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April 12, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - There are two phone conversations with Jayson Werth that Shane Victorino always will remember. One came five years after the other. In that time, Werth came to Philadelphia on a last-ditch, $850,000 contract and left having signed the 14th richest deal in baseball history. "A guy who was saying he was on the brink of retiring from baseball to signing a seven-year, $126 million deal," Victorino said. The Phillies centerfielder shook his head. This week will be strange for many around the team because Werth, now a Washington National, remains a close friend.
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April 12, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Livan Hernandez missed wildly with a 62-m.p.h. curveball to pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. on Tuesday night. With the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a four-run game and a rookie catcher behind the plate, Hernandez did the next best thing. The ageless Nationals righthander threw a 61-m.p.h. curve. Mayberry flailed at the pitch for the second out of the inning. Tyler Clippard relieved Hernandez, also recorded a strikeout, and the Phillies' chance for a comeback was gone.
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April 12, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Shane Victorino still remembers the day 5 years ago when the number of an old friend appeared on the screen of his cell phone. He and Jayson Werth had spent a brief stint together at Triple A in 2004 when Werth was rehabbing from an injury and Victorino was trying to work his way onto the Dodgers' radar. Two years later, though, Werth's career was on the ropes, thanks to a wrist injury that doctors could not figure out how to solve. As the two players talked that day, he confessed that he thought his career could be over.
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April 11, 2011
NEW YORK - He knows you are coming, Philadelphia. Jayson Werth has seen it before, seen the fans of a successful team invade the ballpark of one much less successful, the way Mets fans used to infest Citizens Bank Park when he first arrived in Philly. What he doesn't know, has just begun to ponder, in fact, is what he will hear when he steps to the plate for the first time against his old team tomorrow at Nationals Park. A smattering of boos? The lungs of Philly pilgrims drowning out hometown cheers?
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April 9, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Jordan Zimmermann spoiled the New York Mets' home opener with his bat and arm, hitting a two-run single and pitching the Washington Nationals to a 6-2 victory Friday at chilly Citi Field. Ivan Rodriguez added a two-run single, snapping an 0-for-12 skid to start the season, and weary Washington got brilliant work from its bullpen to win its second road game in a row. The Nationals, who took advantage of nine walks by Mets pitching, arrived at their New York hotel about 4 a.m. Friday following an 11-inning victory Thursday at Florida.
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April 6, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Lots of missed chances and one mishandled popup led to a walkoff loss for the Washington Nationals last night in Miami. Washington's hitting with men on base went from bad to worse, and an error in the 10th inning by rightfielder Jayson Werth proved costly in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Marlins. The Nationals left 12 men on base, had another thrown out trying to score and finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Through four games they're batting .121 (4-for-33) in those situations.
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April 2, 2011
JAYSON WERTH was an excellent player in these parts over the past few years. Not only that, as English poet, songwriter and dramatist Thomas Haynes Bayly so shrewdly observed, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Thomas Haynes Bayly would have been a Phillies fan. As everyone knows, Werth doesn't live here anymore. He was lured into a Washington Nationals uniform by the guarantee of $126 million over the next 7 years and, honestly, who among us wouldn't have done the same?
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April 1, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
It wasn't the kind of debut Jayson Werth expected. His Washington Nationals opened their season by getting shut out by 37-year-old Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, with soon-to-be-39-year-old Chipper Jones scoring the deciding run in front of a non-sellout Nationals Park crowd. Werth, batting second, singled in his first at-bat, struck out in the third inning, and grounded out to shortstop in the sixth and eighth innings to finish 1-for-4. The spotlight yesterday was expected to be on the former Phillie, who signed a 7-year, $126 million contract to play in Washington.
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April 1, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - As far as Washington debuts go for tall, bearded guys from Springfield, Ill., Jayson Werth's initial game as a National probably didn't compare with Lincoln's first inaugural address. Still, on an opening day that was gray and - even by Werth's strutting, sunglassed standards - extremely cool, he was nearly as ubiquitous in the nation's capital as Lincoln himself. Honest, Abe. His image - Lincolnesque again after an unsuccessful flirtation with clean-shavedness - graced an enormous billboard in left field, which from some angles in the riverside ballpark appeared to be supporting the cloud-enveloped Capitol dome.
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March 7, 2011 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
The Mets are ruining one of our favorite hobbies. It's still fun to loathe them, but they've become such a miserable mess in every way that some of the schadenfreude is muted. Pity always gets in the way of a good time. Luckily, Jayson Werth and the Nationals are offering an alternative on the contempt front. The former Phil is begging you to hate him, and it's starting to seem like a pretty good option. About a week ago, Werth said he hates the Phillies. Maybe that means he hates you, too. You're probably wondering how you'd tell the difference.
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