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  1. ALDS Game 2: Yankees at Twins

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Minnesota Twins The Twins are essentially in must-win mode tonight at Target Field. It's not that the Twins can't take a lead against the Yankees in the postseason. They've done it seven straight times over the last six years. It's just that they can't hold any lead against New York, resulting in seven…

  2. ALDS Game 2: Rangers at Rays

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Tampa Bay Rays C.J. Wilson faces James Shields today at Tropicana Field. In a short, five-game series, Game 2 takes on added significance. In a seven-game series, it's not impossible to rally from a 2-0 deficit. In a five-game series? Well, it's not impossible, but it's really, really difficult. So the Rays face…

  3. The importance of power pitching

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Chien-Ming Wang pitched one inning yesterday in the Florida instructional league. After the shock and wonder of Roy Halladay throwing a no-hitter in the first postseason start of his career wore off, two thoughts came to mind… 1. With Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels still to come, how on earth is…

  4. ALDS Game 1: Yankees at Twins

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

    Photo courtesy Minnesota Twins Brand-new Target Field hosts its first postseason game tonight. How on earth can this game top the one that just ended in Philadelphia? Seriously, I can't even fathom what would top Roy Halladay's no-hitter. But the Yankees and Twins are obligated to begin their American League Division Series, so they will.…

  5. Kasten’s "farewell" press conference

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:37 PM EDT

    Stan Kasten’s last official day running the Nationals came today, but the outgoing president was already talking about meetings and issues still on his agenda over the next few weeks. He’s got a radio deal to negotiate, a spring training relocation to consider and any number of other items yet to address. So the message…

  6. NLDS Game 1: Reds at Phillies

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Citizens Bank Park hosts Game 1 between the Reds and Phillies. The road to the National League pennant has gone through Citizens Bank Park each of the last two seasons, and it will go through there again this month. Until someone proves they can beat the Phillies,…

  7. ALDS Game 1: Rangers at Rays

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field hosts the first game of this year's postseason. What better way to get the playoffs underway than with a classic pitching matchup like this: Cliff Lee vs. David Price? Two of the best lefties in the game square off this afternoon at Tropicana Field, with Lee hoping to…

  8. Postseason preview

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tim Lincecum will try to lead the Giants to their first title since Willie Mays' catch in 1954. Ah, feel that crispness in the air? See those leaves starting to change colors? Notice no sign of baseball around these parts? Yes, October is in full swing and the…

  9. End-of-season report card

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    On the collective level, the Nationals made some significant strides in 2010, winning 10 more games than the previous year, though their final record of 69-93 still felt disappointing to many who believed this team was good enough win more. The same applies to the Nats on the individual level. Several players enjoyed breakthrough seasons…

  10. Handing out MLB awards

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    One of the distinct privileges of membership in the Baseball Writers Association of America is the opportunity to vote for baseball's biggest end-of-season awards: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. Two BBWAA members representing each club vote for each award. So there are two NL MVP voters from the…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 71 53 --
ATLANTA 66 60 6.0
MIAMI 63 62 8.5
NEW YORK 59 68 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 55 71 17.0
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Diamondbacks at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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.
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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