2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL Central
Manager: Joe Maddon, 1st season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $110 million
The calendar said Independence Day. For those familiar with recent and longer-term history, the Nationals 7-2 loss to the Cubs felt more like Groundhog Day.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Two streaks converged as the Nationals and Cubs met on July 4.
From Comcast SportsNetBALTIMORE (AP) -- For eight innings, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles staged a magnificent duel worthy of two division foes that split 18 games during the regular se