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Washington Nationals Opening Day 2017: Things to know before Opening Day...

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With Opening Day next Monday, here are some fun facts to get Washington Nationals ready for the big game...

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Opening Day is approaching. It’s crazy how time flies. It feels like just yesterday when the Washington Nationals were competing in the postseason.

To get you ready for the first game of the story, here are a few fun facts about the Nats on Opening Day.

The Nationals hold an under .500 record on Opening Day since 2005.

It’s true. The Nationals are 5-7 on Opening Day. But if you add the Montreal Expos 18-18 record into the equation, the ball club is 23-25.

Lately the Nationals have shown success during the first game of the season, winning three of its last four Opening Day games.

Ryan Zimmerman has started in 11 Opening Day games.

The Z-Man has started in every Opening Day game since 2006. Zimmerman is 10-40 with one home run and one RBI on Opening Day. His lone home run was a walk-off bomb against the Braves in 2008.

Stephen Strasburg is starting on Opening Day for the fourth time in his career.

Strasburg will surpass Livan Hernandez in most starts on Opening Day since 2005.

The two-time All-Star has recorded 18 strikeouts and given up 13 hits, while sporting a 2.43 ERA in 20 innings pitched on Opening Day.

Bryce Harper loves Opening Day!

If there is one day Bryce Harper likes to play on, it’s Opening Day. Harper is 6-15 with four home runs and four RBIs in four Opening Day appearances.

Last season, Harper hit a solo shot in the Nats 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Then you can’t forget the time when Harper crushed two home runs against the Miami Marlins at Nats Park. Can’t wait to see what Harper has in store this time around.

The Nationals will play the Florida/Miami Marlins on Opening Day for the sixth time.

The Nationals hold a 2-3 record against the Marlins on Opening Day. The team won the last matchup 2-0 in 2013. Strasburg gave up three hits in seven innings of work.

What Harper did in that game was mentioned above...