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  1. Game 54: Nats at Astros

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Houston Astros The Nats look to shake off last night's tough loss at Minute Maid Park. What a tough way to lose last night. After falling behind early, the Nationals rallied to take a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth, only to watch as the Astros stole the game back and…

  2. Game 53: Nats at Astros

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Houston Astros The Nats go for two in a row tonight at Minute Maid Park. Well, that was quite the offensive explosion from the Nationals yesterday, wasn't it? A lineup that averaged 3.6 runs per game during the first two legs of this road trip ran roughshod over the Astros to the tune…

  3. It’s official: June 8 for Strasburg

    May 31, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    The Nationals announced this evening that Stephen Strasburg — barring any rainouts, injuries or other unforeseen circumstances — will make his major-league debut June 8 against the Pirates. Fans have been anticipating the 21-year-old right-hander’s arrival in Washington since he was drafted No. 1 overall last June out of San Diego State. It became clear…

  4. Game 52: Nats at Astros

    May 31, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Photo courtesy Houston Astros Minute Maid Park hosts the Nats and Astros for four games. After yesterday's game in San Diego, Jim Riggleman suggested there could be some tweaks to his lineup, particularly with Nyjer Morgan, who has been in a prolonged funk. Of course, there are only so many places Morgan can hit in…

  5. This is who they are

    May 31, 2010, 1:27 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman's two solo homers accounted for the Nats' entire offensive output. SAN DIEGO — We can analyze the Nationals' 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Padres today til the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. We can lament this team's lack of offensive depth. We can harp on…

  6. Strasburg to start Thurs. at AAA

    May 30, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    SAN DIEGO — Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his next start Thursday, for Class AAA Syracuse at Buffalo. The Nationals have not announced any plans for the top pitching prospect beyond that, but this lines him up to pitch again either June 8 or June 9. The Nats host the Pirates June 8-10. Strasburg…

  7. Game 51: Nats at Padres

    May 30, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez and Jon Garland square off in the series finale at Petco Park. SAN DIEGO — The Nationals came west at the beginning of the week, facing a difficult road trip that kicked off with six games against the tough Giants and Padres. Four more games in…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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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)
TUE: 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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