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Sep 26

Dustup with Pirates may have helped Nats find playoff mojo

If the injured, tired Washington Nationals were wondering where they might get that extra push for the postseason, they may have found it Sunday in Pittsburgh. A day after clinching the National League East and celebrating late into the night, the Nats were clearly a weary team. They wrapped up a nine-game, 10-day road trip, …

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Sep 20

Remembering the Nats’ first postseason clincher

As the Nationals play the second leg of their final road trip this season, fans are still wondering when they will clinch the National League East title. Barring an extended losing streak, the Nats are likely to celebrate their third division title in five years in a visitors clubhouse, in front of another team’s fans. …

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Sep 12

Milestone wins show Nats’ progress in one year

This past week produced a couple of milestones for the Nationals in the 2016 season, as they continued their hopeful march toward the National League East title. Their sweep of the Atlanta Braves guaranteed the Nats their fifth consecutive winning season. Does that seem pretty ho-hum for a team that’s seems bound for a third …

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Sep 06

Looking back on a classic Nats extra-inning win


The Nationals are headed for the National League East championship with a possible Division Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are currently three games up on the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. It was a little more than two years ago, as the Nats were rolling toward their most recent division …

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Aug 29

Murphy shooting for spot among DC’s all-time greats


Nationals fans are having fun watching their team move closer to its third division title in the past five seasons, but an even more exciting race is is in full swing between the Nats’ Daniel Murphy and Colorado’s DJ LeMaiheu for the National League batting title. The two second basemen came into last weekend’s series …

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Aug 08

In a postseason atmosphere, Nats come up big

Nationals at Orioles July 9, 2014

Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants was the kind of game the Nationals needed badly to win this season. Although they had the second-best record in all of baseball, and the second-largest division lead in the National League, seven games over the Miami Marlins, the Nats needed to distinguish themselves from another top team. …

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Aug 01

How does the Melancon trade affect the rest of the Nats’ bullpen?

So the Nationals have finally landed a new closer, with Mark Melancon coming from Pittsburgh. General manager Mike Rizzo sent left-hander Felipe Rivero and prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates in hopes that he can solve the late-inning issues that have plagued the team in the past week. But what will become of the man …

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Jul 27

Willingham’s Two Grand Slams

July 27, 2009 Josh “The Hammer” Willingham accomplished a very rare feat when he became only the 13th player in major league baseball history to hit two grand slams in one game. Willingham’s first grand slam came off of the Brewers’ starting pitcher Jeff Suppan in the fifth inning. The second grand slam occurred only …

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Jul 25

Three questions facing the Nats as they hit the road

The Nationals seemed to have all the answers a week ago after starting their post All-Star homestand with two wins in three games, but after a 2-4 finish, they his the road to Cleveland, San Francisco and Arizona with more questions. Who will be the Nats’ fifth outfielder? Michael A. Taylor was optioned to Triple-A …

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Jul 18

Nats bench continues to come through in the clutch

With all the sabrmetrics and advanced stats that we baseball geeks toss around these days, there is still one aspect of the game we can’t accurately quantify: Clutch. The official statisticians tried to do it for a few years back in the 1980s with the Game-Winning RBI, but that stat was abandoned after too many …

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