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Nationals Park goes wild as Atlanta loss clinches NL East for W…

Nationals Park goes wild as Atlanta loss clinches NL East for Washington (Video)

yahoo.com Updated Oct 1, 2012
The 35,587 fans who showed up at Nationals Park on Monday night may not have received the traditional clinching celebration they were hoping for. You know, the high fly ball, the outfielder setting up underneath it, the final out, the dogpile near the m…
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  • Victory In Loss: The Nationals clinched the NL East despite los…

    Victory In Loss: The Nationals clinched the NL East despite losing…

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Oct 1, 2012
    The Nationals clinched the NL East despite losing Monday. Washington fell 2-0 to the Phillies, but secured the division after the Braves were eliminated after falling 2-1 to the Pirates.
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  • Braves' bid for division title ends with loss

    Braves' bid for division title ends with loss

    ESPN.com Oct 1, 2012
    The Atlanta Braves' hopes of winning the National League East ended Monday night with a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates that clinched the division title for the Washington Nationals.
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  • DeFrancesco to savor memories as team's skipper

    DeFrancesco to savor memories as team's skipper

    MLB.com Oct 1, 2012
    Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco admitted he'll probably get a little emotional Wednesday, which will be his last game at the helm of the club. He was chosen to be the interim manager for the final 41 games, but Nationals third-base coach Bo Port…
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  • Robinson invited to throw first pitch for playoff game

    Robinson invited to throw first pitch for playoff game

    MLB.com Oct 1, 2012
    The Nationals have asked Hall of Famer and former manager Frank Robinson to throw out the first pitch before the third or fourth game of the National League Division Series.
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  • The Playoff Picture: Rating the National League Rotations

    The Playoff Picture: Rating the National League Rotations

    nytimes.com Oct 1, 2012
    A look at the top-three starting pitchers of the National League teams currently in line for the six playoff spots.
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  • Aquamen! Rangers rookies get swimming-themed hazing (Photos)

    Aquamen! Rangers rookies get swimming-themed hazing (Photos)

    yahoo.com Oct 1, 2012
    With 2012 being an Olympic year, we've already seen the Summer Games reflected in baseball's annual rookie hazing when the Washington Nationals turned Bryce Harper and his young pals into the Fierce Five. Now the Texas Rangers have gotten in on the act …
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  • A guide to the AL playoff possibilities

    A guide to the AL playoff possibilities

    yahoo.com Oct 1, 2012
    Heading into the season's last three games, the National League is relatively a drama-free zone. The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants have already clinched their divisions and the Atlanta Braves are a longshot to force a NL East tiebreaker with …
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  • Video - Nationals Capture NL East Despite Loss 00:31

    Nationals Capture NL East Despite Loss

    Oct 1
    Despite being beaten 2-0, the Nationals earned their first division title since moving from Montreal in 2005, due to the Braves loss to the Pirates.
  • Video - Nationals clinch NL East 00:34

    Nationals clinch NL East

    Oct 1
    PHI@WSH: Nationals clinch NL East with Braves loss
  • Video - Nationals React To Division Title 00:24

    Nationals React To Division Title

    Oct 1
    Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Gio Gonzalez react to the Nationals first division title since moving from Montreal in 2005.
  • Video - Nats Win East 01:30

    Nats Win East

    Oct 1
    Baseball Tonight breaks down the Nationals' season.

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    Oct 1
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