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9/25/2016 | Tempers flare in Pittsburgh after deke, near-HBP

A feud between the Pirates and Nationals turned into a benches-clearing incident in the third inning Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The ejection of Nats right-hander A.J. Cole for throwing behind Kang with two outs in the bottom of the third, touched off the fracas.


9/25/2016 | Harper exits with sore thumb after awkward slide

In the top of the third inning against Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow, Bryce Harper hit a triple down the right-field line. As he headed toward third base, Harper thought the Pirates were going to make a play on him. As it turned out, third baseman Jung Ho Kang's fake tag deked Harper. Pittsburgh never came close to making a play, and Harper hurt the thumb sliding awkwardly into the bag.


9/25/2016 | Nats rally past Pirates with 5-run eighth

There was a lot of pushing and shoving behind home plate in the third inning of the Nationals and Pirates' series finale Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Plenty of give-and-take on the scoreboard, too. The Pirates pushed, but the Nats pushed back with a five-run eighth inning, pulling out a 10-7 win in the back-and-forth, four-hour affair.


9/25/2016 | Baker: Lopez could make postseason roster

Nationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez was outstanding during Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Pirates. He replaced Joe Ross in the third inning and pitched 5 1/3 innings without allowing a run and struck out six batters. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was so impressed that he said he hasn't ruled out putting Lopez, the third-best prospect in the Nationals' farm system according to MLB.com, on the postseason roster.


9/25/2016 | Nats, Fernandez's final opponent, mourn ace

Jose Fernandez's final game was against the Nationals last Tuesday, and he was dominating, pitching eight shutout innings and striking out 12 in a 1-0 victory at Marlins Park. Fernandez, who passed away Sunday morning in a boating accident, left a positive impression on the Nationals.


9/25/2016 | Nats return home as NL East champs to face D-backs

The Nationals return home for the first time as 2016 National League East champions when they open a four-game series against the D-backs in Washington on Monday.


9/25/2016 | After tough '15, Nats rejoice in Step 1 of ultimate goal

Max Scherzer left last season with a bitter taste in his mouth. After a season with World Series expectations ended in disappointment and not even a postseason berth, every member of the Nationals felt the same. That feeling fueled these 2016 Nationals, who led the National League East for all but four days this season. And on Saturday night, they clinched the division championship for the third time in the last five seasons.


9/25/2016 | Cole steps in for Nats' road finale in Pittsburgh

The day after wrapping up the National League East championship, the Nationals will play their final road game of the regular season in the finale of a three-game series with the Pirates at PNC Park.


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 MLB.com/awards 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 MLB.com 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."




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