ATLANTA BRAVES

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Say this for Matt Williams: His never-look-back, never-look-ahead mantra has permeated through the entire Nationals clubhouse in his first season as manager.

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It's not often the Nationals find themselves with an opportunity to sweep the Braves. They hadn't actually pulled that feat off since 2012, not at home since 2008.

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With their series against the Braves in hand, and an 11-game road trip up ahead, the Nationals are resting both Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond on Wednesday with minor ailments.

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There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Nationals could do no right when placed on the same baseball diamond as the Braves. They gave up runs in bunches.

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