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  1. Round 2 with Marlins unlikely

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER In the wake of last week's brawl in Florida, the Marlins come to D.C. this weekend. When the Nationals left Miami nine days ago having just participated in one of the more robust brawls baseball had seen in a while, thoughts immediately turned to this weekend's rematch in…

  2. What do the Nats need most?

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez will be back in 2011. Will Adam Dunn? A scout from an American League team was quizzing me about the state of the Nationals the other night and asked me what I thought the club's biggest area of need would be this winter. I paused…

  3. Game of inches goes against Nats

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez pitched well for 6 1/3 innings but was charged with the loss. Over the course of six months, there are going to be a handful of games that come down to one at-bat, one moment between pitcher and batter that determines the outcome of that individual…

  4. Nats prepare for Nyjer’s suspension

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan’s hearing in appeal of a pair of suspensions totaling 15 games will take place Friday morning, and the Nationals center fielder is hoping to have a good number of games lopped off. Still, the Nats fully expect Morgan to have to sit out some amount of games, leaving manager Jim Riggleman searching for…

  5. Game 140: Mets at Nats

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats host the Mets in a matinee series finale at Nationals Park. There may not be any softer throwers in baseball than Livan Hernandez and R.A. Dickey. Dickey, of course, is a knuckleballer, so obviously he doesn't throw the ball particularly hard. Hernandez, however, is a classic…

  6. Maya struggles early, improves late

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:22 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After a rough first inning, Yunesky Maya settled in and pitched well. Yunesky Maya had been dreaming of this moment for years. All the time he spent pitching in the Cuban National Series, hoping to one day flee his native country and throw in a major-league ballpark in…

  7. Bisenius’ surprise opportunity

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    For professional ballplayers, the independent leagues are a last resort, a Hail Mary attempt to keep their career alive and perhaps score a second chance with a major-league organization. More often than not, it signals the end of a career. Joe Bisenius didn't know what to expect this spring when, out of a job after…

  8. Game 139: Mets at Nats

    Sep 7, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nationals Park will host a rare pitching matchup tonight. A major-league debut is always a big deal. There's just something about a rookie pitcher taking the mound for the first time in his career, the anticipation and uncertainty surrounding a guy's unveiling in front of a big crowd.…

  9. The kids are all right

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond is hitting .346 since the All-Star break. Catching up on yesterday's events at Nationals Park, where the home team thumped the Mets by a 13-3 count, I'm struck by one overriding thought: The kids have arrived, and they're giving this franchise legitimate reason for hope. Danny…

  10. Game 138: Mets at Nats

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats host the Mets in a Labor Day matinee at Nationals Park. With Stephen Strasburg back in San Diego recovering from his Tommy John surgery, the most interesting pitcher for Nationals fans to watch the rest of this season is Jordan Zimmermann, who five nights ago in…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 78 58 -- 19
ATLANTA 72 66 7.0
MIAMI 67 69 11.0
NEW YORK 64 74 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 63 74 15.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Braves 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.

*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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