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Kavanaugh Disclosure Reveals Big Baseball-Related Debt

Debt of up to $200K included major spend on Nationals tickets

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears to have had something of a soft spot for the Washington Nationals, to put it mildly: He went tens of thousands of dollars in debt buying baseball tickets over the last decade, according to the White House. Kavanaugh, who reported having between $60,000... More »

Max Scherzer Ties MLB Record, Strikes Out 20 Tigers

'There's something about 20,' Nationals pitcher says

(Newser) - Max Scherzer has thrown two no-hitters, come within one strike of a perfect game, and met just about every expectation that accompanied the $210 million contract he signed with Washington. Still, after his latest masterpiece Wednesday night, he said: "There's something about 20." Scherzer struck out 20... More »

Pitcher Out for Season After Choking Star Teammate

Washington Nationals players get physical in the dugout

(Newser) - Seems that choking a franchise ball player in the dugout will get you in trouble. Jonathan Papelbon, closer for the Washington Nationals, learned that Monday after attacking star outfielder Bryce Harper the day before in a dispute over Harper's playing style, the Washington Post reports. "I was upset,... More »

Cardinals Might Be 'Most Clutch' Team Ever

Down to the final strike again? No problem: Ryan Bothmann

(Newser) - What the St. Louis Cardinals did to the Washington Nationals last night has Ryan Bothmann at Bleacher Report wondering whether this might be the "most clutch" team in sports history. If you missed it, the Cards once trailed 6-0 in the game but scored four in the bottom of... More »

Pitcher's Ejection Ignites Spat Over Baseball's 'Code'

Manager Davey Johnson snitches on former player, now foe

(Newser) - A pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays got ejected from a game last night for smearing pine tar in his glove, and the incident has set off a debate about the sport's "unwritten rules," writes Gabe Lacques at USA Today . The debate isn't about the not-so-shocking... More »

Player Injures Himself in Dugout Tantrum

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper cuts himself throwing bat

(Newser) - Temper, temper: Young star Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals might miss a few games after he a hurled a bat against the dugout wall and it bounced back and hit him near the eye, reports the Washington Times . He needed 10 stitches to close the cut and had a... More »

8 Charged in Ramos Kidnapping

74-year-old man among Venezuela suspects

(Newser) - Venezuelan authorities have formally charged eight suspects in the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos . Prosecutors say the charges include kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, using a stolen vehicle, and criminal association. The suspects include six men accused of directly participating in the abduction, as well as a 59-year-old... More »

MLB Catcher: 'Mama, I'm Good —They Freed Me'

Wilson Ramos is home after kidnapping

(Newser) - The details on his rescue are still a little thin, but Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is back home in Venezuela unharmed. "The truth is I'm still very nervous, but thanks to God everything turned out well," he told state television, according to AP . Five people were... More »

Kidnapped Baseball Player Rescued in Venezuela

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals is reportedly fine

(Newser) - The words everyone wanted to hear regarding the kidnapping of Washington Nationals baseball player Wilson Ramos in Venezuela: "They got him. He's safe." His agent tells the Washington Post that police rescued him somewhere in the mountains of central Venezuela. A government official has confirmed the news.... More »

Kidnapped Nationals Catcher Alive: Cops

Venezuela police find kidnappers' vehicle, but not him

(Newser) - The kidnappers of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos still haven’t contacted his family, but Venezuelan police have tweeted to “confirm” the ballplayer is alive without providing details. In what officials say is a major breakthrough, they have found the vehicle kidnappers used to abduct Ramos, the Washington Post... More »

Washington Nationals Catcher Kidnapped

Gunmen in Venezuela seize Wilson Ramos

(Newser) - Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been abducted by gunmen in his hometown in Venezuela. The 24-year-old player was taken away in an SUV by four men who stormed his family's home in Santa Ines, some 100 miles west of Caracas, said a spokeswoman for his winter team, the... More »

Strasburg Exceeds Hype With 14Ks

It might be the greatest debut of all time

(Newser) - Drew Storen said it best: “He’s the only guy in baseball who lives up to all the stories you hear.” And, oh the stories they told. Stephen Strasburg made his major league debut touted as the greatest pitching prospect of all time—a “folk hero with... More »

MLB on Kagan's Stance: The Kid's All Right

Would-be justice looks pretty good, Mets and Nats agree

(Newser) - Sure, Elena Kagan might be a Supreme Court justice soon, but how would she handle a fastball? One of the press photos of Kagan shows her crouching over the plate in a softball game, so MLB.com decided to pass the shot around the locker room before yesterday's Mets/Natonals game... More »

Khaki-Clad Obama Throws Out First Pitch

Southpaw president leaves 'mom jeans' at home

(Newser) - President Obama drew some boos when he threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener today—he wore a White Sox cap for the occasion. After his "mom jeans" raised eyebrows when he did the first-pitch honors at last July's All-Star Game, Obama made a conservative... More »

3-Year-Old Creates Viral Buzz With Foul Ball Toss

Toss-back earns young girl offers to close for Phillies

(Newser) - A happy Phillies fan made a sensational catch to snag a foul ball at last night’s game against the Nationals. Then he gave the ball to his 3-year-old daughter, and the result is turning into a YouTube sensation: She chucked it back over the railing. “When she first... More »

Winning Teams Juice Ballpark Beer Prices

On average; there are some steals, and some outrages

(Newser) - Fans of winning baseball franchises pay for their bragging rights with more expensive beer, the Wall Street Journal reports. On average, a team that wins 6 out of 10 games charges $1.30 more for a 16-ounce beer than a club with a .400 winning percentage. There are, of course,... More »

Halladay Stays; ChiSox Get Peavy

(Newser) - The biggest move on today’s baseball trading deadline looks to be one that wasn’t made, Fox Sports reports: Toronto kept ace right-hander Roy Halladay, who’d drawn interest from contenders in both leagues. The biggest name dealt was right-hander Jake Peavy, sent from San Diego to the Chicago... More »

$1.5B Yanks MLB's Most Valuable Team

Marlins come bottom in latest ranking of baseball's MVTs

(Newser) - The New York Yankees' $1.5 billion valuation lands them solidly in the top spot in the Forbes ranking of baseball's most valuable teams. The crosstown Mets came second, trailing by almost $600 million. The Yanks, however, were one of only two teams to lose money last season, dropping $3.... More »

Phillies Announcer Kalas Dead at 73

(Newser) - Harry Kalas, who announced Philadelphia Phillies games since 1971, died today, the Inquirer reports. Kalas, 73, was found unconscious at Nationals Stadium in Washington and rushed to a hospital, where he died. Kalas, a Hall of Famer, underwent unspecified surgery earlier this year. “We lost Harry today,” the... More »

Newspaper Cuts Are Emptying Out Press Boxes

Papers cutting back baseball coverage

(Newser) - The independent baseball beat writer could be a dying profession as newspapers look to trim costs, the Wall Street Journal reports. In baseball-crazy cities like New York and Boston, not much is likely to change. "It would be suicide, quite honestly," says a Red Sox writer for the... More »

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