Washington Nationals News: Daniel Murphy making extra effort to erase errors

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May 23, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) throws to first base during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
May 23, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) throws to first base during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Today’s District Daily discusses Daniel Murphy’s defense at second base and Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker reaching another career milestone.

Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier discusses Daniel Murphy’s defense at second base. As Collier writes, Murphy has been frustrated by recent errors in the field and is working hard to continue to improve his defense.

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Here’s what Murphy had to say about a costly miscue that helped lead to a 2-0 loss to the Mets Wednesday night, via Collier’s article:

"“I misplayed another ground ball, which just needs to stop happening,” Murphy said after the game. “He throws a double-play ball that should get him out of the inning. Makes it 2-0, and it just changes our approach from an offensive perspective.”"

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses a big career milestone that Nationals manager Dusty Baker reached last night. As Janes notes, last night’s win was win number 1,700 as a manager for Baker.

Baker is the 17th manager in history to reach the milestone, and his win total is the second highest among active managers, trailing only the Giants’ Bruce Bochy.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Murphy making extra effort to erase errors

(Jamal Collier, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals manager Dusty Baker called Daniel Murphy, who signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract, the acquisition of the offseason. Entering Thursday’s action, he led the Major Leagues with 24 multi-hit games in 46 games this season. He also paced MLB in batting average (.394) and hits (69) while ranking second in OPS (1.043).

“Murphy’s been more than I think anybody dreamed that he would be,” Baker said.

Baker gave Murphy a day off against the Cardinals Thursday night because he wanted to find a way to rest his second baseman’s legs after spending so much time on the basepaths. Read full article here.

Dusty Baker — as enthusiastic as ever — gets his 1,700th win as a manager

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

Sixteen hundred ninety-nine wins and seven innings into his managerial career, Dusty Baker stood in the Nationals dugout, pumping his fist in the air, looking as if two decades of managing had not eroded his enthusiasm one bit.

Starter Joe Ross had just used his 110th pitch to get an inning-ending double play, one that helped the Nationals escape to the bottom of the seventh in a tie game, one that made Baker’s decision to leave the 23-year-old in look wise.

“I don’t know why I do stuff sometimes,” Baker said. “Sometimes I go by the numbers. Sometimes I go on what I feel. Sometimes I go on what I hope.” Read full article here.

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