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Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Strong, silent type: Nats’ Rendon does his talking on field

- The Washington Times

Though Rendon tries to stay out of the spotlight, his performance on the field has made that impossible. Entering Thursday night’s series-opener against the Marlins, the 24-year-old was hitting .285 with 20 home runs, 85 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington looks down at the podium as he makes a statement at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Ron Washington apologizes for breaking trust of wife of 42 years

- Associated Press

It was his first public comment since abruptly resigning as Rangers manager 13 days earlier. Washington’s wife, Gerry, sat in a chair to the side of the podium with an attorney. They left without taking questions, with Washington putting his right hand on her right shoulder as they departed through a back door.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo watches during a spring training baseball workout, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Rizzo truly the architect of NL East champion Nationals

- The Washington Times

The Nats won the division title going away without a .300 hitter, a 15-game winner, a 25-home run hitter or a 100-RBI man. They won it with a rookie manager who lost his biggest bats in the opening weeks of the season, and has been without one of the team’s best players for much of the year. They won because of a group of Mike Rizzo moments.

Washington Nationals starter Blake Treinen delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

The day after clinching, the Nats take a break

- The Washington Times

The Nationals will put out a lineup of backups, from the mound to the outfield, Wednesday night. It will be the first break for the regulars at the end of the season, one likely needed after a night of imbibing large quantities of alcohol.

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones greets fans after a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 8-2 to clinch the American League East. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Orioles clinch AL East with 8-2 win over Blue Jays

- Associated Press

The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lewis, Rangers lose 8-5 to Angels

- Associated Press

Colby Lewis got a win in his first start of the season against the Los Angeles Angels. His last four outings against the AL West champions have not gone so well.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Weaver helps Angels to 8-5 win over Rangers

- Associated Press

Jered Weaver has one more start in the way before the real fun begins, and he's been waiting almost five years to get another chance for a World Series ring.

Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May throws against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Twins lose 7-3 to contending Indians

Associated Press

While the Minnesota Twins are trying to build for the future, one of their young arms took a step backward on Saturday night.

Gardner hits Yankees' 15,000th home run

Associated Press

Brett Gardner hit the New York Yankees' 15,000th home run, lining a full-count pitch from Toronto's Drew Hutchison into the lower deck in the fifth inning Sunday.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (22) reacts after being hit in the left arm by a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers starter Matt Garza as umpire Marty Foster, right, calls time out before ejecting Garza during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. It was the second time in the game that Garza hit McCutchen with a pitch. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates fall to Brewers 1-0 as race tightens

- Associated Press

Andrew McCutchen wore a bandage over his aching left forearm, the bruise the result of his latest run-in with an opponent's fastball.

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner drops a bunt down against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in San Diego. Cashner was safe on the play. The Padres won 3-2.(AP Photo/Don Boomer)

Cashner brilliant in Padres' 3-2 win vs Giants

- Associated Press

Andrew Cashner had pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning, yet punched the outside of his glove as he got to the dugout steps after manager Bud Black pulled him.

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Don Boomer)

Cashner, Padres beat Giants 3-2

- Associated Press

The San Francisco Giants probably are looking forward to leaving Petco Park, even though their next stop is Dodger Stadium.

Baseball Capsules

- Associated Press

Vance Worley pitched eight sparkling innings, Russell Martin hit a late RBI single and the Pittsburgh Pirates trapped a runner in the ninth to edge Milwaukee 1-0 Sunday, extending their wild-card lead over the Brewers.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka tips his cap as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Tanaka, Jeter lead Yankees over Blue Jays 5-2

- Associated Press

Masahiro Tanaka started Jose Reyes with a 92 mph fastball, his first major league pitch since July 8. He threw 70 pitches in all and didn't feel any pain in the right elbow that had sidelined him for 2 1/2 months.