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Mark Zuckerman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Game 137: Mets at Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 9:57 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Game 135: Braves at Nats

    Sep 5, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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.)…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. Game 134: Braves at Nats

    Sep 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. Nats 15, Braves 1: Everybody hits in series-opening rout

    Sep 3, 2015, 10:07 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ final 30 games of the season feature a whole lotta games against the NL East’s three weaklings. And nobody looks weaker right now than the Braves, who entered Thursday’s series opener having lost 15 of their last 16. Make it 16-of-17 after the Nats pummeled them in a rout…

  14. Strasburg fine after bullpen, will start Wednesday vs. Mets

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg threw off the bullpen mound at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon and emerged with no problems, though the club will hold him from starting again until the finale of next week’s do-or-die series with the Mets. Strasburg, who departed his last outing Sunday with neck tightness, received treatment and quickly returned to his…

  15. Game 133: Braves at Nats

    Sep 3, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The last three nights presented perhaps the Nationals’ toughest test the rest of the season: a road series in St. Louis against the best team in baseball. As frustrating as that series proved to be, they emerged with one win. Which, to be honest, is probably what most would have expected going into it. Now,…

  16. Zimmerman leads Nats, not with words, but by example

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman is the last guy in the Nationals clubhouse who is going to gather his teammates together and offer an impassioned plea for better play on the field. There isn’t an ounce of cheerleader in the man’s body. Never has been, never will be. Which doesn’t mean Zimmerman can’t still be a leader of…

  17. Harper leaves game with left glute tightness

    Sep 2, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT


    Bryce Harper departed Wednesday night’s game in St. Louis in the fourth inning with “left glute tightness,” according to the Nationals. Harper popped out to lead off the fourth, reaching for the pitch from Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons and jogging only a few steps out of the batter’s box before turning around and walking back…

  18. Roark to start Friday in Strasburg’s place

    Sep 2, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT


    Stephen Strasburg will not make his next scheduled start, replaced by Tanner Roark for Friday night’s game against the Braves in D.C., manager Matt Williams told reporters in St. Louis on Wednesday. Strasburg, who came out of his last start due to a recurrence of neck tightness, has been able to play catch the last…

  19. Game 132: Nats at Cardinals

    Sep 2, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT

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    The Nationals may have blown two golden opportunities to win games in St. Louis the last two nights, but the Cardinals also did their part to present the Nats with those opportunities, whether in Mike Matheny’s bullpen usage or the need to start Marco Gonzales instead of Carlos Martinez last night. And for tonight’s series…

  20. An inexplicable loss in a season full of them

    Sep 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT


    And you thought Monday’s loss was tough to watch? What transpired Tuesday in St. Louis made the previous night’s game feel pedestrian, as if it was just some run-of-the-mill loss every team suffers during the course of the season. It wasn’t, of course, but the Nationals’ 8-5 loss Tuesday — coincidentally the exact same score…

  21. Severino, Solis, Uggla are 1st September additions

    Sep 1, 2015, 5:19 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ first round of September call-ups include a third-string catcher making his major-league debut, an extra long reliever with experience earlier this season and a veteran hitter returning from a minor injury. Catcher Pedro Severino, left-hander Sammy Solis and infielder Dan Uggla all were added to the Nationals’ roster before Tuesday night’s game in…

  22. Game 131: Nats at Cardinals

    Sep 1, 2015, 4:35 PM EDT

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    Last night was among the Nationals’ most-agonizing losses of the season, but there’s another game to be played tonight. And so they will take the field at Busch Stadium, hoping to snap an 8-game losing streak there that dates all the way back to Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS. It’s an intriguing pitching matchup…

  23. Nationals let another one slip away

    Sep 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT


    You’re not going to win every game. Nobody does. But when you’ve got significant ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it, you can’t afford to give away games that were there for the taking. Which is exactly what the Nationals have done too many times over the last month,…

  24. Game 130: Nats at Cardinals

    Aug 31, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT

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    The schedule over the season’s final five weeks is favorable to the Nationals … except for the next three nights. That’s because they must face the best team in baseball inside a park where that team has been nearly unbeatable. The Cardinals are 84-46 overall, a staggering 46-19 at Busch Stadium. And the Nats, of…

  25. Turner comfortable in debut at second base

    Aug 29, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The first start of any major leaguer’s career is going to feature its share of butterflies-in-the-stomach moments, only more so when that start comes at an unfamiliar position. Trea Turner, though, acquitted himself well Friday night in the first start of his Nationals career, even though it came not at his natural shortstop position but…





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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