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  1. Welcome to the meat grinder

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ryan Mattheus’ seventh-inning escape act saved the day for the Nationals. ST. LOUIS — Twenty-one of the 25 players on their roster had never experienced this before. Neither had approximately 99 percent of their fan base back home in Washington. Jayson Werth, though, had been here. He’s been through the meat grinder…

  2. A rousing comeback

    Oct 7, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Tyler Moore watches his go-ahead single fall into shallow right field. Updated at 9:00 p.m. ST. LOUIS — Their starting pitcher couldn't find the strike zone to save his life. Their only player with considerable postseason experience couldn't deliver a hit with men in scoring position. Their Gold Glove corner infielders couldn't…

  3. NLDS Game 1: Nats at Cardinals

    Oct 7, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals' first-ever postseason runs begins today at Busch Stadium. ST. LOUIS — The time has come. No more pontificating. No more speculation. No more anticipation. The postseason has arrived for the Washington Nationals, and all that's left to do is take the field and play ball. No…

  4. Breaking down the NLDS

    Oct 7, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    ST. LOUIS — One owns 11 World Series titles, including the most recent one, and features a roster loaded with postseason experience yet a rookie manager who has never been here before. The other owns zero World Series titles — at least, technically, as a franchise — and features a roster with barely any postseason…

  5. Calm, cool and collected

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Bryce Harper doesn’t sound fazed one bit by his first postseason appearance. ST. LOUIS — With a pack of reporters firing off questions and trying to get him to admit he’s at least mildly caught up in the moment on the eve of the Nationals’ first-ever postseason appearance, Bryce Harper refused to…

  6. Rotation, roster set

    Oct 6, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

    ST. LOUIS — The Nationals won a major-league best 98 games this season with a roster and starting rotation that didn't change very much along the way, so they're not going to change much heading into their first-ever postseason series. Manager Davey Johnson said today his rotation for the National League Division Series against the…

  7. Let the fun begin

    Oct 6, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Crews are preparing Busch Stadium for the NLDS against the Nationals. ST. LOUIS — Hello from Busch Stadium, which has something of a familiar feel right now. Weren't we just here? As a matter of fact, yes. The Nationals played here last weekend. The stakes this time are…

  8. Looking back at D.C.’s playoff history

    Oct 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge gets set to throw out the first pitch of the 1924 World Series (Photo by AP.) When the Nationals begin the National League Division Series on Sunday, it will mark the first playoff game for a Washington baseball team in 79 years.  D.C. baseball fans have seen…

  9. Meet them in St. Louis

    Oct 6, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper and the Nationals will travel back to St. Louis for the NLDS. If the Nationals are going to win their first-ever postseason series, they're going to have to take out the defending World Series champs. The Nationals will face the Cardinals in the National League Division Series after tonight's wild…

  10. NL Wild Card Game

    Oct 5, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Associated Press file photo Turner Field hosts the first-ever, winner-take-all, NL Wild Card Game. And so the postseason has arrived. And for the first time, the Nationals have tangible reason to care about the outcome. That's because they'll be playing the winner of today's first-ever, winner-take-all, NL Wild Card Game between the Braves and Cardinals.…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7459
WASHINGTON67656.5
MIAMI557919.5
ATLANTA547920.0
PHILADELPHIA538121.5
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NL WILD CARD STANDINGS

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PITTSBURGH7952+4.5
CHICAGO7557
SAN FRANCISCO69646.5
WASHINGTON67658.0
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