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  1. Span heading to Dallas for exam, won’t play this weekend

    Jul 8, 2015, 6:41 PM EST

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    Denard Span will travel to Dallas on Thursday to have his injured back examined by a specialist, and though he hasn’t been placed on the disabled list yet the Nationals center fielder said he won’t play at all in this weekend’s series in Baltimore. “No chance,” Span said, before adding: “Definitely not helping the team…

  2. Game 85: Reds at Nats

    Jul 8, 2015, 3:25 PM EST

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    Another day, another depleted lineup card filled out by Matt Williams. Denard Span and Yunel Escobar once again are not playing due to injuries, and as of this posting, the Nationals have announced no roster moves. Which means they’ll be playing with an extremely short bench again for tonight’s series finale against the Reds. How…

  3. No DL yet, but Span bracing for possibility

    Jul 7, 2015, 11:23 PM EST

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    Denard Span, in official terms, was still a member of the Nationals’ active roster late Tuesday night. The veteran center fielder, though, sure sounded like a guy who believes he needs to take some extended time off with a back injury that just won’t go away. “I’ve tried to play through it for the last…

  4. Reds 5, Nats 0: Scherzer rocked during rare off-night

    Jul 7, 2015, 9:35 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a premier pitching matchup between one guy in the middle of a stretch of dominance not seen in a long time and another guy who has been among baseball’s best pitchers for several years. And it didn’t come close to living up to the billing. Max Scherzer…

  5. Game 84: Reds at Nats

    Jul 7, 2015, 3:29 PM EST

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    As far as pitching matchups go, they don’t get much better right now than Max Scherzer vs. Johnny Cueto. Scherzer, of course, is in the middle of a historic stretch that has seen him throw a no-hitter, a 1-hitter and strike out 42 batters while walking only one. Cueto, meanwhile, owns a 2.84 ERA and…

  6. Fister still working out mechanical glitches

    Jul 7, 2015, 10:56 AM EST

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    Doug Fister, even-keeled as they get, strives for nothing more than consistency when he pitches. Which made Monday night’s start against the Reds — and a few others since he returned from the disabled list — particularly frustrating for the Nationals right-hander. “For me, there’s some inconsistency there on the mound,” he said. “I’m not…

  7. Span and Escobar go down again

    Jul 6, 2015, 11:41 PM EST

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    It has become an all-too-familiar scene for the Nationals, a player leaving a game early with an apparent injury. And when it happened twice on Monday night, to two of the club’s most-important and most-productive veterans, it could only leave everyone in the organization hoping neither Denard Span nor Yunel Escobar was seriously hurt. The…

  8. Reds 3, Nats 2: D.C. drops fourth straight to Cincy

    Jul 6, 2015, 10:17 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an impressive, 3-game sweep of the defending champion Giants, the Nationals opened a 3-game series against a struggling Reds team that for some reason has owned them this season. And the script didn’t change on this night. Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer off Casey Janssen in the top…

  9. Scherzer named All-Star; Storen, Escobar left out

    Jul 6, 2015, 7:19 PM EST


    Max Scherzer was named to the NL All-Star team Monday evening and will join teammate Bryce Harper next week in Cincinnati as the Nationals’ lone representatives for the Midsummer Classic. For now. Scherzer, arguably the NL’s best pitcher through the season’s first half, is the logical choice to start next Tuesday night’s game at Great…

  10. Harper won’t participate in Home Run Derby

    Jul 6, 2015, 5:30 PM EST

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    Bryce Harper won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, not wanting to compete in the annual All-Star Game event with his father injured and unavailable to pitch to him. Harper, who finished runner-up in the 2013 derby at Citi Field with father Ron as his pitcher, said he couldn’t imagine participating again with anybody…

  11. Game 83: Reds at Nats

    Jul 6, 2015, 4:13 PM EST

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    Fresh off a 3-game sweep of the winner of three of the last five World Series, the Nationals now turn their attention to a struggling team that swept five weeks ago. The Cincinnati Reds have been facing an uphill battle all season, but they are 3-0 against the Nats after a perfect late-May weekend at…

  12. Robinson’s bat, Strasburg’s injury and weekend predictions

    Jul 6, 2015, 11:00 AM EST


    What an eventful weekend it turned out to be for the Nationals. (Then again, it feels like every week this season has been eventful for this team, for both positive and negative reasons.) The good news this weekend: The Nats swept the Giants, got more dominant pitching performances from Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, got…

  13. Game 82: Giants at Nats

    Jul 5, 2015, 4:48 PM EST

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    The bad news: Stephen Strasburg is back on the DL, this time with a left oblique strain. With the Nationals not needing a fifth starter until after the All-Star break, Taylor Jordan has been recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to serve as a long man in the bullpen for the time being. The good news:…

  14. Game 81: Giants at Nats

    Jul 4, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a ballgame in the nation’s capital against the defending World Series champions? It’s tough to top that. The Nationals and Giants continue their series today, and continuing with recent July 4th tradition, the game will begin at 11:05 a.m. (weather permitting, of course). Stephen Strasburg is…

  15. Game 80: Giants at Nats

    Jul 3, 2015, 2:35 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The last time the Nationals hosted the Giants … well, I guess the less said the better. You all know what happened. It’s a new season, though, and this weekend the Nats have an opportunity to keep their hot streak going against the defending champs. Gio Gonzalez gets the start in tonight’s series opener (note…

  16. Wacky way for Scherzer, Nats to lose

    Jul 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    OK, so he lost his perfect game bid in the third inning, not the sixth, seventh or ninth like he had the last three times he pitched. And he gave up a couple of runs on five hits, proving himself to be something less than superhuman for the first time in a long time. Max…

  17. Game 79: Nats at Braves

    Jul 2, 2015, 3:44 PM EST

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    Not since Stephen Strasburg’s rookie season has the baseball world been captivated to watch every pitch of one man’s starts. That’s where we are right now with Max Scherzer, whose every appearance on the mound is a major event. And deservedly so, considering the man has carried a perfect game into the sixth inning in…

  18. Nats make first significant international signing in years

    Jul 2, 2015, 11:17 AM EST

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    The Nationals have signed Dominican outfielder Juan Soto to a $1.5 million bonus, the organization’s first international signing of any significant consequence since the notorious Esmailyn Gonzalez fiasco nearly a decade ago. The signing has not been formally announced yet, but it was confirmed by a club source.’s Jesse Sanchez first reported the deal.…

  19. Lineup goes quiet in 4-1 loss to Braves

    Jul 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    There are nights when the Nationals’ lineup looks capable of posting big numbers, no matter how many regulars find themselves shelved due to injury. And then there are nights like Wednesday. The Nationals looked feeble at the plate during their 4-1 loss to the Braves, held to a measly four hits by rookie right-hander Matt…

  20. Game 78: Nats at Braves

    Jul 1, 2015, 3:48 PM EST

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    All is well in NatsTown at the moment. They’ve won nine of their last 10. They’ve opened up a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL East. Their rotation has been on a dominant stretch. And, get this, they’re actually using the same lineup tonight as they used during last night’s 6-1 victory over the Braves.…

  21. Nats roll to 9th straight win over Atlanta

    Jul 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    There was a time, really not all that long ago, when any victory by the Nationals over the Braves was cause for celebration, something to be savored given how rare it was. Not so much anymore. These days, anything other than a win over Atlanta is cause for concern, as if something must be wrong…

  22. Game 77: Nats at Braves

    Jun 30, 2015, 3:58 PM EST

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    After a wild weekend of baseball in Philadelphia, the Nationals now head to Atlanta to wrap up their road trip with a 3-game series against the Braves. Hey, remember the whole “The Nats can’t beat the Braves ’cause they’re in their heads” thing? Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore. The Nationals have won eight straight against…

  23. Desmond showing signs of breaking out of slump

    Jun 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

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    PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond wasn’t going to get too excited over a couple of strong days at the plate, even if they included a monstrous home run and several more quality at-bats. “Baby steps,” the Nationals shortstop said after Sunday’s doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. “I feel like I’m moving in the right direction.” For…

  24. On a long, up-and-down day, Strasburg stands tall

    Jun 28, 2015, 8:47 PM EST

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    PHILADELPHIA — A lot happened over the course of seven hours Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, where the Nationals and Phillies engaged in 18 innings of baseball, some of it good and some of it bad and some of it painful. A doubleheader split — a 3-2 victory in the opener, then an 8-5 loss…

  25. Phillies 8, Nats 5: Roark rocked as winning streak ends at 8

    Jun 28, 2015, 8:01 PM EST


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a dazzling performance by Stephen Strasburg in the opener of their doubleheader, the Nationals were hoping for something special out of Tanner Roark in the nightcap. They didn’t get it, nor did they get enough offense against the Phillies’ fill-in starter, Severino Gonzalez, and thus were left to settle for…





As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 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: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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