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Wire Taps: Nationals' roster update; Anthony Rendon love; Xbox with Stephen Strasburg?

The 2014 campaign officially ends tonight. The Washington Nationals are well into their preparations for the 2015 season already. The Nats made a roster move on Tuesday, outrighting Ross Ohlendorf, who elected to become a free agent....


There will be a Game 7 of the World Series tonight and then the 2014 campaign is officially over.

San Francisco fell behind early Tuesday night and Kansas City cruised to a 10-0 win, avoiding elimination and setting up a decisive Game 7 in Kauffman Stadium.

The Giants send Tim Hudson to the mound against Royals' right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

Five days after tonight's game decisions will have to be made.

Major League teams have until 5:00 PM on the fifth day after the World Series ends to decide whether or not to make qualifying offers (1-year/$15.3M) to pending free agents.

The free agents-to-be have until 12 days after the World Series ends to accept or reject offers.

The Nationals made one roster decision on Tuesday, reinstating right-hander Ross Ohlendorf from the 60-Day DL and then outrighting him off the 40-Man Roster.

Ohlendorf elected for free agency.

There are a few Ohlendorf articles below. There are some Anthony Rendon articles. There's a Tony Renda article or two, a look around the NL East, a note on a public appearance by Stephen Strasburg and more. All the links that we could find from the last 24 hrs in Nats news... starting... RIGHT NOW!!:

• Ross Ohlendorf articles:

• "Needing to re-set their 40-man roster in the coming days, the Nationals outrighted Ohlendorf to Syracuse, but the veteran right-hander elected instead to become a free agent." - "Ross Ohlendorf taken off Nationals 40-man roster, becomes free agent" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "The Nats outrighted Ohlendorf in order to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, but instead of accepting the assignment to Triple-A Syracuse, Ohlendorf decided to become a free agent." - "Nationals Pastime: Ohlendorf elects free agency after being outrighted off 40-man" - Dan Kolko,

• "The Nationals have reinstated right-hander Ross Ohlendorf from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted him off the 40-man roster." - "Nationals outright Ohlendorf; righty chooses free agency" - Bill Ladson,

• AFL Update:

• "Second baseman Tony Renda celebrated his selection to Saturday's Fall Stars Game with a 2-for-5 performance that included a double and a run scored." - "Renda, Kieboom shine in Mesa's latest AFL game" - Byron Kerr,

• "As two of the Solar Sox’s three catchers, Pedro Severino and Spencer Kieboom have made the most of their limited playing time." - "Federal Reserve: Renda selected for Fall Stars Game roster" - Zach Spedden, The Nats Blog

• Your Daily Message from the Dalai Lama on Twitter (@DalaiLama):

• Rendon Love:

• "Some will rank Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre as the #1 ranked third baseman, but I am ranking Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon in the top spot..." - "Fantasy Baseball: Early Top 30 Third Base Rankings for 2015" - Ray Guilfoyle, Fake Teams

• "Rendon was considered injury prone when he was drafted, but it’s possible a professional lifestyle (and trainers) have prepared him for the rigors of the regular season." - "Anthony Rendon: Breakout Bargain Bonanza" -Brad Johnson, FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball


• "No, Steven Souza Jr. is not a second baseman. He came up as a third baseman and made 27 errors in 75 games there in 2010 with Class A Hagerstown." - James Wagner -"Nationals Q&A: We’ve got answers" - The Washington Post

• "Jordan Zimmermann continued his ascent into one of baseball's best pitchers in 2014, capped by his no-hitter on the final day of the season." - "Nationals Roster Review: Jordan Zimmermann" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "With the Nats in need of an experienced backup catcher, Lobaton was acquired by Rizzo..." - "Nationals Pastime: A trade that quietly reaped benefits" - Dan Kolko,

• "Here's a look at the Nats' 2014 Major League roster: who stays, who goes and who has something to prove?" - "Nats expect majority of roster back for 2015 season" - Bill Ladson,

• Play Xbox One with Stephen Strasbrurg?:

• "Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg will be on hand for the grand opening of the Microsoft Store at Westfield Montgomery Mall on Nov. 22." - "Stephen Strasburg to Appear for Microsoft Store Opening in Bethesda" - Andrew Metcalf, Bethesda Beat

• Our Advice: Add multi-armed statues to your stadium:

• "Cleveland also sent groups to ballparks such as Target Field (Minneapolis), Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City) and Nationals Park (Washington) to study some of the new elements and renovations that have been added elsewhere." - "Renovations aiming to provide more social experience" - Jordan Bastian,


Phillies: "B.J. Rosenberg was a 13th round pick in 2008 out of Louisville, and the fact that he’s made it to the bigs from such a position is laudable..." - "2014 Phillies Report Card: B. J. Rosenberg" - Brad Engler, Crashburn Alley

Mets: "As an offensive player, Lagares' performance in the majors is very much in line with his minor league performance." - "Making sense of Mets outfielder Juan Lagares" - John Sickels, Minor League Ball

Marlins: "The team has been adamant since the beginning that the situation at Marlins Park does not require fixing." - "The pros and cons of moving Marlins Park's fences" - Michael Jong, Fish Stripes

Braves: "Seitzer: I kind of feel that is one of my big strengths, being able to show guys how to hit the ball the other way." - "New hitting coach Seitzer discusses his approach" - Mark Bowman,