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Tony Tarasco named Washington Nationals first base coach

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Tony Tarasco will join the Washington Nationals' coaching staff in 2013 as the team's new first base coach, the team announced Wednesday.

Tarasco, who has spent the past seven season in player development roles in the Nationals organization, will replace Bo Porter, who left the team to become the new manager of the Houston Astros.

He'll join a coaching staff that includes bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Eckstein, third base coach Trent Jewett and bullpen coach Jim Lett. Jewett moved to the third base coaching role in Porter's absence.

The coaching staff is led 2012 National League Manager of the Year Davey Johnson. Johnson, who led the Nationals to their first N.L. East title, says that 2013 will be his final season in the dugout with Washington.

Tarasco played for six teams in eight Major League seasons during his career, including a short stints with the Montreal Expos, the team who would later move to Washington, and the Baltimore Orioles. He won a World Series title with the New York Yankees in 1999 and reappeared in the Fall Classic with the New York Mets a season later.

His tenure with the Orioles in 1996 and 1997 was played under Johnson.

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