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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.
Xavier Nady stood in front of his locker Wednesday afternoon slowly swinging his bat back and forth by his feet. It was a month to the day since he signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals, role unknown. He'd be lying if he thought an opportunity to be the team's starting left fielder would be presenting itself.
It was all working out so easily for the Washington Nationals. The balloons marking the opening of Nationals Park for 2012 hung from the center-field gate. The stands were packed Thursday afternoon with fans clad in curly 'W' apparel and the Nationals' blockbuster offseason trade acquisition was dominant on the mound. The best start in team history was in sight.
While Roger Bernadina fights for an outfield job with the Washington Nationals, the memory of his murdered friend is never far away. Last November, Greg Halman, a 24-year-old outfielder with the Seattle Mariners, was stabbed to death in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Mike Cameron spent parts of the last 17 years playing major league baseball. He was set to begin his 18th with the Washington Nationals but the 39-year-old outfielder decided instead to call it a career.
Four weeks ago, Rick Ankiel was activated off the disabled list for the second time, this one from a left intercostal strain. He came back with an undefined position on the Nationals’ roster and a role that seemed to be continuously diminishing.
When the Washington Nationals traded Nyjer Morgan this spring, they did so knowing they'd be ridding themselves of a player who didn't seem to fit well with this year's team at the expense of losing a leadoff-hitting center fielder.
If most of the Washington Nationals couldn't recall their last six-game winning streak, it wouldn't be for lack of an apt memory. Only three members of their current 25-man roster were around, and played, the last time they reeled off that many.