Aug 24, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) singles in a run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 14-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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LaRoche playing through minor back tightness

(Erik Bacharach, MLB.com)

PHILADELPHIA — Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been dealing with minor back tightness, an issue he said has caused him discomfort on and off for a few years.

“It just takes one thing like sitting in the wrong position,” LaRoche said.

LaRoche said long flights — like the one the Nationals will embark on after Wednesday’s game as they fly to Seattle for a three-game series that begins on Friday — don’t give him as much trouble as long bus rides — like the one the team took from Washington to Philadelphia for its current series with the Phillies. Read full article here.

Asdrubal makes smooth transition to NL

(Erik Bacharach, MLB.com)

PHILADELPHIA — Since donning a Nationals uniform, Asdrubal Cabrera has had to make two significant adjustments: playing in the National League and playing second base.

So far, it’s been a seamless transition for Cabrera, who spent his entire career with the Indians in the American League prior to arriving in Washington. After hitting .246 in 97 games for Cleveland earlier this season, Cabrera hit .273 in his first 22 games as a National. Read full article here.

Handicapping NL playoff contenders: Nationals lead the pack

(Barry Svrluga, Washington Post)

Monday night in Philadelphia, the Washington Nationals played their 130th game of the season, not an apparent milepost in the six-month slog to the playoffs. But it is important in this regard: They, like the other National League contenders, have now played 80 percent of their season. Only the last fifth remains. Labor Day weekend is nigh. Thirty-four days stand between us all and the final Sunday of the regular season.

Much has been sorted out: The Boston Red Sox won’t defend their World Series title. The Milwaukee Brewers aren’t an early-season fluke. The Baltimore Orioles are close to dominant in a division in which they used to be dominated. But with just more than 30 games to go, there’s more sorting out to do. So over two days, we’ll break down the pennant races, starting with the National League. Read full article here.

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