers, he needed only nine pitches to notch three outs.

If Strickland is thinking about changing his number as he changes teams, No. 34 is certainly available. In fact, some fans are clamoring for it. 

Strickland was a member of the 2014 Giants, who knocked the Nationals out of the playoffs and went on to win the World Series. Now, he'll be tasked with bolstering one of the worst bullpens in the MLB while in the middle of a postseason push. 

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Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, eviscerated the Houston Astros on Twitter Saturday afternoon in the wake of MLB's findings that the Astros systematically stole signs throughout the 2017 season, pointing out in her tweets what the scandal did to the Astros' opponents throughout the league that season.

Dolan pointed out that a large number of pitchers were scrutinized for poor performances against the Astros during the 2017 season, asking what those numbers would have done to their future earnings - not to mention mental state.

In 2017, the Astros led Major League Baseball in hits (1581), runs (896), doubles (346), RBI (854) as well as team batting average (.282) during the 162-game season en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

Doolittle reacted to the news of MLB's findings on Thursday on Twitter, thanking those who came forward to bring the sign-stealing allegations to light. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch last week and Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora lost their jobs with the Mets and Red Sox over the scandal.

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Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

The Washington Nationals aren't tired of showing off their World Series success, and for good reason. 

It's been a few months since the Nats won their first-ever title, but flaunting the Commissioner's Trophy simply never gets old. 

General Manager Mike Rizzo showed off the silverware in College Park on Saturday during an intermission in the Maryland-Purdue college basketball game. 

The crowd erupted in cheers and the band played "Baby Shark" to ring in the special occassion. It's always nice to see Terrapin fan favorite and SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt in attendance there too. 

In a bad week for baseball in the wake of widespread cheating allegations, it's a good sight to see the good parts of the game being celebrated. 

Keep showing that thing off, Nationals!

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