Daniel Murphy is a beloved sports figure in New York, even if he's not wearing the Mets' colors.
After all, it was his postseason heroics that carried the Mets through the postseason and into a World Series appearance.
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On Tuesday, in his first trip back to New York since signing with the Nationals as a free agent after seven years i Queens, the Mets faithful acknowledged him before his first at-bat with a standing ovation.
But on Thursday, Murphy did against the Mets what he did so well for them in the postseason: Go deep.
Murphy's blast to center field off Matt Harvey gave the Nationals an early 2-0.
The home run was Murphy's sixth of the season.
Harvey was not long for the game following Murphy's home run. Although he got out of the first two innings, a seven-run third inning forced Terry Collins to give him the hook after 2 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.
Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.
Here's what happened next:
If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers.
And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone.
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The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.
The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.
The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.
Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.
He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.
The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.
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