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Nationals recall Trevor Gott

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and placed left-handed pitcher Matt Grace on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Gott, 25, returns to the Nationals for his second stint with the club. He appeared in five games (5.0 IP) from March 31 to April 13 and allowed opposing batters to hit .176 against him (3-for-17) while stranding all three inherited runners during this stretch.

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and placed left-handed pitcher Matt Grace on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Gott, 25, returns to the Nationals for his second stint with the club. He appeared in five games (5.0 IP) from March 31 to April 13 and allowed opposing batters to hit .176 against him (3-for-17) while stranding all three inherited runners during this stretch.

Grace, 29, appeared in 10 games for the Nationals, recording one hold and a 0.94 WHIP across 10.2 innings pitched.

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Nationals select the contract of Carlos Torres

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Carlos Torres and designated right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole for assignment on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Torres, 35, joins the Nationals after making four scoreless appearances for Triple-A Syracuse. He did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out three batters along the way.

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Carlos Torres and designated right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole for assignment on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Torres, 35, joins the Nationals after making four scoreless appearances for Triple-A Syracuse. He did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out three batters along the way.

A veteran of eight Major League seasons, Torres spent the previous two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, going 7-7 with 33 holds, three saves and a 3.43 ERA in 139 games. During that timespan, Torres tossed more than one inning of relief 35 times, posting a 1.99 ERA (14 ER/63.1 IP) and a .167/.256/.279 opp. slash line in those appearances.

Torres has appeared in 348 Major League games (16 starts) since his debut in 2009. He is 30-31 with 60 holds, five saves and a 4.00 ERA during stints with Chicago-AL (2009-10), Colorado (2012), New York-NL (2013-15) and Milwaukee (2016-17). He signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on March 30, 2018.

Cole, 26, went 5-8 with a 5.32 ERA in 26 games (19 starts) for the Nationals.  

Please see attached document for the updated 25-man roster.

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Washington to host Geico All-Star FanFest and MLB All-Star Sunday for first time ever

Tickets on sale now for week of exciting events

Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals today announced that fans are now able to purchase tickets for two of All-Star Week's most exciting events for fans: GEICO All-Star FanFest and All-Star Sunday, which features the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. For 48 hours following the launch of tickets going on sale, a "Flash" discount featuring a $10 FanFest ticket good for any time slot will be offered. The promo code for this discount, which is valid online only, is FFAS. Tickets for FanFest and All-Star Sunday can be purchased at the official website of the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (allstargame.com), the Nationals official website (nationals.com), the Nationals Ticket Windows at Nationals Park beginning in May, and by calling 833-4ASGFUN. Mastercard, preferred by Major League Baseball, is an accepted form of payment.

GEICO ALL-STAR FANFEST

Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals today announced that fans are now able to purchase tickets for two of All-Star Week's most exciting events for fans: GEICO All-Star FanFest and All-Star Sunday, which features the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. For 48 hours following the launch of tickets going on sale, a "Flash" discount featuring a $10 FanFest ticket good for any time slot will be offered. The promo code for this discount, which is valid online only, is FFAS. Tickets for FanFest and All-Star Sunday can be purchased at the official website of the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (allstargame.com), the Nationals official website (nationals.com), the Nationals Ticket Windows at Nationals Park beginning in May, and by calling 833-4ASGFUN. Mastercard, preferred by Major League Baseball, is an accepted form of payment.

GEICO ALL-STAR FANFEST

GEICO All-Star FanFest this year takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the first time the event is taking place in the nation's capital. FanFest opens Friday, July 13th and runs through Tuesday, July 17th, with more than 50 interactive attractions for fans of all ages. Throughout the show floor, fans will have the chance to win prizes, including tickets to the Midsummer Classic, by participating in the FanFest Experience Pass, a digital fan engagement platform. Fans can take photos and get autographs with the current stars of the game, meet former Olympians and members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Fans also have the opportunity to test their skills in pitching and batting cages that feature the latest analyzing technology, while a collection of MLB trophies, including the Commissioner's Trophy, will be on display. Even exhibits directly from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY will be transported to Washington, D.C. for All-Star FanFest, enabling fans to see historic memorabilia up close. Legendary stars and current superstar players who have previously attended FanFest include Miguel Cabrera, Rod Carew, Bryce Harper, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz and Giancarlo Stanton, in addition to Olympic softball champions Lisa Fernandez & Jennie Finch.

GEICO All-Star FanFest attractions are included in the price of admission, and the only additional costs are for concessions and merchandise. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for children ages 12 and under (children two and under are admitted free), senior citizens and military personnel. FanFest tickets are sold on a timed-entry basis, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early to get preferred entry times.

MLB ALL-STAR SUNDAY

Single game tickets to MLB All-Star Sunday are offered at a range of prices beginning as low as $55. Included in the price of an All-Star Sunday ticket is a single admission ticket to All-Star FanFest for Monday or Tuesday.

All-Star Sunday includes the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game showcases top Minor League prospects and has featured current Nationals Victor Robles (2017), Trea Turner (2015), Michael Taylor (2014), A.J. Cole (2013), Bryce Harper (2011), Gio Gonzalez (2006) and Howie Kendrick (2006). MLB All-Stars who have previously played in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game include José Altuve, Aaron Judge, Clayton Kershaw, Francisco Lindor, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Justin Verlander and more.

The All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will feature stars from film, music, television, digital and more teaming up with Hall of Famers and MLB greats to compete in a fun-filled, six-inning game immediately following the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Past celebrity participants have included Jessica Biel, Sterling K. Brown, Snoop Dogg, Andy Cohen, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Kimmel, Macklemore, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, J.K. Simmons, Chrissy Teigen, Miles Teller and Kate Upton. The game has also featured a collection of Hall of Famers including Andre Dawson, Rickey Henderson, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez and Ozzie Smith.

MLB All-Star Week includes the 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the region.

For more MLB All-Star Week information, please visit AllStarGame.com, @AllStarGame.

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Max Scherzer named National League Player of the Week

Following a week in which he went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP) and 21 strikeouts against just one walk, Nationals right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Scherzer, 33, tossed his ninth career complete game (fifth career shutout) in Monday's 2-0 win over Atlanta. He capped his evening with a strikeout of Ender Inciarte, giving him 10 strikeouts for the second time this season and the 66th time in his career.

Following a week in which he went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP) and 21 strikeouts against just one walk, Nationals right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Scherzer, 33, tossed his ninth career complete game (fifth career shutout) in Monday's 2-0 win over Atlanta. He capped his evening with a strikeout of Ender Inciarte, giving him 10 strikeouts for the second time this season and the 66th time in his career.

On Friday, April 14, he struck out 11 batters in 7.0 innings of two-run ball as the Nationals topped the Colorado Rockies, 6-2. He surrendered a home run to Charlie Blackmon in the first inning and then proceeded to retire the next 20 batters he faced in order. Scherzer's 11 strikeouts marked his third game of 10+ strikeouts in 2018. He is the 13th pitcher in Major League history to record at least 10 strikeouts in three of the team's first 15 games of the season.

Scherzer's award is the second for the Nationals in 2018. Adam Eaton took home the first National League Player of the Week Award of the season. This marks the second consecutive April in which the Nationals earned two Player of the Week Awards. Bryce Harper (April 17-23) and Ryan Zimmerman (April 24-30) garnered the recognition in 2017.

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Nationals reinstate Matt Wieters and select the contract of Moisés Sierra

The Washington Nationals recalled from rehab and reinstated catcher Matt Wieters from the 10-day disabled list and selected the contract of outfielder Moisés Sierra on Wednesday. Additionally, they placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 9) with a bone bruise to his left ankle and designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
 
Wieters, 31, returns to the active roster after missing eight games with a mild left oblique strain. Prior to his injury, he appeared in two games, going 1-for-7 with two walks and one run scored.
 
Sierra, 29, was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training. Sierra put together a strong spring, hitting .321 (17-for-53) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored in 30 Grapefruit League games. Prior to joining the Nationals, he went 4-for-12 (.333) with one RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored in four games for Triple-A Syracuse this season.
 
Eaton, 29, appeared in eight games for Washington, hitting .345 with a .424 on-base percentage and a .655 slugging percentage. He was named National League Player of the Week after a strong opening weekend against the Cincinnati Reds.
 
Montero, 34, made the club after entering Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. In four games with Washington, he went 0-for-11 with two walks.

The Washington Nationals recalled from rehab and reinstated catcher Matt Wieters from the 10-day disabled list and selected the contract of outfielder Moisés Sierra on Wednesday. Additionally, they placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 9) with a bone bruise to his left ankle and designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
 
Wieters, 31, returns to the active roster after missing eight games with a mild left oblique strain. Prior to his injury, he appeared in two games, going 1-for-7 with two walks and one run scored.
 
Sierra, 29, was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training. Sierra put together a strong spring, hitting .321 (17-for-53) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored in 30 Grapefruit League games. Prior to joining the Nationals, he went 4-for-12 (.333) with one RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored in four games for Triple-A Syracuse this season.
 
Eaton, 29, appeared in eight games for Washington, hitting .345 with a .424 on-base percentage and a .655 slugging percentage. He was named National League Player of the Week after a strong opening weekend against the Cincinnati Reds.
 
Montero, 34, made the club after entering Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. In four games with Washington, he went 0-for-11 with two walks.

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Nationals Patriotic Series & Military Branch Days return for 2018

Nationals to offer complimentary tickets to service members on Thursday, April 12 to celebrate Military Appreciation Day presented by SAIC

The Washington Nationals will mark the return of the Patriotic Series presented by SAIC when the team hosts Military Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 12 vs. the Colorado Rockies. To honor the men and women of the U.S. military, the Nationals will offer complimentary tickets to military service members and their families for Thursday's game. Active duty service members, dependents, veterans, retirees, and reservists may claim up to two complimentary tickets for each military ID or proof of service, and purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate. For tickets, please visit the windows next to the First Base Gate on Potomac Avenue SE, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on April 12.

The team will also again host Military Branch Days, a special series of games throughout the season that will pay tribute to each of the five branches of our nation's military.

The Washington Nationals will mark the return of the Patriotic Series presented by SAIC when the team hosts Military Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 12 vs. the Colorado Rockies. To honor the men and women of the U.S. military, the Nationals will offer complimentary tickets to military service members and their families for Thursday's game. Active duty service members, dependents, veterans, retirees, and reservists may claim up to two complimentary tickets for each military ID or proof of service, and purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate. For tickets, please visit the windows next to the First Base Gate on Potomac Avenue SE, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on April 12.

The team will also again host Military Branch Days, a special series of games throughout the season that will pay tribute to each of the five branches of our nation's military.

2018 PATRIOTIC SERIES PRESENTED BY SAIC
This series features on-field programming and pregame assets, themed giveaways, and patriotic uniforms.

The 2018 Patriotic Series includes:

  • Military Appreciation Day - Thursday, April 12 vs. Colorado Rockies
  • Women in the Military Day - Tuesday, May 22 vs. San Diego Padres
  • Independence Day - Wednesday, July 4 vs. Boston Red Sox 
  • Heroes Day: September 11th Remembrance - Sunday, September 9 vs. Chicago Cubs  

Complimentary tickets for Military Appreciation Day can be picked up at the Grand Staircase Box Office near the First Base Gate beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. Maximum of two tickets per ID or proof of service. Complimentary and discounted tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. 

2018 MILITARY BRANCH DAYS
The Nationals will once again honor each of the five service branches with their own dedicated game. Representatives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Air Force will participate in the pregame ceremonies and special guests from each respective branch will be in attendance at each game.

Military Branch Days include:

  • U.S. Navy Day - Tuesday, May 1 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates   
  • U.S. Army Day - Sunday, June 10 vs. San Francisco Giants
  • U.S. Marine Corps Day - Tuesday, July 31 vs. New York Mets
  • U.S. Coast Guard Day - Saturday, August 4 vs. Cincinnati Reds 
  • U.S. Air Force Day - Thursday, September 20 vs. New York Mets

These games are part of the Nationals military outreach programming, which includes the Nats on Base initiative, Salute to Service during every home game, and the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore "Washington Nationals Children's Program" during each Sunday home game, which provides complimentary tickets to military families and allows military children to connect with peers to help make new friends. The Washington Nationals are also proud to offer ticket discounts, including a credit of up to $10 for food, beverage, and merchandise to service members (active duty, reservist, veteran, and retiree), government employees, first responders, and public school teachers. Tickets are available through nationals.com/govx.

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Nationals recall Matt Reynolds and select the contract of Jhonatan Solano

The Washington Nationals recalled infielder/outfielder Matt Reynolds and selected the contract of catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Additionally, they placed catcher Miguel Montero on the paternity list and designated for assignment left-handed pitcher Enny Romero. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. 

Reynolds, 27, joins the Nationals for his first Major League assignment of the season as well as his first with Washington. He joins the Nationals after a strong Spring Training in which he hit .277 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and 10 runs scored in 28 Grapefruit League games. Reynolds appeared in 115 games for the New York Mets over the last two seasons. His versatility has allowed him to appear at shortstop (31 G/20 GS), third base (30 G/11 GS), second base (12 G/5 GS), left field (8 G/5 GS), first base (3 G/1 GS), and right field (1 G/1 GS). 
 
Solano, 32, joins the Nationals for his first Major League assignment of the season. He has appeared in 43 Major League games across parts of three seasons. He has hit .184 with six doubles, two homers, 10 RBI, five walks and nine runs scored between Washington (2012-13) and Miami (2015). 
 
Romero, 27, appeared in 55 games for the Nationals since joining the club prior to the 2017 season. He went 2-4 with two saves, 10 holds and a 3.90 ERA.  

The Washington Nationals recalled infielder/outfielder Matt Reynolds and selected the contract of catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Additionally, they placed catcher Miguel Montero on the paternity list and designated for assignment left-handed pitcher Enny Romero. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. 

Reynolds, 27, joins the Nationals for his first Major League assignment of the season as well as his first with Washington. He joins the Nationals after a strong Spring Training in which he hit .277 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and 10 runs scored in 28 Grapefruit League games. Reynolds appeared in 115 games for the New York Mets over the last two seasons. His versatility has allowed him to appear at shortstop (31 G/20 GS), third base (30 G/11 GS), second base (12 G/5 GS), left field (8 G/5 GS), first base (3 G/1 GS), and right field (1 G/1 GS). 
 
Solano, 32, joins the Nationals for his first Major League assignment of the season. He has appeared in 43 Major League games across parts of three seasons. He has hit .184 with six doubles, two homers, 10 RBI, five walks and nine runs scored between Washington (2012-13) and Miami (2015). 
 
Romero, 27, appeared in 55 games for the Nationals since joining the club prior to the 2017 season. He went 2-4 with two saves, 10 holds and a 3.90 ERA.  

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Washington Nationals to face New York Mets in 2018 home opener on Thursday

The Washington Nationals will celebrate Opening Day and their first home game of the 2018 season on Thursday, April 5 at 1:05 p.m. when the team hosts the New York Mets.
 
The Nationals want all fans to enjoy the entirety of the Opening Day experience, and are encouraging fans to plan ahead and come to the ballpark early. Fans are encouraged to enter the ballpark through the gate closest to their seating area to avoid congestion at the Center Field Gate. ALL GATES will open at 11:00 a.m.
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 5
OPENING DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The Opening Day pregame ceremony will include:
· Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and Great Mills High School, where Gaskill heroically brought the March 20 active shooter incident to a quick end
· Our nation's colors presented by the U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of Washington and Drummers from the U.S. Navy Band, Washington Navy Yard
·   National Anthem performed by the U.S. Army Chorus Quartet
· Flyover by the VFA-32 Swordsmen from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., in F/18 Super Hornet Jets
· Lineup card delivery by Maame Biney, the Olympic short track speedskater who competed in the 500m and 1500m events at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and was raised in Reston, Va., and Noah Grove, a Frederick, Md., native and gold medalist in sled hockey at the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang
· Play Ball! announced by The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, joined by Parker Curry
·   God Bless America performed by Sophia Nadder
· Award presentations including the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2017 National League Cy Young Award presented to RHP Max Scherzer, the 2017 Silver Slugger Award presented to 2B Daniel Murphy, and the 2017 Players Choice Award for NL Comeback Player of the Year presented to 1B Ryan Zimmerman
 
*If you are interested in covering the Opening Day pregame ceremony, you MUST contact Chris Browne at Christopher.Browne@nationals.com by Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m.*
 
OPENING DAY FAN PROMOTIONS & EVENTS
· The first 25,000 fans to enter the ballpark through ALL GATES will receive a 2018 Schedule T-shirt presented by GEICO.
· DJ Flexx will perform in Center Field Plaza from the time gates open until a half hour prior to first pitch.
· Jeff From Accounting will perform at the Budweiser Terrace from the time gates open until a half hour prior to first pitch.
·   DJ Stylus Chris will perform at the First Base Gate from the time gates open until a half hour prior to first pitch.
· Nationals Park Organist Matthew Van Hoose will perform from the NatMobile on the timeline walk outside Home Plate Gate, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
· The Family Picnic Area will feature caricature artists, face painters, and balloon twisters from the time gates open until 1:30 p.m.
· Coca-Cola will provide complimentary samples as fans exit the ballpark through the Center Field Gate, while supplies last.
 
TICKETS
Fans can still obtain advance tickets for Opening Day by purchasing a NATS PLUS Membership at nationals.com/NatsPlus. Individual tickets are extremely limited. Additional tickets may be released up until game time, and fans are encouraged to check nationals.com/Tickets for availability. In addition, a limited number of Grandstand seats will be available for $15 at the Main Box Office starting at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the game. Only one ticket per customer for Grandstand Seating is allowed and the customer must be present at the time of purchase.
 
CURLY W LIVE
Want to listen to exclusive podcasts, and see more photos, videos, and fun features about your favorite Nationals players? Want to learn more about what is happening at Nationals Park and what the team is doing in the community? Nationals fans are encouraged to check out Curly W Live, the official blog of the Washington Nationals, by visiting curlyw.mlblogs.com. Be sure to create a Medium account and follow Curly W Live in order to receive notifications when new content is published!
 
GETTING TO THE BALLPARK
Parking options for Nationals fans start at $20 and are available online at nationals.com/Parking. Fans are encouraged to purchase parking in advance to ensure a space in their desired zone.
 
Fans using Metro to travel to or from Nationals Park are encouraged to review the Metro schedule at wmata.com/schedules.
 
Fans should also consider alternate forms of travel to and from the ballpark, including the D.C. Circulator from Union Station, biking to the ballpark, or the baseball boat from Alexandria. Visit nationals.com/WayToGo for information on parking and transportation options to Nationals Park. To receive up-to-date WMATA service notifications on a mobile device, fans are encouraged to register for Alert DC at http://hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc.
 
Fans traveling to the ballpark should be aware that there are construction projects underway in the surrounding area. To ensure safe crossings, please be mindful of signage and directions given by public safety officers. 
 
BALLPARK SAFETY
Nationals Park is a completely non-smoking and tobacco-free facility per District of Columbia law. There is no exception for electronic cigarettes or any other type of smoking device, or for smokeless tobacco or any other type of tobacco product.
 
MLB and the Nationals require that all people entering Nationals Park walk through a metal detector or be screened with handheld metal detectors to search for prohibited items. This includes a thorough inspection of all jackets, coats, packages, bags, backpacks, purses, and any other containers brought to any of the Nationals Park entry gates.
 
For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/Tickets.

The Washington Nationals will celebrate Opening Day and their first home game of the 2018 season on Thursday, April 5 at 1:05 p.m. when the team hosts the New York Mets.
 
The Nationals want all fans to enjoy the entirety of the Opening Day experience, and are encouraging fans to plan ahead and come to the ballpark early. Fans are encouraged to enter the ballpark through the gate closest to their seating area to avoid congestion at the Center Field Gate. ALL GATES will open at 11:00 a.m.
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 5
OPENING DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The Opening Day pregame ceremony will include:
· Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and Great Mills High School, where Gaskill heroically brought the March 20 active shooter incident to a quick end
· Our nation's colors presented by the U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of Washington and Drummers from the U.S. Navy Band, Washington Navy Yard
·   National Anthem performed by the U.S. Army Chorus Quartet
· Flyover by the VFA-32 Swordsmen from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., in F/18 Super Hornet Jets
· Lineup card delivery by Maame Biney, the Olympic short track speedskater who competed in the 500m and 1500m events at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and was raised in Reston, Va., and Noah Grove, a Frederick, Md., native and gold medalist in sled hockey at the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang
· Play Ball! announced by The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, joined by Parker Curry
·   God Bless America performed by Sophia Nadder
· Award presentations including the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2017 National League Cy Young Award presented to RHP Max Scherzer, the 2017 Silver Slugger Award presented to 2B Daniel Murphy, and the 2017 Players Choice Award for NL Comeback Player of the Year presented to 1B Ryan Zimmerman
 
*If you are interested in covering the Opening Day pregame ceremony, you MUST contact Chris Browne at Christopher.Browne@nationals.com by Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m.*
 
OPENING DAY FAN PROMOTIONS & EVENTS
· The first 25,000 fans to enter the ballpark through ALL GATES will receive a 2018 Schedule T-shirt presented by GEICO.
· DJ Flexx will perform in Center Field Plaza from the time gates open until a half hour prior to first pitch.
· Jeff From Accounting will perform at the Budweiser Terrace from the time gates open until a half hour prior to first pitch.
·   DJ Stylus Chris will perform at the First Base Gate from the time gates open until a half hour prior to first pitch.
· Nationals Park Organist Matthew Van Hoose will perform from the NatMobile on the timeline walk outside Home Plate Gate, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
· The Family Picnic Area will feature caricature artists, face painters, and balloon twisters from the time gates open until 1:30 p.m.
· Coca-Cola will provide complimentary samples as fans exit the ballpark through the Center Field Gate, while supplies last.
 
TICKETS
Fans can still obtain advance tickets for Opening Day by purchasing a NATS PLUS Membership at nationals.com/NatsPlus. Individual tickets are extremely limited. Additional tickets may be released up until game time, and fans are encouraged to check nationals.com/Tickets for availability. In addition, a limited number of Grandstand seats will be available for $15 at the Main Box Office starting at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the game. Only one ticket per customer for Grandstand Seating is allowed and the customer must be present at the time of purchase.
 
CURLY W LIVE
Want to listen to exclusive podcasts, and see more photos, videos, and fun features about your favorite Nationals players? Want to learn more about what is happening at Nationals Park and what the team is doing in the community? Nationals fans are encouraged to check out Curly W Live, the official blog of the Washington Nationals, by visiting curlyw.mlblogs.com. Be sure to create a Medium account and follow Curly W Live in order to receive notifications when new content is published!
 
GETTING TO THE BALLPARK
Parking options for Nationals fans start at $20 and are available online at nationals.com/Parking. Fans are encouraged to purchase parking in advance to ensure a space in their desired zone.
 
Fans using Metro to travel to or from Nationals Park are encouraged to review the Metro schedule at wmata.com/schedules.
 
Fans should also consider alternate forms of travel to and from the ballpark, including the D.C. Circulator from Union Station, biking to the ballpark, or the baseball boat from Alexandria. Visit nationals.com/WayToGo for information on parking and transportation options to Nationals Park. To receive up-to-date WMATA service notifications on a mobile device, fans are encouraged to register for Alert DC at http://hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc.
 
Fans traveling to the ballpark should be aware that there are construction projects underway in the surrounding area. To ensure safe crossings, please be mindful of signage and directions given by public safety officers. 
 
BALLPARK SAFETY
Nationals Park is a completely non-smoking and tobacco-free facility per District of Columbia law. There is no exception for electronic cigarettes or any other type of smoking device, or for smokeless tobacco or any other type of tobacco product.
 
MLB and the Nationals require that all people entering Nationals Park walk through a metal detector or be screened with handheld metal detectors to search for prohibited items. This includes a thorough inspection of all jackets, coats, packages, bags, backpacks, purses, and any other containers brought to any of the Nationals Park entry gates.
 
For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/Tickets.

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Nationals recall Pedro Severino

The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino from Triple-A Syracuse and placed catcher Matt Wieters on the 10-day disabled list with a mild left oblique strain on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Severino, 24, is ranked as the "Best Defensive Catcher" and the No. 14 prospect in Washington's system entering the 2018 season, per Baseball America. He made six starts across five stints with Washington in 2017, recording five hits, including a double and three RBI. He has hit .246 (15-for-61) with four doubles, two homers, seven RBI, seven walks and seven runs scored in 35 Major League games since his debut in 2015.

The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino from Triple-A Syracuse and placed catcher Matt Wieters on the 10-day disabled list with a mild left oblique strain on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Severino, 24, is ranked as the "Best Defensive Catcher" and the No. 14 prospect in Washington's system entering the 2018 season, per Baseball America. He made six starts across five stints with Washington in 2017, recording five hits, including a double and three RBI. He has hit .246 (15-for-61) with four doubles, two homers, seven RBI, seven walks and seven runs scored in 35 Major League games since his debut in 2015.

Wieters, 31, started two of the first three games this season. He recorded his first hit and run scored of 2018 in Saturday's 13-7 win and drew walks in each of his two starts.

Please see attached document for the updated 25-man roster.

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Adam Eaton named National League Player of the Week

Following a weekend in which he hit .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI, one walk and seven runs scored, Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Eaton, 29, returned to the Nationals lineup on Opening Day after an 11-month recovery and rehabilitation following left-knee surgery on May 9, 2017. He singled to center field to lead off Friday's contest and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Washington's 2-0 win in the season's opener.

Following a weekend in which he hit .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI, one walk and seven runs scored, Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Eaton, 29, returned to the Nationals lineup on Opening Day after an 11-month recovery and rehabilitation following left-knee surgery on May 9, 2017. He singled to center field to lead off Friday's contest and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Washington's 2-0 win in the season's opener.

In Saturday's 13-7 triumph, Eaton led the offense, going 5-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and one run scored. It was his first career five-hit game and was just the second time in Nationals history (2005-pres.) that a player recorded at least five hits, with three extra-base hits and three RBI (Also: Anthony Rendon, 4/30/17 vs. NYM).

On Sunday, he singled in the first inning - his sixth consecutive plate appearance with a hit - and clubbed his second home run in as many days. His two-run homer in the seventh inning extended Washington's lead to 5-1. The Nationals eventually completed the sweep, topping the Reds, 6-5.

The Nationals took home three National League Player of the Week awards in 2017: Bryce Harper (April 17-23), Ryan Zimmerman (April 24-30) and Anthony Rendon (July 10-16).

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Nationals announce 2018 Opening Day roster

The Washington Nationals announced their 2018 Opening Day roster on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

The Nationals 25-man roster is comprised of 13 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders, and four outfielders.

The Washington Nationals announced their 2018 Opening Day roster on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

The Nationals 25-man roster is comprised of 13 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders, and four outfielders.

Starters

RHP Max Scherzer, RHP Stephen Strasburg, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Tanner Roark, RHP A.J. Cole

Relievers

RHP Trevor Gott, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Brandon Kintzler, RHP Ryan Madson, LHP Sean Doolittle, LHP Matt Grace, LHP Enny Romero, LHP Sammy Solis

Catchers

Miguel Montero (L), Matt Wieters (S)

Infielders

Matt Adams (L), Wilmer Difo (S), Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman

Outfielders

Adam Eaton (L), Brian Goodwin (L), Bryce Harper (L), Michael A. Taylor

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Six area natives to be inducted into DC Sports Hall of Fame in 2018

Washington, D.C. - Six area natives, including basketball greats Len Bias, Grant Hill and Walt Williams, a Washington Capitals record-setting player and franchise-saving executive and perhaps the greatest players at their respective positions for DC United and the Washington Senators have been selected for induction into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame. The 10 honorees will be inducted in a special ceremony on Sunday, May 6 at Nationals Park prior to the 1:35 p.m. game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. The 2018 DC Sports Hall of Fame class includes longtime sports statistician Marty Aronoff, late University of Maryland basketball star Bias, Capitals scoring great Peter Bondra, popular broadcaster Steve Buckhantz, South Lakes High School-Duke University-NBA luminary Hill, legendary DC United striker Jaime Moreno, excellent hitting Senators second baseman Buddy Myer, former Capitals General Manager David Poile, former Washington Tennis and Education Foundation Executive Director Eleni Rossides, and Maryland basketball standout Williams.

"This year's outstanding group of inductees consists of extraordinary individuals who have achieved excellence in sports here in the Nation's Capital and includes six who come from this area," said DC Sports Hall of Fame committee chairman Bobby Goldwater. "It will be a privilege to add these 10 names to the Sports Hall of Fame honor roll on May 6 at the induction ceremony at Nationals Park. The committee is grateful once again for the generous and enthusiastic support of Mark Lerner and the Washington Nationals."

Washington, D.C. - Six area natives, including basketball greats Len Bias, Grant Hill and Walt Williams, a Washington Capitals record-setting player and franchise-saving executive and perhaps the greatest players at their respective positions for DC United and the Washington Senators have been selected for induction into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame. The 10 honorees will be inducted in a special ceremony on Sunday, May 6 at Nationals Park prior to the 1:35 p.m. game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. The 2018 DC Sports Hall of Fame class includes longtime sports statistician Marty Aronoff, late University of Maryland basketball star Bias, Capitals scoring great Peter Bondra, popular broadcaster Steve Buckhantz, South Lakes High School-Duke University-NBA luminary Hill, legendary DC United striker Jaime Moreno, excellent hitting Senators second baseman Buddy Myer, former Capitals General Manager David Poile, former Washington Tennis and Education Foundation Executive Director Eleni Rossides, and Maryland basketball standout Williams.

"This year's outstanding group of inductees consists of extraordinary individuals who have achieved excellence in sports here in the Nation's Capital and includes six who come from this area," said DC Sports Hall of Fame committee chairman Bobby Goldwater. "It will be a privilege to add these 10 names to the Sports Hall of Fame honor roll on May 6 at the induction ceremony at Nationals Park. The committee is grateful once again for the generous and enthusiastic support of Mark Lerner and the Washington Nationals."

The DC Sports Hall of Fame selection committee includes co-chairmen emeritus and veteran D.C. sports executives Charlie Brotman and Andy Ockershausen, former radio and TV reporter/producer Brenda J. Curtis-Heiken, journalist David Elfin, Georgetown University Sports Industry Management master's program faculty member and sports industry consultant Bobby Goldwater, NBC Sports Washington anchor/commentator Chick Hernandez, attorney Phil Hochberg, Washington Nationals vice chairman and principal owner Mark D. Lerner, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism Director at the University of Maryland George Solomon, attorney Mark Tuohey, radio and television personality and former Washington Redskins tight end Rick "Doc" Walker, baseball commentator and historian Phil Wood and former Comcast SportsNet managing editor and Merrill College visiting professor Joe Yasharoff.

Nominees for inclusion must have gained prominence in the Washington area through their achievements in sports as an athlete, coach, owner, executive, member of the media or contributor.

The 2018 inductees:

MARTY ARONOFF: A longtime District resident and the nation's guru for sports statistics, Aronoff has worked for over 40 years with the best broadcasters in sports including Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League and college football and basketball. He has been a statistician for the Washington Wizards franchise since 1979. A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C., Aronoff began in the industry on Bullets telecasts before becoming a sports producer at Channel 9 in Washington.

LEN BIAS (1963-1986): One of the all-time great basketball players in University of Maryland and ACC history, Bias set 15 school records and is still the third-leading scorer in school history. A two-time ACC Player of the Year, he led the Terps to four NCAA tournaments and the 1984 ACC championship. He was chosen second overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics just before his untimely death at 22 years old.

PETER BONDRA: One of the Washington Capitals' all-time greats, Bondra led the team to numerous playoff appearances, including the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals. Over the course of 14 years with the Capitals, Bondra racked up 472 goals as well as holding team records in power play goals (137), game-winning goals (73), short-handed goals (32) and hat tricks (19). A five-time NHL All-Star and two-time goal-scoring champion, Bondra is one of 45 players who scored 500 career goals.

STEVE BUCKHANTZ: A staple in Washington sports broadcasting, Buckhantz has been the television play-by-play announcer of the Washington Wizards for the past 21 years, was a sports anchor for Channel 5 and was the Navy football voice for seven years. In his 33 years in D.C., he has memorably added the terms "dagger," "backbreaker" and "not possible" into the local sports lexicon. Buckhantz was elected into the NATAS Silver Circle in 2011 and, for 18 years, has been the spokesperson for the Steve Buckhantz/St. Jude Celebrity Golf Tournament benefiting Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN.

GRANT HILL: A Reston native, Hill starred in basketball at South Lakes High School, and then at Duke University where he was a two-time NCAA champion, the 1994 ACC Player of the Year and two-time All-American. He went on to a successful career in the NBA, including six seasons for Detroit averaging 21.6 points per game, being a co-Rookie of the Year and becoming a seven-time NBA All-Star. He also was a member of the United States Olympic gold medal-winning team in 1996. Hill is now a television commentator and a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks.

JAIME MORENO: A premier striker for DC United, Moreno is considered one of the greatest players in Major League Soccer history. He is one of only two MLS athletes with 100 goals and 100 assists and scored the fourth-most goals in league history. A four-time MLS Cup champion with United, Moreno was the MLS Cup MVP in 1997 and was named to the MLS Best XI five times. He retired as the league's all-time leading scorer.

CHARLES SOLOMON "BUDDY" MYER (1904-1974): A member of the Washington Senators in 16 seasons from 1925 to 1941, Myer finished his career with 2,131 hits and a .303 career batting average, with eight seasons hitting above .300 with the Senators including leading the American League with a .349 average in 1935. The left-handed hitting second baseman was twice named an All-Star and helped lead the Senators to the 1933 AL pennant.

DAVID POILE: Poile's 15-year tenure as General Manager of the Washington Capitals transformed the team from also-rans to contenders. His strategic trades, shrewd draft picks and strong leadership saved the franchise from relocating, and renewed Washington-area fans' interest in hockey. He led the Capitals to the first playoff appearance in their ninth season and to the postseason for 14 consecutive years. Poile currently is the GM of the Nashville Predators, and is the winningest general manager in NHL history.

ELENI ROSSIDES: A District native and a graduate of Sidwell Friends, Rossides brought honor to her hometown as an NCAA tennis champion at Stanford University and as a professional singles player who was ranked among the world's top 200 women. She also played a critical role in bringing her sport to the city as the Executive Director of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. During her 13-year tenure at WTEF, she extended the organization's outreach to nearly twice as many children in the area and was honored with the 2009 EXCEL Leadership Award recognizing outstanding nonprofit leadership.

WALT WILLIAMS: A native of Temple Hills, Williams was widely credited with saving the University of Maryland men's basketball program, deciding to stay when the school was placed on NCAA probation. During his senior year, he averaged a school record 26.8 points per game, scored 20 or more points in 19 straight games and broke Bias's senior scoring record. He was selected seventh overall by Sacramento in the 1992 NBA Draft and went on to play in the league for 11 years. In honor of his father, Williams established a $125,000 fund at Maryland benefiting minority students.

The names of DC Sports Hall of Fame inductees are prominently displayed at Nationals Park, the site of the annual induction ceremony. Information about the DC Sports Hall of Fame, including the honor roll of all inductees, is available at the organization's website, dcsportshall.com.

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Washington Nationals to Host Ballpark Media Tour

Annual tour will highlight exciting new features at Nationals Park for 2018 season

WHAT: The Nationals' home opener on April 5 is just around the corner, and it's time to get excited for the 2018 baseball season! Over the past few months, the Washington Nationals have been busy working to make the fan experience at Nationals Park even better.

On Monday, March 26, members of the media are invited to Nationals Park to get a first look at what the team has planned for the 2018 season. This year's tour will include a preview of 2018 marketing initiatives, a look at redesigned spaces for fans, and a tasting of new concession offerings.

WHAT: The Nationals' home opener on April 5 is just around the corner, and it's time to get excited for the 2018 baseball season! Over the past few months, the Washington Nationals have been busy working to make the fan experience at Nationals Park even better.

On Monday, March 26, members of the media are invited to Nationals Park to get a first look at what the team has planned for the 2018 season. This year's tour will include a preview of 2018 marketing initiatives, a look at redesigned spaces for fans, and a tasting of new concession offerings.

WHO: Valerie Camillo, Nationals Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer

WHEN: Monday, March 26, 11:00 a.m.

                  *Media check-in will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Media & Suites Entrance on S Capitol St.

WHERE:  Nationals Park

                1500 South Capitol Street, SE

                 Washington, D.C. 20003

If traveling by Metro, the closest stop to Nationals Park is Navy Yard, located on the Green Line. If traveling by car, street parking is available around the ballpark.

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Nationals agree to terms with RHP Joaquin Benoit

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit and placed right-handed pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Benoit, 40, joins the Nationals after spending the 2017 season with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He began his 16th Major League season with the Phillies, where he struck out more than a batter per inning (43 SO/42.0 IP) while posting a 4.07 ERA in 44 games out of Philadelphia's bullpen. He recorded 12 holds and converted two saves. He was acquired by Pittsburgh at the non-waiver trade deadline and appeared in eight games through the end of the season (0-2, 7.56 ERA).

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit and placed right-handed pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Benoit, 40, joins the Nationals after spending the 2017 season with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He began his 16th Major League season with the Phillies, where he struck out more than a batter per inning (43 SO/42.0 IP) while posting a 4.07 ERA in 44 games out of Philadelphia's bullpen. He recorded 12 holds and converted two saves. He was acquired by Pittsburgh at the non-waiver trade deadline and appeared in eight games through the end of the season (0-2, 7.56 ERA).

Benoit joined the Phillies in 2017 on the heels of a strong 2016 campaign in which he went 3-1 with 18 holds, one save, and a 2.81 ERA in 51 appearances between the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays. In 25 games for the Blue Jays, he pitched to a 0.38 ERA (1 ER/23.2 IP), tied for the lowest ERA by any reliever from July 24 through the end of the season.

A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Benoit enters 2018 having appeared in 764 games in 16 Major League seasons, posting a 58-49 record with a 3.83 ERA.

Ross, 24, is recovering from July 2017 "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery. He is 17-13 with a 3.95 ERA in 48 games (45 starts) across three Major League seasons.

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Nationals 2018 Spring Training radio broadcast schedule

Nationals fans will be able to catch Grapefruit League action throughout the spring

Single game tickets are on sale now for the second season of Nationals Spring Training at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches! For fans who are not able to make it to West Palm Beach, the Nationals radio broadcast partner, 106.7 The Fan, will broadcast a total of 11 Nationals Spring Training matchups on 106.7 The Fan and WJFK 1580 AM. The radio broadcast schedule includes the March 27 exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins at Nationals Park.

NATIONALS 2018 SPRING TRAINING RADIO BROADCAST SCHEDULE*

Single game tickets are on sale now for the second season of Nationals Spring Training at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches! For fans who are not able to make it to West Palm Beach, the Nationals radio broadcast partner, 106.7 The Fan, will broadcast a total of 11 Nationals Spring Training matchups on 106.7 The Fan and WJFK 1580 AM. The radio broadcast schedule includes the March 27 exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins at Nationals Park.

NATIONALS 2018 SPRING TRAINING RADIO BROADCAST SCHEDULE*

2/23: @ HOU at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL (WJFK 1580 AM)
2/24: @ MIA at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter, FL (WJFK 1580 AM)
2/25: vs. ATL at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL (106.7 The Fan)
3/4: vs. DET at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL (106.7 The Fan)
3/10: @ HOU at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL (106.7 The Fan**)
3/11: vs. STL at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL (106.7 The Fan)
3/13: vs. NYM at 7:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL (106.7 The Fan)
3/17: vs. NYM at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL (106.7 The Fan)
3/18: @ STL at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter, FL (106.7 The Fan)
3/23: vs. HOU at 6:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL (106.7 The Fan)
3/27: vs. MIN at 4:05 p.m. in Washington, DC (106.7 The Fan)

* Subject to change

** Moves to WJFK 1580 AM when Capitals game starts

For more information on how to purchase Spring Training tickets, visit nationals.com/Spring.

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