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  1. New look, new result

    Aug 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Call it desperation. Call it a hunch. Call it a calculated gamble. Whatever you want to call it, the lineup card Matt Williams filled out Tuesday in Colorado was unlike any he had attached his signature to since becoming manager of the Nationals last year. Jayson Werth, owner of a .261 on-base percentage (.203 in…

  2. Game 118: Nats at Rockies

    Aug 18, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT

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    It’s been just a bit of rough 48 hours for the Nationals, who since last playing Sunday in San Francisco have been excoriated throughout the baseball world for … well, you name it. Their sub-.500 record. Their struggling lineup. Their under-performing rotation. Their under-fire manager. Their roster-constructing GM. Tonight in Denver, the Nats get back…

  3. Time for leaders to emerge

    Aug 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If it feels like you’ve been watching the Nationals’ worst stretch of baseball in a long time … well, you’re absolutely right. This team has gone 4-13 over the last 2 1/2 weeks, the franchise’s worst 17-game stretch since 2011. That’s also the last time the Nats finished with a losing record, a fact that…

  4. Span begins rehab assignment with Potomac

    Aug 16, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT

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    In the middle of a month filled with negative developments, something positive actually is happening for the Nationals on Sunday: Denard Span is beginning a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac. The injured center fielder and leadoff man, on the disabled list since July 10 with lower back pain, is expected to be in the…

  5. Squandered opportunity

    Aug 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT


    The Mets had already lost in extra innings to the Pirates, cracking open the window ever so slightly for the Nationals to gain a game back in the standings. Max Scherzer was on the mound in San Francisco, handed a 1-0 lead before he ever took the mound. And the Nats would wind up adding…

  6. Game 115: Nats at Giants

    Aug 14, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT


    At this point, there’s not much else to say except for the obvious: The Nationals need to start playing better baseball, and as a result start winning more games, before their deficit to the surging Mets becomes too steep to overcome. They’ll try again tonight in San Francisco, hoping both that Max Scherzer can put…

  7. Where do Nats turn to solve what ails them?

    Aug 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    This space could be devoted to a breakdown of Thursday night’s 3-1 loss in San Francisco, with mentions of Stephen Strasburg’s rocky first inning but impressive rebound after that, Yunel Escobar’s game-opening homer followed by a complete lack of offense by the Nationals after that and yet another case of this bullpen’s inability to keep…

  8. Game 114: Nats at Giants

    Aug 13, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT


    Stephen Strasburg’s return from the DL five nights ago in D.C. went as well as anyone could have possibly hoped: seven innings of 1-run, 3-hit, 12-strikeout ball to beat the Rockies. Boy, could the Nationals use another start like that tonight in San Francisco from Strasburg. The Mets already trounced Colorado this afternoon to sweep…

  9. Reed Johnson begins rehab assignment with Potomac

    Aug 13, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT

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    Reed Johnson, out since late April with a torn tendon in his left foot, will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Thursday night, putting the veteran outfielder on track potentially to join the Nationals’ roster for the season’s final month. Johnson hasn’t played since April 28, when he felt something pop in…

  10. Off-night for Ross, but he didn’t get much help

    Aug 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals faced a tough enough challenge Tuesday night with Zack Greinke on the mound for the Dodgers. That they wound up having to face the Cy Young frontrunner without the services of Bryce Harper was downright unfair. The absence of Harper from the Nationals’ lineup due to a sore left knee proved significant during…

  11. Harper scratched with sore left knee

    Aug 11, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

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    The Nationals were forced Tuesday night to go up against baseball’s best pitcher this season without the services of baseball’s best hitter this season. Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup with left knee soreness, the club announced about two hours before first pitch at Dodger Stadium, leaving the rest of the team to…

  12. Game 112: Nats at Dodgers

    Aug 11, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT

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    The Nationals did their part last night in winning their series opener against the Dodgers. Now we find out if that carries over at all to tonight’s contest, in which they’ll be facing a far more imposing man on the mound: Zack Greinke. Greinke dominated the Nats three weeks ago, holding them to three hits…

  13. Nats sign speedy Campana to minor-league deal

    Aug 11, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed journeyman outfielder Tony Campana to a minor-league contract, taking a flyer on the speedy 28-year-old coming off reconstructive knee surgery. The deal hasn’t been announced yet, but a club source confirmed the signing, first reported by The contract runs through the 2016 season. Campana will report to the Nationals’ spring…

  14. Encouraging start to tough West Coast trip

    Aug 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    It’s just one game at the start of a very tough road trip, and it came against a Dodgers club exhausted after playing Sunday night in Pittsburgh that decided to sit several key regulars. That doesn’t make Monday night’s 8-3 victory in Los Angeles any less important for the Nationals. Truth be told, they had…

  15. Game 111: Nats at Dodgers

    Aug 10, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Long West Coast trips always make for a tough challenge. Long West Coast trips on the heels of a disappointing homestand make for an even tougher challenge. But, alas, this is the challenge facing the Nationals right now, with a 3-city, 9-game trip opening tonight at Dodger Stadium. With Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke set…

  16. Strasburg reminds everyone what a difference he can make

    Aug 9, 2015, 12:13 AM EDT


    Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions. Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise…

  17. Nats 6, Rockies 1: Strasburg dominant, lineup efficient

    Aug 8, 2015, 9:44 PM EDT


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The sight of Stephen Strasburg taking the mound this season has produced plenty of emotions, unfortunately far too many of them negative after four months of struggles, injuries and some downright bizarre outings. But by the end of this night, after Strasburg had thoroughly dominated the Rockies in his return from…

  18. Setback keeps Span on the outside looking in

    Aug 8, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ season-long hopes of fielding a completely healthy lineup took another blow when Denard Span suffered a setback this weekend in his attempt to return from a lingering back injury, one that leaves his status for the rest of the year in question. Span, on the disabled list since mid-July, tried to ramp up…

  19. Game 109: Rockies at Nats

    Aug 8, 2015, 3:31 PM EDT

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    It has been exactly five weeks since Stephen Strasburg last took the mound at Nationals Park, when a strained left oblique muscle sent the right-hander back to the DL only a couple of weeks after he returned from a neck injury. Now, Strasburg returns, on the heels of a dominant rehab start at Class AAA…

  20. New Rockies closer goes after Harper, gets him

    Aug 8, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT


    The shock of Carlos Gonzalez’s grand slam off Drew Storen in the top of the eighth was still fresh in everyone’s mind inside Nationals Park late Friday night, but all hope wasn’t lost quite yet. Because there was still time for a last-ditch rally, and Bryce Harper was stepping to the plate. And the man…

  21. Rockies 5, Nats 4: Grand slam off Storen flips the script

    Aug 7, 2015, 10:24 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Everything was going according to plan for the Nationals. Jordan Zimmermann dominated on the mound. Several key members of the lineup delivered big hits to give their team the lead. All that was left was for the back end of the bullpen to finish it off. But that’s when things stopped…

  22. Game 108: Rockies at Nats

    Aug 7, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

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    The Nationals open a 3-game weekend series tonight against the Rockies, hoping to build off the momentum of yesterday’s 8-3 trouncing of the Diamondbacks and keep themselves on an upward track. To do that, they’ll need Jordan Zimmermann to keep a potent Colorado lineup in check. The Rockies lead the NL in runs, batting average,…

  23. Poised Ross has earned right to remain in rotation

    Aug 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Joe Ross wasn’t on anybody’s radar when the season began, barely even known by members of the Nationals major-league coaching staff. He was “The Other Guy Acquired in the Trea Turner Deal,” a young right-hander with some upside but not a pitcher who figured into the picture in 2015. Which makes Thursday’s events all the…

  24. Nats 8, D’backs 3: Desmond, Ramos deliver a win for Ross

    Aug 6, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an embarrassing loss Wednesday night, Matt Williams gathered his players together before Thursday’s game with a simple message: Play the game their way, aggressively, and good things would be more likely to happen. They did display some of that in their series finale against the Diamondbacks, swiping some bases and…

  25. Strasburg likely to start Saturday vs. Rockies

    Aug 6, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg is likely to come off the disabled list and start Saturday night against the Rockies, a potential boost to a Nationals rotation that has yet to live up to its sky-high expectations this season. Though the club hasn’t made an official announcement yet, manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Strasburg is lined up to…



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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)...

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