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It's a Mid-Atlantic Clinch-mas

It's a Mid-Atlantic Clinch-mas

Just chalk it up as one more thing that nobody could have imagined when this baseball season started. The Orioles and the Washington Nationals clinched their respective East division titles almost simultaneously.

The Nats officially were the first major league team to lock up a title, getting the last out of a 3-0 victory over the second-place Atlanta Braves at 9:48 EDT in their 150th game of the season. The Orioles would wrap up the AL East at 10:09 p.m., but they needed 151 games to stamp their ticket to the playoffs.

In one respect, it was anti-climactic. There was no doubt going into last night’s game that either team would eventually nail down a title, but no...