Posted April 23, 2012 on AP on Fox
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The Washington Nationals are bringing their impressive ERA and penchant for winning close games to the West Coast. They'll send Gio Gonzalez to the mound in the opener of a three-game set against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Washington (12-4) will play its first six games against NL West opponents on this trip, moving on to face the Dodgers on Friday. The Nationals should be well rested following two days off after Sunday's finale of an 11-game homestand was rained out against Miami. With an ERA of 2.34 and a 6-2 mark in one-run games, the Nationals believe they can contend for the East crown. "It really validates we are a pretty good team,'' said first baseman Adam LaRoche, who has a club-high 13 RBIs. "Not just all the talk, not just guys in spring training thinking we're a pretty good team. Now it's starting to be like reality. This team is legit. It rubs off on everybody.'' The homestand featured five one-run victories, wi...
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