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  1. The kids are all right

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond is hitting .346 since the All-Star break. Catching up on yesterday's events at Nationals Park, where the home team thumped the Mets by a 13-3 count, I'm struck by one overriding thought: The kids have arrived, and they're giving this franchise legitimate reason for hope. Danny…

  2. Game 138: Mets at Nats

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats host the Mets in a Labor Day matinee at Nationals Park. With Stephen Strasburg back in San Diego recovering from his Tommy John surgery, the most interesting pitcher for Nationals fans to watch the rest of this season is Jordan Zimmermann, who five nights ago in…

  3. Paying attention to the numbers

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn hit his 34th homer of the season during today's win. PITTSBURGH — Baseball, more than any other sport, is a game of numbers. There's a stat for everything, and there's virtually nothing anymore that can't be quantified. Stat geeks, fans and media members alike put great…

  4. Maya, Detwiler, Balester join team

    Sep 5, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    PITTSBURGH — Yunesky Maya, Ross Detwiler and Collin Balester all joined the Nationals this morning at PNC Park, though only Balester has officially been recalled from Class AAA Syracuse and is eligible to pitch out of the bullpen today. Maya and Detwiler will travel with the club back home to Washington and then be recalled.…

  5. Game 137: Nats at Pirates

    Sep 5, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis looks to continue his upswing today at PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — Rarely will you find a pitching matchup like we're getting today at PNC Park. In this corner, with a 1-7 record and 8.13 ERA: Jason Marquis! And in this corner, with a 1-10 record and…

  6. Adjustments work for Lannan, Pudge

    Sep 5, 2010, 4:07 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ivan Rodriguez is congratulated after his fifth-inning homer. PITTSBURGH — It would have been easy for John Lannan, upon being optioned to Class AA in late-June, to set a goal of simply returning to the majors and recapturing his previous form. For Lannan, though, a return to previous…

  7. Maya will debut Tuesday vs. Mets

    Sep 4, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

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    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya, who signed with the Nats in July, will debut Tuesday night. PITTSBURGH — Recently signed Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya will make his major-league debut for the Nationals Tuesday night against the Mets, according to a club source, relegating struggling left-hander Scott Olsen to the bullpen for…

  8. Game 136: Nats at Pirates

    Sep 4, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces Paul Maholm in an all-lefty matchup tonight at PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — Hello once again from beautiful PNC Park, which despite the wretchedness of its regular tenants continues to stand out as the best ballpark in the majors. (Full disclosure: I was born here and…

  9. Hanrahan learns how to close

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Joel Hanrahan blew away Ryan Zimmerman to earn his third save for the Pirates. PITTSBURGH — There was a time when the last thing Joel Hanrahan wanted was to be handed the ball for the ninth inning with his team leading by three or fewer runs. May 2009,…

  10. Opposite is good for Espinosa

    Sep 4, 2010, 3:30 AM EDT

    PITTSBURGH — It's one thing to hit your first career home run in your first career start. It's quite another to hit that home run to the opposite field, then follow it up with an opposite-field, RBI double from the other side of the plate three innings later. Suffice it to say, Danny Espinosa will…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 47 --
ATLANTA 58 50 1.5
MIAMI 53 54 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 61 12.5
Through Wednesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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.
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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