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Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams talks withe the news media before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Matt Williams has earned hard look for Manager of Year honors

- The Washington Times

Washington was picked by many observers to be one of the NL playoff favorites going into the season. But the burdens put on Williams shoulders to get this Nationals team where it is now — with one of the best records in the NL, comfortably on top of the division — put him right there.

Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond, left, follows through after follows through after hitting an RBI-single off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. At right is catcher Wil Nieves. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Grady Sizemore powers Phillies to sweep over Nats

- Associated Press

Pinch-hitter Grady Sizemore hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East-leading Washington Nationals 8-4 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Gio Gonzalez sees progress in more efficient outing


Gonzalez couldn’t quite match Cole Hamels, who carried a shutout into the seventh but departed after giving up two runs that inning followed by a leadoff homer to Asdrubal Cabrera in the eighth. But this ultimately was a better performance by Gonzalez than several recent ones.

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond dives for a ground out by Philadelphia Phillies' Carlos Ruiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Galvis and Ruf homer as Phils beat Nationals

- Associated Press

Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered and Carlos Ruiz drove in go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia Phillies' A.J. Burnett pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Burnett strikes out 12, Phillies beat Nationals

- Associated Press

A.J. Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

With all the celebration going on, Kristal Davis of Chicago, cheers while her son, Ryan, sleeps while watching the Little League World Series baseball game that was broadcast at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Chicago. The Jackie Robinson West All Stars defeated a Las Vegas team in the U.S. final in Pennsylvania, and will face South Korea in the championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Kevin Tanaka) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

Even in loss, Chicago celebrates Little Leaguers

- Associated Press

Chicago cheered on the hottest sports team in town on Sunday and, for the day at least, it wasn’t a team called the Bears, White Sox, Cubs, Bulls or Blackhawks.

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