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  1. Game 107: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals look to make it two in a row tonight at Chase Field. PHOENIX — Hello again from the Valley of the Sun, which is flexing its considerable summer muscle today. The mercury has climbed back up over the century mark; as I type this, it's 105…

  2. An explanation of waivers

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    PHOENIX — Buster Olney of ESPN reported earlier today that the Nationals placed Adam Dunn on waivers, a transaction that immediately left a lot of people out there flustered and wondering if that means the big slugger is about to wind up on another team's roster. Well, let me give a quick response to that:…

  3. 300 HRs, but what about 3,000 hits?

    Aug 3, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

    PHOENIX — The ball sat in Ivan Rodriguez’s locker at Chase Field, ready to be presented to the man who helped foster one of the greatest catching careers in baseball history. After clubbing his 300th home run as a catcher, Pudge could think of only one worthy recipient: His father, Jose Rodriguez, who has attended…

  4. Burnett’s rare ninth-inning moment

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Sean Burnett is congratulated by Ivan Rodriguez after notching a rare save. PHOENIX — Sean Burnett is the ultimate anomaly: a left-handed reliever who struggles to get left-handed hitters out but dominates right-handed hitters. And yet, with tonight's game on the line late and three tough lefties due…

  5. Strasburg passes latest throwing test

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:50 AM EDT

    PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg took another key step in his return from the disabled list this evening when he threw from up to 120 feet and reported no problems with his right shoulder. The Nationals rookie, who threw yesterday for the first time since getting shut down with shoulder inflammation, played catch before tonight’s game…

  6. Game 106: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chase Field, the sometimes-indoor, sometimes-outdoor home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. PHOENIX — Good afternoon from Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, where it's a dry and balmy 95 degrees right now, gorgeous weather for this time of year in the Valley of the Sun. Don't worry, the mercury is…

  7. Feeling better or feeling worse?

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Six days ago, the Nationals were reeling from a 3-7 road trip that included an ugly sweep in Milwaukee. The status of Stephen Strasburg's shoulder wasn't worth pausing one second to contemplate. Matt Capps and Cristian Guzman were members of the roster. Adam Dunn was, too, though there was reason to worry he might not…

  8. Game 105: Phillies at Nats

    Aug 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan returns to the Nats, who will attempt to sweep the Phillies. At the end of an eventful and often improbable week, perhaps the most improbable development of all could come this afternoon: The Nationals could sweep the Phillies. How improbable would that be? Well, since baseball…

  9. A case for keeping this group intact

    Aug 1, 2010, 4:40 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER A mob of teammates awaits Ryan Zimmerman at the plate. The ball wasn't even halfway to its final resting place, some 440 feet away on the grassy batter's eye in center field, when Ryan Zimmerman turned to Adam Dunn in the on-deck circle, held his arms out and…

  10. Zimmermann bounces back

    Aug 1, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from the only rough outing of his minor-league rehab stint with a dominant performance tonight. Zimmermann, in the final stages of recovery from Tommy John surgery, tossed 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball for Class AA Harrisburg. Facing the Red Sox’s Portland affiliate, he allowed just one hit, walking two and striking…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 47 --
ATLANTA 58 48 --
MIAMI 53 53 5.0
NEW YORK 51 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 60 11.5
Through Tuesday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
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.
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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