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2013 February 22

  1. Let the games begin

    Feb 22, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Associated Press Bryce Harper will bat third in tomorrow's Grapefruit League opener. VIERA, Fla. — Opening Day for the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues, best as anyone can recollect, has never come as early as this before. It's only February 23, and already there's a full slate of exhibition games on top in both Florida and…

  2. Nats hope Young can be 6th starter

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images Chris Young is 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA in 159 career starts. VIERA, Fla. — For months, there has been concern within the Nationals organization about the lack of viable pitching depth should one of their five starters succumb to injury. If Chris Young is finally healthy after a long battle…

  3. Zimmerman impresses in first BP session

    Feb 22, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

    Associated Press Ryan Zimmerman has been brought along slowly after shoulder surgery. VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman took a full round of batting practice on the field this morning, the first time he's done that this spring. Based on the way the Nationals third baseman crushed the ball to all corners of Space Coast Stadium,…

  4. MLBPA: Gonzalez passed drug tests

    Feb 22, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Gio Gonzalez was informed today he passed drug tests taken two days after the Nationals left-hander was initially linked to a Miami clinic under investigation for providing ballplayers with performance enhancing drugs. Gonzalez, who has maintained his innocence all along, revealed he gave both blood and urine samples on Jan. 31 at…

  5. Amped-up Haren working out kinks

    Feb 22, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Dan Haren was a bit too amped up while facing live hitters yesterday. VIERA, Fla. — Good morning from Space Coast Stadium, where today the Nationals conduct their final workout before officially taking the field tomorrow for their Grapefruit League opener against the Mets. Davey Johnson has a…

  6. VIDEO: Harper’s high expectations

    Feb 22, 2013, 3:00 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper may have exceeded our expectations as a rookie, but his performance certainly wasn’t beyond what he expected from himself. Now the 20-year-old outfielder is dead-set on taking his game to another level in his sophomore season, as you’ll hear from Harper himself, plus others, in tonight’s TV segment for Comcast SportsNet.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 18.5
x-Clinched NL East title

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
LOS ANGELES 87 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 85 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.0 +2.0
PITTSBURGH 82 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 74 9.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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