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05/31/2013

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BELTWAY RIVALRY IN SARASOTA? Members of the Washington Nationals stand outside their dugout for the opening ceremonies of a game with the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in March 2012. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA COUNTY IS EXPLORING WHETHER IT CAN LURE THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS TO TOWN FOR SHARED SPRING TRAINING WITH THE ORIOLES By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor If the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox do it at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, can the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals do it in Sarasota? One thing is clear: The Nationals have informed Brevard County officials they will not be returning to Space Coast Stadium once their facility lease ends in 2017. That was the report in ballparkdigest.com on May 16. It is a possibility — the sharing of Major League Baseball Spring Training facilities — Barbetta already had talked with County Adthat Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Bar- ministrator Randall Reid a few weeks before betta wants to explore. that news appeared, having read rumors that

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