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.