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Why the Nationals are better than fine without Bryce Harper

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Seven months ago, I boldly declared that the Washington Nationals would be just fine, thanks, without Bryce Harper. It turns out they were more than fine. After missing the playoffs in 2018, Harper’s final campaign in D.C., the Nats got back to the postseason for the fifth time in the...
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MLB Playoffs Daily — Yankees take aim at Gerrit Cole in Game 3 of ALCS

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In the American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees battle to get the upper hand as their super-series shifts to New York, while in the National League Championship Series, the Washington Nationals look to finish off the St. Louis Cardinals and make the first World Series...
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Stephen Strasburg keeps Nationals’ rotation on a serious roll

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WASHINGTON — Gerardo Parra wrapped both arms around Stephen Strasburg and wouldn’t let go. Their embrace has morphed into something of a tradition. It began late in the season and spilled into the playoffs, partly because this Washington Nationals team has grown so close and partly because Strasburg detests these...
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Howie Kendrick continues to play unlikely hero for Nationals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Howie Kendrick might not be the likeliest of heroes for the Washington Nationals, but neither is the 36-year-old vet the unlikeliest. After all, he has hit .325 the past three seasons — the highest batting average in the majors. Kendrick went 3-for-4 with three doubles and three...
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Inside the wildest 48 hours of Washington Nationals pitcher Daniel Hudson’s life

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8:00 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” AS GAME 1 of the National League Championship Series nears its conclusion Friday, the man who is supposed to be pitching in it lounges on a row...
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Sources — Forecast rain for Wednesday could alter NLCS, ALCS schedules

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The schedule for both the AL and NL Championship Series could be altered because of the forecast of heavy rain in New York on Wednesday, sources told ESPN. With the possibility that ALCS Game 4 between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees is a washout for Wednesday night, Major...
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Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson said family is his top priority after missing Game 1 of the NLCS for the birth of his daughter

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ST. LOUIS — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez suggested a name for Daniel Hudson’s new daughter — “Anibala Sean Hudson,” a nod to how Anibal Sanchez and Sean Doolittle combined to shut out the St. Louis Cardinals while Hudson was away for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series....
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St. Louis Cardinals claim baseballs are traveling less in postseason

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ST. LOUIS — Are the baseballs traveling less distance in the postseason? Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says they are, at least according to data from the team’s analytics department. Before Saturday’s Game 2 of the NLCS, Shildt said the front office reported that balls are traveling 4.5 fewer feet on...
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Shut down in Game 1, how will Cardinals’ bats fare against the Nats’ big three?

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ST. LOUIS — The good news: One hit is better than no hits. The bad news, Cardinals fans: You might not want to look at the next three starting pitchers for the Nationals. The St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t touch Anibal Sanchez in the opening game of the National League Championship...
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‘Tonight was vintage Anibal’ — How the overlooked Nationals starter flipped the NLCS

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ST. LOUIS — They traveled as slow as 66 mph and no faster than 93. Some cut, some ran, some fluttered, and somehow, hardly any of them came back with any authority. Anibal Sanchez — the forgotten member of a renowned rotation, a statistical marvel at this stage of his...
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Cardinals Game 1 starter Miles Mikolas said his gesture mimicking Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was ‘good-natured’

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ST. LOUIS — Washington Nationals 20-year-old sophomore sensation Juan Soto has made headlines all season with his prolific production at the plate, but his between-pitch antics, when he often grabs his crotch, have become a topic of discussion as well. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas decided to give Soto...
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Nationals closer Daniel Hudson on paternity leave; to miss Game 1

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ST. LOUIS — The Washington Nationals will begin the National League Championship Series without the services of their closer, Daniel Hudson, who was placed on paternity list prior to Friday’s Game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals from Busch Stadium. 1 Related Hudson’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third...
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Nationals closer Daniel Hudson on paternity, out for Game 1

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ST. LOUIS — The Washington Nationals will begin the National League Championship Series without the services of their closer, Daniel Hudson, who was placed on the paternity list prior to Friday’s Game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals from Busch Stadium. Hudson’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third daughter...
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Nats over Yankees? Re-ranking the final four playoff contenders

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We’re down to the MLB playoffs‘ final four teams. Most of the national attention will focus on the colossal showdown in the American League between the 107-win Houston Astros and 103-win New York Yankees, a rematch of the 2017 American League Championship Series that went seven games, with the home...
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Washington Nationals favored over St. Louis Cardinals to reach World Series

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The Washington Nationals overcame a slow start and long odds to reach the National League Championship Series and are now the favorites to reach the franchise’s first World Series. The Nationals stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers with a late-inning rally in Wednesday’s decisive Game 5 victory to advance to the...

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