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Reports: White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox, not Nationals

Reports: White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox, not Nationals

The Nationals missed out on a major trade target when news broke this afternoon that the White Sox had traded ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox. 

The report comes from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. 

Washington had been the frontrunner to land Sale as recently as this morning. And as recently as 30 minutes ago, the Nationals vs. Red Sox contest seemed like it could go either way.

But apparently the Nats couldn't match Boston's offer of Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech plus two minor leaguers, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. 

Now, the dream rotation of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Sale won't happen. 

The trade for Sale was so close, it could impact other potential deals for the Nationals. The team reportedly explored trading Gio Gonzalez to the Yankees if Sale indeed ended up in Washington. 

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MLB announces schedule to make up Nationals-Marlins postponements

MLB announces schedule to make up Nationals-Marlins postponements

The Washington Nationals will make up their postponed three-game series with the Miami Marlins over multiple dates when the teams were previously scheduled to play.

Saturday, Aug. 22, the Nationals will be the home team in the first game of a doubleheader, then the road team in the second game. Doubleheaders now consist of two seven-inning games. That game will be a makeup for the July 31 game that was postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak within the Marlins organization which delayed a three-game series scheduled to be played in Miami on July 31-Aug. 2.

Friday, Sept. 18, in Miami will be another doubleheader. That accounts for the Aug. 1 postponement.

Sunday, Sept. 20 will be a final doubleheader to make up for the Aug. 2 postponement. It also means the Nationals will play five games in three days in Miami before the final week of the season begins.

The Nationals will play 12 games in 10 days to close the season.

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Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Emilio Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Emilio Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Thursday marked the first -- and last -- cut down deadline of the 2020 baseball season.

Rosters need to be trimmed from 30 to 28, but will hold at 28 for the rest of the season as opposed to dipping to 26. Multiple coronavirus outbreaks have caused a multitude of scheduling problems. So, Major League Baseball decided to leave the rosters expanded for the remainder of the season.

The Nationals chose to send reliever James Bourque to the alternate training site in Fredericksburg and designated utility man Emilio Bonifácio for assignment.

These were simple and direct moves. The signing of Josh Harrison and Juan Soto’s return meant Bonifácio was expendable. His upbeat vibe -- and creation of the trumpet celebration -- was not enough to keep him on the roster.

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Borque pitched 1 ⅓ innings out of the bullpen. He was the last option among the large reliever group.

The expanded rosters allow the Nationals -- and everyone else -- to wade through the rest of the season with more pitching. It will be necessary to handle prospective doubleheaders and other scheduling problems the remainder of the season.

The Nationals are 4-5 after losing 3-1 to the New York Mets on Wednesday. They were off Thursday. Baltimore comes to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning Friday.

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