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William Howard Taft joins Nats' dash

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals' newest racing president may have to drop a few pounds to be competitive.

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The team said Saturday that William Howard Taft will join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt this season for the fourth-inning race by 12-foot mascots.

Taft was the portliest president at more than 300 pounds. He became the first president to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, at Washington's Griffith Stadium on April 14, 1910.

After losing more than 500 times since 2006, Teddy won the race on the final day of last year's regular season and then won against during the NL division series against St. Louis.

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