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Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals

Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(VIERA, Fl.) -- With all of the top-line pitchers in the Washington Nationals rotation, the decision of who would start opening day would be a tough one.

The Nationals have decided newcomer Max Scherzer will get the nod on opening day when Washington tees off against their NL East rival New York Mets.

Stephen Strasburg has earned the honor for the past three seasons, but the Nationals felt Scherzer should set the tone for the season.

"He's a really good pitcher," Nationals Manager Matt Williams said. "He's confident. We're confident in him."

Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million contract this offseason with Washington after spending the last five seasons in Detroit.

Last year, Scherzer tossed a 3.15 ERA, struck out 252 batters, earned a spot on the American League All-Star team and finished fifth in Cy Young voting -- He won the award in 2013.

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Report: Reliever Casey Janssen Signs with Nationals

Report: Reliever Casey Janssen Signs with Nationals

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reliever Casey Janssen signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Washington Nationals, MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday.The 33-year-old Janssen has played eight major league seasons, all with the Toronto Blue Jays. During that time he's pitched 493 innings, compiling 90 saves, a 3.52 ERA, 368 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP.Janssen served the last three seasons as the Blue Jays closer, saving 81 of his 91 opportunities.Janssen is expected to serve as a set-up man for closer Drew Storen.Janssen joins a bullpen that lost Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard to trades and Rafael Soriano to free agency this offseason.

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Max Scherzer Ready to Contend in Washington

Max Scherzer Ready to Contend in Washington

David Banks/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Max Scherzer is ready to be one of the guys in the Nationals' loaded pitching rotation.

Washington introduced Scherzer on Wednesday after he signed a seven-year deal.

"It was jaw-dropping," Scherzer said of the $210 million deal.  "You just can't even fathom it sometimes."

"You work so hard to put yourself in this position," Scherzer continued. "It's all about winning, but I don't play this game for money, but at the same time when you have an offer like that, it just makes you go, wow."

The 2013 A.L. Cy Young Award winner will join a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez."It's pretty easy, and it's one: winning," Scherzer said. "When you look at the near-term and long-term, this is an organization you want to be a part of."

The righthander was 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA last season. He struck out 252 batters.

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Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Nationals are adding one of baseball's top pitchers to an already solid rotation.

Max Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year deal with Washington, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.  The deal is for $180 million according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

He will likely take the ace role in the Nationals rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.

Last season, Scherzer, 30, was 18-5, with a 3.15 ERA while pitching career highs in 220.1 innings and striking out 252 batters. 

Scherzer and Jon Lester were viewed as the top starting pitchers available this offseason. Lester signed with the Cubs for six-years, $155 million. 


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Nationals’ Jayson Werth Expected to Miss 3-4 Months After Shoulder Surgery

Nationals’ Jayson Werth Expected to Miss 3-4 Months After Shoulder Surgery

Eliot Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is expected to undergo shoulder surgery on Friday and will miss around 2-3 months.

The 35-year-old Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint of his right shoulder. He had battled some shoulder issues back in August, even missing about a week as a result.

Because of the surgery, it is unknown just when Werth will be ready to resume baseball activities, but the hope is that he'll be ready to join the team once the regular season starts in April.

In his 12th Major League season, Werth is still a very productive all-around outfielder for the Nationals. In 147 games this past season, Werth hit .292 with 16 home runs, 82 RBIs, and a .394 on base percentage.

Werth still has three years left remaining on his seven-year, $126 million contract he signed with the Nationals back in 2011.

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Nationals Pitcher Fister Buys Everyone Free Starbucks Coffee

Nationals Pitcher Fister Buys Everyone Free Starbucks Coffee

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister creatively embraced the Christmas Spirit.

On Christmas Eve, Fister posted a barcode on his Twitter page offering his followers a free cup of coffee from Starbucks -- his treat. 

He also requested that people not rob from Santa's Sleigh, so to speak, and use the barcode only once. 

Fister earned $7.2 million in 2014 with Washington. He also has over 24,000 Twitter followers. 

There's no word on how many coffees ended up on his bill.

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Padres Acquire Wil Myers in Three-Team Trade.

Padres Acquire Wil Myers in Three-Team Trade.

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers in a three-team trade.

In a deal with the Nationals and Rays, the Padres also obtain young pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes, as well as veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan from Tampa Bay.

In return, the Rays receive Burch Smith, a right-hander who was drafted by the Padres in 2011, first baseman Rene Rivera, catcher Jake Bauers, a 2013 draft pick of the Padres and outfielder Steven Souza as well as left-hander Travis Ott from the Nationals.

The Nationals receive right hander Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner, who both come from San Diego in the deal.

Myers, 24, was acquired by Tampa Bay in 2012 as part of seven-player trade that saw Kansas City acquire James Shields.  

The next season, Myers batted .293 and smacked 13 homeruns and 88 RBI on his way to the 2013 rookie of the year award. 

After dealing for Matt Kemp, the Padres are expecting to improve on an offense that ranked last in baseball with 535 runs scored.

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Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams and Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter were each named Manager of the Year in their respective leagues Tuesday.Williams, who was in his first season as a major league manager, led the Nationals to a National League best 96 wins.Showalter earns his third Manager of the Year award. He won his other two in 1994 and 2004.Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East title since 1997, and then led the team past the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.Showalter is the first Orioles skipper to win this award since 1997, when Davey Johnson received it.Williams had 18 first place votes, which are placed by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.The Pittsburgh Pirates' Clint Hurdle came in second, followed by the San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy.In the AL, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second in the votes, followed by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Nationals Make a Pair of Roster Moves, Span Excercises Option

Nationals Make a Pair of Roster Moves, Span Excercises Option

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Nationals are already preparing for the 2015 regular season as they've made a couple of decisions on their roster that could help shape the team going forward.

Center Fielder Denard Span decided to exercise his option for the 2015 season that will keep him  in Washington next season while getting paid $9 million.

Span just wrapped up his second season with the Nationals and batted .302 with 31 steals. He also was tied for the league record for 184 hits, which was also a Nationals' record.

The team did decide, however, to decline the options on first baseman Adam LaRoche as well as closer/reliever Rafael Soriano.

LaRoche has been one of the team's most consistent hitters the past few seasons, and led the team with 26 home runs and 92 RBIs. The Nationals decided to decline a mutual option in 2015 that would pay him $15 million. The team will instead pay him $2 million.

Soriano's contract included a $14 million club option for 2015, but he will become a free agent instead. He saved 32 games in 2014, but he blew five of 15 save chances after the All-Star break while Drew Storen emerged as a capable replacement towards the end of the season.

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Giants Knock Off Nationals, Headed to NLCS

Giants Knock Off Nationals, Headed to NLCS

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Giants are back in the NLCS again after beating the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Giants took the best-of-five series 3-1 and will travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals on Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett's bases-loaded wild pitch and Santiago Casilla closed the door in the top of the ninth.

Ryan Vogelsong tossed 5.2 innings and gave up one run with four strikeouts, but got the no decision after Bryce Harper hit a game-tying homer run in the top of the seventh.

Hunter Strickland gave up the homer to Harper, but when Panik scored in the bottom half of the inning, he got the win in relief.

"It's been a remarkable journey. I wouldn't trade it for the world," Giants outfielder Hunter Pence said. "If it was easy, it wouldn't be as fun."

The Nationals had the best record in the National League, but will watch the rest of the playoffs from home.

"It's tender and it's bitter and all of those things, but I'm proud of them," rookie manager Matt Williams said.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB - NLDS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals 3 - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (Cardinals win series, 3-1)

San Francisco Giants 3 - Washington Nationals 2 (Giants win series, 3-1)

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Nationals Avoid Elimination, Top Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of NLDS

Nationals Avoid Elimination, Top Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of NLDS

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Madison Bumgarner's throwing error in the seventh inning led to the Washington Nationals scoring two runs, while two more -- the last coming on a Bryce Harper solo home run in the ninth -- led the team to avoid elimination and top the San Francisco Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of their NLDS Monday.

The Giants' 10-game postseason winning streak is over, but they still lead the series 2-1.  

Both Bumgarner and Doug Fister pitched brilliantly. Fister allowed four hits, walked three, while striking out three in the win. Bumgarner pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, one walk, while striking out six in the loss -- he hadn't allowed a run in 21 straight postseason innings until the seventh inning.

Wilson Ramos put down a sacrifice bunt that rolled between the mound and the first-base line. Bumgarner fielded the ball and tried to get the runner out at third, but his throw went wide of Pablo Sandoval's glove, allowing Ian Desmond and Harper to score. Asdrubal Cabrera then hit an RBI single to give the Nationals a 3-0 lead.

San Francisco attempted to rally in the ninth, but Nationals' pitcher Drew Storen settled down after that, allowing only one run to score to force a Game 4, which will take place Tuesday in San Francisco. Gio Gonzalez will take the mound for Washington and will be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB NLDS Game 3: Washington Nationals 4 - San Francisco Giants 1 (Giants lead series, 2-1)


MLB NLDS GAME 3: St. Louis Cardinals 3 - Los Angeles 1 (Cardinals lead series, 2-1)

NFL: Seattle Seahawks 27 (4-1) - Washington Redskins 17 (1-4)

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Giants Win Longest Game in Postseason History

Giants Win Longest Game in Postseason History

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Brandon Belt's home run in the top of the 18th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 lead, and eventual win, in the longest postseason game in Major League Baseball history on Saturday night. The victory also gave the Giants a 2-0 series lead over the Washington Nationals as the series now shifts to San Francisco.

Washington took a third inning lead on Anthony Rendon's RBI single off Tim Hudson. That looked to be more than enough for Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman, who pitched into the ninth inning without allowing a run. Zimmerman retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth but walked Joe Panik to put the tying run on base.

Manager Matt Williams went to his bullpen, calling on Drew Storen to close the door. Buster Posey would eventually single before Pablo Sandoval doubled in the tying run, forcing extra innings. Posey was tagged out at home on the play, preventing the Giants from taking the lead.

Both teams used a combined 17 pitchers over the next nine innings, before Belt's homer against Tanner Roark opened up the top of the 18th. Hunter Strickland picked up the save, tossing a scoreless bottom of the 18th, while Yusmeiro Petit got the win going six shutout innings in relief.

The six hour and 23 minute affair surpassed a the 2005 NLDS Game 4 contest between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros for the longest in playoff history. Houston won that game, and swept the Braves, on a walk-off homer from Chris Burke in the bottom of the 18th inning.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: San Francisco Giants 2 - Washington Nationals 1 in 18 Innings (Giants lead series, 2-0)

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 43 (5-0) - Wake Forrest 3 (2-4)

(11) Ole Miss 23 (5-0) - (3) Alabama 17 (4-1)

(25) TCU 37 (4-0) - (4) Oklahoma 33 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 41 (5-0) - (15) LSU 7 (4-2)

(12) Mississippi State 48 (5-0) - (6) Texas A&M 31 (5-1)

(7) Baylor 28 (5-0) - Texas 7 (2-3)

Utah 30 (4-1) - (8) UCLA 28 (4-1)

(9) Notre Dame 17 (5-0) - (14) Stanford 14 (3-2)

(10) Michigan State 27 (4-1) - (19) Nebraska 22 (5-1)

(13) Georgia 44 (4-1) - Vanderbilt 17 (1-5)

Arizona State 38 (4-1) - (16) USC 34 (3-2)

Northwestern 20 (3-2) - (17) Wisconsin 14 (3-2)

(20) Ohio State 52 (4-1) - Maryland 24 (4-2)

(21) Oklahoma State (4-1) - Iowa State 20 (1-4)

(22) East Carolina 45 (4-1) - SMU 24 (0-5) 

(23) Kansas State 45 (4-1) - Texas Tech 13 (2-3)

NASCAR: Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Kansas Lottery 300

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MLB Postseason Matchups Set

MLB Postseason Matchups Set

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It took all 162 games, but the Major League postseason was decided on Sunday as the top 10 teams found out where and when their next games will be. Both the American League and National League Central division titles were also won on Sunday while the final AL Wild Card spot was decided.

David Price tossed seven and one-third innings of shutout baseball, giving up four hits and striking out eight, to give the Detroit Tigers the AL Central crown for the fourth straight year. Ian Kinsler drove in a pair of runs in the 3-0 victory while Joe Nathan picked up his 35th save of the season. The Tigers will travel to AL East Champion Baltimore to begin best-of-five divisional series against the Orioles on Thursday.

The Tigers' victory means that Kansas City's first postseason appearance in 29 years will come in the Wild Card round. The Royals will host the Oakland Athletics, who eliminated the Seattle Mariners with a 4-0 win over the Texas Rangers Sunday, in a one-game "play-in" on Tuesday night. The winner of that contest will then travel to Los Angeles to battle the Angels in the divisional round, beginning Thursday.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 after they were already crowned Central division champs. Pittsburgh's 4-1 loss relegated the Pirates to the Wild Card round where they will host the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Whoever advances will then visit the Washington Nationals, winner of the NL East, in the divisional series on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals begin their defense of the NL Pennant on Friday when they travel to NL West champion Los Angeles to battle with the Dodgers.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Green Bay Packers 38 (2-2) - Chicago Bears 17 (2-2)

Indianapolis Colts 41 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 17 (1-3) 

Baltimore Ravens 38 (3-1) - Carolina Panthers 10 (2-2)

Detroit Lions 24 (3-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-3)

Miami Dolphins 38 (2-2) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (1-3) - Pittsburgh Steelers 24 (2-2)

Houston Texans 23 (3-1) - Buffalo Bills 17 (2-2)

San Diego Chargers 33 (3-1) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-4)

Minnesota Vikings 41 (2-2) - Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-2) 

San Francisco 49ers 26 (2-2) - Philadelphia Eagles 21 (3-1)

Dallas Cowboys 38 (3-1) - New Orleans Saints 17 (1-2)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 7 (85-77) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-85)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (76-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (88-74)

Baltimore Orioles 1 (96-66) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (83-79)

New York Mets 8 (79-83) - Houston Astros 3 (70-92)

Detroit Tigers 3 (90-72) - Minnesota Twins 0 (70-92)

Washington Nationals 1 (96-66) - Miami Marlins 0 (77-85)

Atlanta Braves 2 (79-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (73-89)

New York Yankees 9 (84-78) - Boston Red Sox 5 (71-91)

Kansas City Royals 6 (89-73) - Chicago White Sox 4 (73-89)

Chicago Cubs 5 (73-89) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (88-74) - Texas Rangers 0 (67-95)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (90-72) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (64-98)

San Francisco Giants 9 (88-74) - San Diego Padres 3 (77-85)

Seattle Mariners 4 (87-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-64)

Los Angeles Dodgers 10 (94-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-96)

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon won the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

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Nationals’ Jordan Zimmerman Tosses No-Hitter

Nationals’ Jordan Zimmerman Tosses No-Hitter

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jordan Zimmerman tossed a no-hitter in the Nationals 1-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Zimmerman became the fifth pitcher in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter on the last day of the regular season.

This is the second year in a row the unique feat has happened after Henderson Alverez of the Marlins threw nine hitless innings against the Detroit Tigers.

The final out occurred in dramatic fashion as Christian Yelich smashed a ball to deep left center.  Nationals left fielder Steven Souza tracked the ball perfectly through the air, dove for the ball and raised his hands in triumph as he came up with the game-ending catch. 

The Nationals will host the winner of the Pirates/Giants wild card playoff game, which will take place on Wednesday.

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Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 56 (4-0) - NC State 41 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 45 (4-0) - Louisiana Tech 17 (2-3)

(6) Texas A&M 35 (5-0) - Arkansas 28 (3-2) In Overtime

(7) Baylor 49 (4-0) - Iowa State 28 (1-3)

(8) Notre Dame 31 (4-0) - Syracuse 15 (2-2)

(9) Michigan State 56 (3-1) - Wyoming 14 (3-2)

(10) Mississippi 24 (4-0) - Memphis 3 (2-2)

(12) Georgia 35 (3-1) - Tennessee 32 (2-2)

Missouri 21 (4-1) - (13) South Carolina 20 (3-2)

(16) Stanford 20 (3-1) - Washington 13 (4-1)

(17) LSU 63 (4-1) - New Mexico State 7 (2-3)

(18) USC 35 (2-1) - Oregon State 10 (3-1)

(19) Wisconsin 27 (3-1) - South Florida 10 (2-3)

(21) Nebraska 45 (5-0) - Illinois 14 (3-2)

(22) Ohio State 50 (3-1) - Cincinnati 28 (2-1)

(25) Kansas State 58 (3-1) - UTEP 28 (2-2)

MLB: Boston Red Sox 10 (71-90) - New York Yankees 4 (83-78)

Cincinnati Reds 10 (75-86) - Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (88-73) - 10 Innings

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (83-78) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-66)

Washington Nationals 5 (95-66) - Miami Marlins 1 (77-84)

San Francisco Giants 3 (87-74) - San Diego Padres 1 (77-84)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-84) - Cleveland Indians 0 (84-77)

Minnesota Twins 12 (70-91) - Detroit Tigers 3 (89-72)

Atlanta Braves 4 (78-83) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (73-88)

New York Mets 2 (78-83) - Houston Astros 1 (70-91)

Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-79) - Chicago Cubs 1 (72-89)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (64-97) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (89-72)

Texas Rangers 5 (67-94) - Oakland Athletics 4 (87-74)

Chicago White Sox 5 (73-88) - Kansas City Royals 4 (88-73)

Seattle Mariners 2 (86-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-63) 11 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (93-68) - Colorado Rockies 5 (66-95) 12 Innings

NASCAR: Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway

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Nationals, Angels Clinch Home-Field Advantage

Nationals, Angels Clinch Home-Field Advantage

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With just two days remaining in the regular season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Washington Nationals each clinched home-field advantage through the playoffs in their respective leagues on Friday.

For the Nationals (94-66), their double header split with the Miami Marlins earned them the top seed in the National League. Washington got a complete game from Doug Fister in Game One, winning it 4-0 to wrap up home-field until the World Series. Fister allowed just three hits while striking out nine in the win. Miami (77-83) went on to win the nightcap 15-7 in a meaningless game for the Nationals.

The Angels (98-62) could clinch the top seed in the American League with a win over Seattle, but the Mariners hit three home runs and picked up a 4-3 victory. Los Angeles did get home-field advantage however due to Baltimore's 4-2 loss in Toronto. Leading 4-0 after five innings, the Mariners (85-75) held off a late charge from LA to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Seattle sits two games back of Oakland for the second wild card spot.

This is the second time in three seasons that Washington has the top record in the NL while the Angels clinched the top spot in the AL for the first time since 2008. The American League has home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to a 5-3 win in the All-Star Game.

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