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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' 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

- CSNwashington.com

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' 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 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.

Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth follows through on an RBI-single during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Nationals dominate Tim Lincecum once again, cruise past Giants

- Associated Press

Lincecum (10-9) was seeking his 100th career win, but turned in the second-shortest start of his career. He gave up six runs, four of them earned, on six hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. In his last seven starts against Washington, he's 0-6 and has permitted 34 earned runs in 32 2/3 innings.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, left, stands at home plate as San Francisco Giants Joe Panik, center, is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Giants' outburst halts Nationals' winning streak at 10

- Associated Press

Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don't have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics. During their success streak, Washington had seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins and five walk-offs.