NL East champs Nats rest Gonzalez, most regulars

Updated: October 2, 2012, 7:09 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A day after clinching the NL East, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson rested most of his regular lineup -- and saved left-hander Gio Gonzalez for Game 1 of the playoffs.

Gonzalez originally was slated to start Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, if the next-to-last game of the regular season still mattered for the division title.

But with that championship wrapped up Monday, Johnson decided to make sure Gonzalez, who is 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA, is fresh ...

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