Adam Laroche

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It began innocently enough, a leadoff walk drawn by rookie Michael Taylor with the Nationals trailing the Pirates by three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

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One by one, they stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first, hoping to put together quality at-bats but fully aware the percentages said more of them would make outs than didn't.

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We take a look at the Nationals' past week, at a glance: 

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Taylor's parents planned to come see him this weekend, so they missed his smashing start. At least the rookie had a proud souvenir to show them -- barely.

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