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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Washington NationalsOverall: 34 Title track: 56 Ownership: 26 Coaching: 23 Players: 32 Fan relations: 31 Affordability: 51 Stadium experience: 39 Bang for the buck: 66 Change from last year: +7The No. 34 is huge in D.C. Besides being on Bryce Harpers back, its also the Nationals overall ranking in this years Ultimate Standings. Thats tied for the highest mark D.C. die-hards have ever given their team. In case youre wondering, the first 34 came back in 2012, when No. 34 was a rookie. Hooray for election years.Whats goodNationalists give props to the power combo that is the Lerner family and GM Mike Rizzo (ownership is 26 and fourth in baseball), and why not? A year after raining $210 million on free agent Max Scherzer, they coughed up another $175 million to keep fellow hurler Stephen Strasburg in the District. They engineered shrewd deals that netted MVP candidate Daniel Murphy and rookie phenom Trea Turner. Combine all those studs with Harper, who for all his struggles in 2016 still has an off-the-charts Q rating, and its easy to see why Nats fans dig their dudes (a 32nd-place ranking in roster).Whats badFor the price of one seat at a Redskins game ($102 on average), you could buy two Nationals tickets and still afford two beers and two hot dogs in the park. Still, when it comes to affordability (51) and bang-itude (66), Washington gets ho-hum marks. Maybe its the $5 16-ounce sodas (tied for MLBs priciest per ounce). Maybe its the franks that fetch $5.25, among the costliest in the league. Or maybe were just nit-picking (er, Nat-picking). Hey, somebodys gotta do the dirty work.Whats newDusty Bakers not new. In fact, hes old. Really old, by baseball standards. Sixty-seven, to be exact, the most ancient skipper in all the land. But hes new to D.C., and Nats fans love him to the tune of a 23rd-place ranking in coaching, up 37 spots from a year ago. Why not? The exceedingly human bench boss guided the Nats to 95 wins (12 more than predecessor Matt Williams) and within a Clayton Kershaw save of their first postseason series win. If that werent enough, he dances during batting practice, has more stories than the Library of Congress and is constantly giving off warm-and-fuzzy grandpa vibes. Hooray for grandpa vibes.Next: Pittsburgh Pirates?| Full rankings Ronnie Lott Jersey . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. Mark Nzeocha Jersey . LOUIS -- Theres no telling how these wacky World Series games will end. http://www.custom49ersjersey.com/custom-charlie-garner-jersey-large-408d.html . With the first unit struggling of late and Amir Johnson - one of the teams iron men - hobbling on an injured right ankle, Patterson knew he could get the nod in a challenging matchup against one of the leagues up and coming players at his position. Gordy Soltau Jersey . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. Richard Dent Jersey . Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., team took control of the game early. PHILADELPHIA -- Patience helped the Atlanta Braves keep their winning streak going. After the Braves couldnt take advantage of a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth inning, they used a five-run fifth inning, including consecutive homers from Brian McCann and Chris Johnson, for their eighth straight victory, 6-4 over the Phillies. "Everythings a run," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You get a good run of hitting or you get a good run of pitching -- seems like our good run of pitching has been really consistent the whole year. But you see some guys with some good approaches, good at-bats, keep the lineup moving." McCanns two-run shot gave the Braves a 4-2 lead just two batters after Justin Upton tied it on an RBI single. "(It was) just a mistake pitch," Phillies rookie Ethan Martin (0-1) said on McCanns homer. "Theyll make you pay for mistakes." Johnson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his seventh homer to make it 5-2. He also had a seventh-inning double to extend his streak of multihit games to eight games. It is the most for any Braves player since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966. "Im trying not to think about it really," Johnson said. "Im trying to keep my same approach every single day, try to come in tomorrow do my exact same routine." Kris Medlen (8-10) earned the victory, going six innings while giving up six hits and four runs, including three solo homers. He struck out eight and walked one. Darin Ruf, Delmon Young and Chase Utley homered for Philadelphia, which has lost 11 of 13 since the All-Star break. David Carpenter struck out the Philadelphia side in the seventh, Jordan Walden fanned two in the eighth and Craig Kimbrel got two in the ninth for his NL-best 32nd save. After Martin escaped the fourth, he struggled in the fifth and got just one out before leaving the game. He allowed six runs and eight hits overall. "We were trying to be patient the first time around, try to get him to throw his fastball, but he was prettty darn good the first couple innings," Gonzalez said.dddddddddddd "Then I think the second time around the lineup we had a better look at him. But that young man is going to be successful." Ruf gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he sent a full-count fastball into the left-field bleachers for his third home run of the season. On the next pitch, Delmon Young hit one out to right to make it 2-0. Jason Heyward got the Braves on the board with an RBI single in the third. Utley homered and Cody Asche added an RBI groundout in the sixth to close out the scoring. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and shortstop Jimmy Rollins were ejected in the ninth inning arguing an apparent foul tip by Young that was called strike three. "I saw it or I wouldnt have gone out there," Manuel said. "It hit the ground. The umpire at first said he saw him catch it. ... I wasnt going to come back to the dugout embarrassed." Notes: Ruf has reached base in 30 straight games, going back to last season -- the longest active streak in the majors. Hes hit .310 over that span, with 15 of 31 hits going for extra bases. ... Over his 11-game hitting streak, Chris Johnson has gone 21 for 44 and raised his average to .347. ... Philadelphia placed rookie RHP Jonathan Pettibone (5-4, 4.04 ERA) on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game with a right shoulder strain. The Phillies also designated RHP J.C. Ramirez for assignment and promoted RHP Zach Miner from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... Curt Schilling, who spent eight-plus seasons of his 20-year career with the Phillies, was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame prior to the game. ... John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA) will start Saturday for Philadelphia on three days rest. Lannan has never pitched on short rest in his career. ... Brandon Beachy will go for Atlanta on Saturday, making his second start back following Tommy John surgery. ... Cliff Lee, scratched from his last start with a stiff neck, will take the mound Sunday for the Phillies. ' ' '

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