May 21, 2010, 11:28 PM EST
Nyjer Morgan was benched tonight by Jim Riggleman, ostensibly because the Nationals’ leadoff man and center fielder is mired in a three-week slump at the plate, on the bases and in the field. Morgan realizes he needs to refine some things. He also believes he needs to stick to his aggressive style of play, in…
May 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Orioles come down the Parkway for the weekend interleague series. I feel like I've been writing this a lot the last week, but the next few days are big for the Nationals. Perhaps they brought this upon themselves with that five-game losing streak, putting added pressure on…
May 21, 2010, 6:29 PM EST
The Nationals announced this afternoon that Willy Taveras was unconditionally released, ending the outfielder’s brief tenure with the organization. Taveras had been designated for assignment Saturday when the club needed to activate Michael Morse off the 15-day disabled list. He cleared waivers and could have been outrighted to Class AAA, but the Nationals were already…
May 21, 2010, 2:35 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nats-Mets didn't pack 'em in. Will the Battle of the Beltways? Nyjer Morgan didn't arrive in D.C. until last July, so he hasn't experienced any interleague play with the Nationals to date. The effervescent center fielder was talking yesterday about how much he's looking forward to this weekend's…
May 21, 2010, 4:09 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan watches Ike Davis' fourth-inning drive carom off the wall. Those were the words of Jim Riggleman following tonight's 10-7 loss to the Mets, a game that wasn't nearly as compelling as the final score would indicate. The Nationals trailed 10-1 in the sixth inning, having gotten…
May 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats go for a two-game sweep of the Mets tonight. You only get so many chances at a series sweep in this game, so even though the Nationals and Mets are only playing twice this week, the Nats might as well go for the kill tonight. After…
May 20, 2010, 2:20 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Cristian Guzman isn't producing like a typical bench player. When Jim Riggleman made the difficult (but correct) decision in late-March to name Ian Desmond his starting shortstop, the odd man out figured to be Cristian Guzman. With Desmond at shortstop and Adam Kennedy at second base, Guzman's at-bats…
May 20, 2010, 3:28 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Pitching on short rest, Livan Hernandez notched another quality start. As Drew Storen donned the silver Elvis wig and answered a parade of questions about the first win of his 3-day-old big-league career, Livan Hernandez quietly made his way to his locker on the other side of the…
May 19, 2010, 10:42 PM EST
Adam Dunn is back in the Nationals’ lineup tonight, feeling healthy and ready to inject some life into an offense that went stagnant in his absence the last three days. Read what Dunn had to say about his unexpected early trip home from St. Louis for a doctor’s visit on CSNwashington.com.
May 19, 2010, 7:28 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After an eventful road trip, the Nats return home to face the Mets. If it feels like a lot's happened since the Nationals last hosted a ballgame, it's true. When last you saw your home team, it was 17-14, about to embark on a difficult road trip. John…
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2013 schedule (subject to change)...
TUE: 12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
WED: 2:30 p.m.
THU: 4:30 p.m.
FRI: 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
SAT: 9:30 a.m.
*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com.
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