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March 28 (The Sports Xchange) - President Donald Trump will not participate in the longstanding tradition of presidents throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals Opening Day games due to a scheduling conflict.

Trump, who was inaugurated on Jan. 20, was extended an invitation by the Nationals but declined, a team spokesman told ESPN.

Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush threw out ceremonial first pitches at Nationals games previously.

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The Cleveland Indians finalized a five-year contract with club options for the 2022 and 2023 seasons with infielder Jose Ramirez.

Ramirez's deal is worth $26 million guaranteed and includes a $2 million signing bonus, reports. He could make as much as $50 million over the life of the deal.

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Outfielder Peter Bourjos was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations after an impressive spring training with the Chicago White Sox.

The deal opens playing time for one of the White Sox's top prospects, Jacob May.

The Rays needed outfield help because Colby Rasmus is headed for the disabled list to start the season.

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