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After their eighth loss in 11 games dropped the Washington Nationals to .500 for the first time in more than a year, manager Davey Johnson promised lineup changes and said he hopes players “get a little mad.”
The Washington Nationals aren’t scoring much these days, and they’re not winning a whole lot, either: They have lost seven of their last 10 games, averaging 3.3 runs in that span.
The exorcism that began in spring training and accelerated with the shutout of Miami in Washington’s season opener continues into its next phase tonight when St. Louis visits Nationals Park for the first time this season.
Maybe there’s something appropriate about the timing of it all: What’s expected to be the first full season together for Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper is supposed to be the final season for their manager, Davey Johnson.
Jaime Garcia pitched eight sharp innings Wednesday and the St. Louis Cardinals topped a split squad of Washington Nationals 10-1 Wednesday.
If Shelby Miller reaches his potential, he’ll be just another superstar to come up through the Cardinals’ ranks.
Ryan Zimmerman won’t test his surgically repaired right shoulder defensively in a game until later this month. He got his going Sunday.
Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings.
The St. Louis flag is flying over the District of Columbia’s main government building for a day. It’s a result of a bet the city lost.
In 2012, the Washington Nationals had their first winning record since they began play in D.C. in 2005, and they played the first playoff series in Washington in 79 years. The Nationals took D.C. fans through a roller coaster of emotions in the National League Division Series. Now that D.C. fans have had a taste of playoff baseball, they can only hope that this year was just the beginning.
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