Game in a nutshell: Stymied once again by a Cubs starter (Matt Garza this time) the Nationals waited until the Chicago bullpen entered to inflict their damage.
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.
CHICAGO -- Guess what, folks? It's Opening Day!
By winning 80 games in 2011, the Washington Nationals got close to the playoffs, but not quite close enough.
They've packed their bags, they've left Space Coast Stadium for another year and the team charter is gassed up and ready to head north later tonight.