Washington Nationals defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-3

WASHINGTON - On June 4, 1985, the Detroit Tigers chose John Smoltz with the 574th selection in baseball’s amateur draft.

Precisely 353 days later, Jordan Zimmermann was born.

A record crowd poured into Nationals Park last night to watch Smoltz, now a Hall of Famer-to-be, begin another act in his stellar career, his first start with the Red Sox after 21 seasons with the Braves. Zimmermann, now an anonymous rookie on baseball’s worst team, commanded the attention of the 4...