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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Game 5: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 6, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez faces Chris Volstad tonight at Sun Life Stadium. MIAMI — Well, so much for that new leadoff hitter. Jim Riggleman said yesterday Danny Espinosa would be in the top spot of tonight's lineup, with Ian Desmond batting seventh. It appears the manager changed his mind at…

  7. If pitching form holds, wins will come

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jason Marquis authored the latest strong outing by a Nationals starter last night. MIAMI — So, after yet another excruciating loss to the Marlins — doesn't it seem like every loss to the Marlins is an excruciating one? — the Nationals find themselves sporting a 1-3 record this morning, sitting all alone…

  8. Errors of aggression, or trying too hard?

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:48 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth’s error after calling off Danny Espinosa led to the Marlins’ winning run. MIAMI — The ball came off Omar Infante’s bat and went high into the South Florida night, a big-league pop-up that Danny Espinosa needed only to back up five or six steps from his second-base position to camp…

  9. Desmond, Espinosa to swap lineup spots

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    MIAMI — Ian Desmond is out of the Nationals’ lineup tonight, not so much because of his 0-for-13 start to the season but because manager Jim Riggleman wanted to make sure some of his reserves didn’t go ice cold sitting on the bench. When Desmond returns to the lineup tomorrow, though, he won’t be back…

  10. Game 4: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 5, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The sun is out right now, but it was pouring earlier, and it may rain again tonight. MIAMI — This is the Marlins' final season at Sun Life Stadium, which has had about 13 different names over the years. And let me tell you, they can't move out…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 76 57 --
ATLANTA 71 64 6.0
MIAMI 65 68 11.0
NEW YORK 63 72 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 61 73 15.5
Through Friday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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
FRI: Phillies 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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