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Wilson Ramos returns to the field in Venezuela

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Ramos’s performance, in his first game since the end of the Nationals season in September, paled in comparison to the simple fact he took the field. On Nov. 9, Ramos was taken at gunpoint outside his house in Valencia, Venezuela and held for 51 hours before a team of 30 Venezuelan commandoes made a dramatic rescue.

Ramos practiced with the Tigers shortly after his rescue, and he flew back to Washington late last week in order to meet with front officials and so team doctors could evaluate him. Ramos returned to Venezuela on Friday night, and tonight he played in a game. The Nationals and MLB put extra security measures in place for Ramos, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said.

Ramos has talked frequently since the ordeal that he wants to put the kidnapping behind him and focus on baseball, on his career. Tonight, even as his team lost and he made five outs, surely helped him on that front.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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