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Ted Leonsis ‘hoping’ to lure President Obama to Winter Classic …

Ted Leonsis ‘hoping’ to lure President Obama to Winter Classic at Nationals Park

washingtonpost.com Updated Oct 16 (3 days ago)
From the moment Chicago was announced as Washington’s Winter Classic opponent, people wondered if this meant President Obama would finally make his D.C. hockey debut. “The outdoor game also offers an opportunity for President Barack Obama, a former Chic…
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  • Pleskoff: Souza's talent on display after rocky road

    Pleskoff: Souza's talent on display after rocky road

    MLB.com Oct 16 (4 days ago)
    Many people would say right-handed-hitting outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was the top player in the Washington Nationals' farm system this season. He was named the MVP and Rookie of the Year playing for Triple-A Syracuse in the International League.
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  • Petit quiets Cards after Vogelsong's early exit

    Petit quiets Cards after Vogelsong's early exit

    MLB.com Oct 16 (4 days ago)
    It had been 11 days since Yusmeiro Petit last pitched, that outing covering six relief innings in the Giants' 18-inning win in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Nationals in Washington. "Every day, I'm staying ready," P…
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  • These MLB playoffs are a testament to importance of smart manag…

    These MLB playoffs are a testament to importance of smart managing

    One needs to look no further than the Washington Nationals as a team that, on sheer talent, should still be playing but isn’t because of bad managing. Going in, most scouts and baseball execs agreed the Nationals, with the most wins in the National Leag…
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  • Consistent rotation highlights division-winning season

    Consistent rotation highlights division-winning season

    MLB.com Oct 10
    The Nationals had a good enough team to go to the World Series, but they fell short by losing to the Giants in the National League Division Series. That doesn't take anything away from their strong season, which culminated in an NL East victory.
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  • Nats Manager Matt Williams defends Aaron Barrett decision: ‘He’…

    Nats Manager Matt Williams defends Aaron Barrett decision: ‘He’s our guy for that spot’

    Nationals Manager Matt Williams, currently suffering through the worst week in Washington, on Friday defended his decisions during the Nats’ disastrous Game 4 of the NLDS, in which he used five relievers — including rookie Aaron Barrett — but didn’t tur…
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  • Throwback Thursday: A World Series champion in Washington

    Throwback Thursday: A World Series champion in Washington

    As Washington baseball fans slog through the rubble left by the quiet implosion of the Nationals season, few of them will remember the time a World Series champion played its home games here. It was 90 years ago in the 1924 season, remembered mostly now…
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  • Watch Bryce Harper’s home run until next season, Nats fans

    Watch Bryce Harper’s home run until next season, Nats fans

    Did you see what happened in the Nationals game Tuesday night? Bryce Harper hit a home run! (Oh also Washington lost and the season is over and everyone is sad.) Harper’s blast was basically the only good part of Tuesday’s loss to the San Francisco Gian…
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  • How disappointing was the Nats loss? It only scrapes the surfac…

    How disappointing was the Nats loss? It only scrapes the surface of D.C. sports misery

    Hey guys. How’s everyone doing today? Actually … never mind. Don’t answer. We know. We all know. After finishing the regular season with the best record in the National League, the Washington Nationals on Tuesday fell to the San Francisco Giants in a 3-…
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  • Nats have foundation to be contenders in 2015

    Nats have foundation to be contenders in 2015

    MLB.com Oct 8
    Although they were eliminated from the National League Division Series by the Giants with Tuesday's 3-2 loss in Game 4, the Nationals are expected to be contenders for several years. The rotation is set for next season, with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan…
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  • Pitching, defense are name of game for Giants

    Pitching, defense are name of game for Giants

    MLB.com Oct 8
    When people tell you that the San Francisco Giants were a "surprise" winner over the Washington Nationals, you can recite the appropriate series pitching statistics to them. These numbers will remove any and all elements of surprise.
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  • Gio's miscues lead to two-run second for Giants

    Gio's miscues lead to two-run second for Giants

    MLB.com Oct 8
    One day after a throwing error by pitcher Madison Bumgarner derailed the Giants in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, two defensive miscues by Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals set up a two-run second inning for the Giants to open the scoring i…
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  • Madison Bumgarner chugs five beers at once after Giants advance…

    Madison Bumgarner chugs five beers at once after Giants advance to NLCS

    yahoo.com Oct 8
    SAN FRANCISCO — How would Madison Bumgarner top his chugging-four-beers victory celebration when the San Francisco Giants won the NL wild-card game? Easy. He'd chug five. The Giants finished off the Washington Nationals in the NLDS on Tuesday night at A…
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  • Madison Bumgarner chugs five beers at once after Giants advance…

    Madison Bumgarner chugs five beers at once after Giants advance to NLCS

    yahoo.com Oct 8
    SAN FRANCISCO — How would Madison Bumgarner top his chugging-four-beers victory celebration when the San Francisco Giants won the NL wild-card game? Easy. He'd chug five. The Giants finished off the Washington Nationals in the NLDS on Tuesday night at A…
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  • Wild Pitch Moves Giants Into National League Playoffs

    Wild Pitch Moves Giants Into National League Playoffs

    The San Francisco Giants will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series after eliminating the Washington Nationals with a 3-2 Game Four win on Tuesday.
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  • Best and worst from Nationals-Giants, NLDS Game 4

    Best and worst from Nationals-Giants, NLDS Game 4

    Best and worst moments from Washington’s season-ending 3-2 loss to the Giants in San Francisco. Worst bottom line: For the second time in three years, the Nats had the best record in the National League and couldn’t get out of the first round of the pla…
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  • Video - Giants Eliminate Nationals 03:50

    Giants Eliminate Nationals

    Oct 7
    SportsCenter Highlight of the Night: The Giants defeated the Nationals 3-2 to set up a matchup in the National League Championship Series with the Cardinals.
  • Video - Posey On Giants Game 4 Win 01:18

    Posey On Giants Game 4 Win

    Oct 7
    Buster Posey discusses the Giants' 3-2 win over the Nationals.
  • Video - Giants Eliminate Nationals 03:16

    Giants Eliminate Nationals

    Oct 7
    The Giants defeated the Nationals 3-2 to set up a matchup in the National League Championship Series with the Cardinals.
  • Video - Breaking Down The Giants' Victory 02:37

    Breaking Down The Giants' Victory

    Oct 7
    The "Baseball Tonight" crew breaks down how the Giants were able to defeat the Nationals in their National League Division Series matchup.

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