The Washington Post

The Nationals will gather for a heavy workout at Nats Park in order to stay "in rhythm" as they await Game 1.

The Nationals will play a day game for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday and will start at 5:37 p.m. for Game 2 on Saturday.

The Nationals' celebration felt like a culmination in 2012. Last night, it felt like a benchmark.

The Nationals had 600 cans of beers and 126 bottles of champagne on hand for Tuesday's celebration.

With a clinch potentially days away, the Nationals will sell playoff tickets starting Sept. 22.

Nationals and Braves hitters deal with shadows between the mound and the plate, a sign of fall that could affect the playoffs.

Historically, teams with the best record one season do well the next season. Most returned to the playoffs the following year.