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  1. When it rains, it pours

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:01 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond dodges raindrops on his way to third base during tonight’s loss. PITTSBURGH — At the end of a long (and very wet) road trip, the Nationals could only look to the heavens and ask: Why us? Why does it seem to rain everywhere we go? “April showers,” John Lanann muttered.…

  2. Stairs on 0-for-11: "Just embarrassing"

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Matt Stairs enters Monday night’s game hitless in 11 at-bats this season. PITTSBURGH — Matt Stairs has been in this game too long and hit his way out of too many slumps to start mincing words now at age 43. And the Nationals’ struggling pinch-hitter isn’t making any excuses for his 0-for-11…

  3. Zimmerman to resume baseball activities

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    PITTSBURGH — Ryan Zimmerman, on the disabled list more than two weeks with a strained abdominal muscle, will resume some baseball activities Tuesday before the start of the Nationals’ seven-game homestand. The third baseman’s return to the lineup, though, won’t happen until he goes on at least a brief minor-league rehab assignment. Zimmerman went on…

  4. Game 21: Nats at Pirates

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to get back over .500 tonight at PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — John Lannan will reach a milestone tonight when he delivers his first pitch to Pirates leadoff man Andrew McCutchen. The lefty will have officially made 100 starts in the major leagues. That's no small…

  5. Starters earning their manager’s trust

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jason Marquis talked his way into finishing the sixth inning yesterday. PITTSBURGH — There's a stat about the Nationals' pitching staff — how their starter has gone at least five innings in every game this season, something no other rotation in the majors has done — that keeps getting cited. (Full disclosure:…

  6. Morse, LaRoche spring to life vs. Pirates

    Apr 24, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche each homered during today’s 6-3 win. PITTSBURGH — They may insist they pay no attention to such things, but members of the Nationals’ lineup can’t help but notice how abysmal their offensive numbers are right now. Only two of Jim Riggleman’s starting nine Sunday against the Pirates…

  7. Game 20: Nats at Pirates

    Apr 24, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The tarp's on the field right now, but they should be able to play today at PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — Good afternoon from soggy PNC Park on the banks of the Allegheny River. There has been rain (or the threat of rain) all weekend, though it looks like…

  8. Balester optioned, Coffey coming off DL

    Apr 24, 2011, 3:43 AM EDT

    The Nationals optioned right-hander Collin Balester to Class AAA Syracuse following tonight’s loss in Pittsburgh, paving the way for Todd Coffey to return from the disabled list tomorrow. Balester made three appearances during his brief stint with the Nats, allowing three runs (all Thursday in St. Louis) over 3 1/3 total innings. The reliever, who…

  9. Game 19: Nats at Pirates (Take 2)

    Apr 23, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After last night's rainout, the Nats and Pirates hope to play tonight at PNC Park. Sick of delays and rainouts already? The Nationals sure are after last night experiencing their third postponement in a week. Be warned, though: There's more rain in the forecast tonight in Pittsburgh,…

  10. Another postponement, makeup Monday

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    For the third time in seven days, the Nationals have been rained out. Unlike the previous two times, they won’t be making this one up as part of a doubleheader. Tonight’s game against the Pirates has been postponed. With more rain in the forecast all weekend, they’ve already decided to wait to make it up…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 48 --
ATLANTA 58 51 1.5
MIAMI 53 55 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.0
PHILADELPHIA 48 61 11.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 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.

*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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