For all the chatter about their improved effort and play, the Washington Wizards have lost two straight games dropping to 7-24 overall.
Brad Lidge and the Phillies used to assume they'd beat up on the Nationals. But Washington's new reliever knows his old team now respects its division rivals.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who had worn No. 6 since first debuting in the big leagues, has changed to No. 20 in honor of former manager Frank Robinson.
Now 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg is 100 percent healthy and ready to re-assume his place atop the Nationals' rotation.