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  1. Balester optioned, Coffey coming off DL

    Apr 24, 2011, 3:43 AM EDT

    The Nationals optioned right-hander Collin Balester to Class AAA Syracuse following tonight’s loss in Pittsburgh, paving the way for Todd Coffey to return from the disabled list tomorrow. Balester made three appearances during his brief stint with the Nats, allowing three runs (all Thursday in St. Louis) over 3 1/3 total innings. The reliever, who…

  2. Game 19: Nats at Pirates (Take 2)

    Apr 23, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After last night's rainout, the Nats and Pirates hope to play tonight at PNC Park. Sick of delays and rainouts already? The Nationals sure are after last night experiencing their third postponement in a week. Be warned, though: There's more rain in the forecast tonight in Pittsburgh,…

  3. Another postponement, makeup Monday

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    For the third time in seven days, the Nationals have been rained out. Unlike the previous two times, they won’t be making this one up as part of a doubleheader. Tonight’s game against the Pirates has been postponed. With more rain in the forecast all weekend, they’ve already decided to wait to make it up…

  4. Game 19: Nats at Pirates

    Apr 22, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Beautiful PNC Park hosts the Nationals for a three-game, weekend series. With some of the good vibes they were feeling only 48 hours ago gone after dropping back-to-back games in St. Louis, the Nationals tonight begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh … if the weather cooperates. There's…

  5. Series preview: Nats at Pirates

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Friday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Livan Hernandez (2-1, 2.88) vs. RHP Jeff Karstens (1-0, 4.50)TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Saturday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Jason Marquis (1-0, 3.26) vs. RHP Kevin Correia (3-1, 2.48)TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — LHP John Lannan (2-1, 3.43) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (0-3,…

  6. Flores optioned, Bixler likely coming up

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:05 PM EDT

    The Nationals optioned Jesus Flores to Class AAA Syracuse following today's 5-0 loss to the Cardinals, sending the catcher back to the minors to get more at-bats. The club will promote another player before tomorrow night's game in Pittsburgh, and Syracuse infielder Brian Bixler is the likely choice. Bixler was pulled for a pinch-hitter in…

  7. Game 18: Nats at Cardinals

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to take this series from the Cardinals today at Busch Stadium. There's a decent amount riding on today's series finale in St. Louis. For one thing, the Nationals are trying to maintain a winning record heading into this weekend's series in Pittsburgh. For another,…

  8. Minor-league report – 4/21/11

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    The always-clever Bill Gluvna of the Nationals PR department is back again this season with his pun-tastic weekly updates on the minor leagues. Here is the latest version, presented unedited… This Week’s Top Headline WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU CAM!: Hagerstown RHP Cameron Selik has yet to allow a run in 15.0 innings (3 starts) of…

  9. Game 17: Nats at Cardinals

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann looks to extend the Nats' winning streak to five tonight. Well, well, well. Look who is suddenly on a four-game winning streak, with a chance to sweep its second straight doubleheader this evening? Quite a turn of events in NatsTown. If the Nationals are going…

  10. Game 16: Nats at Cardinals (Take 2)

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan gets the ball for Game 1 of today's doubleheader at Busch Stadium. OK, let's try this again. After last night's rain, hail and tornado warning in St. Louis, the Nationals and Cardinals will play two today. It's a split doubleheader, with this afternoon's opener preceding…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 73 53 --
ATLANTA 67 61 7.0
MIAMI 63 63 10.0
NEW YORK 60 68 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 56 71 17.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Giants at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
THU: OFF
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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