Montreal Expos

Schedule

Thu Sep 20
L 4 - 5NYM
RECAP
Fri Sep 21
L 2 - 4NYM
RECAP
Sat Sep 22
W 6 - 0NYM
RECAP
Sun Sep 23
L 6 - 8NYM
RECAP
Mon Sep 24
W 7 - 3MIA
RECAP
Tue Sep 25
W 9 - 4MIA
RECAP
Wed Sep 26
W 9 - 3MIA
RECAP
Fri Sep 28
L 2 - 5@COL
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Sat Sep 29
W 12 - 2@COL
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Sun Sep 30
L 0 - 12@COL
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Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Atlanta82-6090-72
Washington73-6982-80
Philadelphia68-7480-82
New York69-7377-85
Miami54-8763-98
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Nationals' Howie Kendrick: Starting first game of camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kendrick will start at second base Saturday against the Astros, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Kendrick was expected to be eased into camp as he works back from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon, but the veteran is apparently feeling well enough to take the field for Saturday's Grapefruit League opener. The Nationals will continue to monitor Kendrick as spring training progresses, but the 35-year-old should have no problem getting up to full speed before the start of the season. He's expected to open the year in a utility role, with Brian Dozier slated to start at the keystone.

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Nationals' Michael Taylor: Healthy after injury-plagued winter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor will start in center field for Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Astros, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

According to Zuckerman, Taylor dealt with hip and oblique injuries over the offseason. However, manager Davey Martinez said the speedy outfielder looked "really good" in workouts Thursday and doesn't seem to be experiencing any lingering effects from the aforementioned issues. As long as his health continues to hold up, Taylor appears to be slated for fourth outfielder duties this season behind Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Adam Eaton from left to right field.

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Nationals' Yan Gomes: Hindered by illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gomes was absent from Thursday's workouts due to an illness, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

This is unfortunate to hear, but it doesn't seem like it will be of any long-term concern. Gomes is still expected to catch the team's Grapefruit League opener Saturday, barring any unexpected lingering effects from this issue.

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Nationals' Wilmer Difo: Pegged for bench role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Difo is expected to open the 2019 season as a reserve for the Nationals, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Difo had also been ticketed for a bench job last spring before a slew of injuries opened up 104 starts -- 84 at second base, 16 at third and four at shortstop -- and 456 plate appearances for him. With the Nationals acquiring an everyday second baseman this winter in Brian Dozier and returning utility man Howie Kendrick (Achilles) to full health, Difo should be headed for a significant role reduction this season barring another onslaught of injuries.

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Nationals' Trea Turner: Primed to run more
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Dave Martinez said he talked to Turner about attempting to steal more bases in 2019, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Turner racked up 43 stolen bases -- good for second most in the majors -- in 52 attempts last season, but Martinez apparently wants the speedy shortstop to be more aggressive on the base paths in 2019. When all is said and done, the hope is that Turner finishes with closer to 75 or 80 stolen base attempts this season, which would only make the 25-year-old more valuable after he chipped in a career-high 19 homers while hitting .271 across 740 plate appearances in 2018.

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