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  1. Minor-leaguer Bynum suspended

    May 14, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

    DENVER — Seth Bynum, an infielder with Class AAA Syracuse, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension takes effect immediately. Bynum, 29, is hitting .248 with four homers and 17 RBI in 29 games with…

  2. Belated weekly minor-league report

    May 14, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

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    Nats PR maven (and self-loathing Cleveland Cavaliers fan) Bill Gluvna sent out his weekly minor-league report yesterday. But with as much as was going on yesterday in New York, combined with the long trip west to Denver today, I never got around to posting it. So here it is in belated (and abbreviated) form. His…

  3. Game 35: Nats at Rockies

    May 13, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Coors Field, the mile-high home of the Colorado Rockies. DENVER — Hello from beautiful Coors Field, where the entrance to the media parking lot is in Wyoming. OK, one small complaint about an otherwise fantastic ballpark. I always enjoy coming here, both to enjoy the scenic home of…

  4. Strasburg pushed back a day

    May 13, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    DENVER — We've been speculating about the date of Stephen Strasburg's big-league debut for months now. (For the record, way back on March 8, I threw out June 8 vs. the Pirates as a projected date, though in our official season predictions on Opening Day, I bumped it back to June 9.) Well, we can…

  5. Thoughts on the way to Denver

    May 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    NEW YORK — By the time you read this, I'll hopefully be 35,000 feet in the air, making my way from New York to Denver for this weekend's four-game series at Coors Field. The Rockies were supposed to play a doubleheader yesterday against the Phillies, but Game 2 was postponed because of rain and snow.…

  6. Long time coming for Bernadina

    May 12, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina blasts his second homer of the day, leading the Nats to victory. NEW YORK — Ian Desmond sat at his locker inside the clubhouse at Citi Field, looking at Roger Bernadina across the room, standing in only his sliding shorts as he talked to a reporter…

  7. Quote of the year

    May 12, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    NEW YORK — This one deserves a post of its own. Ladies and gentlemen: Craig Stammen, on Tyler Clippard’s MLB-leading seven wins… “I asked if I could start wearing his underwear. But he said no.” There’s no appropriate response to that. I’ll just let it stand on its own merits.

  8. Riggleman and Olsen talk

    May 12, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen wasn't happy coming out of last night's game. NEW YORK — I know there's been a lot of talk out there about Jim Riggleman's decision to pull Scott Olsen after only 82 pitches last night, with the Nationals leading at the time, 6-1 in the sixth…

  9. Marquis to have surgery

    May 12, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    NEW YORK — Jason Marquis says he will likely need surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow after a ragged rehab start last night for Class A Potomac. Marquis, who came to Citi Field today to meet with team doctors and officials, said his elbow “locked up” this morning. Asked whether he thought…

  10. Game 34: Nats at Mets

    May 12, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats and Mets play the rubber game of the series … if the weather cooperates. NEW YORK — Good morning from Citi Field, where the tarp is on the field (as you can see in the above photo). It started raining last night and has continued through…

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 68 4.0
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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 early 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

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ON THE RADIO

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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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