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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Rizzo on 1B, Lee, Wang, Webb

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mike Rizzo's just-completed media session featured questions and answers on the pursuit of a first baseman, the status of the search for a front-line pitcher, thoughts on the possibility of signing either Chien-Ming Wang or Brandon Webb (or even both right-handers) and even a little bit about Michael Morse's projected…

  4. No Lee deal likely soon

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:57 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — If you were hoping for an imminent resolution to the Cliff Lee saga, you’re not going to get it. Darek Braunecker, the free agent left-hander’s agent, left the Winter Meetings this afternoon with no deal in place for his client. The odds of a contract coming together before this event…

  5. Boras on Strasburg, Pena, Harper

    Dec 8, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There's really nothing quite like big media scrum around Scott Boras. Reporters fire off questions about more than a dozen players who are represented by Boras, who doesn't even have to pause and think before he responds with a detailed (and usually glowing) analysis of the market for said player.…

  6. Pena to Cubs, Nats want LaRoche

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Updated at 10:10 a.m. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Cubs came to terms with Carlos Pena on a one-year contract early this morning, taking one of the Nationals' top first base targets off the market and putting pressure on them to now sign Adam LaRoche. Pena, whose name had been linked to the Nationals…

  7. Pavano, Webb, relievers and trades

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:57 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Several clubs have expressed interest in Roger Bernadina, but the Nats still like the outfielder. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — We interrupt today's never-ending string of Cliff Lee rumors to discuss other actual moves being discussed by the Nationals at the Winter Meetings… – Lee is by no…

  8. Nats meet again with Lee’s agent

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    Updated at 4:50 p.m. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — How serious are the Nationals about attempting to lure Cliff Lee to D.C.? Enough to meet in person with the pitcher's agent for the second time this week at the Winter Meetings. General manager Mike Rizzo met with agent Darek Braunecker this afternoon at the Swan…

  9. Nats want Lee, but not for 7 years

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals are seriously interested in signing Cliff Lee. Just not serious enough to give the prized free agent pitcher a seven-year contract. While the Nationals will likely make a formal contract offer to Lee in the coming days, club sources said they will not include a seventh year in…

  10. Another 7-year contract offer?

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As Day 2 of the Winter Meetings gets underway, here are some Tuesday morning goodies to munch on with your breakfast… – If the Nationals truly are serious about making their second gargantuan splash of the offseason by signing Cliff Lee, they may need only to inform the left-hander they're…



x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0


WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

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

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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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