Mark Reynolds debuts for Nats, homers twice in win over D-backs

Mark Reynolds‘ offseason didn’t go much like he expected. But when his 2018 big league season finally got under way Sunday with the Washington Nationals, it undoubtedly exceeded the expectations he had as he debuted with his eighth big league team.

Reynolds went 3-for-4, smacked two home runs and knocked in three in a 6-4 victory in Arizona, where the 33-year-old broke into the majors in 2007.

“That was fun. I was in extended [spring training] and Triple-A a couple of days ago, and it’s good to be back in this atmosphere, under the lights, in a big league uniform,” Reynolds told ESPN’s Buster Olney after the game.

Reynolds said he “definitely had some butterflies” playing his first game as a National, but he said getting a hit in his first at-bat, a single in the first inning, helped him settle down.

Coming off a season in which he hit 30 home runs and drove in 97, Reynolds had to figure there’d be at least a few teams interested in a guy with a power bat and the ability to play first, second, third and

Article source: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23497619/mark-reynolds-homers-twice-washington-nationals-debut-arizona-diamondbacks

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