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  1. Nats-Mets postponed, day-night doubleheader Saturday

    Oct 2, 2015, 4:36 PM EST

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    NEW YORK — The opener of the Nationals’ final series of the season has been postponed, with heavy rain and strong wind pelting Citi Field all afternoon and not expected to let up all night. The Nats and Mets will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with a makeup game at 1:10 p.m. and the originally…

  2. Rivero adds to impressive rookie year with first save

    Oct 2, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    ATLANTA — Felipe Rivero arrived at his first big-league spring training a promising-but-raw starter who figured to spend the season perfecting his stuff in the minors, hoping perhaps someday well down the road an opportunity would open for him to join the Nationals’ stacked rotation. That, of course, didn’t happen. Not that Rivero is complaining.…

  3. Strasburg’s dramatic turnaround a learning experience

    Oct 2, 2015, 12:05 AM EST

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    ATLANTA — It was Memorial Day, and Stephen Strasburg was an utter mess. He was dealing with a variety of nagging-but-seemingly-minor ailments that either knocked him out of games early or resulted in opponents scoring runs in bunches against him. Strasburg’s ERA stood at 6.55, a staggering 109th out of 110 qualifying major-league starting pitchers.…

  4. Nats 3, Braves 0: Strasburg strong in series finale

    Oct 1, 2015, 9:57 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing left to play for on the team level, so attention shifts to individual performance during the season’s final week. And there has been no better individual performing better for the Nationals down the stretch than Stephen Strasburg. Distancing himself even further from his disastrous first half of the season,…

  5. Where does Escobar fit into 2016 infield?

    Oct 1, 2015, 6:39 PM EST

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    ATLANTA — Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Thursday night, the fourth straight game he has missed with back spasms, but the veteran infielder appears likely to return for this weekend’s final series in New York. “He’s going to need one more [day off],” manager Matt Williams said prior to Thursday’s game. “He’s…

  6. Game 159: Nats at Braves

    Oct 1, 2015, 3:42 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — The forecast here tonight is lousy. It’s supposed to start raining sometime around first pitch, and once it starts it’s not supposed to stop. But they’ve apparently have sold 38,000 tickets to tonight’s game, not because 38,000 people are excited to watch the Nationals and Braves but because somebody named Sam Hunt is…

  7. Slump leaves Harper in battle for batting title

    Oct 1, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    ATLANTA — What looked like close to a sure thing only a few days ago — a batting title for Bryce Harper — is now completely up for grabs over the season’s final four days. Harper has seen his lead over the Marlins’ Dee Gordon shrink to a mere two-thousandths of a point during his…

  8. Disappointing finish for best pitcher in Nats history

    Sep 30, 2015, 11:23 PM EST

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    ATLANTA — He didn’t arrive in D.C. with the hype that surrounded Stephen Strasburg. He doesn’t own a major award like Max Scherzer. He has never won 20 games like Gio Gonzalez. And he certainly didn’t display flair on and off the field like Livan Hernandez. None of that mattered, though, with Jordan Zimmermann. Simply…

  9. Braves 2, Nats 0: Shut down again by Atlanta pitching

    Sep 30, 2015, 9:22 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals aren’t exactly putting forth their best performance in the waning days of a lost season. For the second straight night, they were shut down by a Braves pitching staff that has ranked among the league’s worst all year. Despite a bunch of golden opportunities early against Williams Perez, they…

  10. Williams on criticism: “All of the facts aren’t out there”

    Sep 30, 2015, 6:18 PM EST

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    ATLANTA — Matt Williams defended himself Wednesday against a new round of harsh criticism levied at him, saying “all of the facts aren’t out there” but declining to go into more detail at this point, with five games still remaining on the Nationals’ schedule. Responding to a question about a Washington Post expose detailing the…

  11. Game 158: Nats at Braves

    Sep 30, 2015, 3:48 PM EST

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    ATLANTA — Jordan Zimmermann made his final start at Nationals Park last Friday night, an event that drew plenty of attention, in part because it didn’t end the way anyone would have liked for it to end. But the right-hander still had one more start to make in a Nationals uniform, and it will come…

  12. Turner’s 1st homer, Harper’s record and Desmond’s bunt

    Sep 30, 2015, 10:03 AM EST


    ATLANTA — The jokes were flying around the Nationals’ clubhouse Tuesday night, with teammates taking every opportunity they could to turn Trea Turner’s first career homer into an excuse to make fun of his boyish looks and physique. “For 135 pounds soaking wet, he hit that ball a long way,” Ian Desmond cracked. “He might…

  13. Confidence boost for Roark, even in loss

    Sep 29, 2015, 11:36 PM EST

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    ATLANTA — It was a loss, one of seven he has suffered this season, one of 77 the Nationals collectively have endured in 2015. So Tanner Roark couldn’t exactly be all smiles in the clubhouse at Turner Field after Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Braves. Roark, though, did his share of…

  14. Braves 2, Nats 1: Pierzynski’s homers the difference

    Sep 29, 2015, 9:40 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After the chaos that accompanied their final homestand of the season, the Nationals opened their final road trip Tuesday night, hoping matters would calm down and focus would return to baseball. It did, but that didn’t necessarily translate into winning baseball. A.J. Pierzynski’s two home runs off Tanner Roark proved the…

  15. Zimmerman won’t return from oblique strain

    Sep 29, 2015, 6:40 PM EST

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    ATLANTA — It comes as no surprise at this point, but Ryan Zimmerman won’t have enough time to return from a strained oblique muscle to play before the end of the season. Sidelined for three weeks with the ailment, Zimmerman has been trying to get himself feeling well enough to return to the field before…

  16. Game 157: Nats at Braves

    Sep 29, 2015, 3:30 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — And a good afternoon to you from Turner Field, where the tarp is on the field and the rain has been falling all day. The forecast does appear to improve some as the night progresses, but there’s at least a 50 percent chance of rain each of the next three days here in…

  17. Papelbon’s long-term future after incident is murky

    Sep 29, 2015, 6:06 AM EST

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    The Nationals took swift action Monday to address Jonathan Papelbon’s short-term future with the organization, suspending the volatile closer for the remainder of the season after his dugout attack on Bryce Harper the previous afternoon. The organization’s long-term plan for Papelbon, though, remains quite murky. Papelbon is under contract for another season; that was among…

  18. Rizzo gives his side of Papelbon/Harper punishments

    Sep 28, 2015, 7:44 PM EST

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    Mike Rizzo further justified the Nationals’ decision to suspend Jonathan Papelbon four games and bench Bryce Harper one game Monday evening, citing the disparity in punishments between the two players as “equitable” given their roles in Sunday’s dugout fight. “You could see, by the type of discipline we placed on both players, which we thought…

  19. Nats 5, Reds 1: Scherzer takes no-hitter into 8th

    Sep 28, 2015, 5:42 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Given everything that has transpired over the last week — official elimination from the NL East race, the plunking of Manny Machado, the dugout brawl between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper — there seemed little reason to pay attention to what actually was going to take place on the field Monday…

  20. Williams takes responsibility for leaving Papelbon in game

    Sep 28, 2015, 4:25 PM EST

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    Matt Williams admitted fault for not recognizing the severity of Sunday’s dugout fracas between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper and for letting his now-suspended closer re-take the mound after the incident. “I take responsibility for that,” Williams said Monday afternoon. “I could have gotten more information in that regard. I could have gotten more specifics…

  21. Game 156: Reds at Nats

    Sep 28, 2015, 2:42 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Well, they’ll still be playing a ballgame here today. It’s the final home game of the season, and a bizarre one at that, considering it’s one game against the Reds, who had to fly into town just for this makeup after their July 8 game was rained out. It means nothing in the standings. And…

  22. Ugly incident speaks to organization-wide problems

    Sep 28, 2015, 1:19 AM EST


    Had Sunday afternoon’s dugout fracas at Nationals Park been a purely isolated incident, it might be easy to shrug it off as one of those unfortunate things that happens every once in awhile in sports. Teammates get into a heated argument, one goes after the other, everybody else rushes in to break it up. This…

  23. An emotionless D.C. finale for Zimmermann, Nats

    Sep 25, 2015, 11:40 PM EST


    Jordan Zimmermann and Matt Williams are many things, but sentimental men they most certainly are not. Both the Nationals right-hander and his manager care too much about the competition at hand to get caught up in emotions. So the fact neither made much of the manner in which Zimmermann departed Friday night’s 8-2 loss to…

  24. Phillies 8, Nats 2: On cusp of elimination after ugly loss

    Sep 25, 2015, 9:35 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals already were moving ever closer to elimination when they took the field for the opener of a weekend series with the Phillies. The crowd of 31,019 that gathered on South Capitol Street did so knowing the outcome of the game would be secondary to the reception the man on…

  25. Game 153: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 25, 2015, 3:30 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Jordan Zimmermann made his first career start at Nationals Park on April 20, 2009, in front of a sparse gathering of a few hundred fans who waited out a 2-hour, 10-minute rain delay to see a promising rookie right-hander beat the Braves, 3-2. Tonight, Zimmermann takes the mound at Nationals Park for the 94th time…





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.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at Click here for past audio clips.

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