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  1. About Strasburg’s debut…

    May 27, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO — I know everyone out there is flustered over the date of Stephen Strasburg’s debut, with those who have already purchased tickets for June 4 against the Reds upset that they’re hearing reports it won’t happen that night. A couple of points… 1. The Nationals have not determined the precise date of Strasburg’s…

  2. Game 47: Nats at Giants

    May 26, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Luis Atilano takes on Tim Lincecum tonight at AT&T Park. SAN FRANCISCO — As you can tell from the above photo, it's an absolutely gorgeous day here at AT&T Park. You can also see how spectacular this ballpark is from the upper deck, with the complete view of…

  3. How the Nats could beat Lincecum

    May 26, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan needs to get on base for the Nats to have a chance tonight. SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals may not face a stiffer challenge all season than they will tonight, with two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum on the mound for the Giants against rookie…

  4. One "stupid" inning does in Livo

    May 26, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez gets some counsel from Wil Nieves and Steve McCatty. SAN FRANCISCO — Livan Hernandez stood at his locker in the visitors clubhouse at AT&T Park, a quizzical look on his face as he tried to explain the five-batter sequence that cost him and the Nationals tonight's…

  5. A serious test of catching depth

    May 26, 2010, 3:13 AM EDT

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Jesus Flores was supposed to be insurance in case Ivan Rodriguez got hurt. Jamie Burke was supposed to be insurance in case Flores got hurt. Chris Coste was supposed to be insurance in case they all got hurt. Thus, will all four of those catchers currently battling injuries, the Nationals are left…

  6. Game 46: Nats at Giants

    May 25, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER AT&T Park, home of the Giants, sopping wet today. SAN FRANCISCO — Hello from beautiful AT&T Park, along the San Francisco Bay and McCovey Cove. This is one of the prettiest venues in the major leagues, and my view from the press box (which is as close to…

  7. Maldonado added, Bruney released

    May 25, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals have officially purchased the contract of catcher Carlos Maldonado from Class AAA Syracuse and granted reliever Brian Bruney his unconditional release. Maldonado becomes the primary backup to catcher Wil Nieves, who takes over regular duties with Ivan Rodriguez on the DL. The 31-year-old journeyman has 21 games of big-league experience;…

  8. No love for Nats from All-Star voters

    May 25, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO — The first round of NL All-Star voting results was released today, and if nothing else, it's clear the rest of the baseball world isn't paying much attention to the Nationals' surprising early season success. Only Ivan Rodriguez (third among NL catchers) ranks in the top five at his position. The future Hall…

  9. Strasburg to start Sat in Syracuse

    May 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Strasburg will start for Class AAA Saturday again on Saturday night. After that? It's still up in the air, but June 4 at Nationals Park remains a strong possibility. The Nationals announced today the top pitching prospect will return to the mound Saturday in Syracuse, facing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll pitch on normal…

  10. 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…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

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

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 +0.5
SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
(End of regular season)
MON: OFF
Full season schedule

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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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