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  1. Roster review: Ian Desmond

    Oct 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: 3rd round pick, 2004 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 27 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $6.5 million Contract status: Signed for $11 million in 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 154G, 648 PA, 73 R, 151 H, 26 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 91 RBI, 24 SB,…

  2. Roster review: Asdrubal Cabrera

    Oct 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Traded from Indians for INF Zach Walters, July 2014 MLB service time: 7 years, 27 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $10 million (Indians paid entire salary) Contract status: Free agent 2014 stats (total): 146 G, 616 PA, 74 R, 133 H, 31 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 61 RBI,…

  3. Roster review: Anthony Rendon

    Oct 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 130 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.8 million Contract status: Club option for 2015, likely Super-2 arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2020. 2014 Stats: 153 G, 683 PA, 111 R, 176 H, 39 2B, 6 3B, 21 HR,…

  4. Roster review: Jayson Werth

    Oct 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 35 How acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2010 MLB service time: 11 years, 102 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $20 million Contract status: Signed for $21 million in 2015, $21 million in 2016, $21 million in 2017, free agent in 2018 2014 stats: 147 G, 629 PA, 85 R, 156 H, 37 2B,…

  5. Roster review: Denard Span

    Oct 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Alex Meyer, Nov. 2012 MLB service time: 6 years, 111 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $6.5 million Contract status: $9 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) in 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 Stats: 147 G, 668 PA, 94 R, 184 H, 39 2B,…

  6. Roster review: Bryce Harper

    Oct 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 22 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 159 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $2.15 million Contract status: Signed for $2.25 million in 2015, arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2014 Stats: 100 G, 395 PA, 41 R, 96 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR,…

  7. Offseason storyline No. 5: End of the road for some?

    Oct 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, concluding today with the No. 5 storyline: Might the Nats part ways with three once-touted prospects (Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa,…

  8. Offseason storyline No. 4: Bolster the bullpen?

    Oct 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 4 storyline: Wondering whether one of the majors’ best bullpens might be bolstered even more…

  9. Offseason storyline No. 3: What’s on second?

    Oct 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 3 storyline: Figuring out who will play the one starting position on the field that…

  10. Offseason storyline No. 2: Lock up Desmond, Zimmermann?

    Oct 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Attempting to sign Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann and/or Doug Fister to long-term extensions…

  11. Offseason storyline No. 1: Who’s on first?

    Oct 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over the next five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, beginning today with the No. 1 storyline: Figuring out who will play first base in 2015, and the domino…

  12. Cabrera would play 2B if Nats want him back

    Oct 9, 2014, 1:00 PM EST

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    When injuries forced the Nationals into acquiring a second baseman this summer, they went out and got Asdrubal Cabrera, a former All-Star shortstop with the Indians who switched to the other side of the infield for the first time in five years and performed admirably down the stretch for his new club. Cabrera now is…

  13. Regular-season success, postseason heartache

    Oct 8, 2014, 8:30 AM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Zimmerman, even-keeled to the end, tried to put into perspective what has happened to the Nationals the last three seasons. “I think winning the division two out of three years is pretty good,” the veteran third baseman said late Tuesday night inside the losing clubhouse at AT&T Park. “I think people…

  14. UPDATED: Mistakes doom Nats in season-ending loss

    Oct 8, 2014, 12:23 AM EST

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    Updated at 4:00 a.m. SAN FRANCISCO — Postseason baseball requires the utmost precision. Every pitch is magnified. Every swing is crucial. Every fielding attempt is life-or-death. The teams that win in October are the ones, quite simply, that don’t make mistakes. They pitch well. They hit at the right moments. They make all the plays…

  15. Nats mum on Game 5 starter, Strasburg available tonight

    Oct 7, 2014, 7:37 PM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams won’t name his starting pitcher for a potential Game 5 of the NLDS just yet, not with victory in Game 4 tonight still a prerequisite for that scenario to even come to fruition. But one revelation the Nationals manager offered up about his plan for tonight’s do-or-die game — Stephen…

  16. NLDS Game 4: Nats at Giants

    Oct 7, 2014, 5:53 PM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals won a do-or-die game yesterday, no small achievement. But all that did was set the stage for another do-or-die game tonight, in which a win would only ensure one final do-or-die game Thursday in D.C. In other words, the task remains tall. The matchup in Game 4, however, does favor…

  17. Harper’s homers, defense have been big for Nats

    Oct 7, 2014, 2:45 PM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — His overall numbers (3-for-14) don’t blow you away, but don’t let the numbers fool you. Bryce Harper has played a huge role for the Nationals in the NLDS, never more so than in Game 3 on Monday. Let’s start with his ninth-inning home run, another titanic shot over the high wall in…

  18. Storen bends but doesn’t break while closing Game 3

    Oct 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — All around him was chaos. AT&T Park was ready to explode from within, a sellout crowd of 43,627 roaring and trying to rattle the man who stood on the mound amid it all. The Giants had two men on with nobody out, Rafael Soriano and Matt Thornton were racing to the right-field…

  19. The bunt that may have saved the Nationals’ season

    Oct 6, 2014, 11:10 PM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams gave some thought to benching Wilson Ramos for Game 3 of the NLDS in favor of Jose Lobaton, the backup catcher who worked so well all season with right-hander Doug Fister. In the end, though, the Nationals manager felt like Ramos’ potential at the plate outweighed whatever Lobaton might bring…

  20. Nats take advantage of break to keep season alive

    Oct 6, 2014, 7:57 PM EST

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    Updated at 10:30 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO — Inning after inning, they tried in vain to plate a run. Just one lousy run. For 21 torturous innings that stretched from early evening Saturday on South Capitol Street to late Monday afternoon alongside McCovey Cove, the Nationals simply could not do it. And then, with one perfectly…

  21. Zimmerman remains on bench for Game 3

    Oct 6, 2014, 4:26 PM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Though they considered possible changes for a win-or-else Game 3 of the NLDS, the Nationals decided to stick with the same lineup that produced a total of three runs in 27 innings in Games 1 and 2 against the Giants. Which meant Ryan Zimmerman remained on the bench, available only as a…

  22. NLDS Game 3: Nats at Giants

    Oct 6, 2014, 2:02 PM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — And so it has come to this. After 96 wins in 162 regular-season games, the Nationals’ 2014 campaign comes down to a win-or-else Game 3 this afternoon at AT&T Park. To answer the question on everyone’s minds: No, Ryan Zimmerman is not in the lineup today. Matt Williams is going with the…

  23. Loose Nats try to save season on the brink

    Oct 6, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — They left Washington early Sunday morning, the sting of a 6-hour loss surpassed only by the realization a 6-hour flight now awaited them. “It was a quiet bus trip after the game,” center fielder Denard Span said. “Just frustration, exhausted. Nothing needs to be said. We all know what we have to…

  24. Nats will consider lineup changes for Game 3

    Oct 5, 2014, 9:11 PM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — A Nationals club that has scored a total of three runs in 27 innings so far in the NLDS has no choice but to consider lineup changes for its win-or-else Game 3 on Monday against the Giants. And the most obvious change would be the insertion of Ryan Zimmerman after two quality…

  25. Williams: “I kicked myself all night” over 9th inning

    Oct 5, 2014, 8:25 PM EST

    AP

    SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams had plenty of time during an overnight, cross-country flight to replay the decision he made in the top of the ninth Saturday at Nationals Park. Most outside observers were criticizing the rookie manager for pulling Jordan Zimmermann one out away from a shutout win in Game 2 of the NLCS…

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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.

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