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Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrates as he rounds first base on his game-winning walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Werth’s Walkoff Homer For Nats Forces Game 5 Against Cards

The Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to show them how to win. His game-ending homer Thursday night extended their surprising season.

10/11/2012

President Barack Obama watches the Nationals play the White Sox.  (Photo by Gary Fabiano-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Predicts White Sox-Nationals World Series

aybe he’s biased, but the President of the United States like the White Sox’s chances this season.

670 The Score–09/21/2012

Catcher Welington Castillo #53 of the Chicago Cubs looks on as Tyler Moore #57 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his two RBI home run with Danny Espinosa #8 during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on September 4, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Nationals’ 6 Home Runs Beat Cubs 11-5

Adam LaRoche hit two of Washington’s six homers, Ian Desmond had four RBIs and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Tuesday night.

09/04/2012

Ross Detwiler #48 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park on September 3, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nats’ Win Over Cubs Gives Washington Its 1st Winning Year

Ross Detwiler allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and Adam LaRoche homered Monday, giving the Washington Nationals their first winning season with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

09/03/2012

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper’s Message To Kids: ‘Be As Sexy As You Can’

It’s safe to say Bryce Harper has made a splash during his first season with the Nationals.

670 The Score–08/17/2012

Mark Prior sits in the dugout after he was pulled out of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Wisch: Could ‘Prior’ Restraint Have Helped The Cubs?

But could something have really been different if the Cubs and manager-turned-punching-bag Dusty Baker had handled their one-time pitching wunderkinds in a different way?

CBS Chicago–08/16/2012

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo presents Bryce Harper his All-Star jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Listen: Mike Rizzo’s Nationals A Good Example For Cubs

When Chicago native Mike Rizzo took over as Washington Nationals general manager in 2009, he knew the team had to get really bad before they could get really good.

670 The Score–07/09/2012

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper To Canadian Reporter: ‘That’s A Clown Question, Bro’

​Lesson learned: Don’t ask Bryce Harper about having a celebratory beer after a game.

670 The Score–06/13/2012

A dejected Cubs fan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Abbatacola: Walk Away, Cubs Fans

I am giving you permission to “take a break” from your team. How long? You should walk away for as long as you need.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Adam Dunn. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Dunn To Play Left Field This Weekend At Wrigley Field

Manager Robin Ventura confirmed Tuesday that Adam Dunn is currently scheduled to start in left field for all three games at Wrigley Field this weekend.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Cole Hamels Suspended 5 Games For Throwing at Harper

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has been suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Washington rookie Bryce Harper.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2012

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals GM Calls Hamels’ Hit On Harper ‘Gutless, Classless’ Act

With two outs in the first inning of yesterday’s Nationals-Phillies game, Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels plunked rookie Bryce Harper in the back with a 93-mph fastball.

670 The Score–05/07/2012

Jeff Samardzija

Wisch: A Great Start, But Do Cubs Need Samardzija In The Pen?

On Sunday, the onetime wide receiver strung together a series of goose eggs on Easter to dazzle in his 2012 debut and make it appear as if that day has perhaps finally arrived.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012

Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers the ball against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on April 8, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Hold On After 9th Inning Scare, Beat Nats 4-3

Jeff Samardzija felt he had something to prove. He certainly made his point on the mound. Samardzija dominated into the ninth, outpitching Jordan Zimmermann, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Sunday for their first win of the Theo Epstein era.

04/08/2012

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto talks with pitcher Carlos Marmol after Marmol blew a 4-3 lead against the Washington Nationals in the 8th inning at Wrigley Field on April 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bullpen Blows Lead Again, Cubs Fall To Nats 7-4

Carlos Marmol insists it’s too soon for him to be frustrated. Cubs fans sure are, though. Adam LaRoche homered and matched a career-high with four hits, and the Washington Nationals again rallied late against Kerry Wood and Marmol, scoring five runs in the eighth to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Saturday.

04/07/2012

Kerry Wood. Photo credit JOHN ZICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Zuba: Wood Spoils Dempster’s Gem

This could have been a pretty special Opening Day for Ryan Dempster.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs during the opening day game at Wrigley Field on April 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Start Epstein Era With 2-1 Loss To Nationals

As Ryan Dempster left the field at Wrigley to a standing ovation, the Chicago Cubs looked ready to start the Theo Epstein era on a winning note. The cheers didn’t last. The lead didn’t either.

04/05/2012

Wrigley Field

Hope Springs Eternal For Cubs Fans, Even If First Win Has To Wait

No matter how you feel about the Cubs, Opening Day at Wrigley Field is special. Even though the Cubs lost to the Nationals, Thursday was no exception.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

The Budweiser Patio at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Sam Zuba/CBSChicago.com)

Photo: New Right Field Patio, LED Screen At Wrigley Field

The Cubs unveiled two new seating areas at Wrigley Field Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s opener against the Washington Nationals.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

Edwin Jackson. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Ex-Sox Edwin Jackson Signs 1-Year Deal With Nationals

Pitcher Edwin Jackson agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. The team said the agreement is pending a physical. The deal is worth in the range of $9 million to $12 million.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2012

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