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See the moment the Nats found out they won the NL East title after Marlins loss

See the moment the Nats found out they won the NL East title after Marlins loss

In stunningly early fashion, the Washington Nationals clinched their spot MLB postseason Sunday as NL East champions, thanks to their defeat of the Philadelphia Phillies as well as the Atlanta Braves win over the Miami Marlins. The Nats have been division champions four of the last six seasons. 

Although Washington's 3-2 win ended before the Braves-Marlins matchup, players and fans alike stuck around at Nationals Park to see how that game would end. 

From inside the Nats clubhouse, here is the exact moment the players found out they are the NL East champions as the Braves topped the Marlins, 10-8 in extra innings. 

And, of course, the good news was almost immediately followed by ski goggles and champagne showers. See more photos and videos of the Nats' celebration on CSN.

This is the first time in franchise history that the Nats have won back-to-back division titles, and Sunday's win was in large part because of Stephen Strasburg's eight scoreless innings. He has now pitched 34 scoreless innings, which is also a franchise record and MLB season's longest scoreless streak.

MORE NATS: What does the Nats early division title mean?

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Bryce Harper reportedly will come off the disabled list tomorrow

Bryce Harper reportedly will come off the disabled list tomorrow

Bryce Harper's (probably) back. 

With just over two weeks left in the regular season, the Nationals star is set to be activated off the disabled list, according to the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes:

Harper hasn't played since August 12, when he slipped awkwardly on the first base bag while trying to beat out a grounder. He suffered a signifcant bone bruise, although the injury looked considerably worse than it ended up being. 

Before getting hurt, Harper was hitting .326/.419/.614 on the year with a 1.034 OPS and 29 home runs. 

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Nationals, without their big guns, fall to Mets

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Nationals, without their big guns, fall to Mets

NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud hit two home runs and the New York Mets ended a three-game skid, rallying past a watered-down lineup of Washington Nationals 7-6 on Friday night.

Washington manager Dusty Baker said he needed to "give my big boys much needed rest" with the playoffs nearing, and not a single regular started for the NL East champions. Star Daniel Murphy pinch hit in the eighth and flied out.


The Nationals begin the Division Series in exactly two weeks. If the current standings hold, they would host the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to open the best-of-five matchup.

Adam Lind hit a three-run homer for Washington. It was the Nationals' 203rd home run this season, matching the franchise record dating to 1969 when they were the Montreal Expos.

Howie Kendrick had an RBI double and prized prospect Victor Robles lined a two-run triple in the fifth that put Washington ahead 6-1.

Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley exited in the eighth inning because of an apparent injury. He' has struggled this season and missed more than two months because of back problems.

Nori Aoki had three hits for the Mets, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning off Joe Blanton (2-4).

Chasen Bradford (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Jeurys Familia, the Mets' third pitcher in the ninth inning, came on to strike out Robles with runners on first and third for his fourth save -- his first since May 5. Familia, who missed three months after surgery to repair a blood clot, entered as part of a double switch, with Kevin Plawecki taking over at catcher for d'Arnaud.

D'Arnaud hit a solo homer in the second and connected for a tying, three-run drive in the fifth that finished starter Edwin Jackson. That gave d'Arnaud a career-best 15 homers and marked his second multihomer game, the other coming in April against Washington.


Mets starter Robert Gsellman allowed six runs in five innings. He moved up a day to pitch in place of ace Jacob deGrom, who was moved back in the rotation until Sunday because of a stomach illness this week.