WASHINGTON NATIONALS

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PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche was out of the Nationals' lineup Tuesday night. Not because left-hander Cole Hamels was on he mound for the Phillies, but because of tightness in his back.

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PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams is loathe to look ahead, certainly as far ahead as October when the calendar still reads August.

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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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