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WASHINGTON -- Last year, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche got off to a great start, hitting .329 with four home runs and 17 RBIs. This year is another story. He is in a dreadful slump to start the season, going 10-for-74 [.135] with 28 strikeouts. LaRoche is at a loss as to how things could get better at the plate.

"I don't know. I have one or two options here: Keep my head up, keep swinging or I pack up and go home. I'm not ready to go home yet," LaRoche said. "It helps when the team wins -- three out of the last four [against the Reds] made it a lot easier. You don't sweat it as much. You come out of a game like today where you leave some guys on base, we end up losing, makes it a lot tougher."

Manager Davey Johnson thought about giving LaRoche the day off on Sunday, but LaRoche declined. He is picking everyone's brain on the team and see if they notice anything wrong when he is inside the batter's box.

"I want to see if someone can pinpoint something that I'm not seeing. So I'll continue to watch film and continue to work through it," LaRoche said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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