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Nationals get short rest after Tuesday's game

Nationals get short rest after Tuesday's game

Nationals get short rest after Tuesday's game
WASHINGTON -- An 85-minute rain delay dramatically prolonged Tuesday night's game, so a quick turnaround for early Independence Day action may make the feel even longer.

After Tuesday's nasty weather extended the series opener with the Giants past the 11 o'clock hour, the Nationals had a much shorter turnaround before showing up to the ballpark on Wednesday. First pitch was scheduled for 11:05 a.m. ET to allow fans to enjoy Fourth of July festivities later on, compressing the normal routine in between night and day games.

"You've just got to get home, get some sleep as fast as you can," Danny Espinosa said after Tuesday night's 9-3 win. "It's always hard to get to sleep right away after a night game and have to get up so early."

To commemorate the holiday, Nationals players and coaches will be wearing patriotic blue jerseys and caps with a camouflage curly "W." Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., also threw out the first pitch.

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