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The Washington Nationals clinch their first National League East title

Photos by Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is doused as he is interviewed by a television reporter, right, during the Nationals' celebration after clutching the National League East division title following their baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington on Oct. 1, 2012.

Hardball Talk’s D.J. Short reports:

It didn’t happen exactly the way the Nationals would have drawn it up, but they’ll definitely take it.

The Braves fell 2-1 to the Pirates tonight, ensuring the Nationals their first-ever National League East title. The news of the Braves’ loss flashed on the scoreboard at Nationals Park after the bottom of the eighth inning, which was met with pandemonium in the stands and a celebration in the dugout. The Nationals ended up losing 2-0 to the Phillies, but it was almost secondary to the buzz in the air and in the dugout.

Washington Nationals fans celebrate after the Nationals clutched the National League East division title Monday night.

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