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Nationals Adam LaRoche (25) takes to the field in the top of the third inning during Game 2 of the National League Division Series as the Washington Nationals host the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park in Washington, DC., Saturday, October 4, 2014. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr.)

Adam LaRoche hopes to return to Nationals but aware of reality

- The Washington Times

LaRoche and the team have a $15 million mutual option for the 2015 season, and the first baseman has repeatedly said he would love to be back. But with Anthony Rendon's superb season at third base and Ryan Zimmerman's long-standing shoulder problems, the Nationals could look to move Zimmerman to first base, leaving no place for LaRoche.

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper walks off the field after Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The Giants beat the Nationals 3-2 to advance to the next round. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Was Nationals' season a success despite quick playoff exit?

- The Washington Times

In Major League Baseball, 30 teams play a total of 2,430 games over a span of roughly 180 days during the regular season. But in the end, only one team can ultimately reach its goal and wins the World Series. Does that mean the other 29 seasons were failures?

The Washington Nationals watch in the final minutes of the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The Giants beat the Nationals 3-2 to advance. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SNYDER: Nationals' October failures hurt even more

- The Washington Times

What they could have done will provide no solace. What they would have done will offer no relief. What they should have done will ease no pain. They will keep coming back to what they actually did, losing the National League Division Series for the second time in three seasons. And they will hurt all over again.

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper, left, Denard Span and Jayson Werth, right, celebrate after they beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 during Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Game 4 lineups: Nats at Giants

- The Washington Times

Washington's lineup is unchanged against right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, while the Giants tweaked their lefty-heavy order to face Gio Gonzalez.

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper, right, scores past catcher Buster Posey on a throwing error by San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the seventh inning during Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Bryce Harper's growth evident in second Nationals postseason run

- The Washington Times

Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was 16 years old in large part because of his ability to hit eye-popping home runs. But in the early stages of his second trip to the postseason, he showed an all-around ability in every aspect of the game.

Nationals Ryan Zimmerman waits for his turn during batting practice, prior to Game 2 of the National League Division Series as the Washington Nationals host the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park in Washington, DC., Saturday, October 4, 2014. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr.)

Game 3 lineups: Nationals at Giants

- The Washington Times

Manager Matt Williams had mentioned the possibility of starting Ryan Zimmerman against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, but he ultimately decided to field the same regular starting lineup.

Washington Nationals' manager Matt Williams  removes his cap while answering questions during a news conference Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants are scheduled to face the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the NL Division Baseball Series on Monday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

LOVERRO: Matt Williams' best-laid plans could put Nationals in ground

- The Washington Times

So, the Nats have a plan for when a starting pitcher coming off a no-hitter has shut out the opposing team in a postseason game, allowing just three hits in his last 18 innings, with two outs, still throwing 94 miles per hour, after retiring 20 straight hitters, walks his first batter after getting squeezed by the home plate umpire?

Giants Brandon Belt (9) is welcomed by his teammates after his solo home run in the top of the 18th inning during Game 2 of the National League Division Series as the Washington Nationals host the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park in Washington, DC., Saturday, October 4, 2014. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr.)

Confident Giants know they haven't finished Nationals yet in NLDS

- The Washington Times

The Giants have won 10 consecutive postseason games stretching back to their run to the 2012 World Series championship. That's tied for the third-longest playoff run of all time. Simply put, they know what they're doing when the calendar turns to October, and their confidence is palpable.