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Nationals closing in on dubious feat

epa03828950 Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper sits in the dugout as his team play the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning of their MLB baseball game in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 17 August 2013. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER
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Led by Manager of the Year Davey Johnson and Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper, the Nationals won 98 games in 2012, the most wins in the 44-year history of the Washington/Montreal Expos franchise.

The Nationals have been a disappointment in 2013, though, entering the weekend at 68-65. If they finish below .500 they will become the ninth team to do so after winning 98 or more games the season before since the franchise began play in 1969.

A look at the teams that achieved that feat before them:

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Giants 1994 55-60, 1993 103-59

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Reds 1971 79-83, 1970 102-60

Cardinals 1986 79-82, 1985 101-61

White Sox 1984 74-88, 1983 99-63

Angels 2003 77-85, 2002 99-63

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Orioles 1998 79-83, 1997 98-64

Twins 1971 74-86, 1970 98-64

Padres 1999 74-88, 1998 98-64