First and foremost

East Division rivals have risen and fallen, but the Nationals have led the NL East for 86 of 96 days during the first half of the season. They go into the second half with a four-game jump on the Braves and the rest of the field.

Tracking first place in the NL East Division during the first half.
Source: Major League Baseball. Todd Lindeman and Bonnie Berkowitz - the Washington Post. Published on July 12, 2012, 11:29 p.m.
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