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By finally beating the Braves, the Nationals cleared a huge psychological roadblock, getting them one step closer to an NL East title.
The Nationals have slowly pulled away from their fiercest division rivals, and have a chance to bury them -- and exorcise some old demons -- this weekend in Atlanta.
The Nationals are tied with the Atlanta Braves atop the division, but the Nats should walk away with the NL East this season.
Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler threw a decent couple of innings in his first start of spring training. But the Nationals lost to the Atlanta Braves, a team that is expected to be a top competitor for the division champs this season.
Stephen Strasburg had his best outing of spring going five innings and giving up one run on two hits and a home run as the Mets shutout the Nationals 2-0 at Digital Domain Park.
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