Trea Turner returns and the Nats pull away from Marlins, 8-3

A few hours before every game, Washington Nationals first base coach Davey Lopes, the club’s 72-year-old base running savant, meets with every base stealing threat in that day’s starting lineup. He goes over the opposing starting pitcher’s tendencies with each player, specifically the pitcher’s move to the plate out of the stretch, aiming to share every little insight to increase the Nationals’ chances of swiping a bag. On Tuesday, his 24-year-old star pupil was waiting for their first session in two months.

“Are we going to do this again?” Nationals shortstop Trea Turner said with a smile as he saw Lopes approach with a couple of prep sheets in hand. “Are we going to steal some bases?”

“Do you know where they are?” Lopes joked.

Two months to the day after a fastball fractured his right wrist, Turner was back atop Washington’s lineup and playing shortstop in an 8-3 win over the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. He was the latest crucial piece to come off the disabled list for the Nationals, a day after Jayson Werth and Max Scherzer made booming returns Monday. Turner’s return wasn’t as resounding, but it didn’t need to be for a Washington win because the Nationals (80-51) finally figured out Marlins starter Vance Worley, Edwin Jackson was good for most of his six-plus innings, and

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