Nationals coverage in today’s Post and minor league box scores

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, left, and relief pitcher Rafael Soriano stand in the outfield before a baseball home opener against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park Friday, April 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Today’s Post is packed with coverage from the Nationals’ 2-1 loss in their home opener. Here’s all of it:

Boz examines the effect of Matt Williams’s aggression.

Barry Svrluga’s On Baseball column breaks down Ian Desmond’s overturned inside-the-park homer.

The game story looks at missed chances and the monstrous back of Atlanta’s bullpen.

James Wagner writes about Jordan Zimmermann toughing out five innings.

Mark Lerner says the Nats’ payroll is “beyond topped out.”

Doug Fister is getting close to throwing.

The Nats will be in Viera for at least another two years.

Some interesting stuff happened last night in the Nationals’ farm system, especially in Hagerstown’s rotation. A recap:

Syracuse was rained out.

Bowie 9, Harrisburg 0: Michael A. Taylor went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts. Caleb Ramsey went 1 for 3. Felipe Rivero allowed three runs in in three innings on seven hits and a walk, striking out two.

Potomac 10, Carolina 5: Pedro Severino went 1 for 5 with a homer. Tony Renda went 2 for 5. Kevin Keyes went 2 for 4 with a double. Brian Dupra allowed no runs in 2 1/3 relief innings, allowing one hit and striking out six.

Hagerstown 2, Rome 1: Austin Voth allowed no runs in five on two hits and two walks, striking out seven. The Hagerstown rotation could be a monster – Nic Pivetta had the same line score in Hagerstown’s opener, and Lucas Giolito pitches today. Wilmer Difo went 2 for 4. Rafael Bautista went 2 for 4 with a two-run, walk-off double.

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