Diamondbacks edge Nats to finish at .500 (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks built a team that would grind though the season, and nothing typified the approach better than a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in the final game Sunday.

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Tracy, Haren lead Nationals past Diamondbacks (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX — Dan Haren and Chad Tracy celebrated a return to Chase Field by helping the Washington Nationals drop the Arizona Diamondbacks below .500 for the first time this season.

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Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 0 (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX — Chad Tracy had two hits including a home run, while Dan Haren scattered four hits in seven scoreless innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Saturday.

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Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

(Adds late games) Sept 24 (Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball games: – - – - Cardinals 2, Nationals 0 Michael Wacha came within one out of a no-hitter, victimizing the Washington Nationals in a win that put St. Louis another step closer to the National League Central title. Wacha (4-1), the 19th overall pick in last year’s draft, overpowered Washington most of the night, fanning nine and allowing one heartbreaking hit in just his ninth big league start. …

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MLB Wrap: Pirates clinch; Machado hurt (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis.It will be Pittsburgh’s first trip to the postseason since Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland and Co. won three straight NL East titles from 1990-92. Bonds then left for San Francisco as a free agent, and the small-budget Pirates piled up 20 consecutive losing records — the longest streak in the four major professional sports. …

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Nationals honor retiring manager Davey Johnson (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals honored Davey Johnson on Sunday, paying tribute to the retiring 70-year-old manager who last season guided the team to its only playoff appearance.

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Why the New York Mets Are Not World Series Contenders in 2013 (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The New York Mets own a 64-81 record following a four-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals. It’s been clear for quite some time this season that the Amazins wouldn’t be heading to the postseason.

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Why the New York Mets Are Not World Series Contenders in 2013 (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The New York Mets own a 64-81 record following a four-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals. It’s been clear for quite some time this season that the Amazins wouldn’t be heading to the postseason.

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Phillies-Nationals Preview (The Associated Press)

The Washington Nationals have done their best lately to try to reduce their sizable deficit in the NL wild card race. Having Stephen Strasburg on the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies might further that cause.

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Nationals continue late push (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK — The Washington Nationals’ final homestand of the season will mean something. But the hottest team in the National League is hoping it won’t be done playing games at Nationals Park once it plays the regular-season home finale on Sept. 22.

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