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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.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) delivers in the fifthinning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Nationals on cusp of division title

- The Washington Times

A crisp Stephen Strasburg and four runs were enough to reduce the Nationals’ magic number to two. They can win the National League East on Tuesday night against rival Atlanta.

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Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

David Price hit hard, Tigers lose to Twins 8-4

Associated Press

David Price was hit hard in a disappointing outing and the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit 8-4 Wednesday night to tighten the AL Central race ahead of the Tigers' big weekend series in Kansas City.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Angels top M's 5-0, reach brink of AL West title

- Associated Press

C.J. Wilson pitched seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels moved to the brink of the AL West title with a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ adjusts his cap as he walks off the field after the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Baltimore. Baltimore's Steve Pearce hit a three-run home run in the fifth, and Baltimore won 6-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Blue Jays thumped by Orioles again, 6-1

- Associated Press

The Toronto Blue Jays staggered out of Camden Yards, their playoff chances whittled down to a mere mathematical possibility after a spirit-crushing sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.

Washington Nationals teammates run out onto the field to congratulate catcher Wilson Ramos, left, and pitcher Drew Storen (hidden) after a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Atlanta. Washington won 3-0 to clinch the NL East division. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

A year delayed, Nats celebrate 2nd NL East title

- Associated Press

The Washington Nationals celebrated like a team that expected to be in this position a year ago. They snapped plenty of selfies. They sprayed beer on just about anything that moved. They romped to Lil Jon's party anthem "Turn Down for What."

Oakland Athletics' Scott Kazmir, third from left, waits to be removed from the baseball game against the Texas Rangers by manager Bob Melvin, left, in the fifth inning Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Kazmir, sloppy Athletics lose 6-3 to Rangers

- Associated Press

Just when it looked like the Oakland Athletics had turned things around with consecutive wins in Seattle, they put together one of their sloppiest performances of the year.

Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Tommy Hunter throws to the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 8-2 to clinch the American League East. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Losers no more, Orioles celebrate AL East title

- Associated Press

This one goes a long way toward making up for all the losing seasons, the meaningless Septembers and meager crowds at Camden Yards for the final games on the schedule.

Baseball Capsules

- Associated Press

Justin Morneau tied a season high with six RBIs - five in an eight-run first inning against spot starter Carlos Frias - and the Colorado Rockies routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 16-2 on Wednesday.

Seattle Mariners' Endy Chavez, left, and Robinson Cano celebrate their team's 13-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Mariners rout Angels, gain ground in playoff race

- Associated Press

Seattle's moribund offense finally broke through against the Los Angeles Angels' vaunted bullpen, which gave up 10 runs in two innings midway through the game.