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Nationals extend affiliation with Class A Auburn

Agreement with New York-Penn League club runs through 2016 season @ladsonbill24

NEW YORK -- The Nationals on Thursday announced the signing of a two-year player development contract extension through the 2016 season with the Auburn Doubledays of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.

The Nats began their relationship with Auburn in October 2010, with the Doubledays having gone 184-187 (.495) during that stretch, including division championships in '11 and '12. Auburn is often the first stop for many players as they start their ascent through Washington's Minor League system. Players such as right-hander Lucas Giolito and third baseman Anthony Rendon have played for Auburn.

The Auburn Doubledays were formed in 1957, and they began play in the New York-Penn League the following season. Prior to aligning with the Nationals, Auburn served as the short-season affiliate of the Blue Jays from 2001-10. The Doubledays reside in the New York-Penn League's six-team Pickney Division with Batavia, Jamestown, Mahoning Valley, State College and Williamsport.

"We are proud to continue our association with the Auburn Doubledays," general manager Mike Rizzo said in a release. "They have been a quality partner of ours for several years now, and we look forward to our ongoing partnership."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

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