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October 31, 2012
First in a series examining the Phillies' potential offseason moves. A shocked Hunter Pence left the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park after being traded from the Phillies to the San Francisco Giants on the final day of July. "I don't think anyone really anticipated the season that has gone on this year," he said during his final interview with the Philadelphia media. "It was just the perfect storm of injuries, and things didn't go right for us. " It all ended up perfect for Pence, who celebrated a World Series title with his Giants teammates Sunday night after they completed a four-game sweep of the Tigers in chilly Detroit.
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May 25, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe we're getting spoiled. During the last two decades, 18 new major-league ballparks have opened. They are all terrific places to watch a game - clean, modern and comfortable. The downside of the stadium boom is that so many have come along that we get a little less excited each time one opens. That was the case when the Phillies visited baseball's newest stadium, sparkling Nationals Park, last week. The place is beautiful. You can see the Capitol from the upper deck.
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August 11, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - John Lannan was here before Nationals Park. He was 22 when Washington requested his presence at decrepit RFK Stadium. He later started two opening days, pitched 66 times in this new ballpark, and was discarded when a perennial loser became a contender. There is no way to erase that sting, not even when Lannan is attempting to prolong his career in a major-league rotation with the Phillies. His time in Philadelphia could be limited. Another dreadful start pushed Lannan's ERA to 4.81.
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August 13, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Like so many things during this Phillies season, Charlie Manuel's quest for 1,000 career wins has gone awry. Manuel entered the weekend needing one win for the milestone and departed still needing a victory after Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The three-game sweep increased the Phillies' road losing streak to 11 games. The team does not seem as if it has accepted losing; it does not have any way to stop the bleeding, either. "There is a demeanor when you look around that it's going to be tough and it's going to be hard," Manuel said.
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May 26, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals are finding out the difficulties that come with earning front-runner status. A trendy preseason pick to win the World Series, the Nationals (25-23) are just two games ahead of the Phillies after Friday's 5-2 win at Nationals Park. And we all know the struggles the Phillies have endured. Friday's game was the first of 19 between the teams this season. Each team has faced similar problems - injuries, an ace pitcher struggling for wins, and an inconsistent offense.
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October 2, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The Phillies shook hands on the infield at Nationals Park and could not help but peer into the home dugout. A raucous celebration had commenced. Nine minutes earlier, in the midst of defeat, the Nationals had been crowned National League East champions. "That's the first time I ever won and got beat," Charlie Manuel said. The manager sat in a quiet office still wearing his heavy Phillies jacket. His team won Monday, 2-0, and was formally dethroned by Washington. There was no loud music played in the visiting clubhouse.
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May 21, 2012 | By Zach Berman
The Phillies fan in a Roy Halladay jersey turns his back to rightfield, where former Phillie Jayson Werth plays for the Washington Nationals. The fan resembles those you might see walking around Citizens Bank Park or Northern Liberties or Xfinity Live! on a game night, the type who became emblematic of Phillies euphoria amid the team's late-aught success, before the winning begat sky-high expectations — and equally high levels of anxiety about being in last place after the first six weeks of this season.
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March 31, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Nationals Park had quite an opening night. Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer off Peter Moylan with two outs in the ninth inning last night, and Washington beat visiting Atlanta, 3-2, in the first regular-season game at the Nationals' $611 million stadium. With the dome of the U.S. Capitol lit up against the night sky beyond leftfield, and the Washington Monument visible from patches of the upper deck, Zimmerman raised his right fist as he rounded first base. Teammates spilled out of the dugout - it's along the first-base line now, not the third-base line, like at old RFK Stadium - and greeted the face of the franchise at home plate for celebratory pounds on the back.
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May 21, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - One of baseball's newer rivalries resumes when the Washington Nationals begin a three-game series with the Phillies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. Of course, when these teams last met earlier this month, much that makes a rivalry compelling was in place - including bad blood. This will be their first meeting since the Phillies' 9-3 nationally televised Sunday night win May 6 in Washington. That's when Cole Hamels plunked Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and later admitted that it was his way of welcoming the rookie phenom to the major leagues.
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May 22, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - One of baseball's newer rivalries resumes when the Washington Nationals begin a three-game series with the Phillies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. Of course, when these teams last met earlier this month, much that makes a rivalry compelling was in place - including bad blood. This will be their first meeting since the Phillies' 9-3 nationally televised Sunday night win May 6 in Washington. That's when Cole Hamels plunked Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and later admitted that it was his way of welcoming the rookie phenom to the major leagues.
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