Strasburg, Nats finish power trip in style

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The Nationals win, 2-1, to end their longest road trip of the season 9-2 and trim their magic number to clinch home-field advantage to four.

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Advance scouting for the postseason

Advance scouting for the postseason

The group effort to gather information on the Nationals’ potential opponents started in mid-September.

Strasburg evolves into Nats’ ace

Strasburg evolves into Nats’ ace

The Nationals aren’t about to announce their playoff rotation, but Stephen Strasburg has made clear who will pitch Game 1.

Strasburg, Nats finish power trip in style

Strasburg, Nats finish power trip in style

The Nationals win, 2-1, to end their longest road trip of the season 9-2 and trim their magic number to clinch home-field advantage to four.

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Gotta root for the Royals

Gotta root for the Royals

COUCH SLOUCH | The poor fans in Kansas City have endured a generation of disappointment.

Aaron Barrett making a case for postseason bullpen spot

Aaron Barrett making a case for postseason bullpen spot

Since his return from Class AAA Syracuse, the rookie right-hander hasn’t allowed an earned run in eight outings.

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Nationals cap their road trip with a 2-1 win over Miami, behind power pitching from Stephen Strasburg .

Nats-Marlins lineups

Nats-Marlins lineups

The Nationals gave several regulars days off in the finale of their 11-game road trip.

Zimmermann survives scare

Zimmermann survives scare

Jordan Zimmermann took a line drive off the shoulder that could have hit him in the face.

Zimmerman returns as Nats win 90th

Zimmerman returns as Nats win 90th

Denard Span atones from an earlier gaffe in outfield with an RBI hit to cap a three-run rally in the seventh inning as Washington wins 90th game to stretch lead over Dodgers to 2 1/2 games.

Zimmerman returns, role undecided

Zimmerman returns, role undecided

Ryan Zimmerman felt fortunate to return to the Nationals, even if he’s uncertain of what role he will play in the playoffs.

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Discuss: Nats-Marlins

Jordan Zimmermann vs. Jarred Cosart.

Zimmerman returns to Nats lineup

Zimmerman returns to Nats lineup

The Nationals activated Ryan Zimmerman, who will play left field and bat sixth.

Nats pitchers healthy, dominant

Nats pitchers healthy, dominant

Unlike 2012, the Nationals’ pitching staff is at full force entering the playoffs.

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.

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.

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