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9/19/2014 | Zim joins Nats in Miami, could play this weekend

Ryan Zimmerman has made enough strides in his rehab program to not need any more work at the Nationals' Spring Training Complex in Viera, Fla., where he was rehabbing from a Grade 3 hamstring strain since Tuesday. Zimmerman rejoined the Nationals at Marlins Park on Friday, and he has the potential to be activated from the disabled list by the end of this series.

9/18/2014 | Fister, Nats try to keep foot on gas against Marlins

Doug Fister will take the mound for the National League East champion Nationals against Tom Koehler and the Marlins on Friday night, as Washington continues to push for home-field advantage once the playoffs roll around. Nationals manager Matt Williams said it's important that his team stays aggressive despite having already clinched.

9/18/2014 | Slow-starting Nats break out behind Gio in Miami

The Nats beat the Marlins, 6-2, on Thursday night, improving to an National League-best 88-64, two games ahead of the NL West-leading Dodgers. The Nationals didn't get much going early against Marlins starter Brad Hand -- getting off to an 0-for-10 start -- until Anthony Rendon pulled a single through the left side of the infield with one out in the fourth inning. That's when Washington took advantage of several Miami miscues to take a four-run lead.

9/18/2014 | Rizzo's guidance has Nats soaring high into October

The Nationals have been moving steadily in the right direction, especially since Mike Rizzo took over the entire baseball operation in 2009. He was given his current title -- president of baseball operations and general manager -- last year.

9/18/2014 | LaRoche keeping sore back rested for playoff run

Although one bruised National, Jayson Werth, appeared in the lineup on Thursday night against the Marlins, first baseman Adam LaRoche didn't join him for the second straight day. The 34-year-old LaRoche, who has been dealing with a sore back for weeks, told manager Matt Williams he was feeling better. But he wanted an extra day of rest so he could be sure he'd be able to help the Nationals throughout the rest of their playoff run.

9/18/2014 | Improving Zimmerman tests hammy, unsure of return

Ryan Zimmerman said he's getting closer to being 100 percent healthy, but there's still no timetable on when the injured veteran third baseman will return to Washington's lineup.

9/18/2014 | Nationals claim Florimon off waivers from Twins

The Nationals announced Thursday that they claimed infielder Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Twins. They also designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment.

9/16/2014 | Braves focus on WC race as Nats seek NL's top record

When the Braves and the Nationals take the field again on Wednesday, one club will keep its sights set on clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, while the other will try to pull off what seems improbable and win a Wild Card spot.

9/16/2014 | Desmond is Nats' nominee for Clemente Award

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is one of 30 nominees for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award.

9/16/2014 | Zim has productive first sim game in rehab process

Ryan Zimmerman played in his first simulated game Tuesday and was productive at the Nationals' Spring Training complex, according to manager Matt Williams. Zimmerman was able to get five at-bats, had two doubles and ran the bases without any problems.

9/16/2014 | Nats celebrate, but focus is on bigger picture

On Tuesday, the Nationals wrapped up their second National League East title in three years, but they feel they are far from done celebrating.

9/16/2014 | Finishing atop NL means Nats would draw Wild Card

If the season were to have ended on Tuesday night, the Nationals would have the best record in the National League, which means they would have home-field advantage until the World Series.

9/16/2014 | Nats' accomplishments shouldn't be diminished

The Nationals are back on top. Two division titles in three seasons, in this time of parity, should not be scoffed at, diminished or in any way belittled.

9/16/2014 | Roark's effort clinches NL East crown for Nats

In manager Matt Williams' first year at the helm, the Nationals clinched their second National League East title in three seasons on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over the Braves.

9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.

9/15/2014 | Soriano struggles with Nats up by four in ninth

After Monday's 4-2 victory against the Braves, Nationals manager Matt Williams declined to name a closer. He was still talking about going with the best matchups whenever possible. However, it may be hard for Rafael Soriano to get his job back.

9/15/2014 | Nats on verge of what could be many celebrations

The Washington Nationals are within one well-placed victory of a division title. Their triumph in this matter is, by all that is logical, a question of when, not if. The real question about the Nats' short-term future would seem to be whether they can finish with the National League's best record, thus qualifying for home-field advantage in two rounds of the postseason.

9/15/2014 | Nats go with Roark in first chance to clinch division

If the Nationals win one of their two remaining games at Turner Field this week, the Braves will have to watch their rivals celebrate winning the National League East on their home turf. If that was not incentive enough, Atlanta is hanging on by a thread in the NL Wild Card race as it sends Aaron Harang to the hill to face Washington's Tanner Roark on Tuesday night.

9/15/2014 | Harper exits game after feeling lightheaded

Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded. According to manager Matt Williams, Harper may have caught the same bug that third baseman Anthony Rendon and first baseman Adam LaRoche dealt with recently.

9/15/2014 | LaRoche honored to be Man of Year Award finalist

Adam LaRoche is one of six players -- Carlos Beltran, Josh Hamilton, Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Max Scherzer are the others -- to be selected by fans as finalists for 2014 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

9/15/2014 | Nats have plan for Zim in instructional league games

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is currently in Viera, Fla., to start playing in simulated games with instructional league players starting Tuesday. Zimmerman spent Monday having a full workout at the team's Spring Training facility. In the first game, Zimmerman will play three innings at first base.

9/15/2014 | Zimmermann meets Hall of Famer Aaron in Atlanta

Before Monday's game against the Braves, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had the pleasure of meeting Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at Turner Field.

9/15/2014 | Battery charges Nationals toward NL East crown

The magic number is now 2. That is the combined number of Nats wins and Braves losses needed for the Nationals to win the National League East after Monday night's 4-2 Washington victory at Turner Field. Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings and had an RBI single, while Wilson Ramos homered in the series-opening win.

9/14/2014 | After jacking homer, Ramos ready for postseason action

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos made it clear after the team's 3-0 victory over the Mets on Sunday afternoon that he wants to play in the postseason.

9/14/2014 | Braves set to host Nats in crucial division matchup

The Nats will try to inch closer to winning the NL East when they send out Stephen Strasburg to face Ervin Santana and the Braves on Monday night. Atlanta will try to gain ground in the Wild Card race.

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