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  1. Werth press conference today

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    The Jayson Werth signing was completed 10 days ago, but at long last this afternoon, we’ll finally get to see the Nationals’ new $126 million right fielder in a curly W cap and jersey. Werth will formally be introduced during a 1 p.m. press conference at Nationals Park. If you’re near a television, you can…

  2. Nats sign veteran hitter Stairs

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed Matt Stairs to a minor-league contract, bringing aboard a veteran slugger who will most likely serve as their top left-handed pinch-hitter in 2011. Stairs, who turns 43 in February, is baseball’s all-time leader with 23 pinch-hit home runs. He’s played for 12 different major-league clubs over the last 19 seasons in…

  3. The NL East just got even tougher

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Wait, Cliff Lee signed with … the Phillies? For only five years? That kind of came out of nowhere, huh? (Not that anyone saw Jayson Werth coming to Washington for seven years, of course.) Still, the news that broke early this morning was quite a punch to the gut. For the Yankees, who assumed their…

  4. Embarrassing Nats moments

    Dec 13, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    Photo capture of MASN broadcast Adam Dunn's misspelled jersey qualified as a truly embarrassing moment. Watching the final moments of yesterday's Redskins game — I presume there's no one out there who hasn't seen it — I couldn't help but think about all the embarrassing moments that franchise has experienced in the last decade or…

  5. 2011 minor-league staffs

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    The Nationals' new minor-league coaching staffs feature some familiar names, some guys promoted from lower levels and some guys who are rejoining the organization after having spent the last few years elsewhere. Randy Knorr takes over as manager at Class AAA Syracuse, getting a bump up from Class AA Harrisburg, where he spent last season.…

  6. The Nats’ current depth chart

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Back home safe and sound in good old Northern Virginia (man, it's freezing here) after a hectic week at the Winter Meetings. Nothing new to report (yet) on either Cliff Lee or Adam LaRoche. The only news I know of that will definitely be announced today involves the Nationals' minor-league coaching staffs. Sounds like former…

  7. Wrapping up the meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — And so the Winter Meetings have come to a close after four days spent tracking down lots of rumors but only three actual roster alterations: Jayson Werth and the two Rule 5 picks. Make no mistake, though: The Nationals were very much front-and-center at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, beginning…

  8. Nats take two pitchers in Rule 5

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Updated at 12:15 p.m. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals selected a pair of right-handers in this morning's Rule 5 draft, swiping hard-throwing reliever Elvin Ramirez away from the Mets and sinkerball starter Brian Broderick away from the Cardinals. Ramirez, 23, was 4-4 with a 4.16 ERA in 52 combined relief appearances between Class…

  9. Eckstein donates kidney

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For those who didn't hear the news last night, Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein did an incredibly courageous thing: He donated one of his kidneys to his older brother Ken. The procedure was performed yesterday, and according to the Nats, both Rick and Ken Eckstein are doing well. This is…

  10. Lots of talk, no action … yet

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:55 AM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals made the biggest splash of the offseason (the $126 million Jayson Werth signing) before many MLB executives had even arrived for the start of the Winter Meetings. In the 72 hours since that blockbuster move, though, the Nationals’ roster has remained unchanged. Despite plenty of talks with a…

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FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

NLDS
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
OCT. 7: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

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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