Jul 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) of the Washington Nationals follows through on a pitch in the 5th inning during the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: Current and Former Nats Enjoy ASG Spotlight

The American League bested the National League in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, and a Washington Nationals star was involved in the action. Continue reading today’s District Daily to find out more.

Clippard represents Nats with some good relief work

(Adam McCalvy, MLB.com)

MINNEAPOLIS — For two days, Tyler Clippard said, he heard a version of the same question from his fellow National League All-Stars:

“Only one Washington National?”

Indeed, Clippard was the Nats’ lone active representative at Target Field, a last-minute replacement for injured teammate Jordan Zimmermann. Clippard pitched at a critical moment in the fifth inning of what proved an entertaining game, but the fact he was the only man with a “W” on his cap seemed something of an injustice, considering Washington sits in a virtual tie with the Braves atop the NL East, with the league’s third-best winning percentage, and has spent 43 days in first place. Read full article here.

Bud Selig says MASN negotiations could be resolved by January 2015

(Adam Kilgore, the Washington Post)

Commissioner Bud Selig said there is a “good chance” the bitter dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be resolved before he retires in January 2015, for the first time placing a target date to reach an accord on a contentious, pivotal issue.

As rights fees have skyrocketed across the sports landscape, the Nationals and Orioles have squabbled for four years over profits from MASN, the regional sports network that broadcasts both teams’ games. Selig and Major League Baseball intervened to prevent litigation and find a solution.

Speaking Tuesday at the annual Baseball Writers Association of America luncheon, Selig expressed optimism a deal will be struck in the next six months. Read full article here.

Two former Nats catchers blossom into All-Stars

(Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Nationals always liked Kurt Suzuki and Derek Norris. They just liked Wilson Ramos better, which is why they were willing to trade away both catchers to the Athletics.

Little could the Nationals — or anybody else, for that matter — have foreseen both guys blossoming into All-Stars this season.

Yes, stroll through the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis, or gaze out on the grass at Target Field, and there were Suzuki and Norris, hobnobbing with the very best and brightest players in baseball, fellow All-Stars. Read full article here.

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