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9/24/2016 | Nats have choices before meeting NL West winner

The Nationals won their third National League East title by a comfortable margin. They now head into the postseason, where they'll open against the NL West winner, likely the Dodgers, in the National League Division Series.

9/24/2016 | Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East

What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.

9/23/2016 | Pirates delay Nats' party with walk-off in 11

About an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.

9/23/2016 | Nats hope to sew up playoff spot in Pittsburgh

As they get ready for an expected postseason run, the Nationals get another chance to secure their spot Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park.

9/23/2016 | Blown save aside, Melancon has warm Pittsburgh return

Mark Melancon admitted it was a little strange to be sitting in the visitors' dugout at PNC Park, wearing his red Nationals hoodie, for the first time since he was traded from the Pirates in July.

9/23/2016 | Strained buttocks keeps Nats' Murphy out of lineup

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said an MRI revealed Daniel Murphy has a strain in his left buttocks. Murphy, who had missed four consecutive games entering Friday, has been shut down for the next few days.

9/23/2016 | Nats secure Game 163; magic number still at 2

The Nationals are one step closer to the postseason, having guaranteed at least a Game 163 as a result of the Cardinals' 5-0 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley on Friday afternoon. The Cards' loss allowed the Nats to clinch at least a tie for a National League Wild Card spot, and thus at least a tiebreaker game.

9/23/2016 | Inbox: Could Trea win NL Rookie of the Year Award?

Is Trea Turner eligible for the NL Rookie of the Year Award? Beat reporter Bill Ladson answers this question and others in the latest Inbox.

9/23/2016 | Vote: Young talent up for Best Rookie Award

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.

9/22/2016 | Nationals offered Ramos contract extension

The Nationals have offered catcher Wilson Ramos a contract extension, a baseball source told on Thursday. However, the source said that the offer was made "during the beginning of the season" and that the parties have not spoken in some time. The club did not confirm the report.

9/22/2016 | Bullpen lefties key to Nats' postseason hopes

Sometime during the postseason, the Nationals will likely face a slugging left-handed hitter in a key late-inning situation. When this happens, manager Dusty Baker will have to make a vital decision: Which left-handed reliever to call on?

9/22/2016 | Nationals hope Zim's timely blast a harbinger

Ryan Zimmerman thought he had homered in the second inning Wednesday night, driving the ball a Statcast™-projected 406 feet from home plate with 106-mph exit velocity, but it was caught at the wall in center field by Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. It was a microcosm of a nightmare year for Zimmerman, who rarely shows emotion on the field but yelled in frustration nearing second base as the ball was caught. And he could let out a sigh of relief when he made up for it in the fourth.

9/22/2016 | Worth the wait: Turner rewards family, friends

Nationals center fielder Trea Turner showed off in front of family members Wednesday night, hitting a blistering home run in an 8-3 victory over the Marlins.

9/21/2016 | Nats in position to clinch East in opener vs. Bucs

The Nationals open a three-game set against the Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park, where they could find themselves celebrating as soon as the series opener.

9/21/2016 | Nats bust out vs. Marlins; magic number at 2

Washington's offense broke out in Wednesday night's 8-3 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park, including a three-run homer from Ryan Zimmerman and a solo blast from Trea Turner, to back a strong start from right-hander Max Scherzer, who won No. 18.

9/21/2016 | Murphy not responding to treatment for leg injury

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy on Wednesday didn't start for the fourth consecutive game because of a left leg injury. Manager Dusty Baker said Murphy is not responding to treatment, and while Baker would not elaborate on the precise nature of the injury, he acknowledged he is concerned as the team nears the National League East title.

9/21/2016 | Vote: 5 stars up for Best Hitter

Babe Ruth once said of hitting, "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it."

9/20/2016 | Despite loss, Roark a model of consistency

Nationals manager Dusty Baker often calls right-hander Tanner Roark his workhorse, and Tuesday was no different in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park.

9/20/2016 | Nats: Report on Harper's shoulder inaccurate

Nationals manager Dusty Baker denied an report that outfielder Bryce Harper is currently dealing with a sore right shoulder. The skipper said that Harper was not playing a shallow right field in recent games due to throwing issues.

9/20/2016 | Stanton's HR backs Jose's gem in win over Nats

Although he may not receive the national recognition, Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has spent this breakout season in 2016 proving he belongs on par with pitchers such as the Marlins' Jose Fernandez.

9/20/2016 | Stakes higher in Koehler-Scherzer rematch

When they were matched up on April 21 at Marlins Park, the edge went to Tom Koehler in Miami's 5-1 win over the Nationals. It was also one of those rare games in which Washington's Max Scherzer didn't have his best stuff.

9/20/2016 | Starters in spotlight as Nats, Marlins push on

The Nationals, with their magic number at five, are aiming to clinch the National League East as quickly as possible, while the Marlins, four games back, are pushing to finish on a high note and stay in the Wild Card picture as long as possible. Each club is going with a right-hander on Tuesday capable of advancing their respective causes. Washington's Tanner Roark and Miami's Jose Fernandez each boast 15-8 records and ERAs under 3.00.

9/20/2016 | Nationals unable to come through in pinch

With two key members in the middle of their order not in the starting lineup, the Nationals were already at a disadvantage for Monday night's series opener at Marlins Park. Daniel Murphy was out of the lineup due to left leg soreness, while Bryce Harper was kept out for a "mental day" after his most recent struggles at the plate.

9/19/2016 | Marlins capitalize, edge Nats to gain in race

After playing each other 13 times during the first seven weeks of the season, the Marlins and Nationals were meeting for the first time since May. Washington is now closing in on the National League East crown, while Miami's recent struggles have them hanging on to the fringes of the NL Wild Card race.

9/19/2016 | Baker gives Harper night off to clear head

Nationals manager Dusty Baker gave Bryce Harper the night off for Monday night's series opener in Miami, a "mental day" after Baker had sensed waning concentration from the reigning Most Valuable Player.

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