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  1. NL Wild Card game: Giants at Pirates

    Oct 1, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Sometime late tonight the Nationals will find out their opponent for the first round of the playoffs, the NLDS which begins Friday with Game 1 in Washington. Wednesday night pits two 88-74 NL Wild Card teams together in a do-or-die showdown, the winner moving on to face the top seeded Nats. Pittsburgh gets to host…

  2. Who should the Nats prefer to play?

    Oct 1, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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    On Wednesday night the Nationals will find out their opponent for the NLDS, as the 88-74 Pittsburgh Pirates host the 88-74 San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game. The Nats are a combined 9-5 against the two teams, having taken five of seven against the Giants and four of seven against the Pirates.…

  3. ‘Now the fun begins’

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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    All throughout the 2014 season, the Washington Nationals and in particular their veteran leaders have talked about winning the NL East as step one in their long list of goals. Win the division, make the playoffs and give themselves an opportunity to play for a championship, a chance they did not get one year ago.…

  4. Harper to play showcase in Japan

    Sep 30, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

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    After whatever happens with the Nationals in the MLB playoffs this October, outfielder Bryce Harper will keep playing, as the two-time All-Star has decided to travel to Japan as part of a showcase series. Harper will join MLB players Jose Altuve and Justin Morneau on a roster that already includes Yasiel Puig, Robinson Cano, Albert…

  5. Playoffs begin tonight

    Sep 30, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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    The playoffs begin on Tuesday night with the American League Wild Card game, the first installment of what should be an exciting month of baseball. It is the first playoff game for the Royals since 1985 and standing in their way is a team that for much of the year looked like the class of…

  6. Zimmermann named NL Player of the Week

    Sep 29, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

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    One day after throwing the first no-hitter in Nationals history, Jordan Zimmermann has been named the NL Player of the Week. Zimmermann made one start during that stretch, earning the award for the second time this season. He also won it for the first week of June. Zimmermann pitched nine innings against the Marlins on…

  7. Nats’ plan leading up to Game 1

    Sep 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    After winning their division and locking up the No. 1 seed in the NL, the Washington Nationals now have no choice but to wait four whole days before Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. It’s not ideal to finish the regular season on a roll, looking like a World Series favorite, then just stop…

  8. Span sets Nats hits record

    Sep 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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    Before Jordan Zimmermann secured the first no-hitter in Nats history and his teammates rushed the field, Sunday afternoon was already a special day for the Washington Nationals. It was the final day of the regular season with the mystery of a playoff run up ahead. Several players were removed from the game after reaching base…

  9. Ramos shares moment in no-hitter

    Sep 29, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Besides Jordan Zimmermann himself, nobody had a better view of the best performance by a starting pitcher in Nationals history than catcher Wilson Ramos. And with all he’s been through with this pitching staff and this team, one could argue that’s exactly how it should have been. For an accomplishment as impressive and rare as…

  10. Zimmermann throws Nats’ 1st no-hitter

    Sep 28, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams laid out a plan for his starting rotation before the final week of the regular season, saying he would limit their outings based on pitch count and innings. The thought was to not push them hard before what the team hopes is a long stay in the MLB playoffs. There was…

  11. Zimmermann no-hits Marlins

    Sep 28, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

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    After having his final regular season start pushed back due to a bruised shoulder – an injury suffered on a line drive that bounced off his arm eight days prior – Jordan Zimmermann took the mound Sunday hoping to dispel any doubts about his health before the playoffs. Boy, did he. The Nationals right-hander tossed the…

  12. Nats likely to announce rotation Thursday

    Sep 28, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams said this week he needed to see how Jordan Zimmermann’s bruised shoulder fares on Sunday before determining the team’s postseason rotation. On Saturday, Williams delayed that announcement even more. Williams will likely wait until Thursday now to announce his rotation and roster. He wants to see who the Nationals’ opponent will be…

  13. Game 162: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 28, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Here we are on the final day of the 2014 regular season, the last warmup for the Nationals before they embark on a playoff run in October. It’s Game 162 and it should feature a short day for their regulars. Starting for the Nats will be Jordan Zimmermann (13-5, 2.78), who is pitching for the…

  14. Zim sits again to begin final weekend

    Sep 27, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT

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    With time running out to get Ryan Zimmerman playing time before the postseason, the Nationals again held him out of the lineup for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Marlins. Zimmerman returned a week prior from a right hamstring strain and he still has not felt up to playing third base. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman…

  15. Game 161: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 27, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

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    One day after clinching the NL’s best record as part of their second doubleheader in as many days, the Nationals will go up against the Marlins in the final weekend of the regular season. It’s Stephen Strasburg (13-11, 3.23) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (6-13, 4.44) in a matchup of young right-handers. What will Strasburg have in his…

  16. The Baseball Show: Looking ahead to the playoffs

    Sep 27, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured both a look ahead to the postseason, and a look back at the standouts for the Nationals this year. This first video is a discussion about the best players for the Nationals in 2014. Who has been their most valuable player? Check it out here: This second clip previews…

  17. MLB Power Rankings: Pirates heating up

    Sep 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Roney: Took the season series from the A’s (10-9) for the first time in four years, and never lost to Jon Lester in 2014. 2.…

  18. Gio makes final case for playoff role

    Sep 25, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

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    With tough decisions to make before October, particularly regarding his starting rotation, Nationals manager Matt Williams has joked recently about long nights for his coaching staff. “We might all sleep here,” he said on Thursday. That is, if they sleep at all. It was one thing to have to pick their starter for Game 1 of…

  19. Instant Analysis: Nats 3, Mets 0

    Sep 25, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Whether Gio Gonzalez needed to show anything more to make his case for a spot in the Nats’ postseason rotation or not, he sure leaves the 2014 regular season on a high note. The Nationals lefty was dominant in the team’s 3-0 win over the Mets on Thursday night, striking out a…

  20. Giolito & Difo take in Nats Park

    Sep 25, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT

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    Fresh off their postseason awards as standouts in the Nationals’ organization, prospects Lucas Giolito and Wilmer Difo met with media in the dugout at Nats Park on Thursday. For Giolito, the team’s minor league pitcher of the year, it was the first time he visited Washington since sitting in the very same spot two years…

  21. Game 158: Mets at Nats

    Sep 25, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

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    One down, three to go in this unusual ‘two doubleheaders in two days’ stretch for the Nationals. They dropped the afternoon game against the Mets 7-4, now Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74) will look to lead the Nats to victory in their final matchup of 2014 against New York on Thursday night. Denard Span is sitting…

  22. Instant Analysis: Mets 7, Nats 4

    Sep 25, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals entered Thursday’s matinee – the first of four games for them in a 48-hour span – looking to get one step closer to securing the No. 1 seed in the NL playoff bracket. They were unable to accomplish that, as a lineup half-comprised of back-ups and fill-in starter, Blake Treinen,…

  23. Nats to decide rotation after Sunday’s game

    Sep 25, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Wednesday night’s rainout between the Nationals and Mets gave the Nats a chance to adjust their starting rotation at an opportune time. The playoffs begin in eight days and they shuffled their starters right before the final weekend of the regular season. The result was what now looks like a postseason template: Stephen Strasburg in Game 1, Jordan…

  24. Game 157: Mets at Nats

    Sep 25, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Let’s try this again. After a rainout on Wednesday night, the Nats and Mets will now play two on Thursday, one day before the Nationals and Miami Marlins play another doubleheader. The first game today will start at 1:05 p.m., rookie Blake Treinen (2-3, 1.94) will pitch that one. The second game will begin at 7:05…

  25. Nats not ready to name Game 1 starter

    Sep 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    With arguably the best rotation in baseball, but no clear ace, it has been a big debate in Washington over the past few months: who starts the first game of a Nationals playoff series? There is just a week to go in the regular season, but it appears we will all have to wait a…

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