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Nationals to share new spring training facility with Astros and lots of birds

Nationals to share new spring training facility with Astros and lots of birds

The Nationals and Astros will share a new spring training facility, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida. But it looks like there's already a tenant ruling that roost: flocks of birds. 

According to The Palm Beach Post, hundreds of birds are flying around the construction project. They're not only perching in the trees around the ballpark, but also on the light posts, batting cages and club house buildings. 

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The newspaper consulted a wildlife biologist from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who identified the birds as a type of crow that scavenges for food.

A nearby landfill could be drawing them to the area, or they could be returning to their usual territory.

Before construction began, the land had been covered in vegetation and pine trees. The birds may have been displaced temporarily by the building, but returned once they discovered new places to roost at the ballpark. 

Grass seed and fertilizer used at the site could also be attracting them.

Regardless of why the birds have flocked to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, they probably aren't leaving any time soon. 

“Once the baseball stadium opens, with fans eating French fries and food, I’m sure they will be hanging around more,” the wildlife biologist said. 


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Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner has hit for the third cycle in Washington Nationals history against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Turner also has a career-high seven RBIs on a cold night in the Mile High City.

He had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.


The field temperature was a balmy 37 degrees when Turner recorded the final part of his cycle in the seventh inning.

It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.

Overall, this was the ninth cycle in Expos/Nationals history.

In addition, Turner's seven RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single game in Nationals history.

The Nationals hung on to beat the Rockies 15-12 after giving up seven runs in the final three innings.

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Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week. 

For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored. 

He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games. 

Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored. 

With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times. 

The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East. 

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