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Nationals Magic Number provides daily updates as the Washington Nationals try to win their division. Today’s magic number for the Nats to clinch the N.L. East: 16
What else is 16: Since Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president, Abe the racing president wears jersey No. 16. What does it say about Nats fans that so many of us adore the hapless Teddy, who was winless for years, while Abe—by far the all-time wins leader—draws no special attention? Perhaps D.C. sports fans have gotten so used to losing that they can’t relate to a winner.
What happened yesterday: The Nats lost again to the Phillies, though this time, the blame didn’t fall on their pitchers or defense. The team scored just once, on a sacrifice fly. The second-place Braves defeated the Marlins.
What’s happening today: The Nats are looking to avoid being swept by the Phillies for the second time in two weeks. The series finale is at 1:35 p.m. at Nationals Park. Meanwhile, the Braves wrap up their series against the Marlins in Miami at 1:10 p.m.