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  1. Zim showing he can throw from left

    Jun 20, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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    By all accounts, the experiment of putting Ryan Zimmerman in left field has been a relative success for the Nationals. Though his natural position is third base, he has shown the athletic ability to more than hold his own while working in a larger space. One thing that had eluded Zimmerman for several weeks, however,…

  2. Braves’ Floyd breaks elbow vs. Nats

    Jun 20, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd – an Annapolis, Md. native – was cruising through his start against the Nationals on Thursday night, enjoying his best outing of the season. The 31-year-old was facing Jayson Werth in the first at-bat of the bottom of the seventh inning, having already thrown six scoreless frames with two hits allowed…

  3. Harper puts on show in BP

    Jun 19, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper took the field to take batting practice and catch outfield flyballs before the Nationals game against the Braves on Thursday. Both were firsts in his recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb, and how he feels in the coming days could determine when he begins a minor league rehab assignment. Harper…

  4. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 19, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

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    It’s been two long months since the Nationals and Braves squared off, as they each played six of their first 12 games of the season against each other. Now they go at it in a midseason, four-game series that could vault either team into a commanding lead in the National League East. Jordan Zimmermann (5-3, 2.98) will…

  5. Nationals Stock Watch: Bullpen up, offense down

    Jun 19, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 2-4 Team slash: .214/.308/.277 Team ERA:  4.42 Runs per game: 2.66 STOCK UP Rafael Soriano, RP: 3 GP, 3.0 IP/2 SV/0.00 ERA He might frighten fans every time he comes in a game during a save situation, but Soriano still finds a way to get it…

  6. Matt Williams remembers Tony Gwynn

    Jun 18, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

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    In the outpour of Tony Gwynn remembrances since his untimely death at the age of 54 on Monday, you may have noticed a lot of people mentioning the 5.5 hole, also known as the space between the third baseman and the shortstop on a baseball diamond. As a left-handed hitter who could spray baseballs all over a…

  7. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – Mark Zuckerman & Michael Taylor

    Jun 18, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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    This week on ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I brought in two excellent guests, one of the Nationals’ top prospects and CSN’s very own Mark Zuckerman. Harrisburg Senators outfielder Michael Taylor joined us first to talk about his breakout year in the minor leagues. The former sixth round pick is…

  8. Cedeno optioned for Gio’s return

    Jun 17, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Needing a roster spot for the return of Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday, the Nationals optioned lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse late Tuesday night. Cedeno, 27, made just one appearance in his recent stint with the big league club, a scoreless inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 14. He was called up…

  9. Strasburg reflects on Tony Gwynn

    Jun 17, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg addressed the media in front of his locker at Nationals Park on Tuesday, holding back tears as he spoke fondly of his college coach, Tony Gwynn, a man he grew up admiring as a child in San Diego before later working with him on a daily basis for three years of his life. Gwynn passed…

  10. Harper swings in cage for first time

    Jun 17, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper took a significant step forward in his rehab from left thumb surgery on Tuesday, as the two-time All-Star took swings with two hands for the first time in a batting cage. Manager Matt Williams described it as soft-toss and said he could be close to resuming full baseball activities on the field.…

  11. Around the NL East: A three team race?

    Jun 17, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves continue to tread water as division leaders, regaining the top spot after wrestling back the lead from the Nationals despite a 3-4 week. They head into Tuesday night’s slate of games with a half game lead over Washington while also being just a game in front of Miami. As we head…

  12. Nats face upstart Astros

    Jun 16, 2014, 8:51 PM EDT

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    With the Atlanta Braves coming to town this week for four games, it’s easy to overlook the Nats’ first opponent of this upcoming homestand. The Houston Astros – owners of the worst record in baseball each of the last three seasons – will be in Washington for a two-game series before the NL East main event…

  13. State of the Nats: Big week at home

    Jun 16, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats return home after long trip – The Nationals just completed their longest West Coast trip of the season, a 10-day gauntlet that ran them through San Diego, San Francisco and St. Louis. It started off well, as the Nats swept the Padres and took three of four against San Francisco. But then came…

  14. Game 68: Nats at Cardinals

    Jun 15, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Losers of three straight, the Nationals enter Sunday looking to salvage their series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a win. They have scored a total of two runs over those three games as their offense has gone dormant. Given all of that, now is probably the perfect time to have Doug Fister (5-1, 2.68)…

  15. The Baseball Show: Nats rotation as advertised

    Jun 14, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Though the Nationals have recently lost two consecutive games, overall it appears they have turned a corner of late. They are healthy and starting to see improvement all around their roster. Leading the way in recent weeks has been the Nationals’ rotation. In this first clip from this week’s The Baseball Show, Mark talks with Rob Carlin…

  16. MLB Power Rankings: Nats moving up

    Jun 13, 2014, 1:03 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: 1. Oakland Athletics (LW: 2) – Hughes: The Athletics host the Orioles right after the All-Star break. I’m sure their fans will be happy to see Manny Machado. 2. San Francisco Giants (LW: 1) – Hughes: They may…

  17. Gio much better in second rehab start

    Jun 12, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez completed his second minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night, and this time came away with much better results. The lefty threw four innings for the Single-A Potomac Nationals and allowed one run on two hits and four walks. He faced 18 batters and struck out seven. Gonzalez pitched against the Winston-Salem Dash, an affiliate…

  18. Game 65: Nats at Giants

    Jun 12, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

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    After three impressive wins against the Giants, the Nationals enter Thursday looking for the rare four-game sweep. In order to do so, however, they’ll have to overcome their unfortunate history against Giants starter Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.97). As a member of the Braves for nine years, Hudson dominated the Nationals. He has faced them 29 times…

  19. Nats keep rolling in San Francisco

    Jun 12, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals traveled to San Francisco this week looking to challenge the Giants and their best record in baseball, but so far through three games it’s been Washington who has looked like the better team. On Wednesday night they again beat the Giants in convincing fashion, controlling the game from start to finish. Tanner Roark outpitched Matt…

  20. Nationals Stock Watch: Firing on all cylinders

    Jun 11, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 6-1 Team slash: .273/.337/.457 Team ERA:  1.34 Runs per game: 6.42 STOCK UP  Ian Desmond, SS: .333 AVG/2 HR/9 RBI/.750 SLG The Nationals’ offense continues to hit its stride, as different members of the lineup are taking turns getting hot, and this week it was…

  21. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – Giants’ voice Dave Flemming

    Jun 11, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

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    With the Nationals playing their best baseball of 2014, there were plenty of positives to talk about this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I discussed the Nats’ recent resurgence and specifically what they will need to do to sustain it moving forward. With the team in the middle of a…

  22. Around the NL East: Braves losing their grip?

    Jun 10, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  It was only a matter of time before the Braves’ inconsistent play caught up with them. We mentioned in this space over the last few weeks that if Atlanta did not take advantage of a mediocre division, that at least one the teams chasing them would eventually close the gap. That finally happened this…

  23. State of the Nats: Giants up next

    Jun 9, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Four games in San Francisco – Winners of seven of their last nine games, the Nationals are starting to look like contenders once again. They are healthy and scoring runs, and their starting rotation is getting stronger by the game. Monday night they will have quite the test in the San Francisco Giants, owners of the…

  24. Williams heads ‘home’ to San Francisco

    Jun 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For a series in early June, the upcoming four-game bout between the Nationals and Giants has no shortage of storylines. It’s the two hottest teams in the National League squaring off in one of baseball’s most pristine parks. Four days between two heavyweights, hosted in a cathedral of the game. One of those storylines is…

  25. Game 61: Nats at Padres

    Jun 8, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

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    The Nationals took a tough loss in extra innings on Saturday night after a rare meltdown for their bullpen. Today they pick back up with a quick turnaround to go for the series win out in San Diego. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.59) will look to build off his strong outing his last time out against…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 77 56 --
ATLANTA 72 65 6.0
MIAMI 68 69 11.0
NEW YORK 64 73 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 62 74 15.5
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies 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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