IAN DESMOND

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It had been 80 games since the Nationals last had their full lineup together and healthy, the group Mike Rizzo assembled for this season before injuries struck almost immediately on Opening Day.

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the first time in three months, the Nationals took the field tonight feeling like a complete ball club again.

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CHICAGO — Way back on Sunday, as the Nationals wrapped up their homestand, Matt Williams mentioned that Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth were very much in need of a day off.

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