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  1. Thoughts on Wang and Harper

    Feb 26, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang took another positive step today. VIERA, Fla. — The biggest development of the day at Nationals camp was Chien-Ming Wang's continued progression. He looked sharp during his live BP session, and he's slated to pitch an inning or two in a minor-league intrasquad game on Friday.…

  2. Another MRI for Meredith

    Feb 26, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Cla Meredith's chance of making the Nationals' bullpen, already long when camp started, has become even more unlikely. Meredith, who had to cut his first bullpen session short last week after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired right elbow, had another setback yesterday that required another MRI. The results of that test…

  3. Wang to face minor-leaguers Friday

    Feb 26, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Read my updated story, with observations from today's live BP session and quotes from Chien-Ming Wang and Steve McCatty, on CSNwashington.com. VIERA, Fla. — Chien-Ming Wang, attempting to pitch for the Nationals this season after missing all of 2010 recovering from shoulder surgery, will make his first spring training appearance next week against minor leaguers.…

  4. A DP combo with "swagger"

    Feb 26, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond have become friends on and off the field. VIERA, Fla. — Ask Ian Desmond which of Danny Espinosa’s qualities he wishes he possessed, and the Nationals’ young shortstop gives a surprising answer. “He’s got a little more swagger than I’ve got,” Desmond said.…

  5. Friday afternoon observations

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan takes off from first base during a baserunning/defense drill. VIERA, Fla. — Sorry for the late posting this afternoon. The wireless internet at Space Coast Stadium (which had already been spotty all spring) completely went out today. So I've relocated to the Barry Svrluga Memorial Panera…

  6. Room for Bernadina and Ankiel?

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina has "superstar potential," according to Jim Riggleman. VIERA, Fla. — It's pretty clear the Nationals are going to enter the 2011 season with no set, everyday left fielder. What's not necessarily clear is how many different left fielders they'll have in the rotation. Three guys are…

  7. 3, 2, 1 …

    Feb 24, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Shuttle Discovery launches into orbit, as seen from Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — … and we have liftoff! Space Shuttle Discovery just launched from nearby Cape Canaveral, making its final journey into orbit before NASA discontinues the shuttle program later this year. Unfortunately, there was some…

  8. Marquis healthy and determined

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis hopes to bounce back after a disastrous 2010. VIERA, Fla. — Jason Marquis knew something wasn’t quite right with his elbow, really, from the moment he started throwing in his first spring with the Nationals. The discomfort, though, didn’t prevent him from pitching altogether. And as…

  9. Counting down to countdown

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam LaRoche takes some grounders from his knees. VIERA, Fla. — Baseball is taking a bit of a backseat today around here, for a handful of reasons: 1) The Players' Association delegation was in town this morning to hold its annual meeting, which ran nearly two hours and…

  10. Harper will play in exhibition opener

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper won't have to wait long to make his spring training debut. The 18-year-old phenom is scheduled to appear in the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Monday against the Mets. Manager Jim Riggleman said Harper will be on the Nationals' travel squad for the 1:10 p.m. game in Port St. Lucie.…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 48 --
ATLANTA 58 51 1.5
MIAMI 53 55 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.0
PHILADELPHIA 48 61 11.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 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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