Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
WASHINGTON -- Manager Davey Johnson gave several of his starters a break Tuesday night after the Nationals clinched the National League East title Monday. Adam LaRoche was one of just two regulars who started, and he helped Washington win again. LaRoche started the sixth inning with a tiebreaking homer, and the Nationals went on to take a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals (97-64) moved one step closer to locking up the top spot in the National League playoffs and home-field advantage all the way through. The magic number for that now is one. Washington is battling the Cincinnati Reds (also 97-64) for the top seed in the playoffs, but Johnson doesn't seem terribly concerned with that. "You've got to beat the teams you play," Johnson said. "Pitching's set up for whoever we play. More importantly, I'd like to see (Edwin) Jackson get his 10th win (Wednesday in the regular-season finale)." A Washington win in that final game Wednesday afternoon would c...
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