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Gio has no problem being done with sliding

WASHINGTON -- Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez had a weird way of running the bases during Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Phillies.

After Gonzalez led off the inning with a double, Ian Desmond followed and grounded out to second baseman Freddy Galvis. During the play, Gonzalez slid hard awkwardly into third base and scraped his knee. There wasn't any reason for Gonzalez to slide into third. Gonzalez could have gone in standing up.

"It was terrible. I turned to the dugout, and the first thing I said was, 'I'm going back to the American League. I don't have to slide anymore,'" Gonzalez said. "That is never going to happen again. I'm definitely just going to walk it in there. I'm not doing those slides."

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WAS Full Game Coverage HINGTON -- Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez had a weird way of running the bases during Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Phillies.

After Gonzalez led off the inning with a double, Ian Desmond followed and grounded out to second baseman Freddy Galvis. During the play, Gonzalez slid hard awkwardly into third base and scraped his knee. There wasn't any reason for Gonzalez to slide into third. Gonzalez could have gone in standing up.

"It was terrible. I turned to the dugout, and the first thing I said was, 'I'm going back to the American League. I don't have to slide anymore,'" Gonzalez said. "That is never going to happen again. I'm definitely just going to walk it in there. I'm not doing those slides."

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