Rafael Soriano has struggled since the all-star break, but Matt Williams rightfully plans to stick by him.
Adam LaRoche exited the Nationals' win over the Dodgers after his back tightened up again.
Two first-place teams begin a three-game series with Gio Gonzalez facing Roberto Hernandez.
After a month in Syracuse he spent resting and working on a change-up, Aaron Barrett will again be a crucial part of the Nats' bullpen.
The Nationals begin a three-game series in Los Angeles.
The Nationals are making their first round of reinforcements today.
Nate Schierholtz will be counted on in September, and he offered an encouraging sign Sunday.
Syracuse capped a stellar regular season with a division title.
Tanner Roark will try to lead the Nationals to a sweep over Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners.
The Nationals will try for a sweep behind Tanner Roark with Jayson Werth at DH.