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You thought the New York Rangers, who finished with one fewer point than the Capitals during the regular season, were going to roll over after losing two games in D.C.? You thought the Rangers, who collected five points in three regular-season meetings with Washington, were going to go away that easily?
New York Mets ace Matt Harvey will take the mound in one half-inning Friday night at Citi Field, and Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg will take it in another. It's as marquee a matchup of young power arms as there has been thus far this April.
While the calendar points to this weekend for the Washington Nationals' final showdown with the Atlanta Braves, a three-game series at Turner Field, manager Davey Johnson's focus remains on the New York Mets.
Carlos Quentin and the San Diego Padres agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract covering 2013-15.
"We're both young guys," Harvey told ESPN New York, sounding perhaps more familiar than he realized.
"I'm looking forward to it," he told ESPN New York this week. "I know the extra adrenaline is going to be there. It's going to be one of those things where you have to tone it down."