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Nationals acquire Kelly Shoppach

Shoppach, 33, hit .196/.293/.346 in 125 plate appearances for the Mariners this season before they released him. He has appeared in nine major league seasons. Last year, he hit .233/.309/.425 while playing for the Red Sox and Mets.

The Nationals demoted third baseman Carlos Rivero to Class AA Harrisburg yesterday to make room on the Syracuse roster.