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  1. No decision on Marquis yet

    Aug 15, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman says that, as of now, Jason Marquis will make his next scheduled start. The Nationals manager, though, couched that declaration pretty strongly, suggesting several times this morning that Marquis' rotation spot is not at all secure. "If he's progressing and getting more action on the ball, getting the ball down more, getting more…

  2. Game 118: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 15, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg battles the D'backs and the rain this afternoon. It's a dreary, rainy morning here at Nationals Park. The tarp is on the field and will likely stay there for a while. But I expect there to be baseball today, for two reasons: 1) This is the…

  3. Marquis’ cloudy future

    Aug 15, 2010, 3:38 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Another poor outing leaves Jason Marquis' status unclear moving forward. The Nationals can try to figure out why Jason Marquis is wholly unable to get big-league hitters out, but that's not the real issue right now. No, the bigger issue is what to do with the least-effective pitcher…

  4. Draft signing updates

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    We are now about 54 hours from Monday night's deadline for all draft picks to sign, and though the Nationals haven't locked up any of their four remaining unsigned top picks (first-rounder Bryce Harper, second-rounder Sammy Solis, fourth-rounder A.J. Cole and 12th-rounder Robbie Ray) yet, they perhaps are making progress with at least one of…

  5. Game 117: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 14, 2010, 7:28 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to make it two in a row against the Diamondbacks. Jason Marquis makes his fifth start tonight as a National, his second since returning from the DL. And he's still searching for his first victory of the season. Marquis was better in his last outing…

  6. For Lannan, it’s all about confidence

    Aug 14, 2010, 3:17 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan tossed seven strong innings to beat the Diamondbacks. John Lannan has always had confidence in his ability. It's the reason he was able to emerge from the pack as an 11th round draft pick, advance through three levels of the Nationals' farm system in four months…

  7. All’s quiet as Harper deadline nears

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    The Nationals drafted Bryce Harper more than two months ago. They want to sign the 17-year-old catcher-turned-outfielder. He wants to sign. But there have been virtually no contract negotiations between the two sides, and no one expects serious talks to begin until the final minutes before Monday night’s deadline for all MLB draft picks to…

  8. Maya strong in GCL debut

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:53 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya tossed three hitless innings today in Florida. Yunesky Maya, the Cuban right-hander signed by the Nationals two weeks ago who is expected to pitch in the majors this season, took a big first step in that direction this afternoon. In his minor-league debut, Maya tossed three…

  9. Game 116: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stuck in a five-game losing streak, the Nats look to rebound against Arizona. There was a time when the sight of John Lannan on the mound would have been encouraging for a Nationals team mired in a losing streak. That hasn't been the case this season, though the…

  10. Incapable of catching the Marlins

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond eludes Hanley Ramirez after tagging him out in the fourth. If the Nationals are ever going to escape the basement of the NL East, they're going to have to leapfrog someone in the division. That team may prove to be the Mets, who are currently experiencing…

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