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Nats clinch... sort of

Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:21 am
John Lannan And you thought the Twins were the only team to clinch last night (and more on that later)?

With their 8-4 victory over the Astros on Tuesday, the Nationals won their 63rd game of the season, clinching a non-100-loss season. It's not quite the same as a playoff berth, but we're talking about a team that was started with Jim Bowden at the helm, so it's not exactly a small feat. The Nats lose 103 last season and 102 in 2008.

John Lannan has been on both of those teams, and he's happy not to be on the third.

"It's cool just to see progress," Lannan told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "Even thought it's small, we're progressing. Our bullpen's done such a great job. We've got guys stepping up. And our starting rotation is starting to take a little bit of form. So just a little bit of improvement, we're still young team, and we're going through some growing pains and it's not going to happen overnight. This not getting 100 losses is pretty big for us."

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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