Gio Gonzalez makes his debut at the mound for the Nationals today in Chicago.
CHICAGO -- Wow, what a difference a couple of days makes. After a brutally cold and windy Opening Day, the conditions at Wrigley Field have taken a 180-degree turn.
CHICAGO -- Though their payroll experienced a 27 percent increase from one year ago, the Nationals still rank in the bottom half of all major-league franchises entering the 2012 season.
Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Dempster's brilliance on the mound was overshadowed by late heroics at the plate by Chad Tracy and Ian Desmond.
CHICAGO -- Guess what, folks? It's Opening Day!