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Brian McNally

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper singles in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Bryce Harper and Mike Trout play against each other for first time

They knew it was coming. Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper have been compared to each other for years: Same approximate height, weight, age. Given their talents, it was inevitable. So before the two met on the field for the first time in their young careers, they were ready to discuss everything from their relationship to their appreciation of the other's talents to their time as teammates in the Arizona Fall League in 2011. Published April 21, 2014

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Friday, April 18, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nationals reliever Drew Storen shuts down Cardinals in 3-1 win.

Anthony Rendon homers and Drew Storen escapes a second-and-third threat in the eighth inning to help Washington secure a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. That snapped an eight-game losing streak against St. Louis dating to the 2012 playoff loss at Nationals Park. Published April 18, 2014

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon can't field a hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Washington. The Cardinals won 8-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nats' defensive woes continue in blowout loss to St. Louis

In an 8-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, the Nationals committed four errors. Shortstop Ian Desmond had two. Right fielder Jayson Werth lost a ball in the lights at Nationals Park. The Cardinals didn't need the help as ace Adam Wainwright threw a complete-game shutout. Published April 18, 2014

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) looks on from the bench during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals, Mike Green may be reaching a 'game over' situation

Mike Green knows if the organization decides to head in a different direction – the status of general manager George McPhee and the coaching staff remains uncertain – then he could be headed out of town, too. Published April 16, 2014

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, tries to shoot as he is guarded by Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

No playoff misery this time as Capitals aren't even participating

When an organization comes so close, so many times – four Game 7 losses at home in six years and another on the road - it's easy to pin the blame on small things. The Caps can't do that this time. For the first time since 2007, Washington won't even be a part of the NHL's postseason party. Published April 15, 2014

Washington Capitals' Dustin Penner (17) tries to score against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31), of Kazakhstan, as Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Capitals Notes: Team doesn't have many roster decisions to make

The Capitals have limited roster decisions to make this offseason. There are no restricted free agents on the roster and only three players will be unrestricted free agents – winger Dustin Penner, center Mikhail Grabovski and goalie Jaroslav Halak. Published April 14, 2014

Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle (83) celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Playoff hopes dashed, but Caps drub Chicago 4-0

Alex Ovechkin scores his NHL-best 51st goal of the season and teammate Jay Beagle adds two of his own as the Caps, already eliminated from postseason contention earlier in the week, beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Published April 11, 2014

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Stephen Strasburg is dominant as Nationals complete sweep of Marlins

All afternoon long at Nationals Park on Thursday, Stephen Strasburg won almost every battle. By the end of his day he struck out 12 batters, preserved a weary bullpen and gave the Nats a chance to win a game where they ultimately prevailed 7-1. Published April 10, 2014

Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth, center, celebrates his game winning grand slam with Anthony Rendon, right, and Nate McLouth, during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals won 10-7. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Jayson Werth's grand slam powers Nats to 10-7 win

Nats outfielder Jayson Werth hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to help lift Washington to a 10-7 victory over the Miami Marlins on a night starter Jordan Zimmermann struggled. Published April 10, 2014

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Aaron Barrett (30) celebrates 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins with catcher Jose Lobaton, left, during the inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nats rookie reliever Aaron Barrett's huge strikeout of Giancarlo Stanton

Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett, a long shot to even make the team out of spring training, was given yet another big opportunity early this season when he faced Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton with two out and one-run lead in the eighth inning. He came through yet again and is showing why the organization put its faith in him after a strong camp. Published April 10, 2014

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon fields a bunt by Miami Marlins' Reed Johnson during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Washington. Johnson was out at first on the play. The Nationals won 5-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nats third baseman Anthony Rendon right at home at third base in 5-0 win over Miami

The Nationals were without star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins. And so, for the second game in a row, Washington manager Matt Williams switched second baseman Anthony Rendon to third base in Zimmerman's place and he contributed all over the field in a crisp 5-0 victory at Nationals Park. Published April 9, 2014

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals during their Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida on March 20, 2014.    Photo by Gregg Newton

Nationals making adjustments already with Wilson Ramos sidelined 4-5 weeks

One day into the season, Washington is suddenly without its starting catcher and the man tabbed to be the cleanup hitter, at least early in the season. It was another blow to a player who appeared in just 25 games in 2012 after sustaining a torn ACL in his right knee and 78 games in 2013 when lingering hamstring issues limited him all season. Published April 2, 2014