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  1. Nyjer stuck in a deep "freeze"

    May 30, 2010, 4:31 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan is in a prolonged funk at the plate and in the field. SAN DIEGO — Let's get this out of the way right off the top: Jim Riggleman isn't going to bench Nyjer Morgan. "Nyjer is our leadoff hitter. He's our center fielder," Riggleman said following…

  2. Game 50: Nats at Padres

    May 29, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER J.D. Martin returns to the majors tonight at Petco Park. SAN DIEGO — It's another beautiful day in paradise, where hopefully there won't be any lineup card mishaps tonight. Then again, based on what we learned last night, the Nationals could write in Stephen Strasburg's name as their…

  3. Willingham reaching new heights

    May 29, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    SAN DIEGO — Josh Willingham was as consistent an offensive performer as you could find the last four years and seemed to have settled in as a solid, though hardly spectacular, ballplayer. But over the last two months, he’s produced at levels not previously seen. At age 31, Willingham appears to have taken his game…

  4. No protesting this win

    May 29, 2010, 6:50 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Josh Willingham continued his hot streak with a three-run homer. SAN DIEGO — When Jim Riggleman arrived at Petco Park this afternoon, he never thought he'd wind up reading the fine print of The Official Rules of Baseball, Rule 3.05(a) and 3.05(c). You never know what's going to…

  5. Maxwell back to Syracuse

    May 29, 2010, 5:21 AM EDT

    SAN DIEGO — The Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Class AAA Syracuse after tonight’s 5-3 win over the Padres, an expected move needed to clear space for right-hander J.D. Martin, who will start tomorrow night. Maxwell was called up from Syracuse on Sunday when Scott Olsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Because…

  6. Tony Gwynn on Stephen Strasburg

    May 29, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

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    SAN DIEGO — There is no bigger baseball figure in this town than Tony Gwynn, the Padres’ Hall-of-Fame outfielder who now serves as a color analyst on their TV broadcasts. Gwynn, of course, also is the baseball coach at San Diego State, where he helped mold Stephen Strasburg into the top prospect he is now.…

  7. Game 49: Nats at Padres

    May 28, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Petco Park, the beautiful home of baseball in beautiful San Diego. SAN DIEGO — Hello from heaven on earth, otherwise known as San Diego. It just doesn't get any better than this place. And for the first time in several years, this fantastic town has a good baseball…

  8. What do you think?

    May 28, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO — As I prepare to board my delayed flight to San Diego, several Nats-related questions occur to me. I’m curious to know how you would answer each of these… – Should Adam Dunn ALWAYS be taken out for defensive purposes late in games the Nats lead? Jim Riggleman left him in yesterday, and…

  9. Another close game

    May 28, 2010, 12:56 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen pitched well enough to win, but that wasn't enough today. SAN FRANCISCO — What if Adam Dunn's drive off Barry Zito had traveled 12 inches farther and not ricocheted back on the field? What if Nate Schierholtz was unable to reach down and drive Sean Burnett's…

  10. Martin will start Saturday

    May 27, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander J.D. Martin will be recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to start Saturday night’s game in San Diego, a club source confirmed. Martin, 27, is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in six starts with the Chiefs and last pitched Saturday against Toledo. The Nationals will wait until after tomorrow night’s game to…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Saturday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (5) 90 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 2.5
ST. LOUIS 87 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 75 10.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Saturday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
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.
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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