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Nationals debut new relievers in Anaheim, just miles away from potential playoff stop Dodger Stadium

Nationals debut new relievers in Anaheim, just miles away from potential playoff stop Dodger Stadium

To a Washington Nationals fan base that has been shellshocked by a seemingly endless string of late-game meltdowns, it was simply another fine mess a reliever had gotten them into.

That it was created by one of the two relievers just acquired from Oakland who are supposed to prevent these sticky situations made it all the more painful to watch.

Veteran right-hander Ryan Madson, making his Nationals debut after Sunday’s trade from the Athletics, breezed through the eighth inning against the Angels on Tuesday night, inducing a pair of fly-ball outs and striking out Martin Maldonado, who had homered in the sixth, to protect a one-run lead.

Washington tacked on an...

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