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Washington Nationals’ minor league coach Justin Lord eager for start of 2021 season...

WASHINGTON – Justin Lord, nearly 20 years later, is eager to get back to Wilmington, Delaware.

But this time his role and Major League affiliation will be very different.

Lord made 13 appearances, with one start, as a pitcher for the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2003, when the club was an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals in the high Single-A Carolina League.

Now, in a few weeks, Lord will head to Delaware to be the pitching coach for the Nationals’ farm team in the first season with Wilmington as a Washington affiliate.