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Danny Espinosa stood in front of his locker Friday night, asked to talk about something good for the first time in weeks. It had been 104 at-bats since Espinosa had hit a home run. A span of 28 games that featured not only a home run drought but a deep slump and what seemed like countless strikeouts.
As he was reading the newspaper Friday morning, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson glanced at the baseball matchups for the night that were printed. He noticed that the line for his team's game against the Cincinnati Reds was set at 7.5.
\One day after perhaps their most demoralizing loss of the season, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson closed the doors to the visitors' clubhouse at PNC Park and held a brief team meeting.
Danny Espinosa is swinging and missing. He knows it, his teammates know it and his manager knows it. He's well aware, also, that the fans know it. And he's not immune to the criticism. Espinosa's 37 strikeouts are tied for the most in the National League.
The moment the ball hit his bat, Wilson Ramos knew. He flung his arms out, dropped his bat and lifted his hands above his head. He held the pose all the way to first base, as his teammates poured out of the Washington Nationals' dugout, the clock inching toward 11 p.m., and the raucous Nationals Park crowd showering them with adulation.
Late at night at Nationals Park, as they digest another game in what is still a season in its infancy, Danny Espinosa and Randy Knorr sit in the steam room and talk. The conversation doesn't always revolve around the game. Sometimes it's life, sometimes it's advice. But, in a way, it's like therapy.
The Washington Nationals were the recipients of three errors by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner, had no intention of being so charitable.
As the words left his mouth, Ian Desmond didn't expect what he was saying would take on the life it has.
In a Washington Nationals season that is just 11 games old, Steve Lombardozzi spent nine of the first 10 getting antsy.