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To be sure, there are games that Washington Nationals left-hander John Lannan has pitched better. There are games he's been more dominant, more in command, and certainly more comfortable with the temperature - which was 90 degrees at game time Wednesday.
The Washington Nationals did so many things right Friday night — Roger Bernadina's highlight-reel, game-saving catch, the timely home run and RBI-hits, the near-perfect relay throw they executed in the 11th inning — that it was almost difficult to believe they were the ones leaving Nationals Park with their second straight loss.
When the Washington Nationals broke camp from spring training six weeks ago, they did so with the assumption that they'd be running out a lineup with Rick Ankiel in center field and the theoretical Grapefruit League MVP Michael Morse in left.
One by one, the Nationals were sent back to their dugout shaking their heads.
The Nationals entered Monday night's game with four players hitting .300 or above.
If the Nationals' doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday was the coming out party for their offense — a facet of their game that had been dormant for much of the first 15 games — then their victory in the first game of a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday was more proof that their formula for winning likely won't include the longball.
The Nationals lost their third baseman before the game, with Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup due to an abdominal strain, and they needed to replace their first baseman when Adam LaRoche pulled up at second base with a tweaked left groin.
The Nationals finalized their Opening Day roster on Monday, sending four players to the minor leagues and trading another to get down to the 25-man maximum one day before their spring training finale.
Outfielder Laynce Nix and the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.