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NL East: Former Nats pitcher released in Braves' first cuts of spring

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NL East: Former Nats pitcher released in Braves' first cuts of spring

Reliever David Carpenter, who spent the second half of the 2015 season with the Nationals, was released by the Atlanta Braves on Saturday in their first round of spring cuts.

Carpenter, 30, was granted free agency in November. He made only eight appearances with the Nats before a right shoulder injury ended his season.

This winter Carpenter returned to the Braves, where he had his best seasons, including in 2013 when he posted a 1.78 ERA for the NL East champions. He left Atlanta after the 2014 season to join the Yankees where he pitched in 22 games.

The Nationals traded prospect and former second round pick Tony Renda to the Yankees to acquire Carpenter last June. Renda was dealt this offseason in the trade that landed Aroldis Chapman in New York.

Carpenter was solid for the Nationals in his brief time in Washington, but it's unlikely they bring him back, especially given the fact their bullpen is already crowded with veterans.

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.

Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.

Here's what happened next:

If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers. 

And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone. 

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.

The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.

The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.

Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.

He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.

The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.

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