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9/16/2014 | Braves focus on WC race as Nats seek NL's top record

When the Braves and the Nationals take the field again on Wednesday, one club will keep its sights set on clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, while the other will try to pull off what seems improbable and win a Wild Card spot.

9/16/2014 | Desmond is Nats' nominee for Clemente Award

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is one of 30 nominees for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award.

9/16/2014 | Zim has productive first sim game in rehab process

Ryan Zimmerman played in his first simulated game Tuesday and was productive at the Nationals' Spring Training complex, according to manager Matt Williams. Zimmerman was able to get five at-bats, had two doubles and ran the bases without any problems.

9/16/2014 | Nats celebrate, but focus is on bigger picture

On Tuesday, the Nationals wrapped up their second National League East title in three years, but they feel they are far from done celebrating.

9/16/2014 | Finishing atop NL means Nats would draw Wild Card

If the season were to have ended on Tuesday night, the Nationals would have the best record in the National League, which means they would have home-field advantage until the World Series.

9/16/2014 | Nats' accomplishments shouldn't be diminished

The Nationals are back on top. Two division titles in three seasons, in this time of parity, should not be scoffed at, diminished or in any way belittled.

9/16/2014 | Roark's effort clinches NL East crown for Nats

In manager Matt Williams' first year at the helm, the Nationals clinched their second National League East title in three seasons on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over the Braves.

9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.

9/15/2014 | Soriano struggles with Nats up by four in ninth

After Monday's 4-2 victory against the Braves, Nationals manager Matt Williams declined to name a closer. He was still talking about going with the best matchups whenever possible. However, it may be hard for Rafael Soriano to get his job back.

9/15/2014 | Nats on verge of what could be many celebrations

The Washington Nationals are within one well-placed victory of a division title. Their triumph in this matter is, by all that is logical, a question of when, not if. The real question about the Nats' short-term future would seem to be whether they can finish with the National League's best record, thus qualifying for home-field advantage in two rounds of the postseason.

9/15/2014 | Nats go with Roark in first chance to clinch division

If the Nationals win one of their two remaining games at Turner Field this week, the Braves will have to watch their rivals celebrate winning the National League East on their home turf. If that was not incentive enough, Atlanta is hanging on by a thread in the NL Wild Card race as it sends Aaron Harang to the hill to face Washington's Tanner Roark on Tuesday night.

9/15/2014 | Harper exits game after feeling lightheaded

Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded. According to manager Matt Williams, Harper may have caught the same bug that third baseman Anthony Rendon and first baseman Adam LaRoche dealt with recently.

9/15/2014 | LaRoche honored to be Man of Year Award finalist

Adam LaRoche is one of six players -- Carlos Beltran, Josh Hamilton, Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Max Scherzer are the others -- to be selected by fans as finalists for 2014 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

9/15/2014 | Nats have plan for Zim in instructional league games

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is currently in Viera, Fla., to start playing in simulated games with instructional league players starting Tuesday. Zimmerman spent Monday having a full workout at the team's Spring Training facility. In the first game, Zimmerman will play three innings at first base.

9/15/2014 | Zimmermann meets Hall of Famer Aaron in Atlanta

Before Monday's game against the Braves, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had the pleasure of meeting Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at Turner Field.

9/15/2014 | Battery charges Nationals toward NL East crown

The magic number is now 2. That is the combined number of Nats wins and Braves losses needed for the Nationals to win the National League East after Monday night's 4-2 Washington victory at Turner Field. Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings and had an RBI single, while Wilson Ramos homered in the series-opening win.

9/14/2014 | After jacking homer, Ramos ready for postseason action

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos made it clear after the team's 3-0 victory over the Mets on Sunday afternoon that he wants to play in the postseason.

9/14/2014 | Braves set to host Nats in crucial division matchup

The Nats will try to inch closer to winning the NL East when they send out Stephen Strasburg to face Ervin Santana and the Braves on Monday night. Atlanta will try to gain ground in the Wild Card race.

9/14/2014 | Ramos, Zimmermann fuel Nats' win over Mets

Wilson Ramos' two-run homer in the seventh was enough to back Jordan Zimmermann's 6 2/3 scoreless frames, as the Nationals blanked the Mets, 3-0, at Citi Field on Sunday.

9/14/2014 | Span eyeing more milestones this season

Nationals center fielder Denard Span reached a personal milestone on Friday, when he stole his 30th base of the season. But Span has two other goals he would like to reach before the regular season ends.

9/14/2014 | Soriano discovers form during recent relief work

Nationals right-hander Rafael Soriano, who spent most of the season as the team's closer, entered Saturday night's 10-3 victory over the Mets in a mop-up role. In his last two outings, Soriano has pitched two shutout innings.

9/13/2014 | Desmond in exclusive SS club with third 20/20

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond set a personal milestone in Saturday night's game against the Mets, as he reached the 20/20 (homers and stolen bases) plateau for the third straight season.

9/13/2014 | Rendon stays humble swinging a red-hot bat

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon has performed like the club's Most Valuable Player this season. Not only has he done the job offensively, but he plays Gold Glove-caliber defense at third and second base. But one would never know it based on his personality. After great games, Rendon is a man of few words.

9/13/2014 | Zimmerman looking to play instructional games

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is expected to travel to Viera Fla., after Sunday's game against Mets, to start playing instructional league games by Tuesday, according to manager Matt Williams. Zimmerman has been on the disabled list since July 23 because of a Grade 3 hamstring strain.

9/13/2014 | Nats employ Zimmermann in their playoff chase

Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals will seek a series victory and to inch closer to playoff spot when they take on Jon Niese and the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field.

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