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Nationals face strong arms on West Coast trip

Nationals face strong arms on West Coast trip

Mariners and Dodgers, led by Felix Hernanez and Clayton Kershaw, are among the best teams in baseball.

Difo wins award

Nationals shortstop prospect Wilmer Difo was named the South Atlantic League MVP.

How have Matt Williams’s ‘Players Who Must Deliver’ picks fared this season?

How have Matt Williams’s ‘Players Who Must Deliver’ picks fared this season?

Williams nominates one player during his weekly appearance with the Junkies.

Doug Fister is among the best in baseball at holding runners

Doug Fister is among the best in baseball at holding runners

Only five starters in baseball have yet to allow a stolen bases and Fister is among them.

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and the rest of MLB’s best 25 under 25

To qualify for this list, a player must be 24 years or younger as of Aug. 30th and have at least 50 plate appearances or 50 innings pitched in the majors.

F.P. Santangelo and Ray Knight get a little testy during Nats postgame show

F.P. Santangelo and Ray Knight get a little testy during Nats postgame show

Santangelo refused to question Matt Williams’s decision to leave Doug Fister in the game.

Baseball cap miraculously saves pair of fans from flying bat during Cardinals-Pirates game

Baseball cap miraculously saves pair of fans from flying bat during Cardinals-Pirates game

More specifically, the brim of the cap, which did fine work in averting disaster.

Winning=fans for Royals? Not so fast, Ned Yost

Winning=fans for Royals? Not so fast, Ned Yost

The Royals’ manager tries to make a complicated equation simple -- and fails miserably.

The Nationals have had trouble in Philadelphia

Since 2012, the Nationals are 11-17 at Citizens Bank Park, including 3-6 this season.

Fister falters, Nationals swept by Phillies

Fister falters, Nationals swept by Phillies

Nats starter Doug Fister is beginning to appear vulnerable as Philadelphia completes a three-game sweep of once red-hot Washington.

Matt Williams stresses better offensive execution for Nationals

Matt Williams stresses better offensive execution for Nationals

Three times over the past two losses, the Nationals have failed to move a runner over from second base.

LaRoche returns to lineup

LaRoche returns to lineup

Adam LaRoche has dealt with back stiffness for years and knows his recent bout isn’t serious.

Discuss: Nats-Phillies

Discuss: Nats-Phillies

Doug Fister will try to prevent the Phillies and Kyle Kendrick from sweeping the Nats.

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup after nursing a stiff back on Tuesday.

Coco Crisp breaks the Astros mascot’s heart when he refuses to play Twister

Coco Crisp breaks the Astros mascot’s heart when he refuses to play Twister

The big fuzzy green alien known as Orbit tried and failed to convince the Oakland A’s star to play several times.

Nationals lose two opposing manager challenges in the same game for first time

Nationals lose two opposing manager challenges in the same game for first time

Upon replay review, pair of close calls go against the Nats in loss to Phillies.

Gonzalez sees progress

Gio Gonzalez is winless since July 5, and his pitching coach thinks he needs to throw more curveballs.

Line drives are a big factor in Stephen Strasburg’s struggles for the Nats. Here’s why.

Line drives are a big factor in Stephen Strasburg’s struggles for the Nats. Here’s why.

He’s been among the worst in the league at limiting the damage line drives cause.

Angels, A’s lead AL pennant intrigue

Angels, A’s lead AL pennant intrigue

The AL West’s best lead the league’s most promising playoff teams. At the other end, can the Yankees give Derek Jeter one last postseason?

Kevin Frandsen’s impact

The utility man is 10 for his past 16 and has been part of several key Nationals rallies.

Nationals’ Danny Espinosa staying ready despite diminished role

Nationals’ Danny Espinosa staying ready despite diminished role

The infielder hasn’t played as much since the acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera, but he’s ready whenever the Nationals call upon him.

We have a new candidate for Worst First Pitch

We have a new candidate for Worst First Pitch

Let’s just say that it hit the ground running.

Nats fall short down the stretch

Nats fall short down the stretch

Close play at first sparks Philadelphia rally as Washington suffers consecutive losses for first time since Aug. 5.

Seven Nationals minor leaguers to play in Arizona Fall League

Seven Nationals minor leaguers to play in Arizona Fall League

Matt Grace and Pedro Severino headline the Nationals’ fall league contingent.

Roark going strong

Roark going strong

With a decision looming about his place on the postseason, Tanner Roark hasn’t slowed down while reaching a new high in innings.

Adam LaRoche out of Tuesday’s lineup with a tight back

Adam LaRoche out of Tuesday’s lineup with a tight back

The first baseman has been dealing with back tightness for three or four games and felt it worse Tuesday.

Discuss: Nats-Phillies

Gio Gonzalez will try to prevent consecutive losses against Cole Hamels.

Today’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Today’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen start over Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche against Cole Hamels.

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Which Nationals pitcher should start a Game 1?

Which Nationals pitcher should start a Game 1?

With just over a month left in the regular season, the Nationals have a solid starting rotation with the best ERA in the National League. Assuming the playoffs started tomorrow, the Post Sports Live crew debates which Nationals pitcher should start Game 1.

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A veteran works through the grind

With more than 1,100 major league games under his belt, how does Ryan Zimmerman prepare for 162 games in 182 days?

First and 17

Inside the season with the nation’s top-rated football prospect, Woodbridge’s Da’Shawn Hand.