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Roberts responds to Baker's comments about Kershaw balking

Roberts responds to Baker's comments about Kershaw balking

When going against a bonafide ace like Clayton Kershaw, you have to find any small advantage you can get.

In the case of Dusty Baker and the Nationals, that means exploiting what they believe to be a small weakness he has when trying to hold baserunners. The Nats’ skipper told reporters before Game 1 of the NL Division Series that he believes the umpires need to watch Kershaw’s delivery from the stretch closely.  

“Quite frankly, I’m hoping that the umpires…might call a balk or two on him,” Baker said. “Because he kind of rolls through the set position, which they don’t call.”

Once a manager throws that out there, of course, it’s bound to get to the other team. When Los Angeles skipper Dave Roberts was given a chance to respond to Baker’s comments, he countered by throwing out names of Nats pitchers who he thought balked without punishment. 

Perhaps pregame chatter about balks won’t amount to much after first pitch, and it was all said in good fun. But it could be something to watch — once the Nats find a way to get on base against Kershaw, that is. 

“I heard that really upsets him if they do call one," Baker said. "So I’m hoping that they call maybe a couple of them.”

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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. 

Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger caused him to miss the start of spring training, and the World Baseball Classic. 

Scherzer did, however, make his first MLB spring training start of 2017 on Wednesday. The 2016 NL Cy Young award winner allowed two earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He added four strikeouts and one walk, and reportedly looked just like you would expect from Max Scherzer. 

"To be out there competing, throwing all my pitches, throwing them for strikes, that's a great first outing," Scherzer told Eddie Matz of ESPN after the game. "Finger's good. Finger feels like a finger. I'm getting through that injury. It's behind me now."

With Scherzer set to open the season as the third starter in the rotation, that likely means that Stephen Strasburg will start on opening day against the Miami Marlins, and Tanner Roark will slot in behind him. 

While it's nice to have your ace pitcher starting on opening day, it's not a huge deal to have Scherzer start the season third in the rotation, especially because the Nationals starting rotation is the strength of the team

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