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58 min ago | Sporting News
With the 2014 season winding down, it is time for some accountability. During the winter, everyone gazes into a crystal ball and tries to divine how the year will play out.
3 hrs ago | True Blue LA
An eight-run sixth inning gave the Dodgers their largest frame of the season and a third straight win, and a four-game lead over San Francisco in the west Diamondbacks 6, Giants 2 : With Scott Van Slyke nowhere in sight, Wade Miley cruised through seven innings, shutting San Francisco down to help out the Dodgers. Nationals 4, Braves 2 : Stephen Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings, lowering Washington's magic number to clinch the National League East to a paltry two.
7 hrs ago | CBS Local
The New York Mets were officially eliminated from the National League East race by the Washington Nationals this past weekend, but this week they face a pair of division rivals they could still finish ahead of as they take on the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves. The series loss to the NL East-leading Nats was the Mets' first series loss this month.
Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title. Strasburg ended a streak of eight winless starts against Atlanta since 2012.
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. usually has serious problems against the Braves.
The players might not have noticed the small hooks protruding from the wall above their lockers, ringing the visiting clubhouse at Turner Field. Spaced between every other nameplate, they had been installed overnight Monday, a subtle touch intended not as decoration, but preparation.
As the Washington Nationals packed this past week for an 11-game trip, clubhouse attendants wheeled cases of Korbel down a corridor and into a storage room adjacent to the locker room. An equipment truck sat parked outside.
The Potomac Nationals captured their fifth title in franchise history last Wednesday with a 5-1 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in Game 4 of the Mills Cup Championship Series. Since there's no expiration date on celebrations and P-Nats play-by-play man Bryan Holland's call of the series-clinching strikeout was quite good, I've posted it below for your enjoyment.
The Phillies are last in the National League East and the Padres sit third in the NL West, 16 1/2 games off the pace. Philadelphia will begin its final road trip of the season and is slated to visit Oakland and Miami as well.
The Marlins, who have already won 10 more games than last season with 72, visit New York on Monday to begin a three-game series between the NL East rivals. Miami is 6 1 2 games behind Pittsburgh for the NL's second wild card and the Mets are one more game back, needing a strong final two weeks to post their best record since 2008.
The 2014 Oakland Athletics went into the tank this summer when their All-Star closer hit the disabled list on August 10. They saw a four-game division lead turn into an 11-game division deficit as the A's lost 21 of their next 30 games-including ten contests by one run. But today, the boys from Oaktown completed their first series win since late August with a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on the road.
The Nationals lead the Braves by a 10 1/2-game margin in the National League East, but that doesn't make this three-game series between the rivals any less important. Both squads have plenty of motivation.
Colby Lewis pitched seven innings for his 10th victory, Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs and the Texas Rangers completed their first series sweep in nearly five months with a 10-3 win Sunday over the playoff-chasing Atlanta Braves. After being swept in three games to complete a 2-7 trip, the Braves were four games behind Pittsburgh for the National League's second wild card with 13 games left in the regular season.
' two-run homer proved to be the difference on Sunday afternoon, as the Nationals blanked the Mets, 3-0, at Citi Field. Washington shaved its magic number to five games to win the National League East title, pending the outcome of the Braves' matchup with the Rangers.
Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada walks to the dugout after he pops out in the sixth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.
Angels 5, Astros 2: Jered Weaver earned his A.L.-leading 17th win, Mike Trout homered twice, and Los Angeles reduced its magic number for clinching the A.L. West to four. The Angels extended their winning streak to 10 games -- one off the franchise record set in 1964.
Aug 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez pitches during the fourth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Good morning DoD readers! Start off your Sunday with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily! And yes, the Magic Number to clinch the NL East is 6! NEW YORK - There were some tense moments between manager Matt Williams and left-hander Gio Gonzalez during the Nationals' 4-3 loss to the Mets on Friday night.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:27 am
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