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  1. Instant analysis: Nats 11, Phillies 0

    Aug 2, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How about we just do “Game in a word” tonight? The answer is: Rout. OK, a few more details than that. The Nationals annihilated the Phillies pitching staff, starting with A.J. Burnett, who let six of the 11 batters he faced reach safely, capped by Anthony Rendon’s 3-run homer in the…

  2. Williams prefers fewer bunt attempts from Harper

    Aug 2, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Though he has begun to see success again since the All-Star break, hitting .304 with an .820 OPS over his last 14 games, Bryce Harper’s swing remains something of a work-in-progress. Harper continues to tinker with his batting stance on a nightly basis, often making tweaks from one at-bat to the next. And as he…

  3. Game 108: Phillies at Nats

    Aug 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The bad news: The Nationals have lost six of their last nine. The good news: The Braves also have lost six of their last nine. So the Nats’ lead in the NL East remains 1 1/2 games, despite their recent struggles. They’ll try to get back on track tonight after dropping the first two games…

  4. Hard hits equal hard luck for Nationals

    Aug 1, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

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    There are nights when a manager will explain a loss away by claiming his guys hit the ball hard, but everyone knows it’s mere lip service for an otherwise lackluster performance at the plate. And then there are nights when a manager will say it, and there isn’t a soul in the building who could…

  5. Instant analysis: Phillies 2, Nats 1

    Aug 1, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals, to the surprise of nobody, got another strong start from Doug Fister. They got some quality defense from a host of players, including Jayson Werth and the just-acquired Asdrubal Cabrera. And they consistently hit the ball hard against Philadelphia right-hander Roberto Hernandez. Sounds like the formula for a win,…

  6. Game 107: Phillies at Nats

    Aug 1, 2014, 3:36 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Asdrubal Cabrera has arrived and will make his Nationals debut tonight, batting seventh and starting at second base against the Phillies. I would imagine that’s where we’ll see the former Indians infielder most of the time, though we’ll see how it all plays out. To make room for Cabrera on the active roster, the Nationals…

  7. Bullpen stuck in a suprising rut

    Aug 1, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ bullpen, as dominant a unit as there has been in baseball through much of the season, has suddenly and surprisingly fallen onto hard times. And Thursday night’s performance in a 10-4 loss to the Phillies was only the latest example. Asked to keep the game within striking distance after Gio Gonzalez lasted only…

  8. Instant analysis: Phillies 10, Nats 4

    Jul 31, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It could’ve been a great pitching showdown between a pair of accomplished lefties. Instead it turned into a laborious battle of bullpens after both Gio Gonzalez and Cliff Lee were knocked out early, for very different reasons. Lee retired eight of the first nine batters he faced, but after throwing only…

  9. Nats acquire infielder Cabrera for Walters

    Jul 31, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

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    [Updated 6:30 p.m.] The Nationals’ sudden need for infield help prompted general manager Mike Rizzo to make a rare deal for a 2-month rental player on Thursday: Asdrubal Cabrera, who was acquired from the Indians for Zach Walters less than an hour before the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline. Cabrera, 28, is a natural shortstop who…

  10. On deadline day, Nats have decisions to make

    Jul 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    In five years now as general manager of the Nationals, Mike Rizzo has approached all trade discussions with an underlying philosophy: Any move made must be in this team’s best interests not only in the short-term but especially in the long-term. That philosophy has served the Nationals well, allowing them to slowly assemble a roster…

  11. A late rally, and then another late scare

    Jul 30, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — There are days when a team can win a ballgame on the strengths of dominant starting pitching and a robust lineup that does some early damage. And then there are days when victory comes only via some late production in key spots and some key outs recorded by the back of the bullpen.…

  12. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Marlins 3

    Jul 30, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: At the end of a long trip that started off fantastic but hit a snag in recent days, the Nationals desperately needed a victory in their series finale against the Marlins. They got one, thanks to another big-time performance from Tanner Roark and some long-awaited clutch hits late. Roark tossed seven…

  13. Harper’s hitting stroke back at last

    Jul 30, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Throughout Bryce Harper’s early, frustrating days back from the disabled list, manager Matt Williams insisted the young slugger’s hitting stroke would return at some point. He just needed time and at-bats to find it. Sure enough, it has come together over the last two weeks. In 11 games since the All-Star break, Harper…

  14. Game 105: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — The end of a long, 3-city, 9-game road trip has come, and in a bit of a surprise, the Nationals need to win today at Marlins Park to finish 5-4. Such is their predicament after losing the first two games of this series to the resurgent Marlins, who have won six in a…

  15. Depleted lineup comes up short in 3-0 loss

    Jul 29, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — When healthy, the Nationals lineup is something to behold, an 8-deep consortium of power, patience and potency that proved to be as effective an offensive group as there is in baseball. But the moment one key guy goes down — or even worse, when two key guys go down as was the case…

  16. Instant analysis: Marlins 3, Nats 0

    Jul 29, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a gut-punch loss Monday night, the Nationals took the field tonight hoping a big-time performance from Stephen Strasburg would help them put the previous 24 hours well behind them. Strasburg did his part, tossing seven inning of 1-run ball, allowing only Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double in the…

  17. Werth out Tuesday but doesn’t believe sprain is serious

    Jul 29, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Jayson Werth was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday, his sprained right ankle swollen and sore, though still not enough for the veteran right fielder to believe the injury is serious. “I think it’s minor,” he said Tuesday afternoon. Werth hurt himself on an awkward slide into second base during the seventh inning…

  18. Game 104: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 29, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — Was last night’s meltdown a blip on the radar or the beginning of a downward trend? The man who may have the most to say about that is Stephen Strasburg, who tonight gets the ball for the middle game of this series. Strasburg has his own Marlins Park demons to exorcise. In five…

  19. Zimmermann returns to form in dominant start

    Jul 29, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — Lost among the furor over the fateful ninth inning of last night’s 7-6 loss to the Marlins was one particularly encouraging development for the Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann looked like Jordan Zimmermann for the first time in weeks. The right-hander dominated Miami’s lineup, carrying a shutout into the seventh inning and ultimately departing having…

  20. After rare meltdown, Nationals will try to regroup

    Jul 29, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — The 2014 Nationals really haven’t had to deal with losses like this, gut-punch losses in which a 6-run lead somehow turns into a 7-6 loss before anyone has sufficient time to process the carnage. The mood inside the visitors clubhouse at Marlins Park on Monday night was one of disbelief, a group of…

  21. Werth hopes to play Tuesday after spraining ankle

    Jul 28, 2014, 11:44 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Jayson Werth hopes to return to the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday after departing Monday night’s game with a sprained right ankle, though the veteran right fielder doesn’t expect to know the true severity of the injury until morning. “I won’t know until I wake up tomorrow,” Werth said following Monday’s 7-6 loss to the…

  22. Instant analysis: Marlins 7, Nats 6

    Jul 28, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For six innings, the Nationals were all business, getting a vintage pitching performance from Jordan Zimmermann and an opportunistic rally off the Marlins pitching staff to take a commanding, 6-0 lead and seemingly put themselves in comfortable position to improve to a season-best 13 games over .500. But then the Marlins scored…

  23. Span on another second-half surge

    Jul 28, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Denard Span has done this before, bounced back from a slow start to a season to finish on a sustained tear at the plate. So even when things weren’t going as well earlier this summer as the hoped they would, prompting some public questioning of his place in the Nationals’ lineup, he used…

  24. Game 103: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — Hello from the one and only (and thank god for that) Marlins Park, where tonight the Nationals open up the final leg of their 3-city road trip, facing a Miami club that has won 7 of its last 8. I have to say I am quite outraged at the moment. Though the accompanying…

  25. Consistency propels Nats to NL’s best record

    Jul 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There seems to be a sense among many that the Nationals haven’t really taken off as a team this season, that there’s a much higher level of success yet to reach for a talented ballclub that hasn’t achieved its full potential. And perhaps that’s true. Maybe the Nationals are still capable of going on some…

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NLDS: NATIONALS VS. GIANTS

FRI: Game 1 at Washington, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2 at Washington, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3 at San Francisco, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4 at San Francisco, TBA (FS1)*
THU: Game 5 at Washington, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

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.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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