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  1. Offseason storyline No. 4: Fixing the bench, bullpen

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 4 storyline: Fixing a bench and bullpen that wasn’t nearly as strong in 2013 as it was in 2012… The Nationals,…

  2. Offseason storyline No. 3: Who’s the fifth starter?

    Oct 3, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 3 storyline: Whether to acquire a No. 5 starter or fill the position from within the system… The Nationals entered each…

  3. Offseason storyline No. 2: Keep the lineup intact?

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Whether or not to keep the current starting lineup intact… For more than four months, the Nationals owned one…

  4. Offseason storyline No. 1: Hire a manager

    Oct 1, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over the next five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, beginning today with the No. 1 storyline: The search for a new manager to replace Davey Johnson… Mike Rizzo is no dummy. He knows what needs…

  5. Revisiting Opening Day media predictions

    Sep 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    You may recall way back on April 1 when I posted this annual article of predictions for the 2013 Nationals made by me and my fellow reporters on the beat. Well, it’s time for another annual tradition: Revisiting those predictions and proving to the world just how wrong we all were in almost every case.…

  6. State of the Nats: Long offseason ahead

    Sep 30, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: 86 wins – The Nationals finished their 2013 campaign with losses in five of their final eight games, leaving them with a total of 86 on the year. They ended up ten games behind the Braves in the NL East and four games behind Cincinnati in the wild card race. 86 is a respectable…

  7. After disappointing ’13, Nats want continuity in ’14

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — The overwhelming sense of disappointment was evident throughout the Nationals’ clubhouse at Chase Field late Sunday afternoon, once their season was officially over, their 2013 record forever written in stone as 86-76. Everyone in that clubhouse expected to win more than 86 games this year. A second-straight NL East title, followed by a…

  8. “Time to go home”

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Davey Johnson had plenty of time to prepare for this, and he’d already formally been honored by the Nationals prior to his final home games one week ago, so by the time Sunday’s season finale was winding down the departing manager was, understandably, spent. Perhaps a day or two or 20 years earlier,…

  9. Instant analysis: Diamondbacks 3, Nats 2

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: For the final game of his illustrious managerial career, Davey Johnson decided to let his rookies and reserves take the field while his regulars got to enjoy the view from the dugout. Turns out those kids put together a solid performance of their own. Tanner Roark completed a surprising and impressive…

  10. Game 162: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Sep 29, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — And so we have reached the end of the road. A long, often frustrating, still entertaining season will conclude today here at Chase Field, with the Nationals falling short of their lofty expectations but still finishing with either 86 or 87 wins, hardly a terrible record by any stretch of the imagination. The…

  11. Haren’s gem ensures Davey’s record

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Dan Haren’s season, much like the Nationals’ season, felt like a lost cause earlier this summer. With little reason to believe things would significantly turn for the better, both the right-hander and his team easily could have mailed it in and turned their sights on 2014. In the end, neither did. Haren resurrected…

  12. Instant analysis: Nats 2, Diamondbacks 0

    Sep 28, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: In their penultimate game of the season, the Nationals got some big-time performances from a couple of guys who mostly disappointed in 2013. Dan Haren, making his final start, tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering four hits, to earn the win. Chad Tracy, starting in place of an injured Adam LaRoche, reached…

  13. Rizzo wraps up 2013, discusses offseason priorities

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Mike Rizzo conducted a lengthy session with beat reporters shortly before tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, both looking back at what happened this season and looking ahead to what he hopes to accomplish this offseason. The Nationals general manager was disappointed in his team’s play through the first four months, was highly encouraged…

  14. Roark will start finale, injury sidelines LaRoche

    Sep 28, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:35 p.m. PHOENIX — Gio Gonzalez had decided to start the Nationals’ season finale. But then once they won Saturday night’s game to ensure Davey Johnson would finish at least 300 games over the .500 mark for his career, the departing manager decided to hand the ball to Tanner Roark after all. Gonzalez…

  15. Game 161: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Sep 28, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — By no stretch of the imagination was Dan Haren’s first season with the Nationals a success. Which is why there’s virtually no chance Haren will have a second season with the Nationals. Give the veteran right-hander credit, though. He never made any excuses for his poor performance. And he battled his way back…

  16. Harper: ‘I wanna win for the rest of my career’

    Sep 28, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Mark caught up with Bryce Harper on Friday at Chase Field in Arizona, and took stock of the 2013 season. Harper is of course disappointed with how this year has played out, particularly with the Nats not making the playoffs. Harper says this season was enough frustration for him, that he wants to make sure…

  17. Strasburg ends up-and-down year with a win

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:44 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg stepped off the mound upon recording the final out of the seventh inning Friday night and made the long walk back to the dugout, where handshakes and high-fives awaited. He could, in that moment, take a deep breath and know that his season was over. Even if it ended a bit…

  18. Instant analysis: Nats 8, Diamondbacks 4

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: The Nationals opened their final series of the season, one with zero playoff implications, but put forth a solid all-around effort to earn the victory. Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs over seven strong innings to cap his year. Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each clubbed 3-run homers to pace a well-balanced…

  19. Game 160: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHOENIX — Hello from the not-so-hot Valley of the Sun, where tonight it’s only going to be 82 degrees for first pitch of the Nationals’ final series of the year against the Diamondbacks. They’re planning to keep the roof open here at Chase Field, a rare event around here this time of the year. Stephen…

  20. Final weekend odds and ends

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — And so we’ve reached the final weekend of the season, with the Nationals wrapping things up out west in a three-game series against a Diamondbacks club that also stayed alive in the playoff race deep into September but now is playing out the string. Here are a few news items, notes and other…

  21. Who’s hot, who’s not: Werth up, LaRoche down

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-5 Team slash: .213/.278/.277 Team ERA: 3.26 Runs per game: 3.0 Opponent runs per game: 3.1 Opponent slash: .241/.282/.377 HOT Jayson Werth, OF: 7-28/1 HR/4 R/5 RBI/.364 OBP/.792 OPS Just as the term “cold” was applied in a relative sense over the past few weeks, the “hot”…

  22. MLB Power Rankings: Down to the wire

    Sep 26, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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    The Tigers have clinched a spot in the Division Series, but the AL Wild Card chase couldn’t be much closer, with the Rays, Rangers, and Indians all locked in a dogfight. On the flip side, recently eliminated teams like the Yankees and Nationals are left to ponder their offseason moves in an attempt to get…

  23. LaRoche not worried about future with Nationals

    Sep 26, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — There has always been a certain, predictable rhythm to Adam LaRoche’s seasons in the big leagues. LaRoche inevitably goes through a prolonged, early season slump that leaves his batting average at depths not commonly acceptable for a power-hitting first baseman. But sure enough, by season’s end that number will rise to its…

  24. Never in the Cards

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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    ST. LOUIS — The greatest moment in the brief history of the Washington Nationals came at the expense of the St. Louis Cardinals. Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer in Game 4 of last fall’s NLDS kept his team’s season alive and undoubtedly turned thousands of D.C. area residents into baseball fans for good. Every opportunity the…

  25. Instant analysis: Cardinals 4, Nats 1

    Sep 25, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: The Nationals have been wanting to get a crack at the Cardinals since the moment they blew Game 5 of the NLDS, but they’ll have to wait another season to seek their revenge. After getting swept by St. Louis at Nationals Park in April, they got swept at Busch Stadium in…

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