4:13 PM EDT, Sun April 22, 2018

MLB roundup: Mets use 9-run 8th inning to cruise past Nats 11-5

NEW YORK — Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.Ryan Zimmerman homered twice,...

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Wire Taps: Nationals begin season today; Max Scherzer is ready

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the rain clears and the Nats and Reds play their season opener this afternoon. In a couple of hours, the Nationals will begin their most consequential season in franchise history. It alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll starts.... RIGHT NOW. Boswell: A healthy Ryan Zimmerman sat out the exhibition season, and it surely didn’t go unnoticedFor Zimmerman—a player for whom 1000 trips down to first base might not be problematic, but the 1001st could re-aggravate one of his many injuries—controlling...

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Wire Taps: Ryan Zimmerman to start Opening Day; Murphy to DL

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all patiently wait for Opening Day in Cincinnati... The waiting is the hardest part, which makes today the hardest of all days, because Opening Day is TOMORROW. Unless it gets rained out. In which case, Opening Day is the DAY AFTER TOMORROW. (1. More. Day.) Ryan Zimmerman will supposedly start Opening DayZimmerman, who hasn't seen a single pitch of Major League stuff since February 29th-ish, will supposedly be ready and has not been injured and is totally okay, thank you very much. Nationals' Daniel Murphy put on disabled listIn a...