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Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams (9) stands during the National Anthem before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Matt Williams excels as rookie manager with everything he doesn’t do

- The Washington Times

For every time Williams leaves those dugout steps, there are dozens of other times in which he chooses not to act. There are the substitutions he does not make, the pitching changes he ponders and forgets, the conversations he considers but does not have. “I trust,” Williams said. “Part of my job is to step aside sometimes and say, ‘Go get ‘em, fellas.’”

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The Orioles won 1-0. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Thornhill)

Orioles enter playoffs with confidence despite what they’re missing

- Associated Press

They have no reason to believe anything will change in the playoffs, even though they will begin the AL division series against Detroit on Thursday without three former All-Stars — catcher Matt Wieters, third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager A. J. Hinch and coach Matt Williams, right, sit in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, June 4, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A.J. Hinch hired as Houston Astros manager, replacing Bo Porter

Associated Press

Hinch managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May of 2009 until July 2010, when he was fired after 31-48 start. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres from 2010 until August.

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is seen in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Ron Gardenhire fired by Twins after 13 years as manager

- Associated Press

Gardenhire played an integral role in the franchise’s renaissance, guiding the Twins to their first of six American League Central division titles in 2002 in his first year on the job. But Gardenhire’s teams only got out of the first round of the postseason once in those six trips.

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams throws batting practice before the a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

How the Nats plan to maintain momentum over four-day lull

- The Washington Times

The Nationals have scheduled a series of fast-paced, full-team workouts to stay sharp in the days leading up to Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. “Baseball is not like riding a bike,” Manager Matt Williams said. “Rhythm and timing play a huge part.”

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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 1978, file photo, New York Yankees' Bucky Dent hits a three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game for the American League East title in Boston. Baseball has had a history of one-game playoffs dating to Cleveland's 8-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park to win the 1948 American League pennant.  (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)

Dramatic winner-take-all MLB games

- Associated Press

Baseball has had a history of one-game playoffs dating to Cleveland's 8-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park to win the 1948 American League pennant. A look back at five of the best.

Bert McMenamim paints a postseason logo on the field before batting practice in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The Los Angeles Angels play Game 1 of the best-of-five AL division series against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals

- Associated Press

When Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut, the veteran slugger with two rings told baseball's best young player to keep the same swing that finally got the Los Angeles Angels back into the October spotlight.

FILE - This Dec. 18, 2008 file photo shows New York Yankees co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner during a news conference in New York.  Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs

Associated Press

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized Wednesday for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract.

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single during the third inning of the AL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

- Associated Press

Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in.

In this photo taken Sept. 27, 2014, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park in Washington. Two years after famously being shut down by the Washington Nationals to protect his elbow, Stephen Strasburg finally will make his postseason debut this week for the NL East champions. "It's worked as planned," says Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, the man responsible for holding out Strasburg in 2012.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Strasburg's playoff debut, 2 years after shutdown

- Associated Press

About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way.

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones (10) during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. The baseball playoffs are not only a second season but a second chance for the likes of Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, Adam Jones of the Orioles and Drew Storen of the Nationals to atone for past playoff flops.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Orioles confident of success, even without stars

- Associated Press

The Baltimore Orioles prefer to focus on what they have rather than who they're missing when assessing their chances of advancing deep into the postseason.

MLB Calendar

Associated Press

Oct. 21 - World Series begins, city of American League champion.