Nationals vs. Pirates

During a pregame ceremony on the field, pitcher Gio Gonzalez was presented with the 2012 Warren Spahn Award, a trophy that goes each year to the best left-handed pitcher in the MLB. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

An affable Ian Desmond signed balls and programs for fans before the game. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Ian Desmond, appearing to have a lot on his mind. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Reliably, Screech gets fans in the mood before the first pitch. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Bryce Harper, who hit 13 home runs before the All-Star Game, is due to get back in the groove, though it didn’t happen Monday night. Here he is in the first at-bat of the game, in which he was walked. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The Kiss Cam didn’t make him smile, but still Jayson Werth scored two homers off Pittsburgh, following on two he scored the day before against the Dodgers. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Even with a nasty pile up at the turn, Abraham Lincoln broke away from the pack and won the Presidents Race. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Anthony Rendon, usually quick with a smile, after a fruitless at-bat. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Craig Stammen, who relieved Dan Haren in the fifth, keeps an eye on first base. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Win or lose, a hazy and warm night at the ballpark is always a wonderful thing—though it’s usually better with a win. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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