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Highlights: 4.12.13

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4.12.13 – Braves 6, Nationals 4 (10 innings)

Stat of the Game: Ross Detwiler delivered another stellar outing, not allowing his first earned run of the season until there were two outs in the seventh inning, a string of 12.2 innings overall to begin the season.

Under-the-Radar Performance: After swiping just one bag in the season’s first nine game, The Nationals stole four times without getting caught Friday night, with four different players – Ian Desmond, Byrce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth – each notching a steal.

It Was Over When: Ramiro Pena’s two-run home run cleared the wall in right field to put Atlanta ahead in the top of the 10th inning.

Highlights: 4.10.13

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4.10.13 – Nationals 5, White Sox 2

Stat of the Game: Ian Desmond continued to hit the ball hard, driving two doubles and a triple to account for three of Washington’s five extra-base hits on the night.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Jordan Zimmermann quieted the White Sox bats, allowing two runs over 7.0 innings of work to earn his second victory in as many starts.

It Was Over When: After the White Sox closed the gap to one in the top of the sixth, Washington got RBI knocks from Danny Espinosa and Denard Span to provide the final margin. Chicago would not see the tying run reach the batter’s box the rest of the game.

The Highest Form

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The video below is a supplemental bonus feature for the cover article The Highest Form, from Issue 1 of the 2013 Inside Pitch. Beginning this season, we will provide links, text shortcodes and QR codes to digital features like this one throughout Nationals Magazine and Inside Pitch.

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Highlights: 4.6.13

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4.6.13 – Nationals 7, Reds 5 (11 innings)

Stat of the Game: The Nationals belted five home runs, including two by Wilson Ramos, more than doubling their season total to date (from four to nine).

Under-the-Radar Performance: Ross Detwiler did not factor in the decision, but he quieted the Cincinnati bats to the tune of just a single unearned run over six strong innings of work.

It Was Over When: Ian Desmond and Ramos each homered in the top of the 11th, and Craig Stammen set down Jay Bruce swinging in the bottom half to strand the tying run at second base.

Highlights: 4.4.13

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4.4.13 – Nationals 6, Marlins 1

Stat of the Game: Ryan Zimmerman was 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBI, and has now reached base safely in his last six plate appearances dating back to the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Jordan Zimmermann scattered eight hits over six innings of work to earn the third win in as many games for Nationals starting pitchers.

It Was Over When: Jayson Werth broke open a 3-1 game with a monstrous, 434-foot, three-run blast over the visiting bullpen in left-center field in the bottom of the seventh to provide the final scoring margin.

The Lighter Side of Spring

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Most of the time, fans see the intense, serious, NATITUDE-driven photo work we do with our players during Spring Training. So with the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day in the books, relax and enjoy the latest in our digital features, the lighter side behind the scenes with many of your favorite Nationals players.

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13 Things We’re Excited About for 2013: #2

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In the lead up to Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 1, we’re counting down 13 things we’re excited about on and off the field heading into the 2013 season. Be sure to check back each day as we add another item to the list and get one day closer to the return of baseball to Washington!

#2: Nationals Publications Go Digital

At the Nationals Park offices in Southeast D.C., we’re always looking for ways to deliver new experiences and cutting-edge technology to you, our loyal fans. That mindset has led to the creation of our popular Red Carpet Rewards program and has evolved into The Ultimate Ballpark Access platform – the next generation of ticketing we described on these pages last Wednesday.

TOC IP 1Today, we’re announcing an additional concept for the 2013 season: a new digital component for Nationals Magazine and Inside Pitch.

For those of you who choose to enjoy our publications in the traditional way – picking up copies at the ballpark, flipping through the pages at your seat and setting them on your coffee table at home after the game – you’ll still find our feature stories, photographs, stats and much more. But for those fans who want to get additional, interactive content directly on your smart phone, mobile device or computer, we’re here to deliver.

If you want to watch a clip from Bryce Harper’s on-camera interview to supplement the written article on your page, you can. If you want to see a full gallery of photos to complement the photo on your page, you can. Or if you want to watch the highlights from the previous Nationals game, you can do that as well.

Viewing that content is simple. Throughout each publication, you’ll find digital content boxes that allow you to VISIT (an internet link) TEXT (a shortcode) or SCAN (a quick response or “QR” barcode). For example, nationals.com/mag will send you to Nationals Magazine content. For the text message shortcodes, text the code listed to 91347. To view a QR code, scan it using an app on your mobile device. There are plenty of free QR apps available in your app store of choice.

So, welcome to the 2013 season and the latest evolution of the official publications of your Washington Nationals. We hope you’ll share your feedback – positive, negative or otherwise – in the comments below or by sending us an email at CurlyW@nationals.com.

Enjoy!

Davey’s Last Stand

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The video below is a supplemental bonus feature for the cover article Davey’s Last Stand, from Issue 1 of the 2013 Inside Pitch. Beginning this season, we will provide links, text shortcodes and QR codes to digital features like this one throughout Nationals Magazine and Inside Pitch.

13 Things We’re Excited About for 2013: #3

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In the lead up to Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 1, we’re counting down 13 things we’re excited about on and off the field heading into the 2013 season. Be sure to check back each day as we add another item to the list and get one day closer to the return of baseball to Washington!

#3: Davey’s Last Stand

Davey Johnson made it clear heading into the 2013 season that this would be his last at the helm of the Washington Nationals. Twice a World Series Champion as a player, the four-time All-Star and two-time Manager of the Year looks to finish his storied career in storybook style. With the excitement and anticipation surrounding the 2013 Nationals, we can’t imagine anyone better holding the reins.

Read all about Davey’s Last Stand in your free copy of Inside Pitch, available now at Nationals Park.

The Next Best Thing

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Every year, in every Major League camp, there is some youngster who shows up, opens eyes with his swing or his arm, and becomes the next most-talked about prospect, waiting to crack the big leagues. Yes, we’re early in spring. Yes the Nationals roster looks just about full, minus a pitcher or two in the bullpen. But this year’s player, clear to anyone who has been watching, is Anthony Rendon.

Last year, fans of Bryce Harper, who had been following him since his Sports Illustrated cover photo at age 16, trumpeted his case to make the Opening Day roster. And while Harper flashed signs of the player that would roar through September to capture NL Rookie of the Year honors, he was a raw ball of energy back in March.

Rendon hopes to follow Harper's path as the top prospect in the system.

Rendon hopes to follow Harper’s path as the top prospect in the system.

Rendon is the anti-Harper. He is so relaxed, so smooth – and generously listed at just 6’0”, 195 pounds, so unimposing – that one might not even notice he was there, if not for the booming cracks of baseballs flying off his bat.

His swing is not violent like Harper’s. Instead, it starts with a big, smooth, looping hand load, a Ryan Zimmerman-esque leg kick, and a sudden flash of some of the fastest hands you’ve ever seen. One moment, he appears to be just watching a pitch into the mitt. The next, he has turned it around, sending it screaming to some distant corner of the field.

Danny Espinosa sat at third base with two out in the bottom of the second on Thursday night as the Nationals hosted the Mets in Viera. Rendon – batting eighth and playing third base – fell behind in the count, worked it back even, then swatted a double to the opposite-field gap in right-center, into the prevailing wind. In his second at-bat, with runners at the corners, he hit a sharp grounder deep in the hole at short, which only failed to go for another hit as Omar Quintanilla was able to go the short way to second for a force, with Ian Desmond scampering home from third base.

Two more at-bats, two more RBI. The 22-year-old with just 160 professional plate appearances has been the most productive player at the plate for Washington so far this spring, batting .417 (5-for-12) with two doubles, a home run and a team-high five RBI. One of the seven outs he’s made came on a home run robbed at the wall in Port St. Lucie a few days ago.

Rendon has also impressed with his defense - especially his arm - this spring.

Rendon has also impressed with his defense – especially his arm – this spring.

Then there’s the defense, the forgotten part of Rendon’s game. He didn’t have any chances Thursday night, but has already made a pair of notable plays this spring. On Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista, he snared a hot shot, raced to the bag at third for the force, and fired a seed across the diamond for a 5-3, inning-ending double play. The next day, he charged a Chone Figgins bunt up the line, barehanded the ball on a do-or-die play, then straightened up and threw a bullet to first to beat the speedy runner by a full step.

After making a short, wide-eyed stint in Major League Spring Training last year, the Rice University product looks noticeably more settled in all aspects of his game this year.

“I think I’m a lot more comfortable now, just knowing that I have one year under my belt,” said Rendon of camp this year, and added that he was thrilled to be getting a lot of opportunities early in spring. “I missed a large amount of games last year, so just any at-bats, any playing time I can get right now is really helpful.”

Baseball America ranks Rendon the 30th overall prospect in baseball, tops among Nationals farmhands. MLB.com has Rendon at 28th, while Baseball Prospectus has him 35th. After a week of games, one has to wonder how much his stock may have risen already. And while Thursday night was the first chance for many Nationals fans to see the young star play on television, it shouldn’t be long before they have that opportunity every night.

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