Nationals say they don't expect heroics from Daniel Murphy

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Daniel Murphy Won't Be a Met Next Year Even with All of His Homers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have introduced second baseman Daniel Murphy, hoping he simply produces like his regular-season self.

Murphy went on a home-run hitting binge in the playoffs, homering in six straight games on the way to the World Series. He left the New York Mets for Washington on a $37.5 million, three-year contract.

Nationals manager Mike Rizzo on Thursday called Murphy a player who shines the brightest when the pressure is on. He says he doesn't expect the 30-year-old to hit as he did in October.

Instead, the Nationals want Murphy to be the .288 average, 10-homer player he has been over his seven years in the majors.

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