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  1. Are Nats trying to leave Viera?

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals' lease at Space Coast Stadium runs through 2017. PHOENIX — When the Lerner family bought the Nationals in 2006, it inherited the franchise's lease with Brevard County (Fla.), which required the club to hold spring training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera through 2017 or else…

  2. Distracted? Not Adam Dunn

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:32 AM EDT

    Photo by David Zuckerman / Special to Nats Insider Adam Dunn belts the second of his two home runs in the Nats' victory. PHOENIX — For just about any ballplayer, the events Adam Dunn faced over the last week would be enough to drive you senile. At the very least, the constant barrage of trade…

  3. Morgan has MRI on right hip

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:32 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan slams into the fence after catching Chris Young’s drive last night. PHOENIX — Nyjer Morgan was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup tonight due to a lingering right hip injury that required an MRI earlier in the day. Morgan was still awaiting results of the MRI before…

  4. Game 108: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals reach the two-thirds mark of the season tonight at Chase Field. Lineup change below PHOENIX — Game 3 of this four-game series in the desert features a couple of starting pitchers who have virtually no experience against their opposing lineups. Ian Kennedy — a former Yankees…

  5. Rotation decisions looming

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen starts tonight, but what happens after that? PHOENIX — Yesterday's affirmation by the Nationals that Stephen Strasburg — barring any setbacks — is scheduled to return from the disabled list Tuesday is good news for everybody who works or roots for the Nationals. Well, everybody not…

  6. Three negatives in a 6-1 loss

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen was done in by a three-batter stretch in the fourth inning tonight. PHOENIX — There really wasn't one reason the Nationals lost tonight's game, 6-1, to the Diamondbacks. It wasn't one player's fault. The game didn't turn entirely on one pitch. There was no one defining…

  7. Strasburg on pace to return Tuesday

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:52 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg walks alongside Steve McCatty after his bullpen session today. Updated at 8:20 p.m. PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound this afternoon and reported no problems with his right shoulder, a development that has team officials fairly confident the rookie will be…

  8. 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…

  9. 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:…

  10. 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…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 49 --
ATLANTA 58 52 1.5
MIAMI 53 56 6.0
NEW YORK 52 57 7.0
PHILADELPHIA 49 61 10.5
Through Friday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Braves 7:35 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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