Fister, LaRoche propel Nats

(Alan Diaz / Associated Press)

Doug Fister pitches into the seventh inning and Adam LaRoche, fresh off two days of rest, delivers his team-leading 25th home run in victory in Miami.

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Fister, LaRoche propel Nats

Fister, LaRoche propel Nats

Doug Fister pitches into the seventh inning and Adam LaRoche, fresh off two days of rest, delivers his team-leading 25th home run in victory in Miami.

Ryan Zimmerman to be activated Saturday

Ryan Zimmerman to be activated Saturday

The veteran National’s postseason availability will hinge on how he plays and his hamstring responds over the final week-plus.

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Doug Fister goes for his 15th win as the Nationals look to stay on a roll.

Soriano bounces back

Soriano bounces back

Rafael Soriano is confident he’ll be ready for the playoffs.

Tonight’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

Everyone is in the starting lineup against the Marlins as the Nationals aim to lock up the NL’s top seed.

A look at the Nationals’ potential first-round opponents

A look at the Nationals’ potential first-round opponents

Who would the Nationals match up well against in the first round of the playoffs?

Senators Harry Reid and Barbara Mikulski are rooting for a Nationals-Orioles World Series

Lawmakers take a break from debate to congratulate the Nats and O’s.

Matt Williams, Nationals coaches have a lineup card superstition

Matt Williams, Nationals coaches have a lineup card superstition

If the Nationals win a game, the coach who brought up the lineup card has to do it again. Matt Williams has the best record.

Breaking down the MLB pennant, wild-card races

Breaking down the MLB pennant, wild-card races

A look at where the contenders stand as we enter the final week of the season.

Gio Gonzalez hitting a groove at the right time

Gio Gonzalez hitting a groove at the right time

The left-hander has a 2.79 ERA over his past six starts and is pitching perhaps the best he has all season.

Nats keep pedal to the floor

Nats keep pedal to the floor

With a mostly full complement, Nationals hammer Miami, 6-2, to continue push for NL’s best record.

Ryan Zimmerman DH’s in Viera, tests hamstring

Ryan Zimmerman DH’s in Viera, tests hamstring

Zimmerman went 1 for 7 in an intrasquad game and is expected to play seven innings in left field on Friday.

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

The Nationals will start their final road series of the year behind Gio Gonzalez.

Tonight’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Marlins lineups

Adam LaRoche is out of the lineup so that he can get extra rest for his old back injury.

Pair of D.C. sports fans documenting history one T-shirt at a time

Pair of D.C. sports fans documenting history one T-shirt at a time

BreakingT’s line of shirts, including one depicting Bryce Harper’s firefighter helmet, provide instant nostalgia.

Nationals claim Pedro Florimon on waivers from Twins

Nationals claim Pedro Florimon on waivers from Twins

The light-hitting infielder was added Thursday to the Nationals’ 40-man roster and Eury Perez was DFA’d.

Ron Washington says marital problems prompted him to quit the Rangers

Ron Washington says marital problems prompted him to quit the Rangers

Nearly two weeks after abruptly resigning, the former manager spoke publicly for the first time about his decision.

Kevin Durant takes Natitude to a new level with his custom jersey

Kevin Durant takes Natitude to a new level with his custom jersey

Oklahoma City star has Nationals fever.

Dellin Betances’s success tied to a pitch with no name

Dellin Betances’s success tied to a pitch with no name

A large part of Betances’s success can be traced to his breaking pitch, which could be a slider, a curve, or a mixture of the two.

Anthony Rendon celebrates Steven Souza Jr.’s first career homer with a sunflower seed shower

Anthony Rendon celebrates Steven Souza Jr.’s first career homer with a sunflower seed shower

Souza makes the most of a rare start the day after the Nationals clinched the East.

Choosing Nats Park over shul on Yom Kippur

Choosing Nats Park over shul on Yom Kippur

Why one D.C. baseball fan will go to potential Nats playoff games during Yom Kippur.

Choosing shul over Nats Park on Yom Kippur

Choosing shul over Nats Park on Yom Kippur

Why one D.C. baseball fan is willing to miss potential Nats playoff games during Yom Kippur.

Carlos Beltran leaves Yankees after death of unborn son

Carlos Beltran leaves Yankees after death of unborn son

Player posts message on Facebook.

Nats, Braves finish season series

Nats, Braves finish season series

Consternation about beating Atlanta dominated the Nats’ season at one point, but that feels long ago now.

Five things the Nationals need to happen in order to win the World Series

Five things the Nationals need to happen in order to win the World Series

Many core players were on the 2012 team that fell to the Cardinals in five games of the NLDS. They have experience, but the Nationals will need more than that to make a deep run this October.

Celebration to deliberation

Celebration to deliberation

As the Nationals turn their focus to the playoffs, Ryan Zimmerman’s return brings plenty of roster questions.

Pressure off, Nats fall

Pressure off, Nats fall

Perhaps suffering a celebratory hangover from Tuesday’s division-clinching victory, Washington drops series finale in Atlanta.

Why Matt Williams quoted Robert Frost in toast before Nationals’ celebration

Why Matt Williams quoted Robert Frost in toast before Nationals’ celebration

Williams’ mother once quoted a Frost poem, so he wanted to honor her in some way.

Matt Williams’ plan for playing time over the final 12 games

Matt Williams’ plan for playing time over the final 12 games

Regulars get Wednesday and most will be back in the lineup on Thursday. Williams also pushed the rotation back a day.

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