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  1. I got it!

    Feb 28, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Pretty uneventful workout today. No live BP. No dramatic bullpen sessions. If anything, the most interesting portion of the session came early on, when Jim Riggleman conducted the always-entertaining "pop-up drill." You should be able to figure out how that works based on the name alone. Nine guys in the field. Pat…

  2. Sunday morning tidbits

    Feb 28, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — A very pleasant Sunday morning to you all from Viera, where the sun is shining at last and the temperature is very slowly rising to something resembling late-February in Florida. Some of the locals here are saying this stretch of the last couple weeks has been the coldest they can ever remember…

  3. Harris conflicted by bench role

    Feb 27, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Willie Harris is conflicted. On one hand, he understands his role with the Nationals is to come off the bench, to serve as a utilityman capable of playing five different positions at a moment's notice. On the other hand, he believes with all his heart he could be an everyday player for…

  4. Flores not ready to play yet

    Feb 27, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Though Jesus Flores is making progress in his recovery from shoulder shoulder, the rehabbing catcher isn’t progressing quickly enough to start playing in actual games. Manager Jim Riggleman said today that Flores won’t be cleared to play when the Nationals open their Grapefruit League slate Thursday. “He won’t be playing in the…

  5. Strasburg vs. hitters … sort of

    Feb 27, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg threw his first session of live BP today. [Updated with some quotes from Strasburg] VIERA, Fla. — Cross another milestone off the Stephen Strasburg checklist. The kid has now thrown to live batters. Actually, we have to assume they were alive, because nothing Willy Taveras, Derek…

  6. Bergmann answers your questions

    Feb 27, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Nationals right-hander Jason Bergmann was kind enough to take your submitted questions earlier this week … then took four days to get around to actually answer them. Obviously, this guy knows nothing about reporter deadlines. He wouldn't last a day in this business! But seriously, folks, Jason has always been one of…

  7. Livo back home in Viera

    Feb 26, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez was all smiles on his first day back with the Nats. VIERA, Fla. — Livan Hernandez has always been one to march to his own beat. While other pitchers spend the winter working out and throwing on a regular schedule, he's always been content to show…

  8. Riggleman’s message and live BP

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Garrett Mock impressed today facing live hitters for the first time. VIERA, Fla. — His entire roster together in camp for the first time this morning, Jim Riggleman decided to hold a full-squad meeting before taking the fields for a spirited workout. These meetings, usually held on the…

  9. Farewell Chico, welcome Adam

    Feb 26, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Life on the baseball beat is a unique experience, one that really isn't replicated in other sports. Think about it, you cover six weeks of spring training, 162 regular-season games and sometimes another month of the postseason. (No, not in the Nationals' case, but I did use to cover the playoffs and…

  10. Q&A with Derek Norris

    Feb 25, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After a breakthrough 2009, Derek Norris is enjoying his first big-league camp. VIERA, Fla. — In only 2 1/2 years since getting drafted by the Nationals (fourth round, 2005) out of high school, Derek Norris has blossomed into one of baseball's top catching prospects. And after a breakout…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 47 --
ATLANTA 58 50 1.5
MIAMI 53 54 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 61 12.5
Through Wednesday's games

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