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Some baseball openers don't reveal much of anything about the season ahead. Others, however, offer a clue or two. So it was with the Nationals' 2-0 loss to the Braves on Thursday down on South Capitol Street. It just seemed like the kind of game the Nats will be playing all season in the pitching-rich National League East: a low-scoring, error-free affair that turns on a pitch here and an at-bat there.
The Nationals were baffled by Derek Lowe, and they were largely unable to generate anything else off the parade of relievers who followed. But there were signs of progress for a team that is just one full season removed from two 100-loss campaigns.
Inside a sparsely populated clubhouse Sunday afternoon, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen sat at their adjacent lockers and shared a few minutes of conversation - and a fist bump.
David Wright hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to power a New York Mets' starting lineup of seven rookies past the Washington Nationals 7-2 Saturday.
Danny Espinosa hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and a triple, and Michael Morse added a solo shot, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Wednesday night before a crowd of 12,213.
Ivan Rodriguez hit a tying homer off the left-field pole to spark a seven-run rally with two outs in the eighth inning Tuesday night, and Washington beat the Houston Astros 8-4, earning a standing ovation from another sparse crowd at Nationals Park.
Starlin Castro hit a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to break a scoreless tie and Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
The Atlanta Braves did it again in their final at-bat, beating the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Jason Heyward's run-scoring single in the ninth inning Wednesday night.