GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals took the field on getaway day needing a win to avoid an unsightly series sweep.


The Nationals vs. Red Sox game on Monday afternoon - the home opener for Boston at Fenway Park - brought out a very special guest to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.


With Max Scherzer now on board in Washington, all of Major League Baseball sees that the Nationals have six starting pitchers for five spots.


On paper it would appear the Nationals have very little questions in their bullpen. They have balance left to right, experience and a closer in Drew Storen who held a 1.12 ERA in 2014.


BOSTON -- All of New England was buzzing last night about Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals, and the locals were still buzzing this morning about the performances of thos