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Nationals Watch Archive: October 2012


  • Ryan Zimmerman deflects personal gratification as Nats clinch NL East

    The man who hit the walk-off home run at the first regular-season game at Nationals Park stood on the field with goggles around his neck and soaked it all in. That first night became about Ryan Zimmerman, but he was trying to make sure this celebration of the Washington Nationals as National League East champions wasn't about him. Published October 2 2012

  • Tom Gorzelanny will start for the Nationals in place of Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday

    The Nationals are making a switch in their rotation for Tuesday's post-clinching game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Tom Gorzelanny will start in place of left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Published October 2 2012

  • Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals' rotation savor the NL East crown, look forward to playoffs

    He wasn't off to the side or watching from a nearby perch. Stephen Strasburg stood on the middle of the revelry and debauchery in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse Monday night. He strapped on his goggles and picked up his beers. He sprayed champagne and let out the screams of 160 games worth of work all made worth it in one exhilarating moment. "You know," Strasburg said, beer and champagne dripping off of him, "the only time I did this was when I was rehabbing in Harrisburg last year when they clinched. This is a little different." Published October 2 2012

  • Jayson Werth revels in first division championship with Nationals

    The last time Jayson Werth was taking part in a celebration like this it was with the team that watched the Nationals from across the field Monday night. It was as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. Published October 2 2012

  • Sounds of Nationals clinching NL East

    Amid the celebration of champagne and beer, music and dancing, players, GM Mike Rizzo and principal owner Mark Lerner talked about the division title. Audio and quotes inside. Published October 2 2012

  • Nationals clinch National League East

    Braves' loss to Pirates sets off wild celebration in the District. It's the first division title in franchise history. Published October 1 2012

  • If Nats clinched vs. Phillies, Charlie Manuel says 'It'd just make me mad'

    If the Washington Nationals manage to pick up just one victory in their final three games to clinch the National League East, they'll do it against the team that won the past five division titles. The Philadelphia Phillies clinched three of those five pennants against the Nationals. So would it bother manager Charlie Manuel if the Nats did it against the Phillies this week? Published October 1 2012

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, Davey Johnson discuss playoff preferences

    If Nationals manager Davey Johnson had it his way, his team would clinch the National League East Monday night and they'd finish Wednesday evening with the best record in the National League, setting themselves up for a Sunday opener for the National League Division Series. Published October 1 2012

  • Kurt Suzuki feeling fine despite 10th straight day in Nationals lineup

    For the 10th consecutive day, Kurt Suzuki came to work knowing it would be a long day. They're all long when you're catching at least nine innings a night. But as the Nationals have continued their drive to clinch the National League East, a feat they can accomplish with one more win, Suzuki has played more games straight than most catchers do. Published October 1 2012

  • Nationals-Phillies lineups: Kurt Suzuki plays for 10th straight day as Nationals again go for clincher

    If there's one man the Nationals' slow march toward the National League East title might've taken the worst toll on the past week, it's catcher Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki is in the Nationals' lineup for the 10th straight day as they look to beat the Phillies and clinch the division. Published October 1 2012

  • John Lannan takes the ball with a chance to clinch the division

    When John Lannan left the Nationals' clubhouse on April 3, leaving to embark on a season he never anticipated, manager Davey Johnson, several teammates and coaches, and general manager Mike Rizzo left him with one message: We're going to need you. Published October 1 2012