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  1. Nats at Cardinals (ss) – 3/3/11

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. There's no question how important this season is for Jordan Zimmermann, who after battling back from Tommy John surgery is fully healthy and poised to develop into the quality starting pitcher the Nationals felt they were…

  2. Lannan, Maya and Bernadina

    Mar 3, 2011, 4:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan was sharp for two innings before struggling in the third. VIERA, Fla. — Well, three games into the exhibition season, the Nationals are undefeated. They disposed of the Mets twice and today toppled the Marlins, 8-4, at Space Coast Stadium. Too soon to start printing up…

  3. Ankiel’s unique perspective

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Rick Ankiel, once a pitching phenom, has resurrected his career as an outfielder. VIERA, Fla. — The newly acquired outfielder walked across the clubhouse, approached the young pitcher and extended his arm. “Hey, I’m Rick Ankiel,” he said. “Nice to meet you,” Stephen Strasburg replied. These kind of…

  4. Henry Rodriguez ready to roll

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Henry Rodriguez, the flame-throwing reliever acquired from Oakland in the Josh Willingham trade, arrived at Nationals camp today and believes it won’t take long to catch up to the rest of his new teammates. Rodriguez, 24, had been stuck in his native Venezuela the last two weeks waiting for his visa application…

  5. Zimmermann, Clippard contracts renewed

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals announced this morning they’ve renewed the contracts of right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Tyler Clippard and come to terms with 18 other players who have less than three years of big-league experience. All members of the Nationals’ 40-man roster are now under contract for 2011. Zimmermann and Clippard were unable to…

  6. Nats vs. Marlins – 3/2/11

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The sun is back out in full force today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — It's another beautiful day in the paradise otherwise known as Viera. After yesterday's rain and menacing clouds, we've got bright sunshine today for the first of way too many meetings this season…

  7. Tommy John surgery for Meredith

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Cla Meredith, signed by the Nationals over the winter after having bone chips removed from his elbow, now has a torn ligament that requires Tommy John surgery. Meredith, a Richmond native who pitched in college at VCU, will undergo the ligament replacement procedure today in Washington, according to a Nationals spokesman. Team…

  8. Aggressive tone paying off

    Mar 1, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa watches his fourth-inning homer sail over the fence. VIERA, Fla. — It's probably not possible to establish an identity after only two spring training games, but the Nationals sure are trying their best. If there's any broad theme that can be taken out of their two…

  9. Harper’s a hit in second game

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Bryce Harper connects for his first hit of the spring. VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper sat around his spring training apartment Monday night and rather than stewing over his two-strikeout debut for the Washington Nationals, took a more upbeat approach. “I went home and I started laughing about it, actually,” he…

  10. LaRoche hindered by sore shoulder

    Mar 1, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Shoulder soreness is preventing Adam LaRoche from playing the field for now. VIERA, Fla. — Adam LaRoche made his spring training debut for the Nationals today, but not at the first base position he's expected to man for at least the next two seasons. A case of shoulder…

Archives

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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