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  1. Versatility abounds

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — It's the final day of pitcher and catcher workouts, and not a moment too soon. Everyone around here is ready for the full squad to take the field tomorrow morning and really get this camp cranking. Every position player has been accounted for, no visa issues to report. (Pitchers Henry Rodriguez and…

  2. One-on-one with Rizzo

    Feb 20, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — It’s been nearly two years since Mike Rizzo became acting general manager of the Nationals following the abrupt resignation of Jim Bowden in the middle of spring training. In the two years since, Rizzo has guided the franchise through a number of changes on and off the field and last fall was…

  3. In a fog

    Feb 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Sean Burnett delivers a pitch during his bullpen session. VIERA, Fla. — Upon arriving at Space Coast Stadium at 8:15 this morning, I didn't think there was any chance the Nationals would be able to start their workout on time. A dense fog blanketed the entire area and…

  4. Is a LF platoon the best answer?

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina is battling Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel for playing time in left field. VIERA, Fla. — Rarely have the Nationals entered spring training with as many starting jobs around the diamond locked up like this. With six weeks still remaining before Opening Day, the Nats already…

  5. Saturday’s workout in photos

    Feb 19, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ross Detwiler throws in the bullpen with Jim Riggleman watching. VIERA, Fla. — Only three days into official workouts, the monotony starts to sink in a bit. These early sessions before position players join the fray are pretty simplistic: Throw off a bullpen mound every other day, shuttle…

  6. Update on Meredith and visas

    Feb 19, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    For the update on Cla Meredith's MRI and his comments, go to CSNwashington.com. VIERA, Fla. — It's another beautiful day in paradise, not a cloud in the sky, a light breeze blowing and the temperature expected to approach 80 degrees. Tough gig, I know. Pitchers and catchers are making their way down to the minor-league…

  7. Pudge now, Ramos and/or Flores soon

    Feb 19, 2011, 12:07 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jesus Flores (and Wilson Ramos) are staring over Ivan Rodriguez’s shoulder. VIERA, Fla. — It sounded like a forceful declaration from Jim Riggleman — “Pudge is our catcher” — and the Nationals manager meant it when he said this morning that Ivan Rodriguez would open the season as…

  8. 2nd workout done, Meredith injured

    Feb 18, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya throws during his morning bullpen session. VIERA, Fla. — Workout No. 2 of the spring is in the books, and there were a few things worth noting about it, from the early arrival of several top position players to several intriguing guys throwing in the bullpen.…

  9. Riggleman: "Pudge is our catcher"

    Feb 18, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — There may come a point this season when either Wilson Ramos or Jesus Flores takes over as the Washington Nationals’ starting catcher. But for now, that job still belongs to one of the greatest backstops ever to play the game. Manager Jim Riggleman made it clear Friday morning Ivan Rodriguez will open…

  10. Is Chien-Ming Wang fully recovered?

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — For all the attention Stephen Strasburg received yesterday during his first official workout of the spring, there was another Nationals pitcher drawing even more attention. Chien-Ming Wang, a national hero in Taiwan, was followed by the usual throng of media members that chronicles his every move. These reporters have spent a lot…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 72 53 --
ATLANTA 66 61 7.0
MIAMI 63 63 9.5
NEW YORK 60 68 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 56 71 17.0
Through Wednesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: Diamondbacks at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
FRI: Giants at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Nats at Phillies, 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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