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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Murph felt 'sluggish' in field in return

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- After missing the first two games of the season while in Florida for the birth of his son, Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with a walk in his season debut Thursday. But Murphy also committed a pair of errors at second base in the 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

"I felt good at the plate. Not so much in the field," Murphy said afterward. "I was a little sluggish on defense. It was frustrating."

Murphy failed to handle Denard Span's routine grounder to open the third inning. He then allowed the fourth run of the seventh inning to score when Jeurys Familia coaxed a would-be double-play ball and Murphy threw errantly to first base.

"Jeurys did a good job to get that groundball, and I cost him a couple of extra pitches," Murphy said. "That's frustrating."