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Nats taking part in MLB auction for cancer research

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nationals relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard will do anything for a good cause. On Monday, they decided to stand up to cancer by being part of an MLB-wide auction to benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

Up for bid is an opportunity for kids to meet the bullpen duo at a "Be Cool at School" experience. It's a chance to have Storen and Clippard visit a child's classroom (the school must be within 30 minutes of Washington, D.C.) and eat lunch at his/her table in the school cafeteria. The winner will also receive a baseball signed by Storen and Clippard.

Baseball's Winter Meetings include the Auction to benefit Stand Up To Cancer, which MLB has supported since 2008 as founding sponsor. Public relations representatives from all 30 clubs were inspired to act based on individual club members impacted by the disease, and they jointly organized the auction and announced it Monday in Nashville with MLB staff. Bidding closes at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, with more than 70 baseball-related experiences ranging from clubhouse tours by players to lunches with general managers to team bus rides to meet-and-greets with 16 Hall of Fame players.

The school visit is one of two Nats items up for bid, with the other being an opportunity to be in the Draft room when Washington general manager Mike Rizzo and his staff make the club's first-round selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on June 6. The winner will also attend that day's Draft media conference and will receive two tickets and dinner in the PNC Diamond Club for that night's game vs. the Mets.

Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen