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  1. Lannan nixes Philly curse

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:45 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Laynce Nix homered and made a key catch in left field during the Nats’ win. Well, they did it. The Nationals took a series from the Phillies. And John Lannan beat his long-time nemeses for the first time in his career, leading the way to a 2-1 victory this afternoon. Laynce Nix…

  2. Zim in Viera, Wang ready to leave

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

    Couple of notable news items out of Viera today… Ryan Zimmerman played in his first extended spring training game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with a walk and played three innings at third base without having a ball hit in his direction. Zimmerman is slated to take tomorrow…

  3. Game 55: Phillies at Nats

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan tries to pitch the Nats to a series victory over the Phillies today. They put forth an impressive showing against Roy Halladay, albeit in a losing effort, on Monday. They really took it to Cliff Lee, and actually won, last night. Now, can the Nationals…

  4. "Under-the-radar" Espinosa turning heads

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:52 AM EDT

    Associated Press photo Danny Espinosa belted a pair of homers off Cliff Lee in the Nats’ 10-2 victory. Jim Riggleman was talking up Danny Espinosa on Monday, after the rookie second baseman had homered off Roy Halladay to join teammate Jayson Werth as the Nationals’ top power hitters so far this season. “As good as…

  5. Zimmerman rehab update

    May 31, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman will play several innings in an extended spring training game tomorrow in Viera, his first game action since tearing an abdominal muscle while sliding into second base April 9 in New York. Zimmerman has been in Viera for the last week, ramping up his baseball activities. He’s expected to remain there for another…

  6. Burnett searching for answers

    May 31, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

    On a depth chart of pitchers the Nationals had reason to be worried about entering the season, Sean Burnett probably ranked dead-last. The left-hander was coming off a brilliant 2010, followed by a perfect spring training (zero earned runs allowed in 10 appearances). Two months into the season, Burnett's struggles may not rank as the…

  7. July 2 DH to make up Bucs rainout

    May 31, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    The Nationals’ May 17 rainout against the Pirates will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader on July 2, the team announced today. First pitch of the twinbill is scheduled for 3:35 p.m., with the second game beginning 30 minutes after its conclusion. Only one ticket is needed for admission to both games.…

  8. Game 54: Phillies at Nats

    May 31, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Can the Nationals stop their string of one-run losses tonight? The Nationals more than held their own against Roy Halladay yesterday, and that still wasn't enough to win. So tonight, they'll have to both hold their own against Cliff Lee, and hope they hold down the Phillies themselves…

  9. Beltway Baseball Live – 5/30/11

    May 31, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Thanks for watching this week’s edition of Beltway Baseball Live, where Chase Hughes and I discussed next week’s MLB draft. We also took your questions on Ryan Zimmerman, Jim Riggleman and Ross Detwiler. If you missed the show live at 2 p.m., here’s the full episode…

  10. Same old, same old

    May 30, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Alex Cora gets caught in a rundown in the bottom of the seventh. There are any number of ways to analyze the Nationals’ 5-4 loss to the Phillies Monday afternoon, parsing Sean Burnett’s ragged relief appearance or Alex Cora’s baserunning or the entire lineup’s hitting approach with men in scoring position. Within…

Archives

FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

NLDS
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
OCT. 7: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

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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