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Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals pours water over his head after being taken out of the game in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on August 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Cal Ripken: Nationals Should ‘Minimize’ Soriano’s Role as Closer

Rafael Soriano blew his fifth save of the season for the Nationals Sunday night, and Cal Ripken Jr. says the answer to the increasing liability he presents may be to “back him off” of the closer role a bit.

08/18/2014

Scott Hairston #7 of the Washington Nationals is mobbed by teammates after driving in the game-winning run in the 11th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on August 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals Surging Into Home Stretch of 2014 Season

With the Nationals securing the National League’s best record, for the time being, here’s a layman’s guide to what fans can expect in the team’s final 40 games.

08/18/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 17:  Scott Hairston #7 of the Washington Nationals is doused with gatorade after driving in the game-winning run in the 11th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on August 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hairston’s SF Lifts Nationals Past Pirates In 11

Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly with one out in the 11th inning scored Jayson Werth to give the Washington Nationals a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night and complete a three-game sweep.

08/17/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammate Anthony Rendon #6 after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on August 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington Nationals won, 5-4. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Harper, LaRoche, Nats Top Pirates, 4th Win In Row

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was speaking after Friday night’s game when his phone rang, the music from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” interrupting the interview session.

08/16/2014

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13:  Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after scoring on Bryce Harper #34 (not pictured) sacrifice fly to tie the game in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 13, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Nats Hold Off Mets 3-2 For 10th Straight At Citi

Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first home run for Washington and tumbled over a retaining wall to make a terrific catch, leading the Nationals past the New York Mets 3-2 Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory at Citi Field.

08/13/2014

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 9: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Washington Nationals slides in to home against Evan Gattis #24 of the Atlanta Braves during the eleventh inning at Turner Field on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ramos was initially called safe, but the call was reversed using instant replay. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Nationals Score 3 Runs In 11th, Beat Braves 4-1

A long rain delay and extra innings tested the Washington Nationals’ mental and physical strength.

08/10/2014

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 8:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals on the mound against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at Turner Field on August 8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Liles/Getty Images)

Home Runs Doom Strasburg in 7-6 Loss to Braves

Stephen Strasburg can’t explain why he has struggled on the road this season.

08/09/2014

Bryce Harper gets a Gatorade bath after hitting a two-run, walk-off home run in the 13th inning against the New York Mets on August 7, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Day After ‘Minors’ Speculation, Bryce Harper Walks Off Nationals in Extras

A day after speculation ran amok of Bryce Harper possibly being demoted, he walked off the Nats with a two-run extra-innings homer to give the Nats the 5-3 victory over the New York Mets.

08/07/2014

Bryce Harper (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nats Manager Williams: Harper Is Sticking Around

Nationals manager Matt Williams lashed out at reporters Wednesday after being asked if he was considering sending slumping Bryce Harper to the minor leagues.

08/07/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 05: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals walks in the dugout before the start of their game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park on July 5, 2014 in Washington, DC.

It Took No Time For Nats Fans To Try Selling Werth Gnomes Online

The first 25,000 fans at Tuesday night’s Nationals game against the Mets received Jayson Werth garden gnomes as part of a ballpark promotion.

08/07/2014

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