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  1. Williams feels pennant race heating up

    Aug 16, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    With the 64-58 Pittsburgh Pirates – current owners of the final NL Wild Card spot – in town, this weekend’s series for the Nationals perhaps feels different than their previous three games up in New York against the Mets. It’s mid-August and it’s two winning teams who could possibly meet later this year in October. Both are still…

  2. Werth close; 2nd opinion for McLouth

    Aug 15, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ banged up outfield got some good news and some bad news in terms of guys recovering from injuries on Friday. First, the good news: Jayson Werth – who is dealing with AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder – looks on track for a Sunday return when the Nats close out their series against…

  3. Game 120: Pirates at Nats

    Aug 15, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals showed this week they could have their way with a struggling team like the Mets. Now we’ll find out how they fare against a Pirates club that despite injuries to Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole currently holds one of the NL’s two wild card positions. Jayson Werth is not in the Nats’ lineup…

  4. The Baseball Show: Summer standouts

    Aug 15, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

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    With the Nationals in the middle of a winning streak, there were plenty of positives to discuss on this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The Nationals are six games up in first place in the NL East, and there have been several standout performers who deserve credit. This first segment looks at how good…

  5. Are Marlins the bigger threat?

    Aug 15, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Though the Atlanta Braves have somehow figured out the formula to dominate the Nats in head-to-head matchups, lately they’ve had much bigger things to worry about. Since beginning the season 17-7, Atlanta is 44-53 in the time since. As Mark Zuckerman noted on Thursday, only the Phillies and Rockies have been worse among NL teams.…

  6. Game 119: Nats at Mets

    Aug 14, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Tonight the Nationals close out their three-game series at Citi Field in search of a sweep of the New York Mets. Stephen Strasburg (8-10, 3.68) will look to overcome his road woes against a club he has handled well in the past. Strasburg, oddly enough, is only making his sixth career start vs. the Mets tonight. Compare…

  7. Baseball in the District – Michael Taylor

    Aug 14, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured three different guests for the very first time. The first was Nats outfielder Michael Taylor, the second was Kevin McAlpin from the Braves radio network and the third was WTOP’s Ben Raby. Taylor talked with Tim Murray about his memorable debut on Tuesday night in an…

  8. Nationals Stock Watch: Fister the ace

    Aug 13, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-2 Team slash: .257/.313/.462 Team ERA:  2.82 Runs per game:  5 STOCK UP Doug Fister, SP: 2-0/ 14.1 IP/ 0.00 ERA As he has for most of this season, Fister continues to be the rock of the Nationals’ rotation. In fact, it might be…

  9. Sizing up Nats’ chances for NL awards

    Aug 13, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    With the Nationals and Braves locked in a race for the NL East division crown, it’s easy to overlook the individual performances that helped earn Washington a first place standing here in the second week of August. I was asked on the radio last week whether Anthony Rendon deserved any MVP consideration and it got…

  10. Taylor shines in MLB debut

    Aug 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The legend of Nats prospect Michael Taylor has developed strongly over the last few months. First it was his defense everyone raved about as the lanky, 6-foot-3 outfielder was a standout during his short time in spring training. Then he hit .319 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI through two months at Double-A Harrisburg. Fast…

  11. Souza’s MRI is clear

    Aug 12, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

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    The Nationals got some good news on Tuesday, as an MRI revealed no structural damage to outfielder Steven Souza, Jr.’s left shoulder. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement to reporters in New York before Tuesday’s game against the Mets. Souza then confirmed it himself on Twitter: Thank God all the results came back with good…

  12. Game 117: Nats at Mets

    Aug 12, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Tonight the Nationals pick back up after a day off on Monday to face the Mets at Citi Field in New York. The weather, however, could have something to say about this one, as a sizable rain storm is making its way up the East Coast today. If they are able to get it in,…

  13. Around the NL East: Braves’ woes continue

    Aug 12, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  After coming off a disastrous road trip in which they lost all eight games they played, the Braves briefly staved off more disappointment with a series win against the Nationals over the weekend. But one series win doesn’t mean they’re all of a sudden out of the woods — not even close. Atlanta…

  14. On to New York

    Aug 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    After losing two of three in Atlanta – the final loss among their most frustrating this season – the Nationals now head north to New York for a three-game series against the Mets. Monday was an off-day, Tuesday is a chance to turn the page. The Nationals this year have had little trouble against the…

  15. Looking ahead to September call-ups

    Aug 11, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

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    The promotion of several Nationals’ top prospects came early this season due to injuries, as both Michael Taylor and Steven Souza were each brought up this month. Both were in line for September call-ups before arriving in D.C., but circumstances at the major league level accelerated the Nationals’ plans. Taylor and Souza are just the…

  16. State of the Nats: Pennant race set to heat up

    Aug 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Pennant race should heat up – Though it was technically an early-August series between the Nationals and Braves, this past weekend sure felt like the beginning of the pennant race. There are seven weeks left in the 2014 season, the Nats have 46 games remaining while the Braves have 45. By the end of the…

  17. MLB Power Rankings: Wild wild west

    Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Athletics (LW: 1) – Roney: They’re primed to finish very strong – not just because of their new rotation, but because when rosters expand Sept. 1, their matchup/platoon capabilities explode. 2. Angels…

  18. Next stop: Atlanta

    Aug 8, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT

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    In the seven weeks since the Nats and Braves last squared off on June 22, the two teams have traveled very different paths. The Nationals in that span have gone 23-16. They lost Ryan Zimmerman to a hamstring injury, but now have Bryce Harper, Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt Thornton in store. They have a 4…

  19. Harper breaks through with walk-off homer

    Aug 7, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Whether there was any validity to the story or not, Bryce Harper once again found his name carried through the mud in the national media this week. He was slumping, yes, but a stint in the minors? Come on. His manager, Matt Williams, technically the spark that produced the controversy in an interview with 106.7…

  20. Instant Analysis: Nats 5, Mets 3 (13)

    Aug 7, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After breaking out of a disappointing stretch with a lopsided win over the Mets on Wednesday night, the Nationals followed up with a second straight victory over New York, setting the stage for a huge series against the Braves in Atlanta this weekend. This one came in extra innings and was punctuated…

  21. Should Espinosa give up switch-hitting?

    Aug 7, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Danny Espinosa’s splits as a switch-hitter are no secret at this point, through five years of his MLB career. Espinosa himself is aware he hits better from the right side of the plate. The team’s front office knows, even manager Matt Williams has acknowledged it. So, why doesn’t Espinosa hit exclusively right-handed? It’s not so simple,…

  22. Game 113: Mets at Nats

    Aug 7, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    After bouncing back on Wednesday night with a 7-1 win over the Mets, the Nationals have a chance to end their homestand with two straight victories before heading to Atlanta to face the Braves. Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) will take the mound in his 23rd start of the season. The right-hander is coming off one of…

  23. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Jason Benetti and Al Galdi

    Aug 7, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ once again featured two guests: voice of the Syracuse Chiefs, Jason Benetti, and host of ‘Chin Music’ and ‘The Drive with Cooley and Czabe’ on ESPN 980, Al Galdi. Benetti was excellent on the development of prospects such as Steven Souza, Jr. – who is now on…

  24. Nationals Stock Watch: Span’s streak continues

    Aug 6, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 2-4 Team slash: .240/.307/.321 Team ERA:  3.93 Runs per game: 4 STOCK UP Denard Span, CF: .423 AVG/ .467 OBP/ 5 SB Is there anything left to say about what Span’s been doing the last month? He’s giving the Nationals everything they could possibly…

  25. Around the NL East: Atlanta stumbling

    Aug 5, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  What has happened to the Braves? After a stretch where it looked like the race for the division title would be neck-and-neck with Washington, Atlanta has suddenly fallen on hard times. The Braves are in the midst of a six-game losing streak and currently sit three games back of first place. Getting swept…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 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.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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