'New standards' for Nats: 1st place, 3 All-Stars

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 03, 2012
The Washington Nationals have reached the point where they can hold news conferences to brag about what they've done - instead of what they hope to do. The NL East leaders put Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond at the featured table Tuesday to discuss their selections to the All-Star game. It's the first time Washington has sent more than one player to the classic since 2005. Desmond, part of the organization since its Montreal Expos days, says it's another statement that the Nationals are no longer last-place fodder. Said Desmond: ''We've set new standards here.'' The Nationals might send a fourth player - 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who is part of the online voting for the final NL spot. Harper says he would vote for Chipper Jones instead.
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