A.J. Burnett

4m

2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL Central

Manager: Clint Hurdle, 5th season

Estimated 2015 payroll: $88 million

4m

2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL East

Manager: Ryne Sandberg, 3rd season

Estimated 2015 payroll: $140 million

9m

The Nationals, by all accounts, have been among baseball's best teams not only this season but particularly over the last month.

9m

GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a demoralizing loss Friday night that cost Rafael Soriano the closer's job, for at least a little while, the Nation

10m

PHILADELPHIA — The way things have been going lately, the Nationals weren't surprised in the least to mount a last-ditch rally against Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth Monday night.

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