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Nationals don't expect heroics from new 2B Daniel Murphy

The Washington Nationals don't expect Daniel Murphy to be their savior.

Murphy seized the postseason spotlight for the New York Mets, homering in six straight games on the way to the World Series. But the Nationals are not asking for that. They simply want the player they signed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract to be a consistent hitter as their everyday second baseman.

"The playoffs meant little to me as far as his performance," general manager Mike Rizzo said at a news conference Thursday at Nationals Park. "I've seen him play his whole major league career. ... You're talking about a very sharp player that plays the game the right way and is a...

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