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  1. Just what the doctor ordered

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:50 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn congratulates Alberto Gonzalez upon scoring in the fifth. ATLANTA — Could you see it, feel it, hear it, the moment Tyler Clippard struck out Yunel Escobar to end tonight's game? Yes, that was a tangible sigh of relief emanating from the Nationals' dugout. Rest easy, everyone.…

  2. Nats show confidence in Desmond

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    ATLANTA — Mike Rizzo sees the 19 errors Ian Desmond has made in the first half of his rookie season. He sees the other mistakes Desmond has made in the field that don’t show up as errors. Rizzo, though, knew this was likely to happen when the Nationals gave Desmond the starting job at the…

  3. Nyjer’s woes

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan hasn't been nearly the same player this year that he was last year. ATLANTA — Nyjer Morgan is hurting the Nationals more than he is helping them right now, there's no question about that. Whether it's his struggles to reach base (his OBP is .275 since…

  4. Game 78: Nats at Braves

    Jun 29, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen rejoins the Nationals tonight to face Derek Lowe at Turner Field. ATLANTA — Boy, is there a lot of angst out there today. I suppose in one sense, it's comforting to know how much fans really do care about the Nationals. That's certainly better than the…

  5. "Our character is getting tested"

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond has committed a major-league-leading 19 errors already this season. ATLANTA — The day began with a closed-door meeting, convened by the manager who had a few thoughts he needed to get off his chest, bolstered by the words of a few players who spoke up themselves.…

  6. A dominant pitcher who’s only 2-2

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:33 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg stared down the Braves but was done in by his defense. ATLANTA — He battled for six innings, making do with only two effective pitches against the best lineup he’s ever faced and somehow managed to carry a shutout into the seventh at Turner Field. Trouble…

  7. Walker to DL, Stammen recalled

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:55 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Walker said his shoulder had been bothering him for almost two weeks. ATLANTA — The Nationals placed reliever Tyler Walker on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation following tonight's game, clearing space for Craig Stammen to be recalled from Class AAA Syracuse and start tomorrow's…

  8. Riggleman holds team meeting

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After watching his team lose four straight, Jim Riggleman decided to meet with them. ATLANTA — Jim Riggleman held a closed-door team meeting before batting practice this afternoon, the first tangible sign of dissatisfaction from the Nationals manager toward his team's recent play. Nats players were already scheduled…

  9. Game 77: Nats at Braves

    Jun 28, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg is playing tonight at Turner Field. Jason Heyward is not. ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where the Stephen Strasburg Summer Tour arrives tonight. This one has been particularly hyped-up, because of the potential for three or four confrontations between Strasburg and Braves Rookie of Year…

  10. Should someone speak up?

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Good morning, NatsTown. At least, I hope it's a good morning for all of you considering the events of the past three days in Baltimore. I'm at Dulles, waiting for my flight to Atlanta — great matchup tonight between Stephen Strasburg and Tim Hudson — so I don't have time to put together a comprehensive…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 71 53 --
ATLANTA 66 60 6.0
MIAMI 63 62 8.5
NEW YORK 59 68 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 55 71 17.0
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Diamondbacks at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Diamondbacks at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
FRI: Giants at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Phillies, 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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