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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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Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz (34) high-fives teammate Yoenis Cespedes after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Oritz hits 2 HRs as Red Sox beat Orioles 5-3

- Associated Press

Whether they're winning the World Series or stuck in last place, the Boston Red Sox can almost always count on getting the best out of David Ortiz.

Giants Hall of Famer McCovey hospitalized

Associated Press

The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been hospitalized and is being treated following complications from an infection.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Russell Martin rounds first base after hitting a three-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

Martin's homer sparks Pirates over Brewers 4-2

- Associated Press

Russell Martin swatted at Jonathan Broxton's 96 mph fastball and watched as Carlos Gomez gave chase. When the ball cleared the fence just out of Gomez's reach, the Pittsburgh Pirates catcher thumped his chest as he rounded first base after providing the latest lightning bolt in a season full of them for one of baseball's most resilient teams.

Phils minor leaguer Watson suspended 50 games

Associated Press

Philadelphia Phillies minor league right-hander Shane Watson has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson leave the game to a chorus of boos after only pitching two-thirds of the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cubs lose 14-5 to Kershaw, Dodgers

- Associated Press

Chicago's youthful lineup made life difficult for Clayton Kershaw. Unfortunately for the Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a much better day against Edwin Jackson.

Tigers' Avila remains sidelined with dizziness

- Associated Press

Tigers catcher Alex Avila remained sidelined by concussion-like symptoms Friday, and manager Brad Ausmus was uncertain when the veteran backstop will be able to return to the lineup.

MLB Calendar

Associated Press

Sept. 30 - Postseason begins.

Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward, left, high-fives teammate Freddie Freeman after they scored along with Phil Gosselin off a single by Christian Bethancourt in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Jason Heyward out of Braves' lineup

- Associated Press

Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has a brace on his bruised left thumb and is out of Friday's lineup against the New York Mets.