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  1. Norris suffers head injury

    May 22, 2010, 3:45 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Derek Norris, who appeared in big-league camp this spring, has dealt with several injuries. Derek Norris, the Nationals' top catching prospect, was hit in the head by a fastball during tonight's game at Class A Potomac and lay motionless on the field for nearly 10 minutes. According to…

  2. Morgan talks about slump

    May 21, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan was benched tonight by Jim Riggleman, ostensibly because the Nationals’ leadoff man and center fielder is mired in a three-week slump at the plate, on the bases and in the field. Morgan realizes he needs to refine some things. He also believes he needs to stick to his aggressive style of play, in…

  3. Game 43: Orioles at Nats

    May 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Orioles come down the Parkway for the weekend interleague series. I feel like I've been writing this a lot the last week, but the next few days are big for the Nationals. Perhaps they brought this upon themselves with that five-game losing streak, putting added pressure on…

  4. Taveras released, Bruney still waiting

    May 21, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    The Nationals announced this afternoon that Willy Taveras was unconditionally released, ending the outfielder’s brief tenure with the organization. Taveras had been designated for assignment Saturday when the club needed to activate Michael Morse off the 15-day disabled list. He cleared waivers and could have been outrighted to Class AAA, but the Nationals were already…

  5. A rivalry? Not yet.

    May 21, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nats-Mets didn't pack 'em in. Will the Battle of the Beltways? Nyjer Morgan didn't arrive in D.C. until last July, so he hasn't experienced any interleague play with the Nationals to date. The effervescent center fielder was talking yesterday about how much he's looking forward to this weekend's…

  6. "We just played terrible baseball"

    May 21, 2010, 4:09 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan watches Ike Davis' fourth-inning drive carom off the wall. Those were the words of Jim Riggleman following tonight's 10-7 loss to the Mets, a game that wasn't nearly as compelling as the final score would indicate. The Nationals trailed 10-1 in the sixth inning, having gotten…

  7. Game 42: Mets at Nats

    May 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats go for a two-game sweep of the Mets tonight. You only get so many chances at a series sweep in this game, so even though the Nationals and Mets are only playing twice this week, the Nats might as well go for the kill tonight. After…

  8. Surprise contributor

    May 20, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Cristian Guzman isn't producing like a typical bench player. When Jim Riggleman made the difficult (but correct) decision in late-March to name Ian Desmond his starting shortstop, the odd man out figured to be Cristian Guzman. With Desmond at shortstop and Adam Kennedy at second base, Guzman's at-bats…

  9. A valiant effort from Livo

    May 20, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Pitching on short rest, Livan Hernandez notched another quality start. As Drew Storen donned the silver Elvis wig and answered a parade of questions about the first win of his 3-day-old big-league career, Livan Hernandez quietly made his way to his locker on the other side of the…

  10. Dunn returns to lineup

    May 19, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn is back in the Nationals’ lineup tonight, feeling healthy and ready to inject some life into an offense that went stagnant in his absence the last three days. Read what Dunn had to say about his unexpected early trip home from St. Louis for a doctor’s visit on CSNwashington.com.

Archives

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)
OCT. 7: 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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