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NLDS game blog: Nats can make D.C. sports history with Game 5 win

It’s Game 5. There are no ifs, ands or buts. It’s all hands on deck. Throw all your stat sheets and conventional wisdom out the window. It’s your best versus mine. It’s win or go home. Do or die. The Nationals and their loyal fan base are no strangers to this dire situation. We all know what’s at stake, having now been here in three

Taylor defies elements with grand slam at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO - A game removed from taking the blame for not catching the Cubs’ game-winning bloop hit, Michael A. Taylor stepped to the plate in the eighth inning Wednesday night with rain falling, wind blowing and the bases loaded. With the elements stifling fly balls at Wrigley Field, the only run of the game was the Nats’ unearned run in the third inning. After Daniel

NLDS game blog: Strasburg back on the mound for makeup Game 4

By Paul Mancano CHICAGO - The National League Divisional Series matchup between the Nationals and the Cubs has been nothing if not interesting. From the disappearing act of the Nationals offense to Ryan Zimmerman’s home run in Game 2 that defied gravity to the Chicago weather changing at the drop of a hat, the series resembles an amateur magic act. Then, Tuesday night and Wednesday

Nats waste Scherzer’s dominating performance in 2-1 loss

CHICAGO - With the best-of-five National League Division Series tied at a game apiece, the Nationals headed to Wrigley Field to face José Quintana, the Cubs’ fourth starter. Their counterpunch? Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer. The Nationals ace was pushed back to start Game 3 of the series due to right hamstring tightness. Heading into the game, there were many question marks surrounding the right-hander,

NLDS game blog: Scherzer on the mound in Game 3

CHICAGO - It’s not often that a team leaves its best starting pitcher for Game 3 of a postseason series, especially a best-of-five series. But the Nationals kept ace Max Scherzer off the mound for the first two games of the National League Division Series out of necessity. Scherzer tweaked his right hamstring in his final regular season start of the season, casting his playoff

Relive Nationals’ five-run eighth inning in Game 2 comeback victory

So about last night ... That was an incredible game of baseball between the Nationals and Cubs. From the home runs to the relief pitching to the dramatic comeback, Game 2 of this National League Division Series provided the best of what postseason baseball has to offer. Anthony Rendon started the scoring with a solo home run in the first. Gio Gonzalez gave manager Dusty

NLDS game blog: Gonzalez, Nats offense aim to even series in Game 2

It’s a new game on a new day. After the Nationals dropped Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday night, they will look to get even with the Cubs this afternoon on South Capitol Street. While technically not a must-win game, the Nats really can’t afford to go to Chicago down 2-0. And so a lot of pressure falls on Gio Gonzalez,

NLDS game blog: Stasburg looks to get Nats off to strong start

It’s finally here. Postseason baseball is back in our nation’s capital as the Nationals welcome the defending World Series champion Cubs for the National League Division Series. There’s no way to understate the importance of Game 1 in a playoff series, especially in a five-game set. The winner of the series’ first game advances 72 percent of the time. And just look at the Nationals’

Opposite dugout: Defending champion Cubs begin postseason with bull’s-eye on their backs

Manager: Joe Maddon (4th season) Record: 92-70 (won NL Central) Who to watch: 3B Kris Bryant (.295/.409/.537 with 29 HR, 73 RBIs), 1B Anthony Rizzo (32 HR, 109 RBIs), C Willson Contreras (23 HR, 75 RBIs), LF Kyle Schwarber (30 HR, 59 RBIs), RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA), RHP Jake Arrieta (14-10, 3.53 ERA), LHP Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33 ERA), RHP Wade Davis (2.30

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