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Nats' Revere hopes for short absence as he awaits MRI results


Nats' Revere hopes for short absence as he awaits MRI results

The Nationals' luck of avoiding injuries ran out on Opening Day, as center fielder Ben Revere strained his right oblique on his first swing of the season. Now both Revere and the Nats await results of an MRI that will determine exactly how long he will be out.

Revere was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday and underwent the MRI at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Manager Dusty Baker thought he would know the results by the end of Thursday's game against the Marlins, but now it appears he will be briefed on the team's off-day.

"We'll see what the doc says," Revere explained. "I'm just going to put it in God's hands, hopefully this healing process goes quickly and I'll be out there on the field."

Revere is dealing with the first oblique strain of his baseball career. It is an injury that can be unpredictable in a rehab process and Revere wants to be very careful not to make it worse.

"You don't want to keep aggravating it so you'd lose more time, lose more games. That's something I don't want to do," Revere explained. "I'm glad it happened now than in September or something where hopefully we'll be in the playoff race."

Revere took Tuesday off before getting tested by doctors on Wednesday. He has been shut down for a few days now, but still feels pain in his side.

"It's a little bit better. But it's still is there. It's just one of the freak accidents, it just happens. It's happened to a bunch of guys... it goes to show that it can happen to anybody," he said.

Though Michael Taylor is 0-for-11 to begin the season, the Nationals are well-positioned to compensate for Revere's absence in the short-term. They also have outfielders Matt den Dekker and Chris Heisey on their bench.

Revere has appreciated support from his teammates who have urged him to take his time coming back.

"All these guys in this locker room [have] my back. [Daniel Murphy], all them said 'just take your time with this, don't try to rush back, then you'd miss a month or two months.' They're going to do their part. We got a great team here, we got a great coaching staff, so they're going to do their part to maintain this division and until I get back and we get rolling."

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.

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2018 MLB Power Rankings: April update

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2018 MLB Power Rankings: April update

Frankly, it’s too early to make major changes to our power rankings. Let this serve as the requisite reminder that the season is only ~10% done, and all reactions right now could be classified as overreactions.

That said, nearly three weeks’ worth of games is all we have to go on right now, and there have already been a few teams to make our preseason rankings look silly.

Some players/teams have no reason to worry (Nationals, Cubs), and some have truly changed our minds (Mets, Orioles). There’s so much baseball left to be played, however, so just like our preseason edition, these newest rankings will also look laughable as early as next month.

It’s always fun to take a snapshot of the current order of teams though, especially when it means we get to move the Yankees down in the rankings.

Without further ado, here’s our mid-April update to the 2018 MLB Power Rankings.