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Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick (47) is congratulated by bench coach Chip Hale after scoring during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  **FILE**

Kendrick’s offensive tear impresses younger Nationals teammates

Howie Kendrick admits he is too old and banged up physically to be an everyday player in the major leagues. But the Washington Nationals veteran is more than qualified to keep hitting — and he has done that with amazing success this season.

Washington Nationals' Victor Robles (16) is tagged out at home by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Scherzer, slumping Nationals drop series finale in St. Louis

- Associated Press

Adam Wainwright put on another sharp performance while outpitching Max Scherzer, right fielder Dexter Fowler made a sensational catch and the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Wednesday.

Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Corbin has delivered exactly what Nationals needed

The Nationals might have some regrets, when it’s all said and done, about 2019. But Patrick Corbin, the ace who signed a six-year, $140 million dollar contract as a free agent before this season, won’t be one.

President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Mariano Rivera, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump awards Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom

- The Washington Times

President Trump on Monday awarded the Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — to Mariano Rivera, the Hall of Fame pitcher who won five World Series titles as a lights-out closer with the New York Yankees.

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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Grichuk slam negates Buchholz dud as Jays beat Orioles 11-10

- Associated Press

Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rebounded from an ineffective start by Clay Buchholz to rally past the Baltimore Orioles 11-10 on Wednesday night.

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Padres beat Brewers 2-1 behind Lamet's 14 strikeouts

- Associated Press

Dinelson Lamet struck out a career-high 14 and Kirby Yates fanned pinch-hitter Ryan Braun with a runner on second base to close out the San Diego Padres' 2-1 win over the playoff-contending Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

San Francisco Giants' Stephen Vogt (21) gets a pat on the back from manager Bruce Bochy, left, after his sacrifice that scored Kevin Pillar during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Giants rout Red Sox 11-3, giving Bochy 2,000th win

- Associated Press

Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer and the Giants beat the Red Sox 11-3 on Wednesday night, giving Bruce Bochy his 2,000th career victory as a manager in the majors.

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) follows through on a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Harper, Eflin power Phillies to 4-1 win over Braves

- Associated Press

Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer, Zach Eflin pitched seven smooth innings and the Philadelphia Phillies won their second straight game over the Atlanta Braves, beating the NL East leaders 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols celebrates after the Angels' 3-2 win in a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yankees lose to Angels 3-2, miss chance to clinch AL East

- Associated Press

Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino sailed a 30-foot throw home on Albert Pujols' tiebreaking chopper, and the sloppy New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday night with a chance to clinch the AL East.

Los Angeles Angels' Michael Hermosillo (21) slides past New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka to score on a throwing error by relief pitcher Adam Ottavino during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Ottavino botches throw, Yankees miss to chance to clinch

- Associated Press

An hour after the Yankees missed a chance to clinch the AL East without help out West, reliever Adam Ottavino was back on the field with a ball and glove, standing solemnly halfway between the mound and the plate.