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  1. Pitching back at the forefront

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:25 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez and the Nats were no match for Tim Hudson. Again. On the day Stephen Strasburg stood around doing nothing while resting his tight shoulder and Livan Hernandez surprisingly was pulled after 4 1/3 innings and 85 pitches, Tim Hudson took the mound at Nationals Park and…

  2. Olsen to start tomorrow

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen has officially been named the Nationals’ starting pitcher for tomorrow’s series finale against the Braves. Olsen, who has been on the DL since May 22 with left shoulder inflammation, has made four minor-league rehab starts, the most recent coming Thursday for Class A Potomac. Overall, he posted a 3.21 ERA while on rehab,…

  3. Strasburg shut down for couple days

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    [Here's my story on CSNwashington.com stating it's unlikely Strasburg will start Sunday against the Phillies.] The Nationals have decided to shut down Stephen Strasburg for at least a couple of days while waiting to see if his right shoulder feels better, electing to take a continued cautious route with the rookie pitcher, who was a…

  4. Game 101: Braves at Nats

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After last night's craziness, Livan Hernandez looks to be a calming presence tonight. So, there's another ballgame to be played tonight. Livan Hernandez is the scheduled starter for the Nationals. Though I suppose these days you can't assume anything until 7:05 p.m. Hernandez's task is simple: Keep doing…

  5. No Willingham in lineup tonight

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    The Nationals just put out their starting lineup for tonight's game against the Braves, and Josh Willingham is surprisingly not in there. Not sure what, if any, conclusions can be drawn from that, but it should be noted Willingham in his career vs. Atlanta starter Tim Hudson is 1-for-20 with seven strikeouts. My hunch is…

  6. Has the real Nyjer Morgan returned?

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan is hitting .298 with 12 steals over his last 26 games. Lost amid all the hubbub over Miss Iowa replacing Miss Universe on the mound last night was another impressive performance from Nyjer Morgan, who single-handedly scored the Nationals' first run. Morgan led off the bottom…

  7. Let him pitch or shut him down?

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    File photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg never made it to the mound tonight due to a stiff shoulder. It went undetected to most every one of the 40,043 who paid to enter Nationals Park tonight assuming they'd see Stephen Strasburg take on the Braves. Not until Miguel Batista took the mound…

  8. Strasburg scratched, Batista starts

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

    (Here's the final version of my Strasburg story on CSNwashington.com, including the quote of the year from Miguel Batista. You'll have to click on the story to read it, but let's just say it immediately brought to mind Julian Tavarez's infamous Jennifer Lopez quote from last spring.) Stephen Strasburg was a last-minute scratch from his…

  9. No worries about Zimmermann

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Jim Riggleman drove to Hagerstown yesterday to watch Jordan Zimmermann's latest rehab start and came away encouraged by what he saw, despite the right-hander's unsightly final line. Zimmermann, who hadn't allowed an earned run in his previous four starts for high-Class A Potomac, gave up six earned runs in five innings last night for low-Class…

  10. Walker has torn labrum

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:37 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Walker expects to have season-ending labrum surgery this week. Reliever Tyler Walker has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, one that will almost certainly require season-ending surgery later this week. Walker, who has been on the disabled list since late-June with inflammation in the shoulder, was…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 47 --
ATLANTA 58 50 1.5
MIAMI 53 54 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 61 12.5
Through Wednesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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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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