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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) batts as the Washington Nationals defeat the Cincinnati Reds in extra innings, 3-2, for their home opener in Major League Baseball at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 12, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) batts as the Washington Nationals defeat the Cincinnati Reds in extra innings, 3-2, for their home opener in Major League Baseball at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 12, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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