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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Sunday starter still in question for Nationals

Wednesday, after Gio Gonzalez's strong seven-inning performance on Tuesday became a footnote in Michael Wacha's near no-hit bid, Johnson said that "Nothing's final yet," with regard to his rotation for the final series of the year.

Nationals - Cardinals lineups: Regulars return a day after elimination

Late Monday night, as the sting of elimination set in for the Washington Nationals, manager Davey Johnson tried to keep his focus on the next five games. He spoke of being a spoiler, of mucking things up for someone else -- particularly of trying to make it tougher for the St. Louis Cardinals to earn a division crown.

Jayson Werth walks off the field after an at-bat in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. The Washington Nationals were eliminated from postseason contention with the defeat. (Associated Press photo)

Nationals eliminated from playoff contention

The Washington Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention Monday night when a perfect storm of events conspired against their dwindling hopes and closed the door on their late-season efforts to sneak into the postseason.

Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond, left, follows through after hitting a go-ahead grand slam off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Michael Stutes in the 11th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Philadelphia. Washington won 6-2 in 11 innings. At right is Carlos Ruiz. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Ian Desmond's talent, versatility on display with second 20-20 season

Jayson Werth is the only other player inside the Washington Nationals' clubhouse who knows who difficult it is to do what Ian Desmond has done the last two seasons. On Sunday night, Desmond, who had already hit 20 homers this year, stole his 20th base of the season, giving him back to back 20-homer, 20-stolen base seasons. He hit 25 homers and stole 21 bases in 2012.

Nationals - Cardinals lineups: Trying to avoid elimination

It has been almost a calendar year since the Washington Nationals took up residence inside the visitors clubhouse at Busch Stadium. They were here just more than a year ago for the start of the National League Division Series, and they left with the series tied 1-1 and headed home.

Dan Haren advocates for Nationals to keep team together

When the Washington Nationals signed Dan Haren last December, both sides thought the 2013 season would go differently. But as the Nationals' season winds down, and their playoff hopes dwindle, the veteran right-hander had an interesting perspective when asked about the future for the Nationals.