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  1. Let him pitch or shut him down?

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    File photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg never made it to the mound tonight due to a stiff shoulder. It went undetected to most every one of the 40,043 who paid to enter Nationals Park tonight assuming they'd see Stephen Strasburg take on the Braves. Not until Miguel Batista took the mound…

  2. Strasburg scratched, Batista starts

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

    (Here's the final version of my Strasburg story on CSNwashington.com, including the quote of the year from Miguel Batista. You'll have to click on the story to read it, but let's just say it immediately brought to mind Julian Tavarez's infamous Jennifer Lopez quote from last spring.) Stephen Strasburg was a last-minute scratch from his…

  3. No worries about Zimmermann

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Jim Riggleman drove to Hagerstown yesterday to watch Jordan Zimmermann's latest rehab start and came away encouraged by what he saw, despite the right-hander's unsightly final line. Zimmermann, who hadn't allowed an earned run in his previous four starts for high-Class A Potomac, gave up six earned runs in five innings last night for low-Class…

  4. Walker has torn labrum

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:37 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Walker expects to have season-ending labrum surgery this week. Reliever Tyler Walker has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, one that will almost certainly require season-ending surgery later this week. Walker, who has been on the disabled list since late-June with inflammation in the shoulder, was…

  5. Game 100: Braves at Nats

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER For the first time in 16 days, the Nats are home. Sure has been a while since the Nationals played a game on South Capitol Street. Sixteen days, as a matter of fact, have elapsed since the Nats hosted the Giants and then departed for the All-Star break,…

  6. Nats to honor Andre Dawson

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    The Nationals announced today they will honor recent Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson before their August 10 game against the Marlins, the first notable effort made by the franchise to recognize its former existence as the Montreal Expos. Dawson, whose plaque in Cooperstown features an Expos hat, now serves as a front office executive…

  7. Strasburg vs. Atlanta: The Sequel

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and the Braves get another shot at Stephen Strasburg. Baseball is a game of matchups. Pitcher vs. hitter. And those matchups are repeated. Three or four times during a game. Ten or 12 times during a season. Dozens of times during a career. Every…

  8. J-Zimm struggles at Hagerstown

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:27 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann went down one level of the Nationals’ farm system to make his fifth minor-league rehab start today. His performance went down several notches. Pitching for low-Class A Hagerstown in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader against West Virginia, Zimmermann was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in five innings, suffering his…

  9. Strasburg and Livo and … ?

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen, like several Nats starters, needs to make a better case for himself. There's the ace, who has assumed that role only nine starts into his career, though deservedly so. And there's the wily old vet, who continues to prove he's got more left in his right…

  10. Game 99: Nats at Brewers

    Jul 25, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Milwaukee Brewers The Nats try to avoid getting swept today at Miller Park. Several points to make on this Sunday morning… 1. Michael Morse is not in the Nationals' starting lineup today. 2. Yes, I agree with the vast majority of you that he should be. 3. I'm not in Milwaukee this weekend.…

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FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

NLDS
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
OCT. 7: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

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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