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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Mark DeRosa plans to address the Nationals before Game 4 of the NLDS

Mark DeRosa knows what his role is on the Washington Nationals. From the first day the veteran arrived in spring training he spoke of understand that he was brought in to be not only a utility man but also a key presence in the clubhouse. So with the team one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs and their charmed season ending, DeRosa said Wednesday he'd give a small speech to the team before Thursday's Game 4.

NLDS Game 3: Davey Johnson's postgame comments

After the Cardinals beat the Nationals 8-0 in Game 3 of the division series at Nationals Park on Wednesday, manager Davey Johnson talked about his club facing elimination, why Edwin Jackson struggled on the mound, his use of Craig Stammen and more.

The Nationals are preparing for the Sun Monster

The Nationals and Cardinals, particularly the outfielders, will have to battle the afternoon sun — not-so-affectionately dubbed the "Sun Monster" by Bryce Harper in September. To that end, Harper popped out of the dugout during optional batting practice today wearing red contact lenses that had been recommended by his eye doctor to help fight the sun.

Marty Guetting with the grounds crew, right, smooths out dirt at home plate as the grounds crew gets ready for game 3 at Nationals Park where the Washington Nationals will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs, Washington, D.C., Monday, October 8, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

NLDS Game 3: Usual lineups for D.C.'s first MLB playoff game since 1933

Good morning from Nationals Park where the first Major League Baseball playoff game in Washington since Oct. 7, 1933 -- that's 79 years and three days -- starts in a few hours. The sun is out, "October Natitude" is written across the home dugout and a huge American flag is suspended near the center field gate. Managers Davey Johnson and Mike Matheny are sticking with the same lineups in Game 3 of the division series they used in the first two contests.

A guide to Wednesday's Washington Times baseball coverage

Washington D.C. will host its first MLB playoff game in 79 years Wednesday afternoon and there are plenty of Nationals players expecting the fans to make that the party it deserves to be. The Nationals will distribute red towels for fans to wave and plenty of players were anticipating a "red-out" with shortstop Ian Desmond even requesting via twitter that fans not go for a "white-out" if they're sitting behind home plate, which makes it more difficult for the shortstop to see the ball. Either way, they expected Nationals Park to be rocking. To tide you over until 1 p.m., there is plenty of baseball coverage, again, in The Washington Times, so here's a quick-link guide to all of it.

Bryce Harper still battling illness, ready for Game 3

Bryce Harper attended the Nationals' optional workout on Tuesday afternoon, as did the rest of his teammates, but the 19-year-old was still battling a fever over 100 degrees and was hoping to kick his illness, believed to be strep throat originally, by the time the Nationals play at 1:07 p.m. on Wednesday.

Stephen Strasburg talks about watching the playoffs: 'I just can't wait for my opportunity'

Stephen Strasburg knows that this playoffs is different for him. He knows that his face shows up during the telecasts of the Washington Nationals' games and that his absence, arguably one of baseball's biggest storylines in the second half, is a part of the Nationals' story, regardless of how the end is written. He's a playoff bystander, the Nationals having shut him down on Sept. 8 after they determined he'd hit his workload limit for the season. That day Strasburg admitted he didn't think he was "ever going to accept, to be honest with you. It's something that I'm not happy about at all." But as the days have passed, Strasburg has resigned himself to his role this season. His eyes are now turned toward the future.

A guide to Tuesday's Washington Times baseball coverage

The Nationals had an upbeat tone Monday evening as they packed to head back to D.C. knowing that all they have to do is win one three-game series and their season will continue. They did what they wanted to do in St. Louis by getting a split and they seemed to be wasting little time lamenting what could've been had they taken a 2-0 lead and headed home with a stranglehold on the series. We had several different articles in print and online from our coverage of Game 2 of the NLDS, so here's a quick-link guide to all of it with plenty more to come later in the day as the Nationals and Cardinals work out at Nationals Park starting at 12:30 p.m.