Nationals: 2B Howie Kendrick left after the seventh inning because his right leg tightened up on him, Martinez said. … C Matt Wieters (strained oblique muscle) will go to Class A Potomac on a rehab assignment Tuesday.

The Nationals send RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 3.65 ERA) to the mound against Braces RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-0, 2.61).

Owner Robert Kraft on Thursday offered the use of the team plane after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, herself a shooting victim in an assassination attempt, and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, reached out to him and asked for the favor, a Patriots spokesman told the Boston Globe.

Kelly told The Washington Post that he and his wife, who are vocal gun-control advocates, wanted to help the students get to the march.

Not only did their friends and teachers get shot and killed, other friends shot and injured … most of them they had bullets flying over their heads, he said. This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age. They wanted to go to Washington and be heard, and so I felt it was our obligation to help them.

The Patriots weren’t the only organization to reach out to the group from a school where 17 were shot to death last month.

McNair added that he was actually referring to league executives with the inmates comments and not NFL players. He also believes he should not have been pressured to apologize.

In business, it’s a common expression. But the general public doesn’t understand it, perhaps, McNair told the WSJ.

The apology McNair issued in October said he never meant to offend anyone.

Former Texans running back Arian Foster, who spent seven of his eight NFL seasons in Houston, invited McNair to speak on his podcast to have a civil discourse about all in response to McNair’s latest remarks. Foster added that he thought everyone could benefit from it.

I don’t think it’s mechanical, he said. I left a lot of pitches over the plate, missing a lot on top of the plate. I’ve got to get the pitch down in the strike zone. They took good advantage.

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