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Nats add Tarasco to 2013 staff

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Nats add Tarasco to 2013 staff

The Washington Nationals have announced the addition of Tony Tarasco as first base coach to Davey Johnson’s 2013 staff. Trent Jewett will transition from first to third base coach next season with the departure of Bo Porter to manage the Astros.

The bench coach will remain Randy Knorr, Steve McCatty will stay on as pitching coach, Jim Lett will coach the bullpen, and Rick Eckstein will be back once again as hitting coach.

Tarasco joins the Nationals at the major league level after seven seasons in various roles in the organization. He spent the last two seasons as the outfield and baserunning coordinator after serving three years as hitting coach of the Hagerstown Suns. Previous to his time in Single-A, Tarasco was the hitting coach for two seasons for Vermont of the rookie-level New York-Penn League.

Tarasco played under Davey Johnson for the Baltimore Orioles in 1996 and 1997 and was the right fielder on Derek Jeter’s controversial home run in the 1996 ALCS. He was under the ball at the warning track when Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over and interfered to make the catch. 

Tarasco played eight seasons in the majors with stops in Atlanta, Cincinnati, New York with both the Yankees and Mets, and with the Montreal Expos. 

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Elderly woman hospitalized after being struck by Daniel Murphy foul ball

Elderly woman hospitalized after being struck by Daniel Murphy foul ball

CLEVELAND — A 75-year-old woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday night after being hit in the face with a foul ball by Washington's Daniel Murphy.

Muir West was sitting down the right-field line — and may have been blinded by the sun — when she was struck by the hard shot from Murphy in the first inning of the Indians' game at Progressive Field. Fans sitting in her section immediately called for security and medical personnel, who rushed to aid her.

A family member said West's glasses were broken in the mishap and she received a cut on her face.

Her wound was heavily bandaged before she was placed on a stretcher and taken to MetroHealth Hospital. As she was carried up the steps, fans gave her a warm ovation.

Major League Baseball added more netting this season near home plate to protect fans from foul balls and bats flying into the stands.

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GIF: Trea Turner makes tough catch in 1st inning as Nats center fielder

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GIF: Trea Turner makes tough catch in 1st inning as Nats center fielder

It didn't take long for Trea Turner to get a good test at his new position in center field.

In the first inning against the Indians on Tuesday, Turner had two balls hit his way. One resulted in a ground rule double, the other found Turner's glove on a difficult grab at the wall.

Turner caught the third out at the warning track on a flyball by Jose Ramirez. The Nats' rookie reached out on a full sprint and reeled it in right just a few steps before the wall in right-center.

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The catch was an impressive one to watch for a guy who is just learning a new position. But the details revealed by StatCast show exactly how good of a play it was.

Turner registered a 97.8% efficiency score and covered over 112 feet. That's exceptional.

Turner may have his growing pains in center field, but he's certainly off to a good start.

[RELATED: Former Nats 1st rd. pick set to make MLB debut with Mets]

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Nats shuffle lineup with Trea Turner starting in center field vs. Indians

Nats shuffle lineup with Trea Turner starting in center field vs. Indians

Nationals (58-41) vs. Indians (56-41) at Progressive Field

The Nationals are beginning their road trip in Cleveland on Tuesday night with several notable changes to their lineup, just in time for a big interleague series against the first-place Indians.

In center field for the first time will be Trea Turner, who remains in the lineup despite Ryan Zimmerman coming off the disabled list. Turner has six games of experience playing outfield in the minor leagues, but has never done so in the majors. Turner spoke on Sunday about how he feels ready for the challenge of playing center field.

Bryce Harper is back in the starting lineup, but is now hitting second. And Ben Revere is in at left field with Jayson Werth serving as the designated hitter.

The pitching matchup is a good one with Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.53) set to square off against Danny Salazar (11-3, 2.75). Gonzalez is hoping to build off his strong outing of six innings and one run allowed in his last start. 

First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzaez vs. Indians - Danny Salazar

NATS

CF Trea Turner
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
C Wilson Ramos
DH Jayson Werth
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
LF Ben Revere
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)

INDIANS

TBA
RHP Danny Salazar