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Mark Zuckerman

  1. Game 142: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 13, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

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    How inept has the Nationals lineup been this weekend? In two games at Marlins Park, that lineup has scored a total of one (unearned) run on 10 hits, only one of them going for extra bases. Is it any wonder, then, that the Nats have lost both games, despite having surrendered only four runs? They’ll…

  2. Storen breaks thumb slamming locker shut

    Sep 12, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT

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    Drew Storen’s late-season meltdown hit a new low Saturday when the Nationals revealed their struggling reliever broke his right thumb slamming shut a door in his locker after giving up the decisive home run in Wednesday’s loss to the Mets. Storen will likely miss the final three weeks of the season, manager Matt Williams told…

  3. Game 141: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 12, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

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    There’s no sugarcoating it: The Nationals are reeling right now, having lost four straight, all via runs scored late by the opposition, too all but officially eliminate themselves from postseason contention. And the challenge doesn’t get any easier tonight in Miami. Jose Fernandez is on the mound for the Marlins, making his first start in…

  4. Same old, same old for Nationals in Miami

    Sep 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals lost a close ballgame Friday night, giving up the winning run in the seventh inning. Really, who could have seen that coming? It’s a broken record now, but one the Nationals can’t shut off. They just keep going around and around in circles, making the same mistakes, losing in the same fashion every…

  5. Game 140: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 11, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

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    The raw emotions of this week’s sweep at the hands of the Mets have had some time to wear off, the Nationals have had a chance to take a day off and tonight they get back to work, the stakes perhaps not nearly as high as they were the last time they took the field…

  6. Have the Nats wasted Harper’s historic season?

    Sep 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper had a phenomenal game Wednesday night at a time when his team needed it most. He homered. He doubled. He homered again, this time with the Nationals trailing the Mets late, their season on the brink of collapse. It was the kind of performance that should have carried the Nationals through a must-win…

  7. A series that defined the Nationals’ season

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:41 AM EDT

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    When the obituaries for the 2015 Washington Nationals are written a few weeks from now — yes, some have already published them, but they’re not officially done yet, they’re just in hospice care — they will try to determine the cause of death. Injuries to their lineup? Underwhelming performances from their star-studded rotation? A bullpen…

  8. Mets 5, Nats 3: Another blown lead caps series sweep

    Sep 9, 2015, 9:46 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It couldn’t happen again. Could it? Well, yes, it could. And the latest installment of A Nightmare on South Capitol Street wasn’t any easier for the Nationals or their fans to watch. Leading by a run entering the eighth inning behind a dominant performance from Stephen Strasburg (13 strikeouts) and offensive…

  9. Williams on criticism: “It’s never any fun”

    Sep 9, 2015, 6:19 PM EDT


    Matt Williams has heard the fervor building over the last few weeks. He knows the criticism being levied at him. But he knows he can’t get caught up in any of that. “Well, it’s never any fun. I can tell you that,” the beleaguered Nationals manager said Wednesday afternoon. “But if I know anything about…

  10. How do the Nationals come back from this one?

    Sep 9, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT


    Matt Williams doesn’t much like talking about big-picture stuff. You’ve repeatedly heard the second-year manager asked about the state of his Nationals this summer, and you’ve repeatedly heard him refuse to take the bait. But then comes a game like Tuesday night — a game that defied logic given the manner in which the Nationals’…

  11. Mets 8, Nats 7: Disastrous 7th inning dooms D.C.

    Sep 8, 2015, 10:26 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Sigh. There are ways to lose a game. And then there are ways to really lose a game. And then there’s what happened tonight at Nationals Park. It was as painful as any loss this team has ever suffered, ranking alongside postseason heartbreakers, arguably even tougher to stomach than those. At…

  12. Ross moving to bullpen, Roark taking rotation spot

    Sep 8, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

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    Joe Ross won’t start another game for the Nationals this season, but he’ll still get opportunities to pitch out of the bullpen over the next four weeks while Tanner Roark takes his spot in the rotation. Sensing their rookie right-hander was showing signs of fatigue as his innings count built up beyond levels from his…

  13. Nats to begin ’16 in Atlanta, home opener vs. Marlins

    Sep 8, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

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    The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day. Major League Baseball…

  14. On middle-inning decisions and blown leads

    Sep 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT


    Does this sound familiar: The Nationals scratch and claw their way to take a 5-3 lead against a first-place club into the sixth or seventh inning, only to watch that lead fritter away and ultimately lose by a score of 8-5? It should sound familiar, because it just happened Monday against the Mets. And last…

  15. Mets 8, Nats 5: Back-and-forth opener goes to N.Y.

    Sep 7, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was a different energy in the air this afternoon as the Nationals and Mets opened a 3-game series unlike anything previously seen in these parts. True pennant race baseball has come to D.C. The fans felt it. The players and managers certainly seemed to feel it, as well, resulting in…

  16. Mets’ plan for Harvey may only include starts vs. Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT


    The soap opera involving the Mets, Matt Harvey, Scott Boras and post-Tommy John surgery innings restrictions took another turn Monday morning when New York general manager Sandy Alderson suggested his young ace might only make two more starts this month and would only face the Nationals during the season’s final weekend if the game still…

  17. Game 137: Mets at Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 9:57 AM EDT

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    In nearly 11 years of baseball back in the District, the Nationals have barely played any regular-season games of truly significant magnitude. Think about it: They ran away with the NL East title in both 2012 and 2014. They collapsed in 2005 before hitting the stretch run. They waited too long to go on their…

  18. Harper’s torrid tear continues during big night vs. Braves

    Sep 6, 2015, 12:36 AM EDT

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    There are the nights when Bryce Harper gets nothing to hit, takes his walks and leaves everything up to his teammates. And then there are the nights when Harper takes matters into his own hands and with several mighty swings of the bat authors yet another chapter to this remarkable season. With a 3-for-4 evening…

  19. Nats 8, Braves 2: More big hits in another rout over Atlanta

    Sep 5, 2015, 10:12 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Thursday night’s series opener was a blowout. Friday night’s game was a nailbiting, extra-inning thriller. Now came another blowout for the Nationals against a Braves ballclub in complete disarray. The Nationals’ bats broke out once again, this time against Shelby Miller, whose hard-luck season reached a new low when he allowed…

  20. Game 135: Braves at Nats

    Sep 5, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

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    It’s a nice, warm Saturday here at Nationals Park, where everybody seems to have a little extra giddy-up in their step today. Must be carryover from last night’s dramatic win over the Braves. (Or perhaps Northwestern’s upset of Stanford earlier today. OK, that’s only why I have a lot of extra giddy-up in my step.)…

  21. A momentum-changing turn of events?

    Sep 5, 2015, 1:49 AM EDT


    Jonathan Papelbon was holding court inside the Nationals’ clubhouse Friday night, the room thumping like it hadn’t in a long time after a 5-2, 10-inning victory over the Braves — with an even bigger roar about to be come moments later when the Marlins walked off the Mets in Miami — when the veteran closer…

  22. Nats 5, Braves 2 (10): Taylor caps stunning rally with homer

    Sep 4, 2015, 10:31 PM EDT


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There are no guarantees in baseball, not even when facing a team that has lost 16 of its last 17 and is giving up runs like they’re on clearance. So it was that one night after mauling the Braves during a 15-1 victory, the Nationals found themselves locked into a tight,…

  23. Barrett has Tommy John surgery, will miss most of 2016

    Sep 4, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Aaron Barrett had Tommy John surgery on Thursday, an expected procedure that will sideline the Nationals reliever through most — if not all — of the 2016 season. Barrett had been on the disabled list since August 5, when he gave up three runs in one-third of an inning against the Diamondbacks and informed club…

  24. Game 134: Braves at Nats

    Sep 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT

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    It’s been more than two months since Tanner Roark started a game for the Nationals, his season broken into multiple parts that have included stints as a long reliever, short reliever, spot starter and minor-league starter. He just served as the latter, making two minor-league starts in advance of his return to the Nats’ rotation…

  25. Harper’s patience pays off during historic game

    Sep 4, 2015, 12:16 AM EDT


    There is perhaps no player in baseball who can wow a stadium full of fans, teammates, opponents and others just by swinging his bat more than Bryce Harper. But what the Nationals’ 22-year-old slugger did Thursday night by never taking that bat off his shoulder actually produced a more awe-inspiring reaction. The Nationals shellacked the…



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Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to recap everything happening with the Nats and across baseball.


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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