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  1. ALDS Game 4: Rays at Rangers

    Oct 10, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Texas Rangers The Rays try to keep their season going today at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. There may have not been a more mysterious team in baseball this season than the Tampa Bay Rays, who wound up with the American League's best record but at times looked as weak as any club in…

  2. ALDS Game 3: Twins at Yankees

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

    Photo courtesy New York Yankees The Twins must win or be eliminated tonight at Yankee Stadium. All that worry about the Yankees' thin rotation and the problem of having to start all three starters on short rest? It can be a moot point if the Bronx Bombers can finish off the Twins tonight and sweep…

  3. ALDS Game 3: Rays at Rangers

    Oct 9, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Texas Rangers The Rangers look to sweep the series today at The Ballpark in Arlington. I'm not sure even the most ardent of Texas Rangers supporters could have seen this one coming: Their team has a chance to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays with a win today in Game 3 of their American…

  4. NLDS Game 2: Braves at Giants

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tommy Hanson faces Matt Cain in Game 2 at AT&T Park. Just how dominant was Tim Lincecum last night? Well, his 14 strikeouts were the third most in postseason history, surpassed only by Bob Gibson's 17 strikeouts in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series and Roger…

  5. NLDS Game 2: Reds at Phillies

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After getting no-hit in Game 1, the Reds try to bounce back tonight at Citizens Bank Park. How do you recover from getting no-hit in the playoffs? It's not like we have a large sample of previous instances to base our predictions on. Until Roy Halladay no-hit…

  6. 2009 roster vs. 2010 roster

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa hadn't played above Class A this time last year. At the conclusion of any baseball season, it's common to want to look forward, to figure out how a club's roster might change between now and spring training. And obviously that's a worthy endeavor. You want to…

  7. NLDS Game 1: Braves at Giants

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Braves and Giants kick off their series at AT&T Park. Five games have already been played this postseason. We've seen a no-hitter. We've seen a couple of managers ejected. We've seen a 10-strikeout game. And we've seen the road team win four of those five games.…

  8. ALDS Game 2: Yankees at Twins

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Minnesota Twins The Twins are essentially in must-win mode tonight at Target Field. It's not that the Twins can't take a lead against the Yankees in the postseason. They've done it seven straight times over the last six years. It's just that they can't hold any lead against New York, resulting in seven…

  9. ALDS Game 2: Rangers at Rays

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Tampa Bay Rays C.J. Wilson faces James Shields today at Tropicana Field. In a short, five-game series, Game 2 takes on added significance. In a seven-game series, it's not impossible to rally from a 2-0 deficit. In a five-game series? Well, it's not impossible, but it's really, really difficult. So the Rays face…

  10. The importance of power pitching

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Chien-Ming Wang pitched one inning yesterday in the Florida instructional league. After the shock and wonder of Roy Halladay throwing a no-hitter in the first postseason start of his career wore off, two thoughts came to mind… 1. With Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels still to come, how on earth is…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 82 18.0
Through Thursday's early games
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: 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.

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