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Daniel Murphy looking good for Game 1 vs. Dodgers: 'I feel confident'

Daniel Murphy looking good for Game 1 vs. Dodgers: 'I feel confident'

The Nationals' handling Daniel Murphy's left buttock strain as they approach Game 1 of the NL Division Series has been the definition of taking it day-to-day. Even 24 hours before first pitch, Murphy and his manager Dusty Baker were not ready to commit fully to him being in the starting lineup. The assumption remains that he will be there, but nothing is quite official yet.

"Tomorrow’s not promised to any of us. So there’s always a chance I’m not in there. But I feel confident right now. I’m going to try everything I can to be in there tomorrow," Murphy said.

The Nats second baseman continued to simulate as much as possible in his on-field workout on Thursday. He took batting practice, grounders in the infield and ran sprints, all under the watchful eye of the Nationals training staff. Running, in particular is the biggest test for him right now.

"He looked pretty good. And you know, he says he's ready and so, therefore, you know, we think he's ready," Baker said. "He did about everything that you could do simulating the game. Everything but slide. But yeah, he looked pretty good."

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Murphy ramped up his workout on Wednesday to turn double plays and field grounders hit far to his left and right. Thursday he took a slight step back in the intensity of his workout, but by design.

“I felt really good out there. Harvey [Sharman], the head trainer, put my through a good workout. I think we kind of tapered it down a little bit today, just like a little bit of a recovery day. But it was good to hit the bases, cut and I felt really good out there.”

One other piece of news was shared on Thursday that relates to Murphy and his injury. The Nationals announced that Wilmer Difo has made the playoff roster. He will be on the bench in part as a contingency plan for Murphy, in case he aggravates his injury mid-game.

"[Difo] can play all three infield positions, and with Daniel Murphy still coming off an injury, he gives us a possibility at second base late in the game and run for Daniel Murphy, as well," Baker said.

At this point, it appears Murphy is good to go for Game 1. But that doesn't mean his injury will not be in mind when the Nats take the field on Friday evening.

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Murphy, Scherzer slam Mets with 7th straight win

Murphy, Scherzer slam Mets with 7th straight win

NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy hit an early grand slam against his former team, Max Scherzer pitched eight fiery innings and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Sunday night for their seventh straight victory.

Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run homer for the Nationals, who completed a three-game sweep of the short-handed Mets in the first series this season between the NL East rivals.

Missing slugger Yoenis Cespedes and two other injured starters, New York (8-11) has lost four in a row and eight of nine to fall 5 1/2 games behind the Nationals, who own the best record in the majors at 13-5. The winning streak is their longest since a seven-game run last April.

Scherzer (3-1) struck out nine and walked one in his latest win over the Mets, a team he has often dominated -- especially since signing with Washington in January 2015. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, who fanned 17 in a no-hitter at Citi Field on Oct. 3, 2015, pumped his fist and slapped his glove after setting down the crucial hitters in this one.

Koda Glover got three outs for his second major league save, both in the past two days.

Michael Conforto hit his second leadoff homer of the series and had three hits for New York. Neil Walker's two-run homer pulled the Mets to 4-3 in the third, but that was all Scherzer allowed. He got a double-play grounder after Conforto's one-out single in the fifth and retired his final 10 batters.

Murphy connected in the first off Zack Wheeler (1-2), who had sharp stuff throughout his seven innings of four-hit ball. Zimmerman went deep in the eighth against reliever Josh Smoker to make it 6-3.

Murphy, booed by the Queens crowd, has eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 22 games against the Mets since they let him leave as a free agent before last season.

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Daniel Murphy strikes again vs. Mets with second career grand slam

Daniel Murphy strikes again vs. Mets with second career grand slam

If you can’t be with them — beat them.

That seems to be the slogan Daniel Murphy has lived by since leaving the Mets in 2015.

Tonight’s game started off with a bang… a grand slam by Murphy himself. This helped launch the Nationals to a 4-0 lead.

Just like these boys in the tweet, we “give a five” to Murphy as it was also the second grand slam of his career, both hit while playing under the Nationals. This follows his career night where he helped the Nats knock off the Cardinals

Muprhy has absolutely owned the Mets since joing the Nationals. he has recorded at least one base hit in all 19 head-to-head games.

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