Karns Helps Out, Then LaRoche and Bats Do the Rest vs. Orioles

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Karns Helps Out, Then LaRoche and Bats Do the Rest vs. Orioles
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As Nate Karns walked from the bullpen to the home dugout Tuesday night, the Nationals Park crowd along the first base line stood and cheered the Texan by way of Harrisburg and a major leaguer by way of survival. The Washington Nationals, in need of a stopgap start, had pulled him from Class AA. Karns had arrived because he had been read a pitcher's death sentence — shoulder surgery — and come out the other side chucking mid-90s fastballs.

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