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Nationals Claim Catcher Chris Coste Off Waivers from Mets

The Washington Nationals today claimed catcher Chris Coste off waivers from the New York Mets. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Coste, who will join the Nationals' big league camp, batted .308 (4-for-13) with two doubles and one RBI in 10 spring training contests with the Mets. The 37-year-old appeared in 88 games last season with the Philadelphia Phillies

Today's Nationals-Mets Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain

Today's 1:05 p.m. Nationals-Mets Grapefruit League contest at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL has been cancelled due to rain. Nationals Spring Training season-ticket holders can exchange March 29 tickets for account credit toward the 2011 Grapefruit League season at Space Coast Stadium. Note the 2011 Grapefruit League schedule has not yet been announced. Those requesting account credit for March 29 should submit a written

President Barack Obama to Throw Ceremonial First Pitch When Washington Nationals Host NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day

March 29, 2010 (Washington, DC) - President of the United States Barack Obama will throw the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. prior to the 2010 season opener between the Washington Nationals and the defending National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, April 5 at 1:05 p.m. "Opening Day of the baseball season is a special event for our country and its

Nationals Trim Roster to 36

The Washington Nationals today optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The Nationals currently have 36 players in their big league camp.

Orioles Send Nine Players to Minor League Camp

The Orioles announced that they have sent nine players to minor league camp. Infielders JOSH BELL, RHYNE HUGHES, BRANDON SNYDER and MICHAEL AUBREY have been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, while infielder PEDRO FLORIMON was optioned to Double-A Bowie. Pitchers FRANK MATA, JOSH PERRAULT and DENNIS SARFATE and outfielder JONATHAN TUCKER have been returned to minor league camp. The moves leave the Orioles with 37 players

Orioles Name David Stockstill Director of International Operations and John Stockstill Director of Player Development

The Orioles today announced that DAVID STOCKSTILL and JOHN STOCKSTILL, previously the club's Director of Player Development and Director of International Scouting, respectively, will change roles within the organization. As a result of the change, which will be effective on April 5, David Stockstill has been named Director of International Operations. In his new role, David will oversee all the club's international operations, including scouting

MASN Teams Up with Oriole Greats for Unique Color Analysis

MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, announced today that four former Orioles will join the broadcast booth for selected Orioles games during the 2010 season. The former Orioles stars include Eddie Murray, Brady Anderson, Mike Boddicker and Ben McDonald, all of whom will assist with color analysis during game broadcasts, radio broadcasts and on the network's exclusive pre and post game show, O's

Orioles Assign Arrieta to Minor League Camp

The Orioles today announced that RHP JAKE ARRIETA has been assigned to minor league camp, reducing the spring training roster to 47 players.

MASN Launches on Comcast in Harrisburg-Lebanon Area March 31st

MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, will launch on Comcast in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area just in time for Major League Baseball's Opening Day. Starting March 31, MASN will be televised on Comcast systems in Harrisburg, Lykens, Lebanon, Hershey, Millersburg and Elizabethtown in central Pennsylvania. Comcast will also carry MASN 2, MASN HD and MASN 2 HD, additional channels

Ray Miller and Johnny Oates Elected to Orioles Hall of Fame

Former Orioles pitching coach and manager RAY MILLER has been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, the team announced today. Former O's manager and player JOHNNY OATES will also be enshrined posthumously as a selection of the Veteran's Committee, and longtime Baseball Operations employee LENNY JOHNSTON is this year's Herb Armstrong Award winner. A native of Suitland, Maryland, Ray Miller will be enshrined for

Orioles Option LHP Wilfrido Perez to Double-A Bowie

The Orioles announced that they have optioned LHP WILFRIDO PEREZ to Double-A Bowie. He will report to the Orioles' minor league camp. Perez did not allow a hit or run and struck out four batters in four appearances spanning 3.1 innings this spring.

MASN Teams Up with Mike Rizzo

MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals, has teamed up with General Manager Mike Rizzo to host his exclusive blog on MASNsports.com, just in time for Opening Day. "National Matters" is one of the first GM blogs in baseball with inside analysis and expert insight on the game and the Nationals. As part of the partnership, Rizzo will write a weekly blog and answer

RHP Steve Johnson Returned to Orioles

The Orioles today announced that RHP STEVE JOHNSON has been returned to the organization from the San Francisco Giants. Johnson was selected by the Giants in the Rule 5 draft in December. Johnson was 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA in seven starts for Double-A Bowie in 2009 after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with 3B JOSH BELL in exchange for LHP GEORGE

Today's Orioles-Marlins Game at Ed Smith Stadium Cancelled Due to Rain

Today's Orioles-Marlins game at Ed Smith Stadium has been cancelled due to rain. There will be no makeup date. Fans holding paid tickets for today's game may exchange their tickets for any of the remaining Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium, subject to availability, or obtain a refund. On non-game days, tickets may be exchanged at the stadium box office from 10 a.m. to

Today's Nationals-Yankees Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain

Today's 1:05 p.m. Nationals-Yankees Grapefruit League contest at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL has been cancelled due to rain. Fans holding tickets for either March 11 vs. Houston or March 12 vs. New York (AL)--both games were cancelled by rain--can exchange those tickets for any other Nationals 2010 or 2011 Spring Training contest, subject to availability. Nationals Spring Training season-ticket holders will be notified

Today's Nationals-Astros Grapefruit League Contest Cancelled Due to Rain

Today's 1:05 p.m. Nationals-Astros Grapefruit League contest at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL has been cancelled by rain. The game will not be made up. Fans holding tickets for today's contest vs. Houston can exchange those tickets for any other Nationals 2010 Spring Training contest, subject to availability. Friday's game at Space Coast Stadium vs. New York (AL) is already sold out.

Mike Flanagan Joins MASN's Orioles Broadcast Team

MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, announced that Mike Flanagan will join the Orioles broadcast team as a color analyst for the 2010 season. Flanagan will make his MASN debut in the broadcast booth for the Orioles game against the Oakland Athletics on April 15th. Flanagan, 59, has spent more than thirty years with the Orioles as a player, coach, front office executive

Orioles Complete 2010 Contract Signings

The Orioles today announced that they have agreed to terms with 22 players on one-year contracts and renewed the contracts of four players for 2010. The list of players recently signed includes: ROBERT ANDINO, MICHAEL AUBREY, JOSH BELL, BRAD BERGESEN, ALBERTO CASTILLO, BRANDON ERBE, PEDRO FLORIMON, DAVID HERNANDEZ, RHYNE HUGHES, JIM JOHNSON, LUIS LEBRON, KAM MICKOLIO, LOU MONTANEZ, TROY PATTON, WILFRIDO PEREZ, FELIX PIE, DENNIS

Strasburg Debut on MASN

MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals, will televise Stephen Strasburg's first spring training appearance on Tuesday, March 9th live at 1 p.m. on MASN and MASN HD. MASN's coverage will feature Bob Carpenter, Rob Dibble and Debbi Taylor. The network will also televise the replay at 7 p.m. on MASN and MASN HD.

Programming Note for Sunday, March 7th

Because of a solar outage, viewers of MASN's broadcast of the Sunday afternoon Orioles-Red Sox game may experience a temporary disruption in the broadcast around 3:30 p.m. A solar outage is a phenomenon that occurs when the sun crosses the equator and traces an arc that places it directly behind the broadcast satellites used for transmitting the baseball game. The sun's powerful solar radiation interferes

Orioles Radio Network to Broadcast Across 40 Stations in 2010

The Orioles today announced the addition of six new stations to their Radio Network, bringing the club's list of radio affiliates to 40 stations in four states and the District of Columbia. The team's radio broadcasts begin today with the Orioles' first spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota at 1:00 p.m. Joe Angel and Fred Manfra will

Orioles Open Spring Training in Sarasota Tomorrow vs. Rays

The Orioles will open their first spring training season at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota tomorrow, Wednesday, March 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. The entire ballpark will open at 11:00 a.m. for fans to come early and enjoy batting practice and pregame preparations. Tickets are still available by visiting www.orioles.com, by calling (888) 329-3365 or by visiting the Ed Smith Stadium

MASN to televise Stephen Strasburg's Spring Training Debut

MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals, will televise Stephen Strasburg's first spring training appearance on March 9th live at 1 p.m. on MASN and MASN HD from Space Coast Stadium. The network will also televise the replay at 7 p.m. on MASN and MASN HD. Strasburg is expected to pitch two innings for the Nationals, but MASN will televise the entire game. Strasburg,

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