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Five Harrisburg Senators named All-Stars

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Five Harrisburg Senators named All-Stars

The Double-A Eastern League has announced their 2012 All-Stars and the rosters include five Nationals prospects. Pitchers Danny Rosenbaum and Kevin Pucetas, infielder Jeff Kobernus, and outfielders Eury Perez and Chris Rahl will play for the Western Division team on July 11 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA.

Rosenbaum highlights the Nats selections as one of the organizations best young pitching prospects. The 24-year-old lefty is 7-4 this year for the Harrisburg Senators and holds a 2.76 ERA and a .251 batting average against. The former 22nd round pick has two complete games this season and just 19 walks allowed in 98.0 innings pitched.

Pucetas is 6-2 this season for Harrisburg with a 2.63 ERA in 61.2 innings pitched. He has made five starts this year and 14 relief appearances with a .223 opponents batting average.

Kobernus was a second round pick of the Nationals in 2009. The 23-year-old is hitting .272 this season with 31 runs and 29 stolen bases in 58 games.

Perez was signed by the Nationals as an amateur free agent in April of 2007 and is the youngest of the All-Star selections. The 22-year-old speedster holds a .294 batting average with 27 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 63 games this season with Harrisburg.

Rahl is the oldest of the group at 28 years old. The William and Mary graduate has a .294 average with six home runs and 33 RBI in 68 games this season. He also has 16 stolen bases and ranks third on the team with 14 doubles.

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Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year, according to multiple reports. 

Wieters spent the first eight years in the Majors with the Baltimore Orioles, being named to the AL All-Star team four times and winning two gold glove awards. Last season the switch-hitting catcher posted a .243 average with 17 homers and 66 RBI.  

The Nationals have been in the market for catchers all offseason after Wilson Ramos left for Tampa Bay in free agency. The team traded for former Padres catcher Derek Norris, whose role is now in question. The Nationals still have Jose Lobaton on the roster as a strong defensive backup catcher who has a proven rapport with many of the pitchers in the Nationals rotation. Wieters had been linked to the Nationals all offseason because of the team's need a the position and because of the Nationals close relationship with Wieters' agent Scott Boras. 

The only significant time that Wieters has missed due to injury in his career came in 2014-15 when he had Tommy John surgury. Prior to that surgury, however, Wieters had played in at least 130 games for four straight seasons and became a large part of the Orioles' identity. 

The 30-year-old backstop will give the Nationals lineup more depth and power. Wieters had three consecutive 20-homer seasons from 2011-13 and since 2009 when his career began, he ranks fifth among catchers in all of baseball in home runs with 117. 

Related: Nationals 2017 promotional schedule includes snow globes and fedoras

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Nationals 2017 promotional giveaways include snow globes and fedoras

Nationals 2017 promotional giveaways include snow globes and fedoras

The Washington Nationals recently released the dates of their promotional days and giveaways this season, and there are some real gems in this schedule.

Among the standard bobblehead giveaways — Daniel Murphy on April 14, Trea Turner on May 12 and Tanner Roark on June 9 — and the highly recommended Pups in the Park days — April 29, May 13, June 10, June 25, September 7 and September 30 — pick the right game and you could get a snow globe, an American flag shirt or even a fedora. Seriously.

On May 24’s game against the Mariners, the first 25,000 fans will get a Max Scherzer snow globe, which has the potential to be the coolest knickknack in your house. Or on June 14 against the Braves — oddly not closer to the Fourth of July — Budweiser is behind the first 15,000 21-and-up fans getting an American flag tank top.

But truly the most unique item on this list is the Nationals-themed fedora, which will go to the first 25,000 fans at the Brewers’ July 26 matchup. How the Nats landed on this promotional item remains a mystery, but if you like hats beyond a traditional baseball cap, this is the game to attend.

Other cool or oddball promotions include the Nats Magic 8-Ball game April 3, the Chewbacca Koozie day May 27, Bryce Harper action figure day August 29 and Oktoberfest beer stein day Sept. 29.

Here's the complete list of the team's promotional days and giveaways

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