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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Nationals set to host Red Sox in April 3 exhibition game

The Nationals announced Friday morning that, before heading to Chicago to open the 2012 season at Wrigley Field, they'll welcome the Boston Red Sox to Nationals Park on April 3 for an exhibition game. There are a few things that this one exhibition game means:

McLaren "hopeful" to interview for coaching vacancies; could return to Nats as a scout

Former Nationals bench coach (and interim manager for three eventful games in Chicago this past June following Jim Riggleman's resignation) John McLaren has gotten word that his name was on the Mets' list for their open bench coach and first base coach jobs and is "hopeful to get an interview," he said Wednesday. He has not, however, been contacted just yet by their front office.

Checking in on the Arizona Fall League

The Nationals contingent at the Arizona Fall League is finally complete with left-hander Matt Purke ditching Instructional League for the Fall League and arriving in Arizona on Tuesday night. With the seven members of the Scottsdale Scorpions that call Washington their parent organization now all in attendance, I thought it'd be a good time to check out how the Nats top prospects are faring thus far.

Morse nominated for 2011 Hank Aaron Award

Packing up his locker at Sun Life Stadium last week, Michael Morse was asked if he planned to pop the giftwrapped bottle of Cristal sitting in it at some point this season. The bottle, a gift from Livan Hernandez to Morse for hitting 30 home runs this season, was something of a symbol of the superb season Morse had put together as the Nationals' slugging cleanup hitter. Morse said he didn't have any plans to open the bottle, rather that he would keep it as a memento -- a conversation piece about his best year as a major leaguer (so far) and the man who gave it to him. On Monday, Morse learned he could soon add another memento -- this one a piece of hardware -- to his collection when he was nominated for the 2011 Hank Aaron Award.

Nationals wrap up the 2011 season on a high note

The Nationals walked off the field at Sun Life Stadium (for the last time there) on an extremely positive note. They ended their 2011 season with a 3-1 win over the Florida Marlins, a win that gave them 80 victories and made it the second most successful season in the team's brief history.

Ryan Zimmerman out with sore hamstring, could miss finale

Ryan Zimmerman was out of the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday, missing the season's penultimate game with a sore hamstring that Nationals manager Davey Johnson didn't want to aggravate any worse. Steve Lombardozzi started at third base in his place, his second major league start at the position and just third in his entire professional career.

Nationals - Marlins start to be delayed

The Nationals 7:10 p.m. game against the Florida Marlins will not start on time. There has been no official announcement made but the tarp is on the field, it is raining and there has been no movement by either starting pitcher to begin their warmup.