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Jayson Werth faces his former Phillies teammates for the first time tomorrow night.
"Two? Is that a streak?" the Nationals' right fielder asked.
"For the Nationals, it is," the reporter replied.
Werth playfully teased back for a moment before turning serious.
"Unfortunately, I feel like that's the expectations of this team, things like that," he said. "I feel like that's a very typical answer from, not the guys in here, but I feel like that's the expectation of the fans and the media. And that is something I want to change."
Werth knew the daunting task he would face upon leaving Philadelphia in December to sign with the Nationals for seven years and $126 million. Having spent the previous four seasons playing for the annual NL East champions (not to mention the 2008 World Series winners) he was now headed to a franchise that had yet to post a winning record in its first six years in the District.