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9/26/2016 | Nats brace for Ramos' MRI on injured knee

With the Nationals already nursing Bryce Harper (thumb), Daniel Murphy (buttocks) and Stephen Strasburg (forearm) back to full strength as the postseason draws closer, they might also have to be prepared to play without catcher Wilson Ramos after he left in the sixth inning of Monday's 14-4 loss to the D-backs.

9/26/2016 | D-backs-Nats delayed by rain in 6th inning

The Nationals and D-backs entered a rain delay in the top of the sixth inning Monday night with Arizona leading, 5-4.

9/26/2016 | Nats acquire Gushue from Bucs for Bostick

The Nationals acquired catcher Taylor Gushue and cash from the Pirates on Monday in exchange for infielder Chris Bostick, who was designated for assignment when the team reinstated Joe Ross from the 60-day DL last week.

9/26/2016 | Harper out 'a few days' with injured left thumb

Bryce Harper's X-rays came back negative on his left thumb, a bit of encouraging news for a Nationals' team suddenly dealing with a few injuries to key players.

9/26/2016 | Bucs strike deal for Nats prospect Bostick

The Nationals and Pirates have agreed on a deal that will send infielder Chris Bostick to Pittsburgh in exchange for catcher Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.

9/26/2016 | High 5: D-backs slug to rout of Nationals

Yasmany Tomas homered and drove in five runs and Jean Segura hit two of the D-backs' five home runs in a 14-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Nationals Park.

9/26/2016 | Scherzer aims for 19th win as Nats face D-backs

Matt Koch is hoping to pitch his way into consideration for the D-backs' 2017 rotation with his first big league start Tuesday at Nationals Park, while Nationals ace Max Scherzer looks to continue to improve his resume in the race for the National League Cy Young Award.

9/26/2016 | 5 days that set the course for the Nationals

The Nationals were in turmoil by the end of the 2015 season. In came Dusty Baker, who guided the Nats to their third National League East title. The veteran skipper hopes to take them further than the NL Division Series. With that in mind, here are five key dates that changed the season for Washington.

9/25/2016 | Tempers flare in Pittsburgh after deke, near-HBP

A feud between the Pirates and Nationals turned into a benches-clearing incident in the third inning Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The ejection of Nats right-hander A.J. Cole for throwing behind Kang with two outs in the bottom of the third, touched off the fracas.

9/25/2016 | Harper exits with sore thumb after awkward slide

In the top of the third inning against Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow, Bryce Harper hit a triple down the right-field line. As he headed toward third base, Harper thought the Pirates were going to make a play on him. As it turned out, third baseman Jung Ho Kang's fake tag deked Harper. Pittsburgh never came close to making a play, and Harper hurt the thumb sliding awkwardly into the bag.

9/25/2016 | Nats rally past Pirates with 5-run eighth

There was a lot of pushing and shoving behind home plate in the third inning of the Nationals and Pirates' series finale Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Plenty of give-and-take on the scoreboard, too. The Pirates pushed, but the Nats pushed back with a five-run eighth inning, pulling out a 10-7 win in the back-and-forth, four-hour affair.

9/25/2016 | Baker: Lopez could make postseason roster

Nationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez was outstanding during Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Pirates. He replaced Joe Ross in the third inning and pitched 5 1/3 innings without allowing a run and struck out six batters. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was so impressed that he said he hasn't ruled out putting Lopez, the third-best prospect in the Nationals' farm system according to, on the postseason roster.

9/25/2016 | Nats, Fernandez's final opponent, mourn ace

Jose Fernandez's final game was against the Nationals last Tuesday, and he was dominating, pitching eight shutout innings and striking out 12 in a 1-0 victory at Marlins Park. Fernandez, who passed away Sunday morning in a boating accident, left a positive impression on the Nationals.

9/25/2016 | Nats return home as NL East champs to face D-backs

The Nationals return home for the first time as 2016 National League East champions when they open a four-game series against the D-backs in Washington on Monday.

9/25/2016 | After tough '15, Nats rejoice in Step 1 of ultimate goal

Max Scherzer left last season with a bitter taste in his mouth. After a season with World Series expectations ended in disappointment and not even a postseason berth, every member of the Nationals felt the same. That feeling fueled these 2016 Nationals, who led the National League East for all but four days this season. And on Saturday night, they clinched the division championship for the third time in the last five seasons.

9/25/2016 | Cole steps in for Nats' road finale in Pittsburgh

The day after wrapping up the National League East championship, the Nationals will play their final road game of the regular season in the finale of a three-game series with the Pirates at PNC Park.

9/24/2016 | Nats have choices before meeting NL West winner

The Nationals won their third National League East title by a comfortable margin. They now head into the postseason, where they'll open against the NL West winner, likely the Dodgers, in the National League Division Series.

9/24/2016 | Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East

What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.

9/23/2016 | Pirates delay Nats' party with walk-off in 11

About an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.

9/23/2016 | Nats hope to sew up playoff spot in Pittsburgh

As they get ready for an expected postseason run, the Nationals get another chance to secure their spot Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park.

9/23/2016 | Blown save aside, Melancon has warm Pittsburgh return

Mark Melancon admitted it was a little strange to be sitting in the visitors' dugout at PNC Park, wearing his red Nationals hoodie, for the first time since he was traded from the Pirates in July.

9/23/2016 | Strained buttocks keeps Nats' Murphy out of lineup

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said an MRI revealed Daniel Murphy has a strain in his left buttocks. Murphy, who had missed four consecutive games entering Friday, has been shut down for the next few days.

9/23/2016 | Nats secure Game 163; magic number still at 2

The Nationals are one step closer to the postseason, having guaranteed at least a Game 163 as a result of the Cardinals' 5-0 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley on Friday afternoon. The Cards' loss allowed the Nats to clinch at least a tie for a National League Wild Card spot, and thus at least a tiebreaker game.

9/23/2016 | Inbox: Could Trea win NL Rookie of the Year Award?

Is Trea Turner eligible for the NL Rookie of the Year Award? Beat reporter Bill Ladson answers this question and others in the latest Inbox.

9/23/2016 | Vote: Young talent up for Best Rookie Award

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.

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