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  1. After rough week, Pudge contributes to win

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:44 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ivan Rodriguez contributed to today’s win both behind and at the plate. NEW YORK — Ivan Rodriguez’s opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the Nationals are waning. He won’t say that, but you get the sense the 39-year-old catcher understands the situation. The Nationals want to start transitioning rookie Wilson Ramos into…

  2. No set closer yet

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    NEW YORK — The Nationals enter today’s game with two victories this season, each of them games that included a save situation. And each time, manager Jim Riggleman called upon Sean Burnett to close it out. That doesn’t, however, mean the Nationals have settled upon Burnett as their closer. Riggleman reiterated this afternoon he’s still…

  3. Game 7: Nats at Mets

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's cold and gray at Citi Field for the Mets' home opener against the Nats. NEW YORK — Fresh off last night's exhilarating, 11-inning win in Florida, the bleary-eyed Nationals are back in action this afternoon. It's Opening Day for the Mets at Citi Field, so we've got…

  4. Series preview: Nats at Mets

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Friday, 4:10 p.m. — RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-1, 3.00) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (1-0, 0.00).TV: MASN Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM) Saturday, 7:10 p.m. –- LHP Tom Gorzelanny (7-9, 4.09 in 2010) vs. LHP Chris Capuano (0-0, 13.50).TV: MASN Radio: WHFS (1580 AM) Sunday, 1:10 p.m. –- RHP Jason Marquis (0-0, 2.84) vs.…

  5. LaRoche, bullpen power Nats to win

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:26 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Adam LaRoche is congratulated by Ryan Zimmerman following his 11th-inning homer. MIAMI — Adam LaRoche has experienced slow starts in his career. In his first five big-league seasons, he never finished April with a batting average higher than .214. In 2007 with the Pirates, he was hitting .133 on May 1. Somehow,…

  6. Notes: Bullpen depth, slumping Morse

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — The Nationals know they need to get better performances from members of their bullpen not named Sean Burnett, Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard. They just don’t know who among the rest of the group is most likely to do it. While their top three relievers have pitched well through the season’s first week,…

  7. Game 6: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats need to beat Josh Johnson tonight to avoid a series sweep. MIAMI — Not that you ever want to put yourself in a position where you need to win a series finale on the road to avoid being swept, but the Nationals' current predicament is especially…

  8. When does Ramos take over as No. 1 catcher?

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    MIAMI — If Jim Riggleman stays true to form, Wilson Ramos will be behind the plate for tonight's series finale (with the Nationals needing to beat ace Josh Johnson to avoid another sweep at the hands of the Marlins). But if Riggleman stays true to form, Ivan Rodriguez will be back in the lineup tomorrow…

  9. Nats can’t deliver early knockout punch

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:23 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Ian Desmond had four hits but committed a costly error in the Nats’ 7-4 loss. MIAMI — The fifth inning was “the story of the ballgame,” Jim Riggleman said, and it’s hard to disagree with the manager’s assessment of tonight’s 7-4 loss to the Marlins. It was during that fifth inning when…

  10. No lineup tinkering for now

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth has only two at-bats with runners in scoring position so far. MIAMI — Jim Riggleman intended to swap Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa in his lineup for tonight’s game, moving Espinosa into the leadoff spot and sliding the slumping Desmond down to the 7-hole. On second thought, though, the Nationals…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 71 53 --
ATLANTA 66 60 6.0
MIAMI 63 62 8.5
NEW YORK 59 68 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 55 71 17.0
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Diamondbacks at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Diamondbacks at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
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.
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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