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Espinosa OK after taking pitch off helmet

Espinosa OK after taking pitch off helmet

Espinosa OK after taking pitch off helmet
JUPITER, Fla. -- In the first inning against the Marlins on Sunday, Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was hit in the helmet by a pitch thrown by Florida right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

Espinosa went down as manager Jim Riggleman and assistant trainer Mike McGowan came to his assistance. Espinosa was down for about a minute before he went to first base.

"I was more surprised that he got me like that," Espinosa said. "I never had anything like that."

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Espinosa would get his own version of revenge in the top of the third inning by making a great backhanded play to throw out Bryan Petersen.

"It was a ball up the middle, backhand," Espinosa said. "I knew Petersen ran well. When I got the ball, I knew I had to get rid of it. I got rid of it as fast as I could."

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