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Wire Taps: Blake Treinen gets save; Everything falls in place for Nationals; Hold off on Trea Turner MVP talk

Opening Day went the Nationals' way. Now it's a day off. That's just cruel. Here's some news to get you through until the next Nats' win...

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Well, that was fun. Let's do that again sometime soon... wait, what do you mean we're doing this another 161 times?

Here's the beat from Half Street.

It all worked for the Nationals on Opening Day
The Nats drew a blueprint, and the game that ensued surprisingly followed it.

Shocker: Bryce Harper hits Opening Day home run
Bryce Harper has played in five Opening Days, and has hit a home run in all but one of them. Certain guys and certain places, huh?

Blake Treinen gets the save in perfect ninth inning against Marlins
Stanton, Bour, and Ozuna were no match for Blake Treinen's sinker and slider.

It all comes together for Dusty Baker on Opening Day
For a while, it felt like the Nats may not have known what they were doing entering the season, at least in a few places. On Opening Day, it felt like the complete opposite.

Protesters hang 'Impeach Trump' sign at Nats Park after game
Security almost immediately shut the operation down. (Ed. note: having seen the banner unfurled from about fifteen feet away, it should just be noted how ginormous this thing was.)

Nats add 3D printed logos to front of helmets for season
This is really, really cool.

For at least one day, everything fell into place for the Nationals
Adam Lind, Adam Eaton, Matt Wieters, Blake Treinen and Trea Turner led the Nationals to victory, supplemented by Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Not a bad day to be Mike Rizzo.

Dusty Baker has apparently been calling Adam Lind "Jeremy Lin"
"Royce Harper" was last year's story. This year, it's all about Jeremy... er, Adam Lind.

Hold off on that Trea Turner MVP talk for now
It's much more likely for Turner to regress slightly from his 2016 performance than take another huge step forward, although we can hope.

Let's just stop all this talking about how the Nats' window is closing, okay?
Bryce Harper is not solely responsible for the success of the Nats -- and the players that will be responsible in two years will be under team control for a long time, and will have some new friends (Victor Robles) to help them out.

Ranking the Nats' home openers, from worst to best
It can't get worse than 2010, when there were roughly eleventy million times more Phillies fans than Nats fans. (This doesn't include yesterday's game, which probably will rank pretty high on the list.)

Nats fans welcome baseball back with a whole lot of optimism
Nats fans young and old came to the ballpark yesterday to catch a game, and celebrate the start of baseball season with a whole lot of optimism.

Nats follow the script on day one
Harper looked like Harper, Turner picked up where he left off, Stephen Strasburg pitched well, and the flyover was perfectly timed.

Best case/worst case scenarios for the Nats
What? You mean these are supposed to be absurd?

'Technical Problems' at Nationals Park at Opening Day slow down... everything
Getting the Magic-8 ball was hard, getting out of the ballpark was hard... hell, even getting a hot dog was much more difficult than it needed to be. Win some and lose some.

Tomorrow's Game: Marlins vs Nationals -- 7:05 PM (MASN, 106.7 The FAN/WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Dan Straily vs Tanner Roark