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Nats relievers take Hollywood turn

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Nats relievers take Hollywood turn

By Michael Huberman
CSNwashington.com

Earlier this season several members of the Nationals' bullpen waded into steamy waters with their stirring reading of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Now they're going Hollywood.

The Expendables 2 hit theaters this weekend, and with many of the film's stars AARP eligible, the producers are doing the smart thing and looking for younger talent when the inevitable Expendables 3 gets the green-light.

Enter Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett, Craig Stammen and Ryan Mattheus. The Nationals' relievers joined other hopefuls including Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon and Rangers starter Derek Holland to audition for The Expendables 3. The clip features the players giving some of their best impressions of the classic characters from Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Demme.

With the Nationals in the middle of the pennant race, fans shouldn't worry about losing four key members of the bullpen. Judging from the video, none of these guys will be giving up their day jobs any time soon.

Which impression was your favorite? Does Tyler Clippard's Ivan Drago take the cake?

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Donald Trump will not throw out Nationals Opening Day first pitch

Donald Trump will not throw out Nationals Opening Day first pitch

One of the most iconic moments in sports is when the President of the United States throws out a first pitch at a baseball game. In fact, every president dating back to William Taft in 1910 has thrown at least one Opening Day ceremonial first pitch during their time in office. 

At least for this year, Donald Trump will not join that long lists of presidents. 

According to Bryon Kerr, President Trump will not partake in the tradition due to scheduling conflicts.

Traditionally the ceremonial first pitch by presidents has been done on Opening Day, but also there have been presidents that have thrown the first pitch at the All-Star Game, and even during the World Series; none was perhaps more memorable that George W. Bush's first pitch in the 2001 World Series. 

Regularly presidents have thrown out the first pitch on Opening Day, but it is not uncommon for presidents to miss out on one of baseball's sacred days. George W. Bush only threw the Opening Day pitch in six of his eight years as president. He would also throw a Ceremonial first pitch in 2009, his first year out of office. Barak Obama would only throw one Opening Day first pitch and that was in 2010 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the now forgotten tradition. 

Before his presidency, President Trump has thrown one first pitch to start a baseball game. It was during the 2006 regular season at Fenway Park. 

RELATED: Tim Tebow strikes out in three pitches from Max Sherzer

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Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Max Scherzer is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and widely considered one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Tim Tebow is a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Single-A baseball prospect for the New York Mets.

That enough should tell you all you need to know about how an encounter between the two would fare. But considering Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, and despite him being the longest of longshots to crack an MLB roster, people flock to the interwebs to see how he's doing on the baseball diamond.

On Monday, he got a chance to step into the batter's box against Scherzer, who was making his first spring training start for the Nationals.

Pitch 1: 96 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Pitch 2: 97 MPH fastball — Looking

Pitch 3: 97 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Tebow faced Scherzer again later in the game, and managed to do only slightly better.

Scherzer struck him out on four pitches.

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