Rafael Soriano, untucked: Nationals’ new closer ends workday in style

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Soriano is quiet and mostly keeps to himself inside a Nationals clubhouse filled with players who’ve known one another for years. “He’s an individual,” Johnson said, adding that he has enjoyed getting to know the closer little by little.

When the New York Yankees visited D.C. last week for an exhibition game, Soriano was animated and excited in talking to some of his old teammates and bench coach Tony Pena. He’s still getting accustomed to his new home, and he sneaked out of the Nationals’ clubhouse quickly Monday before most reporters could catch him for a comment.

His quirks aren’t yet a part of the fabric. But if he continues to pitch the way he did on Opening Day, it probably won’t take much time before they are.

Maybe with a teammate or two even joining in on the untuck celebration.

“It’s going to take a lot for me to do that. We’ll see,” said first baseman Adam LaRoche, before he was jokingly informed that Soriano had told Desmond about its correlation to hitting home runs.

“Oh, he did?” LaRoche said, a smile coming over his face and his tone suddenly more upbeat. “I’ll talk to him about that.”

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