Nationals

Turner taps into dad strength with homers in first two games

Nationals

Trea Turner has played two regular-season games since becoming a dad. He’s homered in both of them.

After the Nationals shortstop took Atlanta Braves starter Drew Smyly deep Tuesday, he did the same against Max Fried in the first leg of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

Turner and his wife Kristen announced the birth of their son Beckham Dash — yes, his middle name is Dash — in February. Washington already had high hopes for Turner this season after he led the major leagues in hits last year, but his dad strength appears to be helping him reach another gear.

Now, all he’s done is make a little history. Turner is the first Nationals player to homer in each of the club’s first two games of a season since the team moved to D.C. in 2005. With the team missing nine players due to a COVID outbreak in the clubhouse, his timing couldn’t be better.