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  1. Can bullpen thrive without closer?

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Drew Storen converted five of seven save opportunities last season. The unquestioned strength of the 2010 Nationals was a bullpen that managed to post some of the best numbers in baseball despite also logging the most innings in baseball. Nats relievers churned out 545 2/3 innings (an average…

  2. Martis DFA’d

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    The Nationals have designated right-hander Shairon Martis for assignment, a move that clears space on their 40-man roster for utilityman Jerry Hairston, who was officially added today. Once a rising star in the Nationals' farm system, Martis was a surprise member of the 2009 Opening Day rotation and began that season with a 5-0 record.…

  3. Nats Insider: Phase 2

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Upon launching Nats Insider some 357 days ago, I had no expectation whatsoever for this site. My intention at the time was simple: Find an outlet in which I could continue covering the Washington Nationals, hopefully reaching some small segment of the fan base. Along the way, this place became something far greater than I…

  4. How do they stack up in NL East?

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Having added a $126 million right fielder, a back-of-the-rotation starter, a couple of relievers and several veteran bench players, the Nationals appear to have improved over the offseason. This franchise may not be ready to win quite yet, but those back-to-back, 100-loss seasons from 2008-09 are looking more and more like a distant memory. Improved…

  5. How will the roster shake out?

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Alberto Gonzalez could be the odd man out on the Nationals bench. After a flurry of moves this week, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo admitted he's essentially done reshaping his roster for the winter. There could be another minor move or two between now and the time pitchers…

  6. Rizzo on Gorzelanny, Hairston

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    It's turned into a busy day in NatsTown. Actually, it's been a busy week already, with the Tom Gorzelanny trade (which was officially announced this afternoon) and the signings of Jerry Hairston, Todd Coffey and Alex Cora. All of these moves, as I mentioned earlier, have created an overflow situation on the Nationals' 40-man roster.…

  7. Hairston signed by Nats

    Jan 19, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed infielder Jerry Hairston to a one-year, $2 million contract, giving the club a veteran who can take over at second base if rookie Danny Espinosa isn’t deemed ready for full-time duty as well as a versatile utilityman who can play all over the field if needed. Hairston, who spent last season…

  8. Coffey signs, Gorzelanny in town

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    The Nationals have agreed to terms with Todd Coffey on a contract, a source familiar with the deal confirmed this morning, adding a veteran reliever to an already-deep bullpen. Coffey, 30, must pass a physical before the deal is completed. Contract terms aren't immediately known. The right-hander went 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 69…

  9. Morse, Slaten avoid arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Updated at 2:44 p.m. The Nationals have come to terms on one-year contracts with outfielder Michael Morse and left-hander Doug Slaten, avoiding arbitration with both players. Tom Gorzelanny, meanwhile, came to terms with the Cubs on his own one-year contract, which the Nationals will inherit once the left-hander's trade becomes official. Today is the deadline…

  10. State of the rotation

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann will be the least-experienced member of a deep 2011 rotation. Mike Rizzo spent nearly three months trying to acquire a starting pitcher. The Nationals general manager's preference all along was to land a legitimate front-line hurler, one who could anchor Washington's 2011 rotation and bump everyone…

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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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