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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh found himself in debt after buying Nationals tickets

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh found himself in debt after buying Nationals tickets

Unless you happen to know a guy who knows a guy, most fans have at one point or another considered going to see their favorite team, only to re-think it based on the considerable cost of tickets in this day and age. Apparently, not even the highest-ranking members of our government are immune to the rising costs of going to see a game in person.

According to an article in the Washington Post, President Trump's nominee for the open Supreme Court seat, Brett Kavanaugh, incurred "tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt" while buying tickets to baseball games over the years.

Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, told the paper that Kavanaugh's debt came from buying both season tickets to the Washington Nationals and tickets for playoff games for himself and numerous friends.

Kavanaugh has "since stopped purchasing the season tickets" and was also reimbursed by his friends, so it appears he is no longer in debt, at least as a result of getting great seats at Nationals Park.

It would be quite the story, and more than a little ironic, if a Supreme Court nominee was passed over thanks to a love of America's pastime, but it appears if he does not end up on the Supreme Court, it won't be because of his fandom or previous debts.

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Nationals headed to Fresno, California


Nationals headed to Fresno, California

The Nationals top minor league affiliate has been the Syracuse Chiefs since 2009 but the Nats brass knew that partnership would end following the 2018 season after the Mets purchased the Chiefs. So the Nats were left scrambling for a new Triple-A affiliate.  The options were limited. In the end, the Nats were stuck with the Fresno Grizzlies. 

“The Washington Nationals are excited to be partnering with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo via a statement. “Fresno is committed to player development and we hope this partnership will continue to yield success for both clubs on the field and off.”

The Fresno Grizzlies will be Washington’s fourth Triple-A club after being affiliated with Syracuse (2009-18), Columbus (2007-08) and New Orleans (2005-06).

Nationals Park is 2,800 miles away from Chukchansi Park, the home of the Fresno Grizzlies. That type of travel is not ideal for a quick call-up to Washington. Don't expect Victor Robles or Carter Kieboom to spend much time in California.

The big winner of today's announcement...  The Nationals Double-A affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators. 

Harrisburg in only 120 miles away from Nationals Park and it is not unpredecented for a prospect to skip Triple-A (Juan Soto did it this season).

The Senators play in the Eastern League, which ranges from Maine to Virginia. The majority of the Fresno Grizzlies games are played west of the Rockies. 

The other Nationals minor league affiliates are the Potomac (Va.) Nationals (Advanced-A), Hagerstown (Md.) Suns (Class A), and Auburn (N.Y.) Doubledays (Class A Short Season).


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Last-place Marlins use balked-in run to come back against the Nationals


Last-place Marlins use balked-in run to come back against the Nationals

MIAMI -- Nationals reliever Wander Suero balked in a run while Washington blew a four-run lead, and the Miami Marlins rallied for an 8-5 victory Monday night.

Washington led 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings but trailed by the end of the sixth. Suero let in the go-ahead run, balking with pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega batting and Austin Dean at third base to put Miami ahead 5-4.

The Nationals (76-75) entered the day in third place in the NL East, trailing the division-leading Braves by 7 1/2 games and six games out of the final wild-card spot.

Washington tied it in the seventh when Trea Turner beat out a potential double play, but Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and Lewis Brinson hit a tiebreaking single off Koda Glover (1-3).

Starlin Castro had a homer and three RBIs for the last-place Marlins.

Anthony Rendon had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Victor Robles hit his first career homer for the Nationals, who have 11 games remaining.

Castro's solo homer in the eighth pushed the lead to 8-5.

Jarlin Garcia (3-2) recorded the final out of the seventh. Adam Conley pitched the ninth for his third save.

The Nationals led 4-0 behind an error by Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson, a solo shot by Robles and a two-run blast by Rendon.

Castro's two-run double in the fifth cut the deficit to 4-2 and ended Erick Fedde's outing. Fedde allowed two hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Miami got four consecutive hits off Jimmy Cordero in the sixth, including a two-run single by Magneuris Sierra, before Suero balked.

Marlins starter Trevor Richards allowed four runs in five innings.


Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (hand) exited Sunday's game at Philadelphia but is expected to be fine. Manager Don Mattingly said he was just experiencing cramping in his hand. ... RHP Dan Straily (oblique) is not expected to pitch the rest of the season.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA) is the scheduled starter in Tuesday's game against Miami to end the two-game set.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42) will make his fourth start of the season and third against the Nationals.