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Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park | Manager: Matt Williams
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Nationals.2536861523.03
NL East1st1st1st1st
National League 5th3rd4th1st

Schedule

Sun Sep 21
W 2 - 1at MIA
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Tue Sep 23
W 4 - 2NYM
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Wed Sep 24
NYM
Postponed
Thu Sep 25
L 7 - 4NYM
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Thu Sep 25
W 3 - 0NYM
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Fri Sep 26
W 4 - 0MIA
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Fri Sep 26
L 15 - 7MIA
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Sat Sep 27
W 5 - 1MIA
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Sun Sep 28
W 1 - 0MIA
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Fri Oct 3
L 3 - 2SF
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Sat Oct 4
L 2 - 1SF
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Mon Oct 6
W 4 - 1at SF
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Tue Oct 7
L 3 - 2at SF
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Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Washington86-5696-66
New York68-7479-83
Atlanta72-7079-83
Miami64-7877-85
Philadelphia66-7673-89
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Report: Nationals unlikely to pick up option on RP Soriano
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Nationals will probably decline to exercise their $14 million option on former closer Rafael Soriano, who saved 75 games over the past two seasons, the Washington Post reported.

Soriano performed well in the first half of this season before a collapse forced the team to replace him in that role with Drew Storen.

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Nationals 2B Asdrubal Cabrera: I want to stay in Washington
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Nationals second baseman and soon-to-be free agent Asdrubal Cabrera is hoping to stick around in the nation's capital.

"I really enjoy it to play with this team," he told the Washington Post. "Great guys. Good front office. I was really happy to be here and in this moment with the team."

Cabrera was traded from Cleveland to Washington with just two months remaining on his contract and was moved from shortstop to second. He could receive strong consideration in a thin free agent class for shortstops headlined by Hanley Ramirez and Jed Lowrie. He also proved steady at second base, though he has little range at either middle infield position. And the Yankees will be seeking a new shortstop to replace retired Derek Jeter.

The presence of Ian Desmond would prevent Cabrera from moving back to short if he remains with the Nationals.

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Ryan Zimmerman 'hurt enough not to play' during NLDS
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said his right hamstring wasn't strong enough for him to be a starter or even make an impact during the NLDS against the Giants, according to The Washington Post. Zimmerman went 1 for 4 (.250) with no RBI in four games against the Giants.

"Hurt enough not to play," Zimmerman said. "I think if it was good enough, I would have played. We would have maybe found a place to put me. This team was one of the best teams in the month of September. It’s hard to mess with something like that. We just didn’t get enough hits to win. That’s what got us."

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Adam LaRoche would like to play for Nationals in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche hopes he will be back with the team in 2015, but is well aware the Nationals might make the decision to transition Ryan Zimmerman to being a full-time first baseman.

"We're in our 14th different home in 14 years this year," LaRoche said about his family, per MASNsports.com. "The reason I say that is because I don't think it's as exciting for my wife as it is for me bouncing around to these different teams. ... It can be kind of a change of scenery and kind of a fresh start for guys, but I also know the grass isn't always greener. So, I know I'm in an unbelievable situation here."

LaRoche said he thanked president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo after the Game 4 loss in the NLDS for bringing him back in 2011. 

"It may not work out," LaRoche said. "I don't think it will have anything to do with the money. I really don't. I think it's going to be more of a position issue. If there's a place for me, if first base is open and they can do it, I think they will. If it comes down and it just doesn't work, I think that's going to be the deciding factor more than the salary would be my guess."

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Matt Thornton takes Game 4 loss, Nationals eliminated
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Nationals pitcher Matt Thornton took the loss in Game 4 of the NLDS Tuesday, giving up an earned run on two hits while recording one out in the 3-2 defeat against the Giants that eliminated the Nationals from the playoffs.

Thornton (0-1) followed up a bunt groundout to start the seventh inning by giving up two singles and being pulled from the game. He tossed just five pitches to the three batters he faced. Thornton was put in line for a loss after a walk and a wild pitch brought the lead runner home to break a 2-2 tie. It was Thornton's first earned run in 2 1/3 innings over three postseason appearances.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGDenard Span , CF.302
HRAdam LaRoche , 1B26
RBIAdam LaRoche , 1B92
OBPJayson Werth , RF.394
SLGAnthony Rendon , 3B.473
RAnthony Rendon , 3B111
SBDenard Span , CF31
WDoug Fister , SP16
ERADoug Fister , SP2.41
WHIPJordan Zimmermann , SP1.07
KStephen Strasburg , SP242
SVRafael Soriano , RP32
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