WASHINGTON, D.C -- On Monday afternoon, the Nationals opened the 2017 season at home against the Miami Marlins.
Much of the roster from the 2016 N.L. East championship roster remains, but batting second was Adam Eaton, who the team acquired from the White Sox this offseason.
Eaton is a versatile outfielder with a strong bat and is a quality outfielder. We learned a bit more about Eaton early on in the game, and Nationals fans -- primarily ones in the 21-40 age range -- will love him.
When Eaton made his way to the batter's box for the first time in a Nationals' uniform, the PA system hit the iconic 1990's R&B hit "No Diggity" by Blackstreet played.
Walk-up music is one of the most important elements of player preparation and entertainment. While it's not exactly "Eye of the Tiger" or "Final Countdown" there are not many 90's era songs better than "No Diggity."
You can try to find better ones but you will ultimately fail. It's that good, and so is Adam Eaton.
WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon homered twice and drove in five runs, Joe Ross returned from the minors to allow one run over a career high-tying eight innings, and the Washington Nationals routed the Seattle Mariners 10-1 on Tuesday night.
Bryce Harper added his 14th homer and Jayson Werth hit his seventh off Chris Bergman (1-2), who allowed all of the Nationals' runs and 14 of their 15 hits.
Rendon doubled before his second homer -- and seventh of the season -- completed an eight-run fourth inning. Ryan Zimmerman also had three hits.
Mike Zunino homered off Ross (2-0) in his return from his own minor league stint. Robinson Cano was hitless in his first game back from the disabled list following a thigh injury as Seattle dropped its fourth straight.
Ross showed no signs of the late April struggles that ended with a demotion to Triple-A Syracuse. He yielded five hits and a walk while striking out six, and retired 12 straight batters after a leadoff single to begin the game.
By the time Seattle finally put multiple runners aboard, Washington had already opened a 10-0 lead.
Rendon's second-inning shot around the left field foul pole made it 2-0.
Then Werth, Harper and Rendon all connected in the fourth, helping the Nationals score seven of their eight runs in the inning with two outs.
At the end of the fourth, the Nationals led 10-0, which also included an RBI single from catcher Matt Wieters and an RBI triple from shortstop Trea Turner.
Tuesday night’s contest was the first of a three-game home series against the Mariners, who play in the American League. The Nationals and Mariners also will play Wednesday and Thursday.
Earlier this season in a 23-5 win over the New York Mets on April 30, Rendon went 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs to become the first player to accomplish that feat since at least 1913. He now has seven homers this season.
Harper’s homer was his 14th of the season, tying him for first in the National League with the Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman. The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge is first with 15.
Though he did not have a home run Tuesday night, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has 13 for the season.