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Nats sweep Cards to clinch 1st World Series trip

Washington leans on rotation arms to reach 'a beautiful place'
@JamalCollier
October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Maybe it had to be this way, a reminder of the road they traveled. That first playoff series seven years ago came against the Cardinals, a crushing loss in Game 5 that in retrospect foreshadowed what October would be like for years to come in D.C. All the

More work? No problem. Nats 'pen seals sweep

Rainey, Doolittle, Hudson combine for 4 scoreless innings in Gm 4 win
@JoeTrezz
October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Squinting through champagne-tinged goggles, Daniel Hudson saw vindication in the way it ended. Sean Doolittle did, too, standing amid a raucous on-field celebration at Nationals Park. Later at the postgame podium, Dave Martinez agreed. None will deny the numbers; all will contend they hardly matter now. That’s because

Ozuna hopes to stay put: 'I would love it'

@adamdberry
October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- As he prepared to leave the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park late Tuesday night, Marcell Ozuna said he hopes that Game 4 of the National League Championship Series was not the end of his time with the Cardinals.

Every sweep in League Championship Series history

Nats just 2nd club to win pennant in 4 games then claim WS title
@DKramer_
October 16, 2019

The Nationals completed a dominant sweep of the Cardinals in the National League Championship to advance to their first World Series in franchise history, where they defeated the Astros in seven games. Washington’s NLCS sweep was in record territory for a litany of reasons, but overall history isn't necessarily on

Cards' playoff run ends in 'frustrating' sweep

@anne__rogers
October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Almost every Cardinals player lingered. They hung over the railing of the visitors’ dugout at Nationals Park, and they watched. They watched the celebration from the opposite dugout spill out onto the mound. They watched the gloves fly and the fireworks light up the stadium and the opposing

As season ends, Waino not thinking future yet

Cardinals teammates hoping 38-year-old righty returns to club
@adamdberry
October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Shortly after his emergency five-out relief appearance ended, Adam Wainwright retreated to the visitors’ clubhouse at Nationals Park and went through his normal post-pitching routine. He was convinced the Cardinals’ season was not about to end, which meant he might have to pitch again. As the Cardinals' lineup

Kendrick's 'magical season' leads to NLCS MVP

@AnthonyDiComo
October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Howie Kendrick stood toward the back of the podium, off to one side, clapping and smiling in as much anonymity as one can achieve amidst a screaming stadium full of people. Like his Nationals teammates, Kendrick wore a gray “National League CHAMPS” T-shirt and hat, neither yet soaked

Nats rotation's dominance by the numbers

@SlangsOnSports and @AndrewSimonMLB
October 16, 2019

The Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night, and once again their starting pitching was at the forefront. A 7-4 victory at Nationals Park behind Patrick Corbin propelled them into their first World Series appearance. They will face either the

The best possible way to interrupt a live interview is with a lightsaber

@MattMono11
October 16, 2019

The Nationals finished off an NLCS sweep of the Cardinals on Tuesday and are headed to their first-ever World Series. Champagne was flowing, players were dancing, Max Scherzer was being Max Scherzer and a couple MLB Network analysts were still on the field -- trying to wrap their heads around

Nats race out with 7-run first in Game 4

@AnthonyDiComo
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Arriving at Nationals Park on Tuesday on the cusp of the World Series, the Nats ensured they would not lose any momentum as they clinched the first pennant in franchise history with a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals. The Nationals batted around in the first inning of National

Nats owner 'couldn’t imagine' big turnaround

Lerner wants Rendon to return, never lost faith in Martinez
@JamalCollier
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- In the hours before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Mark Lerner, the Nationals’ managing principal owner, stood on the field and marveled at the reality of it all. The Nationals began the day one game away from clinching the National League pennant, something he never

DC electric with Nats on cusp of 1st World Series

@AnthonyDiComo
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- They streamed down Half and First Streets on foot, ascending in waves from the Metro station into an unseasonably warm October evening. Hours before first pitch on Monday, Nationals fans piled into the Navy Yard, some stopping at the bars and restaurants that have popped up along the

NLCS G4: Lineups, matchups, FAQ (TBS)

@anne__rogers and @JamalCollier
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have a chance to advance to the first World Series in team history on Tuesday night, when they host the Cardinals for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. Washington has won seven of its first nine postseason games, and dating back to the regular

Can Cards rally from 0-3? It's not impossible

@williamfleitch
October 15, 2019

On Monday night, the St. Louis Cardinals lost, 8-1, to the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. It was, to put it mildly, a feeble effort. The Cardinals have been outscored in the series 13-2, they are slugging .143 for the series (roughly the equivalent

Unstoppable Stras puts Nats up 3-0 in NLCS 

@JamalCollier
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg had just reached for his hamstring on the mound, so Nationals manager Dave Martinez wanted to check on him. Strasburg fights off cramps often during the course of his outings, but he was already 109 pitches into, perhaps, his most dominant performance in a postseason filled

'No concession speech' for Cardinals in DC

Offense held to seven hits, error-assisted run in Game 3
@anne__rogers
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The Cardinals do not have the odds on their side. An 8-1 loss Monday to the Nationals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series put the Cardinals on the brink of elimination -- one game from being swept and seeing their season end.

'What ifs' abound after Ozuna's OF misplay

@adamdberry
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg’s changeup wouldn’t have been any less unhittable. The Cardinals probably wouldn’t have suddenly started bashing the ball around Nationals Park. And St. Louis still might have struggled to contain a surging Washington lineup led by unlikely postseason hero Howie Kendrick. And yet it’s fair to wonder

Robles returns, homers in mom's 1st game in US

@JoeTrezz
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Right arm outstretched, Victor Robles crossed home plate, lifted his helmet from his head and offered it to the screaming masses. His target was one person in particular, his salute years in the making. Somewhere on the other end, Marcia Brito received it gleefully. Robles’ mother had never

How'd hero Howie get here? It's been a journey

Resurgent Nats veteran one win away from first WS appearance
@AJCassavell
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- When Howie Kendrick arrived as a bright-eyed 22-year-old on an Angels team that would dominate the American League West in the late 2000s, it felt like a matter of time. When he joined the Dodgers in the early stages of their National League West dominance, it felt the

Watch the Cards capitalize on Soto's stumble

@adamdberry
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Every time Juan Soto takes a pitch, he lunges forward in the batter’s box to psych out the opposing pitcher -- a routine the Nationals have dubbed the “Soto Shuffle.” On Monday night, Washington's star left fielder unintentionally introduced the Soto Stumble. With two on and one out

Stras' sac bunt leads to high-fives for ... Max?

October 15, 2019

Max Scherzer, if you were somehow not aware, is an intense individual. He's intense when he's on the mound dealing for the Nationals. And he's also intense when he's in the dugout cheering on his teammates. A great example of this was on display in the bottom of the fourth

Mike Maddux pulls off '1-in-67-million' golf feat

@anne__rogers
October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a sign of good things to come for his team as the Cards lost, 8-1, to the Nationals on Monday night to fall into a 3-0 NLCS hole, but pitching coach Mike Maddux hit not one but two holes-in-one at the Army-Navy Country Club on Monday

Baby Shark, yes, Baby Shark might be carrying this team to World Series glory

@MattMono11
October 14, 2019

Nothing, nothing in the history of the world, has captured our minds and hearts like the song "Baby Shark." It's the fifth-most viewed video in YouTube history. It broke onto the Billboard Top 40 charts earlier this year. There's a Baby Shark cereal and Nickelodeon show coming out. In fact,

Cards-Nats G3: Lineups, matchups, FAQ (TBS)

@anne__rogers and @JamalCollier
October 14, 2019

The Nationals silenced the Cardinals’ offense in both games in St. Louis and return home with a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series.

Cards change up lineup for Game 3

@adamdberry
October 14, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Mike Shildt understands the emotion. He gets the concern. And he respects the questions coming his way. But still, every time he’s been asked over the last two days about how the Cardinals might change their lineup heading into Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against