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Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28), left, and Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34), right, smile as the Washington Nationals clinch the National League East at Nationals Park, sending them into the playoffs, Washington, D.C., Monday, October 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Andrew Harnik/the washington times CELEBRATE, CELEBRATE: The Washington Nationals whoop it up in the clubhouse Monday night after becoming the National League East Division champs by virtue of the Pittsburgh Pirates beating the Atlanta Braves. But the Nats lost their game with Philadelphia 2-0.

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) celebrates with teammates after clinching the National League East division following a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. The Phillies won 2-0 but Washington won the division because of Atlanta's loss to Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Ian Desmond, Jesus Flores and the Nationals have held at least a share of first place in the National League East since May 22.

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Ian Desmond, Jesus Flores and the Nationals have held at least a share of first place in the National League East since May 22.