Grapefruit League

'Last 3 games, not so good': Nats already ready for day off

They've dropped three games in a row by a combined score of 28-9 and their aces, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, took the losses in the last two.

Their hot-as-can-be leadoff man, Adam Eaton, hurt his left ankle on an awkward slide. Their cleanup hitter, Ryan Zimmerman, is 3 for 22. Another middle-of-the-lineup batter, Daniel Murphy, is sidelined after offseason knee surgery.

If ever a team needed a day off just a week into the season, the Washington Nationals sure seemed to fit the bill on Friday.

"Last three games, not so good. First four games, really good," rookie manager Dave Martinez said. "They get a day off, they get refreshed, and then...

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