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Wilson Ramos' first pitch provides special moment for Nats

Wilson Ramos' first pitch provides special moment for Nats

Despite Hurricane Matthew wreaking his havoc far away from Washington, the super storm still affected the Nationals' series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers in that it prevented former Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez from flying in to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. 

The Nationals, with little time to spare, had to go a different route, they had to choose a new person to bestow the honor of kicking off the third playoff run in team history. They ended up settling on a guy who played a pretty large role in them getting to the postseason in the first place.

Despite tearing his ACL in the final week of the season, All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos suited up in his full uniform on Friday and participated in pregame introductions, then tossed a pitch to fellow catcher and Venezuelan Jose Lobaton. While he limped on to the field to make the pitch, the crowd of 43,915 roared and chanted his name 'Wilson, Wilson' to the tune of his famous walk-up song.

"It was great. We had not seen him in a couple days and all of a sudden he showed up," manager Dusty Baker said. "We're all happy to see him and the fans are happy to see him."

[RELATED: Wilson Ramos to have surgery soon, hopes to be back with Nationals]

Ramos has a long recovery ahead of him and one that could lead to his departure from the Nationals. That could have been his final embrace with the fans in Washington as a member of the team. Free agency is looming and he himself has acknowledged his days as a primary catcher in the NL may be over.

Decisions of that sort are months away, though. For now, Baker wants Ramos around as much as possible.

"He brought a lot of life to the dugout and a lot of life to the stadium. There's a lot of love in the stadium going around for Wilson. So I'm hoping that he comes back tomorrow," he said.

Here is a video of the special moment with Ramos:

[RELATED: Nats blow big opportunity by letting Kershaw off the hook]


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Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner has hit for the third cycle in Washington Nationals history against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Turner also has a career-high seven RBIs on a cold night in the Mile High City.

He had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.


The field temperature was a balmy 37 degrees when Turner recorded the final part of his cycle in the seventh inning.

It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.

Overall, this was the ninth cycle in Expos/Nationals history.

In addition, Turner's seven RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single game in Nationals history.

The Nationals hung on to beat the Rockies 15-12 after giving up seven runs in the final three innings.

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Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week. 

For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored. 

He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games. 

Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored. 

With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times. 

The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East. 

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