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  1. Room for Bernadina and Ankiel?

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina has "superstar potential," according to Jim Riggleman. VIERA, Fla. — It's pretty clear the Nationals are going to enter the 2011 season with no set, everyday left fielder. What's not necessarily clear is how many different left fielders they'll have in the rotation. Three guys are…

  2. 3, 2, 1 …

    Feb 24, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Shuttle Discovery launches into orbit, as seen from Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — … and we have liftoff! Space Shuttle Discovery just launched from nearby Cape Canaveral, making its final journey into orbit before NASA discontinues the shuttle program later this year. Unfortunately, there was some…

  3. Marquis healthy and determined

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis hopes to bounce back after a disastrous 2010. VIERA, Fla. — Jason Marquis knew something wasn’t quite right with his elbow, really, from the moment he started throwing in his first spring with the Nationals. The discomfort, though, didn’t prevent him from pitching altogether. And as…

  4. Counting down to countdown

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam LaRoche takes some grounders from his knees. VIERA, Fla. — Baseball is taking a bit of a backseat today around here, for a handful of reasons: 1) The Players' Association delegation was in town this morning to hold its annual meeting, which ran nearly two hours and…

  5. Harper will play in exhibition opener

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper won't have to wait long to make his spring training debut. The 18-year-old phenom is scheduled to appear in the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Monday against the Mets. Manager Jim Riggleman said Harper will be on the Nationals' travel squad for the 1:10 p.m. game in Port St. Lucie.…

  6. Big-league undergrad

    Feb 23, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After spending the fall at Stanford, Drew Storen is back to baseball this spring. VIERA, Fla. — One evening in late October, Drew Storen wandered from his dorm room at Stanford University down to the dining hall on the ground floor, where a cafeteria-style dinner and a big-screen…

  7. BA ranks Harper No. 1

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper hasn’t played an official minor-league game yet, but the Nationals’ 18-year-old phenom has already been named his sport’s top prospect. Baseball America released its annual Top 100 Prospects list on Wednesday and selected Harper No. 1 by a narrow margin over Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Harper, the first overall pick…

  8. Live BP drama

    Feb 23, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang's velocity was better today, but his command was off. VIERA, Fla. — Plenty of interesting nuggets out of today's workout, most of it from the several rounds of live batting practice that were taking place on side-by-side fields… Chien-Ming Wang faced live hitters for the first…

  9. "It’s their clubhouse"

    Feb 23, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis will start the fourth game of the exhibition season. VIERA, Fla. — Jim Riggleman spent some time this morning behind closed doors with a handful of key players off his roster: Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond, among others. The purpose of those meetings: To…

  10. Werth, Harper share the spotlight

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth shared the spotlight today at Nats camp. VIERA, Fla. — Sign the 14th-largest contract in baseball history, and you’re probably going to be the center of attention on your first day with your new club. Unless, of course, one of your new teammates…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 69 4.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
Full season schedule

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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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