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  1. A reader’s message from Afghanistan

    May 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Lucas Tomlinson You may recall the great 24-hour disappearance of Nats Insider last week due to a crash of Google's Blogger platform. Many of you were kind enough to email and ask whether the site was OK and when it would be back up online, and I appreciated all of those messages. But…

  2. Igniting a much-needed explosion

    May 21, 2011, 4:33 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa rounds the bases after his second-inning homer. BALTIMORE — It began, as so many offensive explosions do, with one fantastic at-bat. When Danny Espinosa battled his way through a 10-pitch marathon against Jake Arrieta in the top of the second Friday night, fouling off five straight pitches before crushing a…

  3. Rizzo on umpires incident

    May 20, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT

    BALTIMORE — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says he called Major League Baseball executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre “immediately” after his incident with umpires following Thursday’s loss in New York and insisted that incident had “absolutely nothing to do” with Phil Cuzzi’s ninth-inning blown call. Torre received a formal report filed by…

  4. Game 44: Nats at Orioles

    May 20, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The first installment of the Battle of the Beltways begins tonight at Camden Yards. BALTIMORE — It's been four days since the Nationals last scored a run. Yes, four days. Not since Danny Espinosa belted a two-run homer against the Pirates in the eighth inning Monday night has…

  5. Series preview: Nats at Orioles

    May 20, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    Friday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Jason Marquis (5-1, 3.54) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (5-1, 4.03)TV: MASN2* Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AMSaturday, 4:05 p.m. — LHP John Lannan (2-4, 4.53) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (1-6, 3.91)TV: MASN2* Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-4, 4.12) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (2-3,…

  6. MLB investigating ump incident with Rizzo

    May 20, 2011, 2:13 AM EDT

    NEW YORK — Major League Baseball will review a report filed by umpire Phil Cuzzi alleging a verbal altercation with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo following Thursday's game at Citi Field. An MLB spokesman confirmed newly hired vice president of on-field operations Joe Torre will review the report filed by Cuzzi. The New York Daily…

  7. After another shutout, frustration peaking

    May 19, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Jim Riggleman argues with umpire Phil Cuzzi after a crucial missed call. NEW YORK — Inside an otherwise silent clubhouse a few minutes after Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Mets — as agonizing a loss as the Nationals have suffered this season — one veteran player yelled out what plenty of his…

  8. Game 43: Nats at Mets

    May 19, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats need to win today at Citi Field to avoid a two-game sweep. NEW YORK — No rest for the weary. After enduring last night's 3-0 loss, not to mention plenty of rain, the Nationals are back at the ballpark this morning for the finale of this…

  9. LaRoche’s early struggles nothing new

    May 19, 2011, 4:17 AM EDT

    Associated Press file photo After an 0-for-4 night, Adam LaRoche is now hitting .177, worst in the NL. NEW YORK — Adam LaRoche has gone through this before. He’s gone through almost every year he’s been in the big leagues. He gets off to an incredibly slow start at the plate, then heats up over…

  10. Updates on Strasburg, Ankiel, Wang, Perez

    May 18, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    NEW YORK — A bunch of injury updates to pass along before tonight's game against the Mets (still scheduled to begin on-time at 7:10 p.m.)… Stephen Strasburg was in Washington yesterday for a scheduled check-up with Nationals orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih and will begin throwing off a bullpen mound "any day now," according to general manager…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 75 56 --
ATLANTA 68 64 7.5
MIAMI 65 66 10.0
NEW YORK 62 70 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 60 72 15.5
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Phillies, 7:35 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 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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