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  1. Hairston coming off DL, Bixler optioned

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Updated at 5:43 p.m. ATLANTA — Injured utilityman Jerry Hairston will join the Nationals in Houston tonight and be activated off the 15-day disabled list in time for tomorrow's series opener against the Astros, according to a club source. To clear space on the roster for Hairston, the Nationals optioned infielder Brian Bixler to Class…

  2. Game 95: Nats at Braves

    Jul 17, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats have a chance to win the series this afternoon at Turner Field. ATLANTA — Funny how much can change in only 24 hours. When the Nationals arrived at Turner Field yesterday, they were coming off an ugly loss and wondering whether they really could hang with…

  3. Bouncing back

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:30 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo John Lannan delivered his first two hits of the season during tonight’s win. ATLANTA — Given what transpired here 24 hours earlier, the Nationals easily could have arrived back at Turner Field Saturday night and doubted their ability to play a clean ballgame against one of the NL’s toughest opponents. To a…

  4. Game 94: Nats at Braves

    Jul 16, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals (and The B-52s) play tonight at Turner Field. ATLANTA — It's another surprisingly pleasant day here in Atlanta, with mild temperatures and a nice breeze to boot. Not that the Nationals enjoyed the fine weather last night during one of their ugliest losses of the season.…

  5. One ugly ballgame

    Jul 16, 2011, 4:41 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond committed one of the Nationals’ five errors tonight. ATLANTA — Eleven runs allowed on 13 hits. Nine runners left on base. Zero hits with men in scoring position. Oh, and five errors, matching a season high. Safe to say the Nationals came out of the All-Star break a little flat?…

  6. September return still in play for Strasburg

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

    ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg crossed another significant milepost in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery on Wednesday when he faced live hitters for the first time at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Fla. Strasburg threw 45 pitches during a “live batting practice” session and reported no problems. He’s expected to throw another round…

  7. Game 93: Nats at Braves

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats open the second half of the season at Turner Field. ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field in not-so-Hotlanta. It's been overcast all day, and that's kept the temperature reasonable. It's also created the distinct possibility of rain throughout the afternoon and evening, which could impact the…

  8. Zim’s blog: "We have a real chance"

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    In his latest blog entry for CSNwashington.com, Ryan Zimmerman talks about his recent ziMS Foundation event at Nationals Park, the opportunity the Nats have put themselves in to make things interesting during the season’s second half and Tyler Clippard’s All-Star selection. Oh, Zimmerman also reveals what he did over the break. Hint: It required a…

  9. Series preview: Nats at Braves

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Friday, 7:35 p.m. — RHP Livan Hernandez (5-8, 4.01) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (8-6, 3.57)TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM Saturday, 7:10 p.m. — LHP John Lannan (5-6, 3.64) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.44)TV: MASN, MLB Network Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-6, 3.94) vs. RHP…

  10. Catching up on Thursday’s news

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:16 AM EDT

    Sorry for the recent lack of postings; I was traveling all day, so I'm just now catching up with several newsworthy items that developed over the course of the afternoon and evening. Let's run through them all in quick-fire fashion… – Jim Riggleman has been hired by the Giants as a special assignment scout. The…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 77 56 --
ATLANTA 72 65 6.0
MIAMI 68 69 11.0
NEW YORK 64 73 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 62 74 15.5
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 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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