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  1. Beast of the East

    Oct 2, 2012, 5:35 AM EST

    Associated Press photo Mike Rizzo and his Nationals celebrate after clinching the NL East title. Updated at 1:35 a.m. They stood out there on the field during the top of the ninth inning, trying to keep their focus on whichever Phillies player had stepped into the batter’s box. Really, though, everyone with the Washington Nationals…

  2. Game 160: Phillies at Nats

    Oct 1, 2012, 7:38 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nationals Park hosts the potential NL East clincher tonight. If they had their druthers, the Nationals would have popped the champagne corks over the weekend in St. Louis. That, obviously, didn't happen but it does present a nice opportunity to clinch the NL East title at home in…

  3. Nats turn to Lannan again

    Oct 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo John Lannan is 4-0 in five starts for the Nationals this season. "John's my guy. I like John. And John can pitch. He led our club last year in wins." — Davey Johnson on John Lannan, March 26 When Davey Johnson made that pronouncement during the final week of spring training, announcing…

  4. A St. Louis stinker

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:23 PM EST

    Associated Press photo Ross Detwiler was roughed up for seven runs (three earned) in only 2 1/3 innings. Updated at 7:45 p.m. ST. LOUIS — They wanted to get this thing over with. Sure, it’s always nice to celebrate at home in front of your own fans, but the Nationals have been inching toward their…

  5. Game 159: Nats at Cardinals

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Will the Nationals celebrate this afternoon at Busch Stadium? ST. LOUIS — It's been 10 days since the Nationals clinched a postseason berth. It feels like twice as long. They certainly expected to wrap up the NL East title by now, but the Braves have had other plans…

  6. Detwiler’s chance of a lifetime

    Sep 30, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Associated Press photo Michael Morse is congratulated by Adam LaRoche following his unusual grand slam. ST. LOUIS — Ross Detwiler sat by his locker Friday afternoon, doing the math in his head. The Nationals' magic number at that point was 3. He knew there was a chance he would take the mound today with the…

  7. Not quite yet

    Sep 30, 2012, 2:54 AM EST

    Associated Press photo Michael Morse is congratulated by Adam LaRoche following his unusual grand slam. Updated at 12:55 a.m. ST. LOUIS — The champagne was on site, stored away in crates out of view from the main room in the visitors clubhouse at Busch Stadium. So, too, were the plastic locker covers, the ones that…

  8. Game 158: Nats at Cardinals

    Sep 29, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals go for their first-ever NL East title tonight at Busch Stadium. ST. LOUIS — On Sept. 29, 2004, then-mayor Anthony Williams stood before a crowd at City Museum and announced Major League Baseball was returning to Washington, D.C. Though they didn't know yet what the soon-to-be-relocated…

  9. A beating with a positive result

    Sep 29, 2012, 5:11 AM EST

    Associated Press photo Edwin Jackson departs after recording only four outs and surrendering nine runs. ST. LOUIS — They picked just about the worst possible moment to play their worst ballgame of the season, a 2-hour, 51-minute stinker that ended in a 12-2 thumping at the hands of an opponent who looked far more ready…

  10. Instant analysis: Cardinals 12, Nats 2

    Sep 29, 2012, 3:06 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson was knocked out in the second inning of a blowout loss. Game in a nutshell: Not a whole lot to say about this one, other than to point out how bad Edwin Jackson was during a miserable 1 1/3 innings on the mound. The right-hander was torched for nine runs…

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