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  1. Harper healing, Maya optioned

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper’s sprained left ankle has healed enough to convince Nationals executives the top prospect should be ready for Class A Hagerstown’s season opener on April 7. Meanwhile, right-hander Yunesky Maya was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse prior to tonight’s game, trimming the Nationals’ spring roster to 34 (including Chien-Ming Wang, Henry…

  2. Nats vs. Cardinals – 3/25/11

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tom Gorzelanny faces the Cardinals' "A" lineup tonight at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — Tom Gorzelanny has essentially locked up the fifth starter's job, so his standing probably isn't going to change based on how he pitches tonight. Still, the Nationals would like to see the lefty…

  3. LaRoche sidelined again with sore shoulder

    Mar 25, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Adam LaRoche is being shut down from throwing at full velocity the next two or three days to rest the sore left shoulder that has bothered him since the start of spring training, but the Washington Nationals first baseman insists he has no worries about being ready to play in Thursday’s season…

  4. Zimmerman ready to return

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — It's been 11 days since Ryan Zimmerman last played, since a seemingly innocuous sore groin sidelined the Nationals' star third baseman. Unless he fell out of bed this morning and re-injured himself, Zimmerman will be back in the Nationals' lineup, fully healthy and eager to get his swing back down before the…

  5. Zimmermann sharp, Clippard improving

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann tossed five shutout innings, striking out six. LAKELAND, Fla. — Perhaps the two biggest things to take out of the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Tigers tonight were Jordan Zimmermann's continued dominance and Tyler Clippard's continued improvement. Each was a welcome sight for a Nats club…

  6. Werth to bat second

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    LAKELAND, Fla. — Jayson Werth may be the highest-paid player on the Nationals roster this season, but he there’s a good chance he won’t lead the team in RBI after Jim Riggleman revealed plans today to bat the $126 million right fielder second in his nightly lineup. “I think it probably, in a perfect world,…

  7. Nats at Tigers – 3/24/11

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces the Tigers tonight at Joker Marchant Stadium. LAKELAND, Fla. — Plenty of pregame news here this evening. I'll go into more detail on all this in some separate postings, but here's the quick rundown… – Jayson Werth is hitting second tonight, and Jim Riggleman said…

  8. Flores, Stammen optioned to Syracuse

    Mar 24, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Updated at 3:34 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals optioned catcher Jesus Flores and right-hander Craig Stammen to Class AAA Syracuse this afternoon. Flores thus loses the battle for the No. 2 catching job behind Ivan Rodriguez, who will start Opening Day. Wilson Ramos will make the club and likely ease into a starting role…

  9. Down to the wire

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Rick Ankiel could be the Nationals' Opening Day center fielder. VIERA, Fla. — Feeling refreshed after their lone off-day of the spring, the Nationals return to the field this evening against the Tigers in Lakeland, the beginning of the home stretch here in Florida. There are six more Grapefruit League games…

  10. Viera: Home to second chances

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo A bust with the Mets, Oliver Perez will try to straighten himself out with the Nats. VIERA, Fla. — As news emerged this afternoon that the Nationals had signed Oliver Perez, the shrieks and groans from D.C. could be heard all the way down here on the Space Coast. Why on earth…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 46 --
ATLANTA 58 48 0.5
MIAMI 52 53 6.0
NEW YORK 51 55 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 60 12.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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.
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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