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Max-imum effort: Scherzer, Nats wiggle to win Series opener

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

He could have been Mad Max on a night his best was missing. As the Houston Astros kept clawing within one big hit of a comeback, Scherzer and the Nationals just held on. Scherzer got through five innings of Max-imum effort for a 5-4 victory in Tuesday night's opener, becoming the first pitcher to win a World Series game for a Washington team since Earl Whitehill against the New York Giants in 1933.

Max-imum effort: Scherzer, Nats wiggle to win Series opener

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

He could have been Mad Max on a night his best was missing. As the Houston Astros kept clawing within one big hit of a comeback, Scherzer and the Nationals just held on. Scherzer got through five innings of Max-imum effort for a 5-4 victory in Tuesday night's opener, becoming the first pitcher to win a World Series game for a Washington team since Earl Whitehill against the New York Giants in 1933.

Nationals hope to end Washington’s baseball heartache

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Long-suffering US capital baseball fans will welcome back the World Series for the first time in 86 years when the Washington Nationals play for Major League Baseball's championship next week. The Nationals, ousted in their first playoff series four times since 2012, swept St. Louis to reach the best-of-seven final for the first time since the team was founded in 1969 as the Montreal Expos. Half a century later, after moving from Canada to the US capital following the 2004 campaign, the team has revived the passion for the national pastime with a new "Nattitude" in Washington.

LEADING OFF: Storm over ALCS, Nats headed to World Series

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

A major storm was moving into the New York area, putting Game 4 of the AL Championship Series in peril. Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka beat Zack Greinke in the opener last Saturday at Houston, improving to 5-2 with a 1.32 ERA in seven career postseason outings. Greinke is 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA in two starts in the playoffs this year.

Nats sweep Cards; DC in World Series for 1st time since ’33

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

As the Washington Nationals moved a party 86 years in the making from their ballpark's infield to a booze-filled clubhouse, manager Dave Martinez paused near the dugout and thrust the silver NL Championship Series trophy overhead, to the delight of loud, delirious fans still in the stands. Who would have thought this was possible five months ago, when the team was flailing, trade talk was swirling around Washington and folks figured Martinez's job was in jeopardy? Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card Nationals got RBIs from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in a seven-run first inning Tuesday night, and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance plus a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 to complete a sweep in the NLCS.

Nats sweep Cards; DC in World Series for 1st time since ’33

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

As the Washington Nationals moved a party 86 years in the making from their ballpark's infield to a booze-filled clubhouse, manager Dave Martinez paused near the dugout and thrust the silver NL Championship Series trophy overhead, to the delight of loud, delirious fans still in the stands. Who would have thought this was possible five months ago, when the team was flailing, trade talk was swirling around Washington and folks figured Martinez's job was in jeopardy? Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card Nationals got RBIs from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in a seven-run first inning Tuesday night, and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance plus a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 to complete a sweep in the NLCS.

Nationals sweep to first World Series behind 7-run first

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

They were one of the worst teams in baseball two months into the season, so of course the Washington Nationals were in no mood to stay patient with a World Series appearance within their grasp. The Nationals used a seven-run first inning to earn a 7-4 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday and finish off a four-game sweep of the National League Championship Series. A World Series in the nation's capital would have been tough to predict in the spring.

Baseball Team Does What Politicians Couldn’t: Unite Washington

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The Washington Nationals didn't just banish eight decades of baseball futility in the U.S. capital by making it to the World Series. The team accomplished what generations of politicians promised but couldn't do: bring Washington together. Nationals Park was a cauldron of yelling, delirious fans as the team defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4.

Washington gets its World Series

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Since Oct. 7, 1933, there have been 14 American presidents, 12 men on the moon, hundreds of Academy Award-winning performances in movies, and countless insults hurled at election debates but not a single World Series game played in Washington, D.C. That is about to change. Doing their best to defy the famous 1904 Charles Dryden quip about D.C. baseball — “first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League” — the Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in four straight games to reach the 2019 World Series. The Nationals, who have won 16 of their last 18 games, finished off the Cardinals by a score of 7-4 on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

Ranking Washington D.C.’s best mid-season turnarounds since 2000

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

With the Nationals' incredible midseason turnaround in mind, which Washington area sports teams have pulled off similar feats over the past 20 years? Capitals Entering December 2007, the Washington Capitals were 8-16-2, good for last place in the entire NHL. By the time the All-Star Game rolled around, the Caps worked their way up to second in the Southeast Division but were still behind nine Eastern Conference teams.