TOMORROW: ’80s Night returns to Nationals Park!

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Tomorrow night, the Nationals are celebrating the ’80s! From your favorite songs to special scoreboard activations, fans won’t want to miss the game as we throw it back to the 1980s in style.

As part of the Nationals’ second-annual ’80s night, the first 20,000 fans who enter the ballpark through ALL GATES will receive a Nationals Fanny Pack. In addition, renowned ’80s Tribute Band The Legwarmers will be performing for fans at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 5:00 p.m.

In preparation for our celebration of big hair, bright colors and Rubik’s Cubes, we asked a few of our players, like 1B Clint Robinson, what their favorite songs are from the ’80s (his is “Van Halen” by Panama).

Enjoy the responses below, and there’s a chance these songs may be played at some point tomorrow night!

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2B Daniel Murphy – “Your Love” by The Outfield

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OF Ben Revere – “Mary Jane” by Rick James

And even though they weren’t born in the 1980s, OF Bryce Harper loves “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses and LHP Sammy Solis puts “P.Y.T” by Michael Jackson at the top of his ’80s playlist.

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available at nationals.com/80sNight.

Nationals Game Notes: June 9 at Chicago White Sox

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Washington Nationals (36-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-30)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-4, 3.94] | RHP Miguel Gonzalez [0-1, 3.93]
Thursday, June 9 l Game #60 / Road #34 l U.S. Cellular Field l Chicago, I.L. l 7:10 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BRINGING THE LUMBER
The Nationals continued their recent offensive onslaught with an 11-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night on the South Side…The victory, which featured at least one hit from every batter in the lineup, an RBI from seven of the nine, a run from eight of the nine, and home runs from 1B Ryan Zimmerman, 2B Stephen Drew, SS Danny Espinosa and LF Jayson Werth, sealed the Nationals’ 11th series win of the season, their eighth on the road.

  • Coupled with their 10-run outbursts on Tuesday at CWS & Sunday at CIN, the 2016 Nationals are now just the second team in club history (2005-present) to post 10 or more runs in three straight games (also June 26-28, 2012 at COL).
  • The Nationals had four batters with three-hit nights on Wednesday (CF Ben Revere, Werth, RF Bryce Harper, and Espinosa)…It was just the fifth time in Nationals history (2005-present) the team had four or more players with three or more hits…That many Nationals had not posted three or more knocks in the same game since five WSH players collected at least three apiece at San Francisco on Aug. 13, 2012.

INTERLEAGUE INTERLUDE
With the series win over the White Sox assured on Wednesday, the Nationals improved to 9-2 (.818) this season in Interleague play and have yet to drop a series to an American League team…Among teams that have played at least two series against the opposite league, Washington has the best record in the National League, and the second-best record in the majors behind only the Seattle Mariners (6-1, .857).

  • The Nationals went 8-12 (.400) in Interleague play in 2015, tied for the sixth-lowest winning percentage in MLB and in the National League.

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD
The Nationals will conclude their current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field and head home to open a six-game homestand on Friday evening…Their return to the friendly confines of Nationals Park will be brief, however, as Washington will head back out on the road for another 11-day jaunt starting June 16 in San Diego.

  • At 36-23 (.610), the Nationals are tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in Major League Baseball…The Chicago Cubs pace MLB (41-17, .707).
  • The Nationals have played to a 21-12 (.636) record on the road thus far this season, which is also the second-best mark in MLB, behind only the Cubs (19-9, .679).

Nationals Game Notes: June 8 at Chicago White Sox

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Washington Nationals (35-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-29)
RHP Max Scherzer [6-4, 3.87] | RHP James Shields [2-7, 4.28]
Wednesday, June 8 l Game #59 / Road #33 l U.S. Cellular Field l Chicago, I.L. l 7:10 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HIT PARADE
The Nationals topped the White Sox, 10-5, on Tuesday night in the opener of this three-game Interleague set…Washington piled up 12 hits (six for extra bases) and six walks, putting up a 10-spot on the scoreboard for the second consecutive game…Tuesday’s victory, coupled with Sunday’s 10-9 triumph at Cincinnati, marks the first time since April 28 & 29, 2015 that the Nationals have scored 10 runs in back-to-back games…In Nationals history (2005-present) only one team (2012) has posted 10 or more runs in three straight games (June 26-28).

  • At 35-23 (.603), the Nationals have the third best record in Major League Baseball behind the Chicago Cubs (40-17, .702) and Texas Rangers (36-22, .621).
  • The Nationals have played to a 20-12 (.625) record on the road thus far this season, behind only the Cubs (18-9, .667) and Seattle Mariners (19-11, .633) in MLB.
  • Chicago is the third and final stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season…Washington opens a six-game homestand on Friday evening but then will head back out on the road for 11 days starting June 16 in San Diego.

SIZZLING AT THE HOT CORNER
Leading the charge for the Nationals’ offensive attack on Tuesday night was 3B Anthony Rendon, who went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored…Rendon’s RBI-double got the Nationals on the board in the second inning, and his two-run homer in the fourth helped put the team in position to assume the lead the following frame.

  • Since May 10, Rendon’s .348 batting average ranks fourth in the National League, his .442 on-base percentage ranks second, and his .596 slugging percentage is good for 10th.
  • In the month of June Rendon is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI, and three walks (.476 OBP, .833 SLG).

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
In eight games dating to May 29, Nationals C Wilson Ramos is 13-for-27 (.481) with two doubles, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks and nine runs scored…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 170 PA) in batting average (.348), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.561), RBI (32), and fewest strikeouts (21).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015 is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Ramos is outpacing his 2015 offensive numbers by more than 100 points in all three major categories…In addition to going from a .229 average (2015) to currently hitting .348, his 2015 on-base percentage was .258 and is currently .392, while his 2015 slugging percentage was .358 and he’s slugging .561 this season.

READY WHEN CALLED
The Nationals’ bullpen has been taxed with the third-fewest innings in Major League Baseball, their 162.2 IP slotting in behind only the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays (149.1 IP)…However, when they’re relied upon, the Nationals’ bullpen has excelled…WSH has the third-best bullpen ERA in MLB (2.88), the fourth-lowest batting average against (.216), and the fourth-highest save percentage (80%).

  • Since embarking on this current road trip (May 30), the Nationals’ bullpen has been asked to throw the second-fewest innings in the National League (20.2), despite needing 11.0 IP from the relief corps in the last two games alone.
  • That, of course, means the Nationals’ starting pitching staff has been carrying quite a load themselves…Washington’s starters currently lead MLB in strikeouts (378), and rank fourth in innings pitched (362.0)…The Nationals’ rotation is also holding opposing batters to the fourth-lowest average in MLB (.232).

Today in Nationals’ History: Stephen Strasburg makes his debut

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June 8, 2010 – Prized pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 while tossing seven innings of four-hit, two-run ball in his MLB debut vs. Pittsburgh. Strasburg’s electric performance came in front of a capacity crowd and a national television audience on MLB Network. Washington bested the Pirates, 5-2.

Strasburg became the first pitcher in history to strike out at least eleven batters without issuing any walks in his pro debut. He also fell only one strikeout short of the all-time record in a pitcher’s MLB debut. Notably, Strasburg struck out every batter in the Pirates’ lineup at least once and struck out the last seven batters he faced, a Nationals team record.

Check out some pictures from this memorable day in Nats’ history in the gallery above!

Nationals Game Notes: June 7 at Chicago White Sox

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Washington Nationals (34-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-28)
RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 2.37] | RHP Mat Latos [6-1, 4.02]
Tuesday, June 7 l Game #58 / Road #32 l U.S. Cellular Field l Chicago, I.L. l 7:10 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

BACK IN THE WINDY CITY
The Nationals visit the Windy City for the second time in a month, this time to square off against the White Sox in a three-game Interleague series…Chicago is the third and final stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

  • At 34-23 (.596), the Nationals have the third best record in Major League Baseball behind the Chicago Cubs (40-16, .714) and Texas Rangers (35-22, .614).
  • The Nationals have played to an 19-12 (.613) record on the road thus far this season, behind only the Cubs (18-8, .692) and Seattle Mariners (19-11, .633) in MLB.

NEVER A DOUBT
The Nationals avoided the sweep on Sunday, topping the Cincinnati Reds in come-from-behind fashion…Washington trailed, 5-0, after two innings, but went on to score five runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth, eventually topping the Reds, 10-9…It was the Nationals’ 15th come-from-behind win of the season and the five-run deficit was their largest deficit overcome to win in 2016.

  • The Nationals’ 3-4-5 hitters (RF Bryce Harper (3-for-5, 2 R), 2B Daniel Murphy (3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R) and C Wilson Ramos (3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)) each collected at least three hits and two runs scored in the win…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the first time since July 11, 2009 that the three players in the 3-4-5 spots in Washington’s batting order each had at least three hits and two runs scored (1B Nick Johnson, OF Josh Willingham and OF Adam Dunn) in the same game.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
In seven games dating to May 29, Nationals C Wilson Ramos is 12-for-23 (.522) with two doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, two walks and eight runs scored…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 170 PA) in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.569) and fewest strikeouts (20).

  • Ramos leads all MLB catchers with 31 RBI, while his 56 hits are second, and his eight home runs are tied for third.
  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.

HITTERS HIT
The Nationals’ batters are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets for the National League lead in home runs (76)…Nationals hitters also rank tied for sixth in the NL in walks (198) and their 441 strikeouts are tied for the third-fewest in the National League.

PITCHERS PITCH
Washington’s pitching staff leads Major League Baseball in strikeouts (541) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings (9.44)…The Nationals’ hurlers also rank in MLB in ERA (3rd, 3.18), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 3.45), walks/hits per innings pitched (3rd, 1.14) and hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.52).

Today in Nationals’ History: Ryan Zimmerman becomes first player drafted by Nationals

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June 7, 2005 – Ryan Zimmerman is the first draft selection in the history of the Nationals, the fourth overall selection out of the University of Virginia.

A three-year starting shortstop for UVA, Zimmerman started in 174 games and collected 250 hits, 140 RBIs, 128 runs, 47 doubles, seven triples and nine home runs. Zimmerman established the school record of hits in a season with 90 in 2004, breaking his own record with 92 in 2005.

And speaking of the draft – in a few days we will be introduced to the newest members of the Nationals. The Nationals hold the 28th and 29th overall selections in the 2016 MLB Draft, which will be held on Thursday, June 9. Make sure to check it out on MLB Network and check back here for updates later in the week!

Nationals Game Notes: June 5 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-23) at Cincinnati Reds (21-35)
RHP Tanner Roark [4-4, 2.70] | RHP Jon Moscot [0-2, 4.02]
Sunday, June 5 l Game #57 / Road #31 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FINALE FACTS
The Nationals and Reds will wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, with the Nationals looking to avoid their second road sweep of 2016…The Reds won a rain-delayed contest, 6-3, on Saturday to hand the Nationals just their fourth series loss of the season.

  • At 33-23 (.589), the Nationals are tied for the fourth-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (39-15, .722), San Francisco Giants (35-23, .603) and Texas Rangers (33-22, .600).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-12 (.600) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-12, .613) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season…After Sunday’s finale, Washington will pack up and head to Chicago for an off day on Monday before opening a three-game set at the White Sox on Tuesday evening.

STREAKING STRAS
With a strikeout of Dan Straily in the fifth inning on Saturday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg became the first pitcher in Nationals history (2005-present) to tally 1,000 strikeouts with Washington…LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out his 1,000th batter in a Nationals uniform, but 511 of his first 1K were with the Oakland Athletics…Strasburg is the 40th active pitcher to notch 1,000 strikeouts in his career, the 488th in baseball history.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in the fifth-fewest innings in Major League history:

PITCHER IP AT TIME OF 1K
1. Billy Wagner 757.2 IP
2. Octavio Dotel 820.1 IP
3. Francisco Rodriguez 827.1 IP
4. Kerry Wood 853.0 IP
5. Stephen Strasburg 855.0 IP
6. Chris Sale 872.0 IP
7. Tim Lincecum 896.1 IP

  • While taking a no-decision on Saturday, Strasburg kept intact his franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).
  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-3 with a double and a run on Saturday, improving his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 56 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.386), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is 30 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.312).

Nationals Game Notes: June 4 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-22) at Cincinnati Reds (20-35)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [9-0, 2.69] | RHP Dan Straily [3-2, 3.43]
Saturday, June 4 l Game #56 / Road #30 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 4:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals fell to the Reds, 7-2, in the series opener on Friday night…The loss was Washington’s seventh series-opening defeat, though the Nationals have ultimately dropped just three total series (of 17) this season.

  • At 33-22 (.600), the Nationals have the third-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (38-15, .715) and the San Francisco Giants (35-22, .614).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-11 (.621) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-11, .633) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
Summoned off the bench in the late innings on Friday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-1 with a double and improved his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 55 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.387), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is nearly 40 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.304).

TREA DELIVERY
The Nationals recalled INF Trea Turner on Friday and placed 1B Ryan Zimmerman on the Paternity List…Turner, the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball entering this season (according to Baseball America), earned the second MLB call-up of his career by hitting .310 with a .376 on-base percentage in 50 games at Triple-A.

  • Turner returned to the Major Leagues without skipping a beat, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk on Friday night…The three hits were a career best in one game for Turner.
  • Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, welcomed their second child on Thursday.

MAKING THEM COUNT
Nationals OF Jayson Werth clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Friday night…It was the third home run in the last five games for Werth…Since May 29, Werth has gone 5-for-18, but four of his five hits have been for extra bases (3 HR, 1 2B) and he’s collected 7 RBI.

STREAKING STRAS
Earning the win in the Nationals’ 10-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg extended his winning streak to a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12 games, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).

  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).
  • WSH is 15-0 in Strasburg’s last 15 starts (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 15 straight team wins is a franchise record (Nationals/Expos), and the longest active streak in MLB.

Nationals Game Notes: June 3 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-21) at Cincinnati Reds (19-35)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-3, 3.57] | LHP Brandon Finnegan [1-4, 4.14]
Friday, June 3 l Game #55 / Road # 29 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
Moving to a season-high 12 games over .500 with a sweep of the Phillies, the Nationals will open a three-game set at Great American Ball Park Friday evening, their first meeting with the Reds this season…This is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

  • At 33-21 (.611), the Nationals have the second-best record in MLB (Cubs, 37-15 (.712)).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-10 (.643) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Chicago Cubs (17-8, .680) for the best mark in the National League.

TREA DELIVERY
The Nationals recalled INF Trea Turner on Friday morning and placed 1B Ryan Zimmerman on the Paternity List…Turner, the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball entering this season (according to Baseball America), earned the second MLB call-up of his career by hitting .310 with a .376 on-base percentage in 50 games at Triple-A…Turner leads the International League in runs (38) and stolen bases (17) while ranking second in hits (61) and fifth in average (.310).

  • Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, welcomed their second child on Thursday.

A RECORD-SETTING MONTH, HONORED APPROPRIATELY
After setting a franchise record for hits in a calendar month and leading the Major Leagues in batting average, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was named the National League Player of the Month for May on Thursday…Murphy ended the month of May leading Major League Baseball in batting average (.397), hits (77), and multi-hit games (26).

  • In May alone, Murphy hit .416 (47-for-113) with a .434 OBP and a .673 SLG in 29 games. He collected eight doubles, seven home runs, 32 singles, 23 RBI, two walks, 17 runs scored and 14 multi-hit games…Six of his 23 RBI were go-ahead tallies, and four were game-winners…He ended the month on a 10-game hitting streak, which he extended to 11 games by going 1-for-4 in his first June contest on Wednesday night at Philadelphia.
  • The 47 hits Murphy collected in May tied OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) and OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994) for the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for hits in a single month….Also a career high in a month for Murphy, his 47 hits were the most recorded by any NL player in any month since Melky Cabrera (51, 2012 San Francisco Giants).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy, who signed a three-year contract with WSH in January, is the first qualified player to post an average as high as .397 through the first two months of his first season with a new team since Roberto Alomar (.397, 1996 Orioles).
  • Murphy currently leads Major League Baseball in multi-hit games (26), batting average (.397) and hits (77)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (2nd, 1.062), slugging percentage (2nd, .634), on-base percentage (3rd, .428) and doubles (T11th, 15).
  • The Player of the Month honors were the first of Murphy’s career…He is the second National to earn POTM this season (also OF Bryce Harper, April)…They’re the first set of teammates to take home NL POTM in back-to-back months of the same season since Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick (June & July, 2009/STL), and the first NL teammates since the awards were established (1974) to sweep the season’s first two months.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
With a 3-for-4 performance that included a home run, four RBI and a run scored on Wednesday night, Nationals C Wilson Ramos improved his batting average to .338 through the season’s first 54 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.338), on-base percentage (.383), slugging percentage (.536), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .394.

Flashback Friday: The Nationals meet the U.S. Men’s National Team

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In honor of the beginning of the Copa América Centenario, the soccer tournament commemorating the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América, we’re flashing back to a few weeks ago when members of the Nationals had the chance to meet players from the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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Before their game against the Miami Marlins on May 20, several members of the Nationals met with players from the USMNT. Nationals OF Bryce Harper and 2B Daniel Murphy exchanged jerseys (Harper) and a bat (Murphy) with USMNT goalies Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Manager Dusty Baker also got a chance to interact with Howard, one of the heroes of the 2014 World Cup.

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Video of the visit can be seen below (fast forward to 2:00 for Nationals content).

Good luck to the USMNT tonight as they begin the tournament against Colombia in Santa Clara!

 

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