Aug 23, 2013, 1:50 PM EST
The David DeJesus Era in Washington lasted all of four days. And never even made it to Washington. The Nationals traded DeJesus to the Rays today for a player-to-be-named or cash considerations, acquiring and then moving the veteran outfielder in a manner that only a Wall Street day trader could truly appreciate. Monday’s acquisition of…
Aug 23, 2013, 12:39 PM EST
As of today the Nationals sit 9.5 games out of the final NL Wild Card spot and, despite a recent three-game winning streak, there may not be enough time left for them to make a playoff push. With that in mind, Mark and the crew discussed what went wrong with the Nats this season and…
Aug 23, 2013, 10:00 AM EST
CHICAGO — There was the 2-hour rain delay before the game ever began. There were the misplays across the diamond, with three of the four infielders either bench players or manning an unfamiliar position. And, of course, there was the gut-punch of Stephen Strasburg serving up the game-tying homer with two outs in the bottom…
Aug 23, 2013, 1:16 AM EST
CHICAGO — The Nationals acquired Kurt Suzuki from the Athletics last August to help fill the void created by Wilson Ramos' torn ACL, and the veteran catcher responded by becoming a key part of a division championship roster. One year later, with Ramos fully healthy and firmly establishing himself as the club's long-term answer behind…
Aug 22, 2013, 8:25 PM EST
Associated Press Game in a nutshell: After waiting out a 2-hour rain delay before they took the field, and with a flight to Kansas City still to make tonight, the Nationals had to be antsy to jump out to a quick lead and then hand things over to Stephen Strasburg. They did just that, getting…
Aug 22, 2013, 1:29 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images CHICAGO — David DeJesus' strange saga with the Nationals will be resolved by Friday, with the veteran outfielder either staying in Washington or moving to the Rays via another waiver-claim deal. DeJesus, acquired by the Nationals from the Cubs on Monday in a waiver-claim trade for a player to be named…
Aug 22, 2013, 12:02 PM EST
Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER CHICAGO — Hello one last time from Wrigley Field, where the weather has taken a turn for the worse. There's a fairly intense storm system making its way through the area, and it could impact the start of today's series finale between the Nationals and Cubs. Stay tuned for weather…
Aug 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EST
Photo by USA Today By Steve Roney CSNwashington.com There are many reasons for the Dodgers' ascension — from Adrian Gonzalez' consistency and Yasiel Puig's flash to the shutdown pitching. Blazing hot after the break, they're exactly the sort of team that no one wants to run into in October. Here's how Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman,…
Aug 22, 2013, 1:31 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images CHICAGO — There is no tougher ballpark in America in which to pinch-hit than Wrigley Field, where the lone batting cage is tucked away underneath the right field bleachers and thus is inaccessible to players during the course of a game. Scott Hairston, though, has spent his share of time playing…
Aug 21, 2013, 11:33 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Game in a nutshell: The Nationals jumped out to an early 6-1 lead behind another homer from Jayson Werth and a two-run single from Kurt Suzuki. But Ross Ohlendorf and Tanner Roark gave the entire lead back in the bottom of the fifth amid a flurry of base hits. Roark, an…
Aug 21, 2013, 7:49 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images CHICAGO — The Nationals never thought this would be the case in a season with the highest of expectations, but they are preparing to start looking at more young players over the next six weeks at the expense of a few veteran regulars. Manager Davey Johnson said he plans to give…
Aug 21, 2013, 4:21 PM EST
Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER CHICAGO — We're back at Wrigley Field for a third straight night game. That's a rarity around here. The Nationals will hope to pick up where they left off last night … well, perhaps producing a few more hits with men in scoring position than they did in their 4-1…
Aug 21, 2013, 1:46 PM EST
Photo by USA Today By Steve Roney CSNwashington.com The Nationals' past week, at a glance: Record: 3-4 Team slash: .269/.343/.377 Team ERA: 4.28 Runs per game: 3.6 Opponent runs per game: 4.9 Opponent slash: .227/.292/.438 HOT Dan Haren, SP/RP: 1-0/1 SV/1.38 ERA/0.85 WHIP/13 IP/11 K Nobody on the Nationals, or in the majors in general,…
Aug 21, 2013, 10:25 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images CHICAGO — Needing to clear a roster spot for Ross Ohlendorf, who will come off the disabled list to start Wednesday, the Nationals optioned left-hander Ian Krol to Class AAA following Tuesday night's 4-2 victory over the Cubs. Krol's stay in Syracuse won't be long; manager Davey Johnson said the reliever…
Aug 21, 2013, 1:42 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images CHICAGO — Very little about the Nationals’ 4-1 victory over the Cubs Tuesday night was aesthetically pleasing. Dan Haren, feeling a bit off after making a surprise relief appearance only three days earlier, gutted his way through six innings on the mound. Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman committed errors on routine…
Aug 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Game in a nutshell: After a blowout loss on Monday night against their least-effective starter, the Nationals turned to their best pitcher to stop the bleeding and author a gem. Who would have imagined a month ago Jordan Zimmermann would fit the first description while Dan Haren would fit the latter?…
Aug 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EST
Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER CHICAGO — Davey Johnson has suggested in recent days he plans to start sitting some of his left-handed hitters when a fellow lefty is starting against the Nationals. So with young Chris Rusin on the mound tonight for the Cubs, Johnson is following through with his promise. Adam LaRoche is…
Aug 20, 2013, 4:36 PM EST
Associated Press CHICAGO — Major League Baseball has determined neither Stephen Strasburg nor Davey Johnson will be suspended after each was ejected from the Nationals’ game Saturday night in Atlanta, essentially ruling Strasburg did not intentionally throw at Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. No announcement has been made by MLB regarding the situation, but a league…
Aug 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST
Photo by USA Today By Steve Roney CSNwashington.com Yeah, the Braves have widened their division lead, which at 16 games is more than double the next most-substantial margin: LA's 7.5-game lead over Arizona. That just sets up the rest of the division to play a very underrated late-summer role: that of the spoiler. Washington, New…
Aug 20, 2013, 11:47 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Updated at 8:03 p.m. CHICAGO — The Nationals' long-standing attempt to find a new spring training home took another hit Monday night when a plan to construct a $98 million facility in Kissimmee, Fla., was struck down by Osceola County commissioners. In a 4-1 vote, the commissioners resoundingly rejected the Nationals'…
Aug 20, 2013, 12:35 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images CHICAGO — Jordan Zimmermann insists he feels fine. There’s nothing wrong with his arm, and the 95 mph fastballs he threw Monday night would seem to confirm that. And the right-hander says his neck, a problem earlier this summer, isn’t an issue right now. So, what are we to make of…
Aug 19, 2013, 10:23 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Game in a nutshell: After a rough weekend in Atlanta, the Nationals arrived in Chicago hoping they might fare a bit better against a struggling Cubs team with a not-so-imposing lineup. Boy, were they wrong. Jordan Zimmermann got lit up for eight runs over five innings in one of the worst…
Aug 19, 2013, 7:55 PM EST
Associated Press Updated at 7:55 p.m. By Mark Zuckerman CHICAGO — David DeJesus was out having lunch with his wife on Monday when the Cubs outfielder realized he has missed a call from team president Theo Epstein. Kim DeJesus told her husband, “You probably got traded.” Two hours later, David DeJesus was standing outside the…
Aug 19, 2013, 6:58 PM EST
Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER CHICAGO — Hello from the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, where it's an absolutely gorgeous August evening on the north side of Chicago. The Nationals open a four-game series with the Cubs tonight, a rare trip here with three straight night games and only one day game at the last…
Aug 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Photo by USA Today Team Record: 60-63 (24-26)N.L. East Standings Wild Card Standings Offensive Game of the Week: Jayson Werth 8/17 vs. Braves – 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2B Pitching Line of the Week: Tanner Roark 8/17 vs. Braves – 4.0 IP (in relief), 0 ER, H, BB, 6 SO, 50 pitches,…
ON THE RADIO
As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2013 schedule (subject to change)...
TUE: 12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
WED: 2:30 p.m.
THU: 4:30 p.m.
FRI: 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
SAT: 9:30 a.m.
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