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Firsts From RFK

First extra-base hit: Vinny Castilla, right, a double to left in the second.

First Nationals strikeout: Guzman swinging to end the second.


Nationals' starting pitcher Livan Hernandez. (Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)

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Thirty-four years of waiting for baseball ended Wednesday night.
President Bush, pictured, tosses out the ceremonial first pitch.
Vinny Castilla powers the Nats to a 5-3 victory in the home opener.
Thomas Boswell: RFK Stadium was rocking like the old days.
Mike Wise: Passion and politics converged Wednesday.
The fans' exuberance overwhelms the minor glitches at the stadium.
Players were overwhelmed by the atmosphere and turnout.
Castilla was one single away from hitting for the cycle.
Notebook: Jose Guillen does not want to talk about his past.
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The city's powerbrokers mix business with pleasure.
Mayor Williams found plenty of supporters at RFK Stadium.
It was a night of historic firsts at RFK Stadium.
Fans took warnings to heart and take Metro to RFK Stadium.
Local news stations covered the game with gusto.
There were many sights and sounds long not heard in D.C.
News & Notes: The home opener by the numbers.

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Gallery: Photos from the home opener on a historic night.
Panorama: Livan Hernandez throws the first pitch.
Panorama: The view from the top of RFK.
Audio: Post columnist Thomas Boswell sets the scene.
Audio: post.com's Anne Rittman from RFK Stadium.
Discuss the game.
Thursday's box score.

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First hit-by-pitch: Jose Guillen by Javier Vazquez in the fourth.

First triple: Castilla, a floater to right that led to . . .

First RBI: Castilla, whose hit drove in Jose Vidro, who had led off the fourth with a double, and Guillen, to make it 2-0 Nationals in the bottom of the fourth.

First run: Vidro (see above).

First sacrifice fly: Brian Schneider to right, which drove in Vinny Castilla.

First home run: Castilla in the sixth inning off Javier Vazquez with two outs and an 0-2 count.

First "Take Me Out to the Ball Game": Sang by "the godfather of go-go" Chuck Brown, right.

First hit-by-pitch: Castilla by right-handed reliever Lance Cormier.

First runs/home run against: By Chad Tracy off Livan Hernandez in the bottom of the ninth with one out and a 1-1 count. He drove in Luis Gonzalez (first run), who had walked and Shawn Green, who had singled.

First win: Hernandez.

First save: Chad Cordero.


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