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  1. Reflections on the way to the bay

    May 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina has seized the right field job over the last two weeks. [UPDATE: I stand corrected. Due to mechanical problems with their charter plane, the Nats were unable to fly out to San Francisco Sunday night and waited until yesterday to make the trip. So, actually, there…

  2. Rodriguez placed on DL [updated]

    May 24, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats will be without Pudge for at least two weeks. [UPDATE AT 4:40 P.M. — The Nationals will purchase Carlos Maldonado's contract from Class AAA Syracuse tomorrow and add him to the big-league roster as Ivan Rodriguez's replacement. Maldonado, 31, appeared in 21 games with the Pirates…

  3. Game 45: Orioles at Nats

    May 23, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look to take two in a row from the Orioles this afternoon. Four things you need to know heading into today's series finale at Nationals Park… 1. Nyjer Morgan is in Jim Riggleman's starting lineup, leading off and playing center field. Looks like they're ready to…

  4. A ballclub united

    May 23, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Josh Willingham and others were supportive of Nyjer Morgan despite his mistake. It could have been a defining moment in the worst possible way, the moment the Nationals' positive season turned south for good. Nyjer Morgan's inexplicable reaction after failing to catch Adam Jones' fourth-inning drive to center…

  5. Norris fine after brief scare

    May 22, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    Derek Norris, the Nationals' top catching prospect who was hit in the head with a 95 mph fastball last night, is doing fine and is not expected to suffer any significant residual effects from an event that initially scared teammates and the organization. Norris suffered a "slight concussion," according to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.…

  6. Olsen placed on DL [updated]

    May 22, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    UPDATE AT 7:55 P.M. — Olsen has now been placed on the 15-day DL with left shoulder tightness. A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow, but the Nats could probably call up a position player and use that extra body on the bench for a week until another starting pitcher is needed next Saturday. UPDATE…

  7. Game 44: Orioles at Nats

    May 22, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to get out of their rut this afternoon against the Orioles. Jim Riggleman, like most managers, lives by the adage that "momentum is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher." He said it yesterday afternoon, only to watch as Scott Olsen (ailing from…

  8. Nothing to worry about?

    May 22, 2010, 4:35 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen was pulled after three innings and faces an uncertain future. They all insisted afterward — after this 5-3 loss to the worst team in baseball, after the left-hander who had been so good for the last month departed with shoulder tightness, after they dropped their seventh…

  9. Norris suffers head injury

    May 22, 2010, 3:45 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Derek Norris, who appeared in big-league camp this spring, has dealt with several injuries. Derek Norris, the Nationals' top catching prospect, was hit in the head by a fastball during tonight's game at Class A Potomac and lay motionless on the field for nearly 10 minutes. According to…

  10. Morgan talks about slump

    May 21, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan was benched tonight by Jim Riggleman, ostensibly because the Nationals’ leadoff man and center fielder is mired in a three-week slump at the plate, on the bases and in the field. Morgan realizes he needs to refine some things. He also believes he needs to stick to his aggressive style of play, in…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 46 --
ATLANTA 58 48 0.5
MIAMI 52 53 6.0
NEW YORK 51 55 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 60 12.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
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.
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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