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Peralta gets eight-game suspension

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Peralta gets eight-game suspension

Tampa Bay relief pitcher Joel Peralta received an eight-game suspension by Major League Baseball on Thursday for having pine tar in his glove during Tuesday's Nationals vs. Rays game. Peralta has decided to file an appeal and will still be available to pitch until the case is reviewed.

Peralta was removed from Tuesday's game after umpires found pine tar inside of his glove when he took the mound. A former pitcher for the Nationals, it is believed his old teammates tipped off manager Davey Johnson as he made the call.

The incident provoked a back-and-forth between the team's managers as Johnson and Joe Maddon had conflicting opinions on Johnson's challenge. Johnson insisted he was just following the rules and the league seems to agree. The glove was shipped to the league office after the game and their decision has confirmed that his glove did indeed have pine tar.

Peralta spent the 2010 season with Washington and held a 2.02 ERA in 49.0 innings pitched. He has a career 3.97 ERA in eight major league seasons.

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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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