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  1. Buzzword to this trade: Value

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:57 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps' All-Star season may have landed the Nats a long-term catching answer. Matt Capps was immensely valuable to the Nationals this season. With help from Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Sean Burnett, he turned what had been the organization's weakest link into its biggest strength. Capps' value…

  2. Capps to Twins for Ramos, Testa

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:27 AM EDT

    Updated at 12:20 a.m. The Nationals have traded closer Matt Capps to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for 22-year-old catcher Wilson Ramos and minor-league left-hander Joe Testa. Ramos is a highly touted catcher who was rated by Baseball America as the Twins' second-best prospect and baseball's 58th-best prospect entering the season and was among the…

  3. Resurrected Olsen revives Nats

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen was strong in his return from the DL. Turn back the clock to, oh, 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, a few minutes before Stephen Strasburg's warm-up session was cut short and all of NatsTown went on red alert. At that moment, if someone had told you the…

  4. Miss Iowa to throw first pitch Friday

    Jul 29, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    Updated at 5:28 p.m. Katherine Connors, aka Miss Iowa 2010, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tomorrow night's game at Nationals Park. The Nats haven't confirmed the appearance, but Connors announced the news on Twitter this afternoon, posting: "It's official – headed to Washington DC to throw out the first pitch at the…

  5. Game 102: Braves at Nats

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen faces Derek Lowe in today's series finale. Scott Olsen returns to the mound today for the first time since late-May, hoping to recapture the form he displayed earlier this season before landing on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. The Braves counter with sinkerball specialist…

  6. Strasburg placed on DL [updated]

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    (Here's my full Strasburg article on CSNwashington.com.) Stephen Strasburg will not start Sunday, manager Jim Riggleman said this morning. Strasburg hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet, but could wind up there later this morning. Any move would be retroactive to July 22, the day after he last pitched. More to come… UPDATE AT…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 77 56 --
ATLANTA 72 65 6.0
MIAMI 68 69 11.0
NEW YORK 64 73 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 62 74 15.5
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
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.
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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