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Eye Openers: The Nationals Quick 1-2

Eye Openers for June 17 ... Jayson Werth ... Curtis Granderson ... The MLB road blues.

Eye Openers: The Nationals Quick 1-2

♦ The Nationals hadn’t hit a home run in the first inning all season (256 at-bats, 278 plate appearances) before Jayson Werth led off the game with one Thursday. Two pitches later, Roger Bernardina hit their second first-inning home run of the season. By the way, those home runs were measured at 426 and 418 feed respectively. (Just how many inches are there in a respective foot anyhow?)

♦ The Yankees’ Curtis Granderson has to be sorry their season series with the Rangers ended Thursday. In nine games against the defending AL champions, Granderson batted .438 (14-32), had a .526 on-base percentage and an even 1.000 slugging percentage (32 total bases in 32 at-bats), even though he had neither a double nor a triple against them. Six homers helped.

♦ The Indians are 4-17 in their last 21 games in Detroit. But that’s not as bad as the Blue Jays, who lost their 17th straight game in Baltimore Thursday.

♦ The Brewers are 16 games over .500 at home (25-9) but eight games under .500 on the road (14-22). They head to Boston this weekend after losing three of four to the Cubs in Chicago.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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