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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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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Vance Worley (46) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates edge Brewers 1-0, move closer to playoffs

- 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, edging Milwaukee 1-0 Sunday to extend their wild-card lead over the Brewers.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Niese, Mets keep Atlanta on the skids

- Associated Press

Freddie Freeman had seen this game before. It looked so very familiar to the first baseman and the sliding Atlanta Braves.

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 AND THEREAFTER - In this Aug. 21, 2014 photo, Bryce Weiler, right, who is blind since birth, joins Peoria Chiefs play-by-play announcer Nathan Baliva in the broadcast booth during a Chiefs game at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill. (AP Photo/Journal Star, Ting Shen)

EXCHANGE: Blind announcer does baseball on radio

- Associated Press

Bryce Weiler can shoot 70 percent from the free-throw line, play catch on a baseball field and deliver a stunningly researched, passionate color commentary covering sports events on radio.

San Diego Padres' Alexi Amarista watches as he hits a double against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Don Boomer)

Hudson roughed up again in 5-0 Giants loss

- Associated Press

Tim Hudson had another rough start, costing the San Francisco Giants ground in the playoff chase and raising some big questions considering that his next scheduled start is against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Kershaw gets 20th win as Dodgers pound Cubs 14-5

- Associated Press

Clayton Kershaw had his usual velocity, and that was about it. The rest of his considerable repertoire appeared in brief flashes during one of the shortest outings of his brilliant year.