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91-64, 1st in NL East

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Tonight's mathletics equation at Nats Park goes something like this: (Arizona + Bad weather + Clinched + Debate + Early in week + Football) = (Ghastly crowd) Or in simplest form...(A + B + C + D + E + F) = G

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The perks of clinching early? You can rest your stars. And that's exactly what Nats skipper Dusty Baker is doing. A day after hurting his thumb while sliding, Bryce Harper, who was slated for X-rays today, is out of the lineup. Ditto for Daniel Murphy, who's nursing a strained buttocks - or as it's called in lay terms...a bum bum.

Lineup: Nationals (91-64) vs. Diamondbacks (64-91)

  • 1. Trea Turner, CF (R)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 4. Wilson Ramos, C (R)
  • 5. Stephen Drew, 2B (L)
  • 6. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 7. Brian Goodwin, RF (L)
  • 8. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 9. Tanner Roark, RHP
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Nationals fall far in Power Rankings

Second to the Cubs for several weeks now, the Nats suffered a steep drop in our rankings. Bryce Harper & Co. are in danger of losing the No. 2 seed in the National League to the Dodgers, who are 1 1/2 games behind them. Week 25 Power Rankings

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Sunday's longest home runs

Lost in the shuffle of a benches-clearing incident between the Pirates and Nationals, Jung Ho Kang and Jayson Werth both hit deep blasts in the game. Corey Seager's 414-footer came with the Dodgers down a run in the ninth, allowing them to come back and clinch the NL West.

The Nationals are no strangers to brawls (1:07)
Fake tag on Harper ignites tempers of Nats and Pirates (1:04)
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Benches clear in Nats-Pirates after Harper exits

Benches cleared in the Nationals' 10-7 win over the Pirates after a series of plays saw Bryce Harper exit after an awkward slide into third and pitcher A.J. Cole throw at Jung Ho Kang.

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Nats finally delivering on 2015 hype

The Nationals were World Series favorites entering last season but failed to make the playoffs. This year, with much lower expectations to live up to, the team ran away with the NL East, culminating in Saturday's clinch of the division.

Drew's two-run single in first adding to Nats' lead (0:30)
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Friday's longest home runs

Nelson Cruz's 463-foot, two-run blast against the Twins paces the longest home runs from Friday. Two pairs of teammates round out the list of long balls: the Phillies' Darin Ruf and Maikel Franco, and the Nats' Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa.

Should we buy Harper's injury denial? (1:57)
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Has Papelbon hurt his HOF chances?

Jonathan Papelbon is one of the most successful closers in major league history, but his time in that role appears to be over given his struggles with the Nats before his release. Can he still earn a spot in Cooperstown? David Schoenfield explores. Hall of Fame stock watch (Insider)

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Inside Heat: Janes On Nats' Rotation, More

Buster Olney talks to Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post about the Nationals' pitching staff, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy's health and more.

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Nats need a healthy Daniel Murphy

Murphy has been out of the Nationals' lineup for the past four games with a leg injury, and Dusty Baker said he hasn't yet responded to treatment. Murphy's .347 batting average is the second-best in the majors. Olney: Postseason prep for division leaders (Insider)

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Max Scherzer helps his Cy Young case

Scherzer beat the Marlins for his 18th win and leads the NL in strikeouts, innings, WAR and WHIP. Is that enough to overcome Jon Lester and his big edge in ERA (2.36 to 2.82)? What we learned Wednesday

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25613th
On Base Percentage.3269th
Slugging Percentage.42713th
Earned Run Average3.442nd
Quality Starts913rd

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