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All defeats are not created equal. For Nats, this one is a special kind of painful. - Washington Post

If you can win baseball fans in the process of suffering a brutally bitter season-ending loss, perhaps the Washington Nationals did it in their exhilarating, exhausting, 9-8 donnybrook against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Thursday night at ...and more »

Five times that the rain played a major role in shaping postseason history - MLB.com

Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Nationals was postponed due to rain on Tuesday. Wrigley Field looked majestic but not very playable: Tonight's game has been postponed until tomorrow at 4:08 pm ET. pic.twitter.com/ ...and more »

For Nationals, a crazy night ends with anguish and a season-ending loss to Cubs - Washington Post

This Thursday evening started in the mist and ended in a mess, and the educated Washington fan could have told you that when he or she woke up. The Washington Nationals played a game to extend their season. They lost that game. Their season is over.and more »

Michael Taylor's grand slam helps send Nationals to Game 5 - Chicago Tribune

Michael Taylor hasn't exactly been a quick study during his professional baseball career. But some quick studying Wednesday during the Nationals' 5-0 win against the Cubs in Game 4 of the National League Division Series paid off in ways the Nationals ...and more »

Stephen Strasburg to start today's Cubs-Nationals NLDS Game 4 - Chicago Tribune

The latest twist from the National League Division Series is that Stephen Strasburg will start Game 4 this afternoon for the Nationals. The Nationals confirmed reports that Strasburg, who was allegedly too sick to replace Tanner Roark, is now ready to go.and more »

Cubs outlast Nationals 9-8 in decisive NLDS Game 5 to clinch series, advance to NLCS - Chicago Tribune

Even after rallying for four runs off All-Star Max Scherzer and employing starter Jose Quintana in relief the Cubs still needed some help to survive Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Considering the choppy route they took to get to the ...and more »

Zach LaVine among Cubs VIPs expected for Game 3; Bill Murray to sing the stretch - Chicago Tribune

Zach LaVine may get a taste of Chicago's playoff atmosphere if the new Bulls guard attends Game 3 of the National League Division Series, as expected. He may be joined at Wrigley Field by teammate Justin Holiday, according to the Cubs' celebrity guest ...and more »

8 pivotal moments in Cubs' 6-3 loss in Game 2 of NLDS - Chicago Tribune

Jon Lester's 20th postseason start began on a rough note when the wind helped carry Anthony Rendon's home run over the right-field wall, 349 feet from home plate. Lester retired 10 in a row after that, though, and kept his pitch count low. 2. Willson ...and more »

No change in sight for John Lackey's bullpen role for playoffs - Chicago Tribune

John Lackey has been assigned relief duty for the National League Division Series that began Friday night against the Nationals, and that's unlikely to change if the Cubs advance. "It would be the same way," manager Joe Maddon said Friday. "It depends ...and more »

Hot reads: After all the drama, now Strasburg will start for Nats - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs couldn't play Tuesday because of bad weather. No matter, because the drama surrounding Nationals pitcher and San Diego State alum Stephen Strasburg was more entertaining than anything that could have ...and more »