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NATS ADD AUBREY, VAN EVERY AND OTHERS

The Washington Nationals added first baseman Mike Aubrey outfielder Johathan Van Every and six other players to their AAA-Syracuse roster.

Aubrey, 28, was originally drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in 2003 and was later traded to the Orioles organization in 2008.  Last season in Norfolk he had 25 doubles, 22 home runs and 68 RBI in 102 games for the Tides.

Van Every, 31, another Indians draft selection in 2001 moved to the Red Sox organization in 2008.  He had back to back 20 home run season in 2004 & 2005 at A-Kinston and AA-Akron before splitting the next two seasons 2006 & 2007 between AAA-Buffalo and AA-Akron.

He spent 2008 with Pawtucket and batted .263 with 26 HR and 70 RBI.  He would play for Boston in each of the next three years 2008-2010 as well.  Last season with Indianapolis he batted .214 with 10 HR and 29 RBI in 60 games.  Van Every is an outstanding centerfielder.

The Nats also re-signed infielder Brian Bixler who joined the Chiefs in August last season and righthanded pitchers Joe Bisenius and Ryan Mattheus.

Bisenius, 28 joined the Chiefs in July and was effective out of the bullpen.  He would later get called up to Washington in September. 

Mattheus, 27, came over to the Nationals in the Nick Johnson deal in 2009 and was out much of the 2010 season with an arm injury.  He pitched late in the season for the Nationals Gulf Coast League affiliate.

In addition, the Nationals officially announced the signing of outfielder Jeff Frazier and righthanded pitcher Tim Wood.

 

 

 

Morse shines in slugfest with Mets

Mike Morse hit his first home of the spring in the 6th inning that tied the game today against the New York Mets in Viera, Fl as the Nationals opened their spring scheduled at home.

Acquired from the Seattle Mariners last July for outfielder Ryan Langerhans, the former number one selection is proving that he can provide the Nationals with a solid bat off the bench this season.
The Nationals eventually lost again to the Mets 14-6 after giving up 9-runs in the final three innings, but there were some bright spots;
–infielder Eric Bruntlett’s three-run home run gave the Nationals a 4-2 lead after two innings.
–Willie Harris made two outstanding catch’s in the first inning to help starter John Lannan escape further damage.
–Cristain Guzman played in his first game and collected 2-singles and a RBI as the team’s designated hitter.
–Lefty Aaron Thompson acquired from the Marlins in the Nick Johnson deal last season was the best pitcher on the mound for the Nats today tossing two scoreless innings.
–Righty Tyler Walker stuck out the side, but in between gave up 6-hits and 5-runs including two long home runs to Fernando Martinez and Mike Jacobs to pick up the loss.
Nationals take on the Mets in St. Lucie on Sunday afternoon when Jason Marquis makes his spring debut.
We will be back at Disney and check in with Braves skipper Bobby Cox who is managing his final year with the Braves.
The weather is warming up as well as spring training enters its second week.  Looking forward to meeting up with Jason Benetti for some video podcast this week.
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