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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Baseball Pennant Races Heat Up

Tanner Roark #57 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the third inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 20, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Tanner Roark #57 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the third inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 20, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals are riding a nine-game winning streak after last night’s 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Nats have the best record in the National League and lead the Atlanta Braves by seven games in the league’s Eastern Division.

But while that race may be pretty much decided, the playoff chase in the other National League divisions is not. In the American League, the Baltimore Orioles are in charge in the East — they lead by nine games. But in the Central and West, at least four teams are involved in the hunt for first place.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti steps up to the plate to talk about it with our sports analyst Mike Pesca.

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