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  1. Anticipation high for Strasburg again

    Jun 13, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

    CLEVELAND — Stephen Strasburg went about his normal business Saturday afternoon, playing catch, shagging flies and watching intently from the dugout as teammate J.D. Martin pitched against the Indians. Then again, it wasn’t a totally normal day for the Nationals rookie right-hander, who spent a portion of his afternoon talking pitching with Hall of Famer…

  2. Game 63: Nats at Indians

    Jun 12, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER J.D. Martin faces Fausto Carmona tonight at Progressive Field. CLEVELAND — There was a time when J.D. Martin was a top pitching prospect for the Cleveland Indians. Martin, the 35th overall pick in the 2001 draft, always dreamed of starting a game on the mound at Progessive Field.…

  3. Report: D.C. to host ’15 All-Star Game

    Jun 12, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT

    Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER An All-Star Game in the District would undoubtedly be a major event. CLEVELAND — Could the All-Star Game be coming to South Capitol Street in the near future? According to a report tonight, it may already be a done deal. USA Today baseball writer Bob Nightengale posted on…

  4. Meet the real Austin Kearns

    Jun 12, 2010, 3:31 AM EDT

    Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Austin Kearns belted two homers — and almost a third — against his former team. CLEVELAND — Austin Kearns knows what the folks in Washington think of him. He knows his 3 1/2 years in a Nationals uniform were a complete bust and he didn't come close to…

  5. Acta happier than ever with Indians

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Indians manager Manny Acta throws batting practice before Friday’s game. CLEVELAND — Manny Acta would have liked to be able to hand the ball to Stephen Strasburg every five nights instead of Daniel Cabrera. He would have liked to be able to call upon Drew Storen and Matt…

  6. Game 62: Nats at Indians

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. CLEVELAND — Despite what the merchandise stand here suggests — if you haven't seen it, check out the previous post — this isn't only a weekend Strasburg-fest. The Nationals and Indians do play a pair of games the next two nights…

  7. Cleveland rocks with Strasburg fever

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The merchandise stand … in Cleveland, not Washington. CLEVELAND — Hello from the shores of Lake Erie, where there's plenty of sports talk going on these days. LeBron James' pending departure. Tom Izzo's potential arrival. Ohio State's projected new rivals in the Big Ten (which currently has 11…

  8. Game 61: Pirates at Nats

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats look for a three-game sweep of the Pirates tonight. Trivia time: Can you name the last time the 2010 Nationals swept a series? Answer: It hasn't happened. Sure enough, the Nats haven't swept a full series from another team since taking four in a row in…

  9. A belated draft recap

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Sorry for the delay in getting this all together. I meant to offer this up sooner, but obviously there were a few things taking place on the actual major-league field the last couple days that superseded what took place in the draft war room. Which isn't to diminish what Kris Kline, Roy Clark and an…

  10. Tip your Capps to Matt

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:04 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps has participated in this scene 20 times already this season. It's easy to forget this right now, because he's been one of the best closers in baseball the last two months, but Matt Capps was dumped by the Pirates in December. Thrown out with the trash.…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 69 4.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins 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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