Washington Nationals defeat New York Mets, 5-2

Remember back in 1999, when Yankees outfielder Chad Curtis took exception to Alex Rodriguez - then with Seattle - and Derek Jeter appearing chummy during a bench-clearing incident between the Yankees and Mariners?

Jose Reyes uncomfortably tried to avoid the appearance of similar fraternization when the benches emptied after Francisco Rodriguez hit Willie Harris in the ninth inning of Washington's 5-2 win Sunday over the Mets

Veteran pitcher Miguel Batista, whom Reyes...

It was all a big misunderstanding, but that doesn't mean Willie Harris is averse to fighting Francisco Rodriguez.

With one out in the ninth inning Sunday, the Met closer plunked Harris on the arm with an 0-1 fastball and nearly set off a brawl, the benches and bullpens converging on the infield and providing a brief moment of drama in the Nationals' 5-2 victory at Citi Field.

Believing Harris had said something to him, Rodriguez walked off the mound and confronted Wa...

Jerry Manuel's worst nightmare is materializing one week into the season, and it's obvious that he knows it because already he is taking a firmer stance with his ballclub than we saw through all of the blunders last season.

Whether it's with his own job status in mind or simply a determination to set a less tolerant tone with his players, Manuel called the Mets "unprepared" after their 5-2 loss to the Nationals Sunday.

He was referring specifically to their inability...

The Mets may believe in comebacks, as their 2010 slogan suggests, but the Nationals are already back from the abyss.

With a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, the Nationals improved to 3-3 and are now playing .500 baseball for the first time since April 5, 2008. They also won a series in Flushing for the first time since May 2008, closing out their three-game set with a pair of wins.

The Mets simply had no answer for Washington's left fielder: Saturday's 4-3...