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  1. DeJesus traded to Tampa Bay

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs

    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…

  2. The Baseball Show: What went wrong?

    Aug 23, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    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…

  3. Nats still grinding it out

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Nats still grinding it out

    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…

  4. Suzuki traded to A’s for pitching prospect

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers

    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…

  5. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Cubs 4 (13)

    Aug 22, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    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…

  6. DeJesus saga will be resolved by Friday

    Aug 22, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Game 127: Nats at Cubs

    Aug 22, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    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…

  8. MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers here to stay

    Aug 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    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,…

  9. Hairston delivers in a pinch

    Aug 22, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    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…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 11, Cubs 6

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    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…

  11. Nats ready to look at young players

    Aug 21, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

    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…

  12. Game 126: Nats at Cubs

    Aug 21, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    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…

  13. Nats who’s hot/who’s not – 8/21

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    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,…

  14. Krol optioned, Ohlendorf activated

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Happy to win ugly

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT

    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…

  16. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Cubs 2

    Aug 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    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?…

  17. Game 125: Nats at Cubs

    Aug 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    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…

  18. No suspensions for Strasburg, Johnson

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    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…

  19. Around the NL East: A week of chin music

    Aug 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    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…

  20. Kissimmee votes against spring facility

    Aug 20, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    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'…

  21. Another blowout loss

    Aug 20, 2013, 12:35 AM EDT

    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…

  22. Instant analysis: Cubs 11, Nats 1

    Aug 19, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

    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…

  23. Nats acquire DeJesus, release Bernadina

    Aug 19, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    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…

  24. Game 124: Nats at Cubs

    Aug 19, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    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…

  25. State of the Nats – 8/19

    Aug 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    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,…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
x-WASHINGTON 87 63 -- 0
ATLANTA 75 76 12.5
MIAMI 73 77 14.0
NEW YORK 73 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 81 18.0
Through Tuesday's early games
x-Clinched division title
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
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.
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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