Apr 17, 2010, 3:07 PM EST
Photo courtesy George Burkes Justin Maxwell connects for his first homer of the season. There have been a number of significant dates in Nationals history. April 14, 2005 (the first game at RFK Stadium). June 18, 2006 (Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off homer against the Yankees). Aug. 17, 2009 (Stephen Strasburg signs less than 2 minutes before…
Apr 17, 2010, 3:45 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond's perfect sac bunt keyed the Nats' 3-run eighth. Little did Jim Riggleman realize it when Adam Dunn was ejected in the first inning, but that surprise development was going to force the Nationals manager to reach deep into his bag of tricks in order to pull…
Apr 17, 2010, 12:17 AM EST
Quick: Who was the National League’s fourth-best hitter entering play tonight? Yep, Ivan Rodriguez, who also has four doubles and came through with a clutch hit in yesterday’s win over the Phillies. Read all about Pudge’s surprising offensive start to the season on CSNwashington.com.
Apr 16, 2010, 10:06 PM EST
Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals’ lineup tonight. He hopes to be back in the lineup tomorrow. In other words, it’s pretty much the same story as yesterday. And the day before that. And the day before that. Actually, that’s not fair. Zimmerman has made some progress in his return from a tight left…
Apr 16, 2010, 7:18 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats open a 10-game homestand tonight, with the Brewers up first. Apparently, Ryan Zimmerman's pinch-hit home run yesterday wasn't good enough to warrant his return to the Nationals' starting lineup. For the fifth straight game, Zimmerman is not among Jim Riggleman's starting nine. Apparently, there's still concern…
Apr 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EST
As the Nationals continue to digest yesterday's tense, 7-5 victory over the Phillies, their 4-5 overall record and the start of a 10-game homestand tonight, here are a few interesting stats that hopefully put the last 11 days into perspective… – At 4-5, the Nats have their best record nine games into the season since…
Apr 16, 2010, 12:25 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps and Ivan Rodriguez celebrate after securing the Nats' 7-5 win. PHILADELPHIA — Admit it, if someone said two weeks ago the Nationals would open the season 4-5 (with six of those games coming against the Phillies) you would have jumped for joy. They'd never fully admit…
Apr 15, 2010, 8:44 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — From the birth of his daughter to his promotion to the Nationals to a lot of time spent in his 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, Justin Maxwell had a whirlwind week. Read all about it in this piece on CSNwashington.com.
Apr 15, 2010, 6:40 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look to avoid a sweep this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. PHILADELPHIA — Whew, busy day already here at Citizens Bank Park. If you haven't seen all the roster moves, check the homepage for details, but in a nutshell… – Jason Bergmann was designated for assignment,…
Apr 15, 2010, 6:09 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Garrett Mock has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury that cropped up after the right-hander was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse over the weekend, thus negating his demotion. Mock, who had remained with the Nationals in order to throw a regular bullpen session Monday in Philadelphia, felt a…
ON THE RADIO
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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