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  1. Perez signs minor deal, Strasburg to DL

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Full updated story on CSNwashington.com VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have signed former Mets left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, a club source confirmed this afternoon. Perez was released Monday by the Mets, who will pay his entire $12 million salary this season. If he reaches the majors, the Nationals would be responsible only…

  2. Efficient Lannan has start to build off

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan was highly efficient during yesterday's six-inning start. VIERA, Fla. — It's tough to find a pitching rhythm when every other start you make in spring training comes in a minor-league game on a back field at 11 a.m. Entering yesterday's outing against the Astros, John Lannan…

  3. Storen back on track

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Drew Storen helped his case today with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. VIERA, Fla. — Drew Storen is a bright guy, we all know that. He went back to Stanford last fall to continue his pursuit of an engineering degree. He described his pitching mechanics today using a word…

  4. Nats vs. Astros – 3/22/11

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces the Astros today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — Before we get to today's game, one quick note about someone who's not playing today. Ryan Zimmerman is missing his eighth straight game with a sore groin, though he's been taking BP and grounders. Jim…

  5. Harper may not be ready for opener

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper suffered what the Nationals are terming a “medium sprain” of his left ankle yesterday, an injury that’s not considered serious but could prevent the top prospect from playing in Class A Hagerstown’s April 7 season opener. Mike Rizzo said this morning it’s too soon to know a timetable for Harper’s…

  6. Wrapping up a manic Monday

    Mar 22, 2011, 3:18 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez allowed two runs in five innings today. JUPITER, Fla. — Boy, I sure picked the right day to return to Florida. It turned out to be quite an eventful Monday in the Grapefruit League, beginning with Bryce Harper's sprained ankle and continuing through the bench-clearing incident…

  7. Benches clear, managers have words

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Tony La Russa and Ian Desmond bark at each other during today’s game. JUPITER, Fla. — Bench-clearing incidents are rare events in spring training, but we saw one today at Roger Dean Stadium after three batters were plunked in a span of two innings. No punches were thrown, but Jim Riggleman and…

  8. Nats at Cardinals – 3/21/11

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez faces Chris Carpenter today at Roger Dean Stadium. JUPITER, Fla. — Plenty going on here at Roger Dean Stadium, though obviously the biggest news of the day so far came from back in Viera, where Bryce Harper sprained his left ankle running to first base in…

  9. Harper "day-to-day" with sprained ankle

    Mar 21, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    JUPITER, Fla. — Top Nationals prospect Bryce Harper sprained his left ankle running to first base in a minor-league scrimmage Monday morning in Viera. The severity of the injury won’t be known until Harper undergoes X-rays and a possibe MRI, though a team spokesman said the 18-year-old outfielder is listed as “day-to-day” for now. Here’s…

  10. The home stretch

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    JUPITER, Fla. — Ah, it's never felt so good to type that dateline. Yes, I'm back in Florida and will be with the Nationals through the rest of camp. There is plenty still to sort out over the final eight games of the spring, from the battle for center field, the muddled picture in the…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 54 43 --
ATLANTA 54 45 1.0
MIAMI 46 52 8.5
NEW YORK 46 53 9.0
PHILADELPHIA 43 56 12.0
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Rockies, 8:40 p.m.
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 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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