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  1. Another rough start raises questions about Gio’s arm

    May 17, 2014, 8:54 PM EDT

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    Since joining the Nationals 2 1/2 years ago, Gio Gonzalez has been prone to the occasional ragged start, sometimes the downright ugly start. But it has never happened to him twice in a row, and that’s why alarm bells are now ringing in the wake of the left-hander’s poor performance Saturday during a 5-2 loss…

  2. Instant analysis: Mets 5, Nats 2

    May 17, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With an opportunity to beat the Mets for the 10th consecutive time, the Nationals had to like their chances this afternoon. Gio Gonzalez had a track record of dominance against New York’s lineup, and the Nats have beaten up on the Mets’ pitching staff so far this season. Then the game…

  3. LaRoche “shocked” how much strained quad has improved

    May 17, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche stretched out his strained right quad muscle on Friday for the first time since landing on the disabled list and was stunned that he felt no evidence of the injury that had been hampering him for several weeks, giving the veteran first baseman reason to believe he’ll be able to return when eligible…

  4. Game 42: Mets at Nats

    May 17, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have had their way with the Mets so far this season, sweeping the opening series at Citi Field and then hanging on to win last night on South Capitol Street. But the dominance extends beyond that. Indeed, today the Nats will be seeking their 10th consecutive win over New York, a streak that…

  5. Inches from disaster

    May 17, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

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    The game was well in hand. The Nationals held a 5-2 lead over the Mets with two outs in the ninth, nobody on base, and all Rafael Soriano had to do was retire one more batter before giving up three runs. And then Soriano walked pinch-hitter Juan Lagares on four pitches. And then he walked…

  6. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Mets 2

    May 16, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a rough stretch that included 11-of-14 games on the road, the Nationals finally got a chance to open a nice run of games at home — 15 of 19 — and clearly appeared to enjoy the familiar surroundings and enthusiastic crowd. The Nats pounced on Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese, scoring…

  7. Dobbs could see time at first base with Nats

    May 16, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Greg Dobbs’ primary job with the Nationals is to come off the bench and produce a key hit late in games. But the newly signed veteran believes he’s more productive when given at least an occasional opportunity to be in the starting lineup, and it looks like he’ll get that opportunity in D.C. as long…

  8. Game 41: Mets at Nats

    May 16, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals are back home at last, refreshed after a West Coast swing and ready to enjoy a week-long homestand against the Mets and Reds. It begins tonight with Tanner Roark on the mound against left-hander Jonathan Niese. Roark is coming off a fantastic start in Oakland — it ended in no-decision after Rafael Soriano…

  9. Nats add Dobbs to roster, send Leon to AAA

    May 16, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have added Greg Dobbs, signed to a minor-league contract on Monday, to their big-league roster, adding a veteran pinch-hitting specialist to the club. Sandy Leon, one of three catchers on the roster for the last week, was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse. Outfielder Eury Perez was placed on the 60-day DL to create…

  10. After 40 games, some good, some bad and some ugly

    May 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals now have played 40 games, roughly one-quarter of their season. And what conclusions can be drawn about this 21-19 team at this juncture? Not a whole lot. Some things have gone well. Some things have not. And some things really have not. We’ll try to put it all into perspective by breaking down…

  11. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Diamondbacks 1

    May 14, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In the finale of what became a frustrating West Coast trip, the Nationals once again struggled to produce at the plate with a makeshift lineup. But they had a highly effective Doug Fister on the mound for them, and because of him, they gave themselves a chance to beat the Diamondbacks.…

  12. Game 40: Nats at Diamondbacks

    May 14, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

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    A frustrating road trip for the Nationals ends today in Phoenix with a matinee against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Nats got swept in Oakland and have split the first two games of this series, so even a win today would send them home only 2-4 on the trip. A loss would leave them…

  13. Observations from the Nats’ 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks

    May 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Some ballgames are loaded with twists and turns and enough key decisions to leave armchair managers second-guessing for days. And then there are ballgames like the one played last night at Chase Field, a 3-1 Diamondbacks win over the Nationals that was about as clear-cut as they get. If you missed it, here’s the Cliff…

  14. Game 39: Nats at Diamondbacks

    May 13, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

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    The Nationals certainly are capable of coming from behind to win games; they’ve already done it 11 times this season. Which means they’ve only taken a lead and held it through an entire game nine times. In order to add to the total of the second category, they need to start scoring early runs and…

  15. Observations from another come-from-behind win

    May 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If you weren’t able to stay awake through the conclusion of the Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks late last night … well, you can be excused. It’s tough to ask anyone to stay up well past midnight for a mid-May ballgame out west. You’re in luck, though, because your humble beat reporter is paid…

  16. Game 38: Nats at Diamondbacks

    May 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    After a brutal weekend in Oakland, the Nationals limp into Phoenix to face a Diamondbacks club that surprisingly has been among the majors’ worst so far this season (though Arizona has won seven of its last 10 to right the ship somewhat). Matt Williams, who played and coached for the D’backs and who lives in…

  17. Nats sign veteran Dobbs to minor-league deal

    May 12, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed Greg Dobbs to a minor-league contract, acquiring the veteran pinch-hitting specialist, who was released by the Marlins last week. Dobbs, 35, spent the last four seasons with Miami, where he saw significant playing time and posted a .264 batting average with a .307 on-base percentage and .362 slugging percentage. Re-signed over…

  18. Disappointing debut for Fister

    May 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    It may not have felt like it, considering he didn’t make his season debut until May 9, but the Nationals rushed Doug Fister back from the disabled list. After straining his lat muscle on the final day of spring training, Fister was back on the mound making his first rehab start April 17 at extended…

  19. Game 35: Nats at Athletics

    May 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Doug Fister’s long wait is finally over. The Nationals’ biggest offseason acquisition makes his debut at last tonight, taking the mound for their series opener against the Athletics. We’ve talked plenty already about what to expect from the 30-year-old right-hander, so we’ll focus on some other key points about tonight’s game in Oakland. Such as…

  20. Fister makes long-awaited debut tonight in Oakland

    May 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have been touting Doug Fister as one of baseball’s most under-appreciated pitchers since the day they acquired him from the Tigers way back in December. Tonight, we finally get a chance to see the right-hander on the mound, wearing a Nationals uniform, starting a big-league game. A pair of spring training injuries —…

  21. Williams pushes Strasburg to be “our horse”

    May 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    When Stephen Strasburg struck out Miguel Olivo and Justin Turner in succession to end the top of the seventh inning yesterday afternoon, the crowd of 34,756 at Nationals Park rose and saluted the right-hander as he retreated to the dugout. Everyone in attendance had every reason to believe Strasburg’s afternoon was complete. He had thrown…

  22. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Dodgers 2

    May 7, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After waiting out a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay — what else is new? — Stephen Strasburg took the mound trying to pitch the Nationals to a series victory over a tough opponent, something they hadn’t yet done this season. The right-hander delivered, though only after another shaky first inning. Strasburg gave…

  23. Ramos activated, batting 5th vs. Dodgers

    May 7, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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    The Nationals activated Wilson Ramos off the 15-day disabled list this morning and inserted their starting catcher right back in their starting lineup for today’s series finale against the Dodgers. Ramos had been out since breaking the hamate bone in his left hand on Opening Day, making his return in 32 days, ahead of schedule.…

  24. Game 34: Dodgers at Nats

    May 7, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s another cloudy day in D.C., and the grounds crew is standing at the ready with the tarp at Nationals Park, with a storm system approaching from the northwest. Looks like it’s going to hit the area before today’s scheduled 1:05 p.m. first pitch. The question is whether it will pass through before then. As…

  25. Treinen takes loss but impresses Nats in brief call-up

    May 7, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT

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    Blake Treinen was summoned into the manager’s office Tuesday night after an 8-3 loss to the Dodgers and told he was being sent back to Class AAA Syracuse after making his first career start for the Nationals. Treinen was down on himself after giving up three runs in the top of the sixth, a rally…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 47 1.5
MIAMI 48 52 8.0
NEW YORK 48 54 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 44 58 12.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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.

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