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  1. "I hate to lose. I’m here to win."

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:44 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth spent the last four seasons playing in as successful an environment as you can find in baseball: as one piece of a Phillies roster loaded with All-Stars that played in front of sellout crowds every night and won four straight division titles, with a World Series crown thrown in for good measure. The…

  2. Highlights from Jayson Werth

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jayson Werth donned a Nats cap and jersey today for the first time. Jayson Werth's introductory press conference (along with several follow-up, smaller sessions with reporters talking to Werth, Mike Rizzo, Jim Riggleman and others) has concluded. I'm going back through the tape right now and will be…

  3. Werth press conference today

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    The Jayson Werth signing was completed 10 days ago, but at long last this afternoon, we’ll finally get to see the Nationals’ new $126 million right fielder in a curly W cap and jersey. Werth will formally be introduced during a 1 p.m. press conference at Nationals Park. If you’re near a television, you can…

  4. Nats sign veteran hitter Stairs

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed Matt Stairs to a minor-league contract, bringing aboard a veteran slugger who will most likely serve as their top left-handed pinch-hitter in 2011. Stairs, who turns 43 in February, is baseball’s all-time leader with 23 pinch-hit home runs. He’s played for 12 different major-league clubs over the last 19 seasons in…

  5. The NL East just got even tougher

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Wait, Cliff Lee signed with … the Phillies? For only five years? That kind of came out of nowhere, huh? (Not that anyone saw Jayson Werth coming to Washington for seven years, of course.) Still, the news that broke early this morning was quite a punch to the gut. For the Yankees, who assumed their…

  6. Embarrassing Nats moments

    Dec 13, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    Photo capture of MASN broadcast Adam Dunn's misspelled jersey qualified as a truly embarrassing moment. Watching the final moments of yesterday's Redskins game — I presume there's no one out there who hasn't seen it — I couldn't help but think about all the embarrassing moments that franchise has experienced in the last decade or…

  7. 2011 minor-league staffs

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    The Nationals' new minor-league coaching staffs feature some familiar names, some guys promoted from lower levels and some guys who are rejoining the organization after having spent the last few years elsewhere. Randy Knorr takes over as manager at Class AAA Syracuse, getting a bump up from Class AA Harrisburg, where he spent last season.…

  8. The Nats’ current depth chart

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Back home safe and sound in good old Northern Virginia (man, it's freezing here) after a hectic week at the Winter Meetings. Nothing new to report (yet) on either Cliff Lee or Adam LaRoche. The only news I know of that will definitely be announced today involves the Nationals' minor-league coaching staffs. Sounds like former…

  9. Wrapping up the meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — And so the Winter Meetings have come to a close after four days spent tracking down lots of rumors but only three actual roster alterations: Jayson Werth and the two Rule 5 picks. Make no mistake, though: The Nationals were very much front-and-center at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, beginning…

  10. Nats take two pitchers in Rule 5

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Updated at 12:15 p.m. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals selected a pair of right-handers in this morning's Rule 5 draft, swiping hard-throwing reliever Elvin Ramirez away from the Mets and sinkerball starter Brian Broderick away from the Cardinals. Ramirez, 23, was 4-4 with a 4.16 ERA in 52 combined relief appearances between Class…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 43 --
ATLANTA 54 46 2.0
MIAMI 47 52 8.5
NEW YORK 47 53 9.0
PHILADELPHIA 43 57 13.0
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 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.

*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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