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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond fields a ball to make the out on Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond fields a ball to make the out on Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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