Nationals Looking for Relief to Emerge.

By Tracy Ringolsby/ columnist

The uncertainty of the bullpen looms as a major question as to whether this Nationals franchise — which began as the Montreal Expos in 1969 — can advance to the World Series for the first time ever, and bring baseball’s autumn classic to the nation’s capital for the first time since the original Washington Senators lost in five games to the New York Giants in 1933.

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Rockies Are Making Believers

The Rockies had just put the finishing touches on their first three-game sweep of the Giants at home in 15 years. They had matched the second-best start in franchise history, a 13-6 record that is one win shy of that early-season surge in 1997 and in line with what they did to open the 2011 and ’13 campaigns.

Bud Black

And early in the postgame media session, manager Bud Black, in his first year with the Rockies, was asked why this year would be any different than those previous years — when Colorado faded following that April elation.

“This,” he said, “is a different team.”

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