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GAME 2 REVIEW: Riggleman Squeezes His Way to Win

What a difference a day makes.
After being shut out opening day on just five hits, the Washington Nationals bats woke up, pounding out 10 hits, including their first home run of the season, and defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3, before 21,941 at Nationals Park.
Rick Ankiel homered and drove in a run on a suicide squeeze play for an insurance run in the seventh to lead the Nats hitters.
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Questionable Decisions and Desperation

So much for a quiet off-day in spring training.
By now, you’ve all read the reports.  Rick Ankiel has won the centerfielder job.  Matt Stairs has a place on the bench.  Jayson Nix could very well be a backup outfielder. 
And now, for the coup de grace, the Washington Nationals have signed LHP Oliver Perez to a minor league deal.
It’s enough to make one wonder about the decision-making process in Continue reading

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Center Field Battle of Attrition Down to Two?

According to a tweet from Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the center field battle has lost a competitor, as he reports that the job has come down to the incumbent, Nyjer Morgan, and off-season free agent acquisition Rick Ankiel.
Either Roger Bernadina is slated to be the fourth outfielder, or he will find his way to Triple-A Syracuse, a victim of the fact he has an option remaining.
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Nationals Sign OF Rick Ankiel, Seven Others

–Updated 4:07 pm.  Thanks to reader Todd Boss for the reminder, the Nats apparently need to clear three spots on the 40-man due to the Chien-Ming Wang signing.
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The Washington Nationals signed 31-year old outfielder Rick Ankiel to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.  According to Nats Insider, the deal also includes $1.25 million in performance bonuses.
Ankiel, very famously, came up as a Continue reading

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