Stormy days: Latest loss to Braves drops Nationals below .500

“It’ll turn,” LaRoche said. “If you’ve got a good team, at the end of the year, it’ll show. If you don’t it’s going to show. It’s not a situation where you go work harder, play harder, swing harder, throw harder. It doesn’t work. Baseball doesn’t work like that. It never has. We’re not going to try it now.”

Notes: Right-hander Erik Davis made his major league debut in the sixth inning, summoned with one out and runners on second and third. He got five straight outs, one of the most positive things to come out of the day for the Nationals. Fernando Abad, too, pitched a perfect eighth… There was no update on the status of right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who suffered a Grade 1 lat strain on Friday night. Strasburg is expected to try throwing on Wednesday at the earliest. The Nationals have not placed him on the disabled list and can push his next start until June 8 because of Monday’s off-day.

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