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Andy Kostka

Andy Kostka was a sports reporter for The Washington Times. 

Articles by Andy Kostka

Teammates celebrate as Washington Nationals' Gerardo Parra goes into the dugout after his solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nationals open 2022 schedule in New York against Mets

The league released the 2022 season schedule Wednesday, with Washington opening against the New York Mets at Citi Field on March 31 -- the sixth time the teams have started a year against the other. The Nationals' home opener will be April 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies to start a two-game series. Published August 4, 2021

Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras, right, slides home to score past Washington Nationals catcher Tres Barrera, left, on a single by Patrick Wisdom during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Nationals prospects’ time is now after trade deadline sell-off

When fans filter into Nationals Park for the final two months of the season, their eyes will also be locked on the young players suddenly catapulted into the starting lineup of a team planning for the future. This wasn't how Washington envisioned the season playing out. But for those benefiting from the sell-off, these final two months could go a long way in solidifying their place on the team in the years to come. Published August 1, 2021

Washington Nationals' Yan Gomes watches his solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Nats fire sale: Gomes, Harrison, Lester traded

The final chips of the Washington Nationals' fire sale fell into play shortly before the 4 p.m. Friday trade deadline, with catcher Yan Gomes and utility man Josh Harrison heading to the Oakland Athletics and left-hander Jon Lester joining the St. Louis Cardinals. Published July 30, 2021

Washington Nationals' Kyle Schwarber watches his solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Nationals ship Schwarber to Boston, Hudson to Padres

Late Thursday night, as the trade deadline ticked ever closer, Rizzo struck two more deals. Left fielder Kyle Schwarber is headed to the Boston Red Sox, Washington announced. And reliever Daniel Hudson will reportedly be traded to the San Diego Padres. Published July 29, 2021

Washington Nationals' Trea Turner (7) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)  **FILE**

Nationals’ 12 positive COVID-19 cases force Phillies game postponement

Twelve people, including four players, within the Washington Nationals organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday, shortly after MLB postponed that night's game to allow for additional testing and contact tracing. Published July 28, 2021