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Nationals make history with first division title

WASHINGTON — The magic number is zero. The Nationals are the National League East champions, despite their 2-0 loss to the Phillies on Monday night.
It helped that the Braves, who were in second place and three games behind entering…

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Rough first inning hurts Eovaldi in final start

MIAMI — Nathan Eovaldi’s final start was a bit of a microcosm of his season.
The 22-year-old rookie started slowly, but showed promise the more he threw.
Unfortunately for Eovaldi and the Marlins, they got into early trouble, and with…

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Stanton leads charge, but Marlins fall to Phillies

MIAMI — Two big innings and two-out hits cost Ricky Nolasco in his season finale for the Marlins.
Nolasco gave up five runs as he labored through five innings in his 31st start of the year, a 9-5 defeat at…

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Homers, bullpen back Hamels in win over Nats

PHILADELPHIA — His eyes locked on the field ahead, Darin Ruf leaned forward against the bench in the Phillies’ dugout, waiting for it to end. Ryan Howard, the man whose record he broke just weeks earlier in Double-A Reading, stood…

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Four homers bring Phils within three of Wild Card

PHILADELPHIA — Charlie Manuel watched the end of the Cardinals-Cubs game Friday evening from his office at Citizens Bank Park.
The fact he felt he even needed to watch speaks volumes about the Phillies’ turnaround.
“I’m proud of them,” he…

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Bullpen called on for heavy lifting in Mets’ loss

NEW YORK — The Mets must not believe in rock bottom, because the blue, white and orange are certainly still digging.
With a 16-1 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday, the Mets fell to 4-24 at Citi Field since the All-Star…

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Harvey sharp in final ’12 start, but bullpen falters

NEW YORK — Terry Collins was the Mets’ Minor League field coordinator when the organization drafted Matt Harvey seventh overall in 2010. Collins did not see Harvey pitch competitively that summer, but after becoming manager a year later, he began…

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Dickey comes out on short end in duel with Lee

NEW YORK — R.A. Dickey admits he checks box scores, even if he does not place much stock in them. He maintains a general sense of how his competitors for the National League Cy Young Award are faring, even if…

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Astros show some punch, but can’t overcome deficit

HOUSTON — Scoring four runs against Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels would typically be enough to get the best of the Phillies on most nights, but the struggles of the Astros’ pitching staff turned Friday’s game into a lop-sided affair.
After…

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Phils’ streak at seven thanks to Rollins, Lee

PHILADELPHIA — This feels remarkably familiar.
Jimmy Rollins is hitting baseballs everywhere, and the Phillies are making an improbable climb from a crater of a deficit in the standings. The same thing happened in 2007, when Rollins won the National…

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