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  1. Nats at Tigers – 3/24/11

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces the Tigers tonight at Joker Marchant Stadium. LAKELAND, Fla. — Plenty of pregame news here this evening. I'll go into more detail on all this in some separate postings, but here's the quick rundown… – Jayson Werth is hitting second tonight, and Jim Riggleman said…

  2. Flores, Stammen optioned to Syracuse

    Mar 24, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Updated at 3:34 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals optioned catcher Jesus Flores and right-hander Craig Stammen to Class AAA Syracuse this afternoon. Flores thus loses the battle for the No. 2 catching job behind Ivan Rodriguez, who will start Opening Day. Wilson Ramos will make the club and likely ease into a starting role…

  3. Down to the wire

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Rick Ankiel could be the Nationals' Opening Day center fielder. VIERA, Fla. — Feeling refreshed after their lone off-day of the spring, the Nationals return to the field this evening against the Tigers in Lakeland, the beginning of the home stretch here in Florida. There are six more Grapefruit League games…

  4. Viera: Home to second chances

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo A bust with the Mets, Oliver Perez will try to straighten himself out with the Nats. VIERA, Fla. — As news emerged this afternoon that the Nationals had signed Oliver Perez, the shrieks and groans from D.C. could be heard all the way down here on the Space Coast. Why on earth…

  5. Perez signs minor deal, Strasburg to DL

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Full updated story on CSNwashington.com VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have signed former Mets left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, a club source confirmed this afternoon. Perez was released Monday by the Mets, who will pay his entire $12 million salary this season. If he reaches the majors, the Nationals would be responsible only…

  6. Efficient Lannan has start to build off

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan was highly efficient during yesterday's six-inning start. VIERA, Fla. — It's tough to find a pitching rhythm when every other start you make in spring training comes in a minor-league game on a back field at 11 a.m. Entering yesterday's outing against the Astros, John Lannan…

  7. Storen back on track

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Drew Storen helped his case today with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. VIERA, Fla. — Drew Storen is a bright guy, we all know that. He went back to Stanford last fall to continue his pursuit of an engineering degree. He described his pitching mechanics today using a word…

  8. Nats vs. Astros – 3/22/11

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces the Astros today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — Before we get to today's game, one quick note about someone who's not playing today. Ryan Zimmerman is missing his eighth straight game with a sore groin, though he's been taking BP and grounders. Jim…

  9. Harper may not be ready for opener

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper suffered what the Nationals are terming a “medium sprain” of his left ankle yesterday, an injury that’s not considered serious but could prevent the top prospect from playing in Class A Hagerstown’s April 7 season opener. Mike Rizzo said this morning it’s too soon to know a timetable for Harper’s…

  10. Wrapping up a manic Monday

    Mar 22, 2011, 3:18 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez allowed two runs in five innings today. JUPITER, Fla. — Boy, I sure picked the right day to return to Florida. It turned out to be quite an eventful Monday in the Grapefruit League, beginning with Bryce Harper's sprained ankle and continuing through the bench-clearing incident…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 75 57 --
ATLANTA 70 64 6.0
MIAMI 65 67 10.0
NEW YORK 62 72 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 61 72 14.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
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
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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