Jun 26, 2011, 1:21 AM EDT
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Ivan Rodriguez is too late to tag Mark Teahen at the plate in the eighth inning.
CHICAGO — Having exhausted every last ounce of energy and emotion they had in them Friday night to beat the White Sox in 14 innings and overcome the previous day’s resignation of their manager, the Nationals were right back at U.S. Cellular Field this afternoon trying to maintain that high-energy level.
Easier said than done. John McLaren, serving as interim manager for the weekend until Davey Johnson takes over Monday night in Anaheim, tried to give his players a break and let them report to the ballpark late and bypass batting practice.
Then the Nationals slogged their way through a 3-0 loss to the White Sox that bore little resemblance to the 12 games they had won in the previous two weeks.
Was it tough to bring the same level of energy to the ballpark less than 12 hours after leaving it after the most-emotional win of the season?
“The answer’s yes. Let’s be honest about it,” McLaren said. “We wanted to win. We tried to do something different by not hitting today
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