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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Second-half storylines

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    After a surprising, often exciting and certainly eventful first half, the Nationals return to the field Friday night in Atlanta boasting a 46-46 record and reason to believe they can sustain that pace over the season’s final 2 1/2 months. Whether they can keep themselves over the .500 mark or not, the Nationals have plenty…

  5. Nats midseason report card

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    The Nationals entered 2011 seemingly certain of several things. They knew they could count on Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche to produce. They knew their starting rotation would likely be their biggest problem-area. They knew Jim Riggleman could be counted on to manage this club until someone else told him he could no…

  6. "Something I’ll never forget"

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Tyler Clippard threw three pitches and emerged with the win in the All-Star Game. PHOENIX — Years from now, long after he hangs up his spikes and his goggles, Tyler Clippard will sit his grandchildren down and tell them about the night he won the All-Star Game. And he won’t fabricate the…

  7. 2011 MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's the NL vs. the AL tonight in the Midsummer Classic from Chase Field. PHOENIX — After a week of debate about who deserved and who didn't deserve to be named an All-Star, about who should and who shouldn't have made the trip to Phoenix and whether or…

  8. Selig: Baseball in D.C. "working out well"

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    PHOENIX — It’s been nearly seven years since Major League Baseball brought the sport back to Washington, and the road has featured plenty of bumps along the way. But as the Nationals begin to see positive results on the field and throughout their farm system, the franchise is beginning to receive positive reviews from the…

  9. Two years later, two surprise All-Stars

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    US Presswire photos Tyler Clippard and Joel Hanrahan have each enjoyed career renaissances this season. PHOENIX — It was the final week of June 2009, and the Washington Nationals were — to put it bluntly — a disaster. Thirty games under .500. The bullpen, statistically, ranked as the worst in big-league history. The pitching coach…

  10. 2011 Home Run Derby

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Balls will be flying out of Chase Field tonight during the Home Run Derby. PHOENIX — The Home Run Derby has become a staple of the All-Star experience, a exhibition of raw power unlike anything else you'll see all season. There's a bit of a new wrinkle to…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Monday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (3) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.0
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 --
SAN FRANCISCO 85 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 5.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
(End of regular season)
MON: OFF
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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