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93-66, 1st in NL East

Hunt for October: Where things stand

The Nationals have clinched the NL East. Their magic number is two to clinch home-field advantage against the Dodgers in the NL Division Series. What's at stake this weekend

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Nats 2B Difo launches first career home run (0:32)
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Mark Melancon poised for big contract?

Given the increase in value placed on closers, Melancon figures to strike it big as a free agent this offseason. Wilson Ramos also improved his stock this year, but his recent ACL tear drastically reduces his chances at a big deal. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)

Lineup: Nationals (92-66) vs. Diamondbacks (66-92)

  • 1. Trea Turner, CF (R)
  • 2. Wilmer Difo, 2B (S)
  • 3. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 4. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 6. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 7. Michael Taylor, RF (R)
  • 8. Pedro Severino, C (R)
  • 9. Joe Ross, RHP
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Haniger motors for amazing over-the-shoulder catch (0:24)
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Max Scherzer in select strikeout company

With another 10 K's on Tuesday, Scherzer has had 24 starts with at least 10 strikeouts since the start of the 2015 season. That's the most such starts over a two-season span since 2001-02, when Randy Johnson had 37 starts of this type (22 in '01, 15 in '02) and Curt Schilling had 27 (13 in '01 and 14 in '02), per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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BBTN: Impact Of Injuries, Antonetti, Rizzo, Scully

Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss how injuries are impacting pennant contenders and more. Plus, conversations with Indians president Chris Antonetti, Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo and legendary broadcaster Vin Scully.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No Wilson Ramos, no problem. So far, anyway. In their first game without their All-Star catcher (torn ACL), the Nats beat the Diamondbcks 4-2. The win increases Washington's lead over the Dodgers for 2nd seed in the NL (and homefield advantage in the NLDS) to 1.5 games.

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Dodgers set NLDS rotation; Puig earns roster spot

Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Dodgers, followed by Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. Yasiel Puig also earned a spot on the playoff roster after an August demotion to Triple-A.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Rendon, batting cleanup for the Nats in place of, well...pretty much everyone (Harper, Murphy, Ramos), just hit a three-run bomb to give Washington a 4-2 lead over the D-backs in the sixth. Big moment for a banged-up squad that's struggling to stay ahead of the Dodgers for the number two seed in the NL.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer has 10 K's through six innings, That makes 277 on the year, breaking the Nats record he set last year (276). Scherzer is now the only active pitcher with multiple seasons of 275-plus whiffs.

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Nats' Cole suspended 5 games for throwing at Kang

Washington Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole has been suspended for five games and fined for throwing a pitch near the head of Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Saturday.

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Ramos a 'huge loss' for Nationals (1:05)
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Wilson Ramos out with torn ACL (0:50)
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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Huge blow for the Nationals: Wilson Ramos has torn ACL. Here's Dusty Baker announcing.

Stats & Info

Injuries catching up to the Nationals?

A week away from the start of the postseason, and Washington is without four of its best players due to injury. Wilson Ramos tore his ACL on Monday, per manager Dusty Baker.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs7479th
Batting Average.25517th
On Base Percentage.32510th
Slugging Percentage.42613th
Earned Run Average3.502nd
Quality Starts924th
WHIP1.193rd
BAA.2333rd

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