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Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon (6) greets teammate Gio Gonzalez (47) at home plate after Gonzalez hit a solo home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Citi Field on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Gio Gonzalez pitches, hits Nats to 5-1 win over Mets

A wild fifth inning home run from starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, just the third of his career, added a moment of levity to a crisp, clean Washington victory, a 5-1 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Published April 2, 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

Nats catcher Wilson Ramos out 4-to-5 weeks

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos underwent surgery to repair the hamate bone in his left wrist on Wednesday morning and will be sidelined from 4-to-5 weeks. Published April 2, 2014

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams stands on the field during the second inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets on Opening Day at Citi Field in New York, Monday, March 31, 2014.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

After Day 1 as manager, Matt Williams feeling the churn

It's also probably for the best that Tuesday was a scheduled day off in this three-game series in New York. Williams could use the extra sleep to savor his first victory as a big league manager. Published April 1, 2014

Wilson Ramos follows through on the first of his two home runs in the Washington Nationals' 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in 11 innings Saturday. Ramos and Ian Desmond hit home runs in the 11th inning to win the game for the Nationals after the Reds tied it at 5-5 in the ninth. (Associated Press photo)

Nats tab Wilson Ramos to bat cleanup on Opening Day vs. Mets

The first day of the Matt Williams era hasn't even begun yet and the Nationals new manager threw everyone a curveball: Catcher Wilson Ramos will bat fourth today when Washington opens the 2014 baseball season at Citi Field against the New York Mets. Published March 31, 2014

Connecticut's Ryan Boatright (11) celebrates during the second half of a regional final against Michigan State in the NCAA college basketball tournament  Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. Connecticut won the game 60-54. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

UConn Final Four-bound again with Michigan State upset

Senior point guard Shabbaz Napier scored a game-high 25 points, including six in the final two minutes, to help lift the No. 7 seeded Huskies to a 60-54 upset of No. 4 seed Michigan State in the East Regional final and a berth in next weekend's Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Published March 30, 2014

Virginia's Anthony Gill leaves the court as Michigan State players celebrate a 61-59 win over Virginia in a regional semifinal of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Virginia falls short in Sweet 16 loss to Michigan State

Michigan State’s 61-59 victory in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night put an abrupt halt to what had been a dream season for the Cavaliers, who finished 30-7, matched the program record for wins, finished first in the ACC during the regular season and won the school’s first conference tournament title in 38 years. Published March 29, 2014

Virginia's Akil Mitchell reacts after making a basket against Duke during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Virginia takes its cue from senior forward Akil Mitchell

Virginia senior Akil Mitchell has become the face of a program on the rise. That he won't be a part of it beyond this season is of little concern as the Cavaliers get set to face Michigan State in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Published March 27, 2014

Virginia players celebrate at halftime in the first half of an NCAA college basketball third-round tournament game against Memphis, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Virginia crushes Memphis, advances to Sweet 16

A wild and unpredictable weekend even by the NCAA tournament's wacky standards claimed a few more unsuspecting victims on Sunday. This March, it is the nothing new. But Virginia, a No. 1 seed and the ACC champion, had no intention of seeing its memorable season come to an abrupt end in a third-round game against No. 8 seed Memphis at PNC Arena. Published March 23, 2014

Virginia forward Anthony Gill (13) picks up a loose ball from Coastal Carolina guard Josh Cameron (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Virginia and Memphis face a contrast in styles with Sweet 16 berth on the line

Virginia again must deal with being the favorite when it faces No. 8 seed Memphis on Sunday at PNC Arena. Against Coast Carolina the Cavaliers got away with a sloppy start. A similar one could prove costly against the Tigers (24-9), a speedy team that finished third in The American Athletic Conference behind Louisville and Connecticut. The winner advances to the Sweet 16 next Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Published March 22, 2014

Virginia forward Evan Nolte (11) celebrates a goal against Coastal Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh. Virginia won 70-59. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Virginia survives a push from No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina

Virginia trailed No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina on Friday night in a second-round NCAA tournament game. The Cavaliers would have made history if they had lost. No No. 1 seed had ever done so, but Virginia recovered and advanced with a 70-59 victory. Published March 22, 2014

George Washington guard Kethan Savage (11) drives to the basket as he is covered by Maryland forward Jonathan Graham, left, and Dez Wells, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the BB&T Classic, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NCAA tourney notes: Kethan Savage return unlikely for GW

The Colonials have played for almost two months without the sophomore guard, whose broken left foot still hasn't completely healed. Savage tried to play during the Atlantic 10 tournament last weekend, but lasted barely a minute on the floor in a semifinal loss to VCU. Published March 20, 2014