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deadspin.com Updated Oct 2, 2012
The big Stephen Strasburg shutdown debate seems ancient now, with beads of cheap champagne lining plastic sheeting in the dumpsters out behind Nationals Park. But recall that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo-and Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras-insisted that theShare Tweet
A day after clinching the NL East, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson rested most of his regular lineup -- and saved left-hander Gio Gonzalez for Game 1 of the playoffs.Share Tweet
Bucs hope to follow the lead of A's, Nats, O'sMLB.com Oct 2, 2012The Orioles, Athletics and Nationals -- all recently downtrodden franchises which among them have had 27 consecutive non-winning seasons -- are all in the postseason.Share Tweet
The Playoff Picture: How Did the Pundits Do?nytimes.com Oct 2, 2012An analysis of preseason picks from 133 baseball writers at 19 publications and sites reveals that not a single writer predicted the A's or the Orioles to make the playoffs.Share Tweet
Bryce Harper celebrated NL East title by pouring apple cider on a kid and beer on his teammatesyahoo.com Oct 2, 2012Bryce Harper is only 19 years old and once famously deflected an inquiry about drinking beer in Canada as "a clown question, bro." So how did the underaged baseball phenom navigate the alcohol-soaked clubhouse after the Washington Nationals cl…Share Tweet
Nats' clinching moment unusual, but still sweetMLB.com Oct 2, 2012The Nationals began the night needing either a win over the Phillies or a Braves loss to the Pirates. They got the latter, clinching the National League East without ever scoring a run.Share Tweet