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Unstuck in Time: Nationals-Twins Sunday Game

The present-day Washington Nationals used a future version of themselves to defeat the past version of themselves, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

Or, in other words, the Washington Nationals used several players who as recently as a few days ago were in their minor league system — Anthony Rendon, Jeff Kobernus, Ian Krol, Chris Marrero and Xavier Cedeno — to defeat the Minnesota Twins, who were the first iteration of the Washington Senators before moving to the Twin Cities for the 1961 season.

The Nationals fielded several young players. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)
The Nationals fielded several young players. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

A lot of reasons go into having all the young’uns up in the show — injuries to regular starters, ineffectiveness of previous starters and Sunday’s doubleheader, which allows teams to call up minor league reserves so no one gets worn out. But still, it was a little mind-bending if you thought about it hard enough, not unlike Billy Pilgrim becoming unstuck in time in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic “Slaughterhouse Five.”


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