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  1. With Zim out, where will runs come from?

    May 1, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ian Desmond reached second on an error and scored the Nats’ only run today. The gut punch came 75 minutes before first pitch at Nationals Park, when the home clubhouse doors closed for a brief meeting in which the entire team was informed Ryan Zimmerman will have surgery Tuesday to repair a…

  2. Zimmerman needs surgery, out 6 weeks

    Apr 30, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Updated at 3:48 p.m. Ryan Zimmerman will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle, a procedure that will keep the Nationals third baseman out approximately six more weeks. Zimmerman, who has been on the disabled list for three weeks since aggravating the injury while sliding headfirst into second base, was not making progress…

  3. Game 26: Giants at Nats

    Apr 30, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces Jonathan Sanchez in a rare 4:05 p.m. game at Nationals Park. After Jason Marquis' shutout gem last night, what does John Lannan have in store for the Giants today? The left-hander hasn't been spectacular so far this season, but he hasn't been poor, either. Kind…

  4. Marquis shuts down Giants, Lincecum

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:59 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jason Marquis was brilliant in out-dueling Tim Lincecum tonight. Is it safe to say Jason Marquis has officially put his disastrous 2010 behind him? The right-hander certainly has done everything in his power to reverse the trend so far this year, capped tonight by a brilliant, 3-0 shutout of the Giants and…

  5. Nats bench in a pinch

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    The Nationals haven’t exactly been coming through in pinch-hitting situations this season. In fact, they entered tonight’s game with only one hit in 15 pinch-hit at-bats this season. That stat, though, doesn’t entirely reflect the performance of the Nats’ bench so far. Read Rich Dubroff’s story on CSNwashington.com.

  6. Game 25: Giants at Nats

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals will have their hands full tonight with Tim Lincecum and the Giants. A struggling lineup without its best hitter facing the defending World Series champions and their ace right-hander? Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Well, maybe not. Yes, the Nationals are going up…

  7. Series preview: Giants at Nats

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Friday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Tim Lincecum (2-2, 2.70) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (2-0, 3.55)TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM Saturday, 4:05 p.m. — LHP Jonathan Sanchez (2-1, 3.21) vs. LHP John Lannan (2-2, 4.05)TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — RHP Matt Cain (2-1, 3.34) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-4, 4.55)TV: MASN…

  8. Distractions off field, success on it

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:08 AM EDT

    Getty Images Ian Desmond is congratulated after homering in the fifth inning. Ian Desmond and Livan Hernandez are, in many ways, polar opposites on the baseball diamond. Desmond is all energy, a second-year shortstop who acknowledges he’s likely to vacillate between highs and lows over the course of a season, or even a game. Hernandez…

  9. Desmond returns, plus Zimmerman update

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Shortstop Ian Desmond came off the paternity leave list today, rejoining the Nationals after missing two days for the birth of his first child. Desmond left the club Tuesday morning and made it to Sarasota, Fla., in time for wife Chelsey to deliver 6-pound, 11-ounce son Grayson that afternoon. He remained there yesterday before flying…

  10. Game 24: Mets at Nats

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals try to avoid a series sweep tonight at the hands of the Mets. Livan Hernandez has started 58 games Washington, D.C., more than any other pitcher since baseball returned in 2005, and few men who have toed the rubber at either RFK Stadium or Nationals Park…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 75 57 --
ATLANTA 70 64 6.0
MIAMI 65 67 10.0
NEW YORK 62 72 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 61 72 14.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 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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