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Murphy a huge hit in Nats debut, 4-3 win over Braves in 10

Extra innings on the road left Dusty Baker exhausted but happy in his debut as Nationals manager.

"It's kind of like the game telling me, welcome back," Baker said.

Daniel Murphy, also making his Washington debut, was a huge hit with a home run and a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, and the Nationals rallied past the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in their season opener Monday.

NL MVP Bryce Harper also homered in his first plate appearance of the season.

Baker said players gave him the "victory ball" following a display of strong starting pitching, solid defense and just enough offense.

"Obviously, what we did late in the game, that...

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