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  1. Harper to play showcase in Japan

    Sep 30, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

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    After whatever happens with the Nationals in the MLB playoffs this October, outfielder Bryce Harper will keep playing, as the two-time All-Star has decided to travel to Japan as part of a showcase series. Harper will join MLB players Jose Altuve and Justin Morneau on a roster that already includes Yasiel Puig, Robinson Cano, Albert…

  2. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Marlins 1

    Sep 27, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The truck keeps rolling along, no matter what’s at stake right now. The Nationals could’ve taken Saturday off but instead went out and put forth another impressive effort to beat the Marlins and improve to 32-13 down the stretch, with one game to go on the regular-season slate. It certainly helps…

  3. Game 161: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 27, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

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    One day after clinching the NL’s best record as part of their second doubleheader in as many days, the Nationals will go up against the Marlins in the final weekend of the regular season. It’s Stephen Strasburg (13-11, 3.23) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (6-13, 4.44) in a matchup of young right-handers. What will Strasburg have in his…

  4. The Baseball Show: Are Nats favorites in NL?

    Sep 20, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured a look towards the playoffs, a comparison between the Nats and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a pie in the face of host Michael Jenkins courtesy of Joe Orsulak. This first segment talks about the Nationals clinching the NL East and what questions remain for them before…

  5. As thumb heals, Harper begins to rake

    Sep 19, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — We’ve seen several moments in the last few weeks that have suggested Bryce Harper has finally turned a big corner at the plate, and we saw another one Thursday night late in the Nationals’ 6-2 win over the Marlins. Facing left-hander Dan Jennings out of the bullpen, Harper mashed a double off the…

  6. Game 150: Nats at Braves

    Sep 16, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — They gathered in Viera, Fla., seven months ago with this in mind, then survived the grind of spring training and a long baseball season to put themselves on the precipice of a division title. And tonight, the Nationals have a chance to do something they didn’t get to do even when they won…

  7. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Braves 2

    Sep 15, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Atlanta knowing they were on the verge of the NL East title. All they needed to do was exorcise one last demon: A Braves club that has been in a tailspin for the last month. For those who have watched this team stumble and bumble its way…

  8. UPDATE: Harper latest to come down with illness

    Sep 15, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:30 p.m. ATLANTA — The illness that plagued Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and others on the Nationals’ roster the last two weeks apparently has now taken down Bryce Harper as well. Harper had to come out of Monday night’s game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded…

  9. State of the Nats: Close to clinching

    Sep 15, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Magic number is at 4 – Thanks to a successful weekend in New York for the Nationals and a Texas Rangers’ sweep of the Braves, the Nats have a very good chance to clinch the NL East in Atlanta this week. The magic number is at 4, meaning they would secure the division with…

  10. Nats can’t sweep Braves, but still sitting pretty

    Sep 10, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Say this for Matt Williams: His never-look-back, never-look-ahead mantra has permeated through the entire Nationals clubhouse in his first season as manager. Williams has refused throughout to discuss much of anything involving events or decisions that come on future dates, and his players have picked up on it along the way, never letting themselves get…

  11. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman

    Sep 10, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

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    We welcomed in two guests on this week’s episode of Baseball in the District, CSN Insider Mark Zuckerman and Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network. Mark was great on the Nats’ bullpen situation, the pennant race and who should be the favorite in the NL. McAlpin talked about the struggling Braves and how the team’s morale…

  12. Game 142: Braves at Nats

    Sep 8, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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    So it begins: with just 21 games left on their regular season schedule, the Nationals will kick off a stretch where they play six of their next 10 against the second-place Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Seven games separate the two, giving the Nationals a big opportunity to put their rivals down for good. Doug…

  13. State of the Nats: Three weeks until October

    Sep 8, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Braves in town – The Nationals have 21 games remaining and a seven-game lead in the NL East, but six of their next 10 will come against the Atlanta Braves. If the Braves have any prayer whatsoever of getting back in this thing, their run has to begin on Monday night when they start…

  14. Game 141: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 7, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

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    They’ve lost five straight games to the last-place Phillies, and if the Nationals are going to stop that surprising streak, they’re going to have to beat Cole Hamels this afternoon. That’s not something they’ve done on a regular basis in the past. The left-hander is 15-7 with a 2.58 ERA in 31 career starts against…

  15. Explaining the Harper-Span collision

    Sep 6, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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    There were several mistakes made along the way in the Nationals’ 9-8 loss to the Phillies in 11 innings on Friday, one in which the Nats blew a four-run lead overall and a three-run advantage in the ninth alone. The most surprising, however, had to be the collision between Bryce Harper and Denard Span in the…

  16. Time for a change?

    Sep 6, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT

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    It was a crossroads many spotted from a distance. Despite a first place record and a near-lock for an NL East division title, the 79-60 Nationals have a problem brewing in the back of their bullpen. And after Friday’s 9-8 loss in 11 innings to the Phillies, it may finally be coming to a head. Manager…

  17. The Baseball Show: Homefield advantage important?

    Sep 5, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT

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    The Nationals return home this week to begin their final stretch of the 2014 season, a three-week span that will see them play only teams from the NL East. They have to continue outpacing the Braves to make the playoffs, of course, but at this point they are chasing more than a division title. With…

  18. Nationals Stock Watch: Is Harper back?

    Sep 4, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .230/.286/.482 Team ERA:  3.16 Runs per game:  4.83 STOCK UP  Bryce Harper, LF: .379 AVG/ 4 HR/ 1.212 OPS  So um, perhaps he doesn’t need to be sent down to the minors after all. During a week in which the Nationals’…

  19. Baseball in the District – ESPN 980’s Thom Loverro

    Sep 4, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT

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    It was a wild road trip for the Nationals, who saw Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw all in one week, then beat the Dodgers in one of the craziest games of the 2014 MLB season. In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I discussed whether the Nationals and Dodgers…

  20. More thoughts on Wednesday’s wild win

    Sep 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Ample time has now passed since the Nationals wrapped up their 8-5, 14-inning win in Los Angeles yesterday evening, enough time to process everything that happened during the longest game in club history (5 hours, 34 minutes). And the primary takeaway continues to be this notion: That was simply an epic baseball game, no matter…

  21. Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Dodgers 4

    Sep 1, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Another day, another barrage of homers from the Nationals lineup. In Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers, the Nats added four more bombs to make it 14 total in their last four games. Seventeen of their last 20 runs overall have been on homers. The first one in their 6-4 win over L.A. was a solo…

  22. State of the Nats: Playoff preview?

    Sep 1, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Dodgers up next – Monday night is the start of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers, the final chance to see the Nationals face a team outside of the NL East until October. It is a matchup of the two best teams in the NL based on record and could be a…

  23. August by the numbers

    Sep 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    And so, August has come to an end, and what a month it was for the Nationals. It began with this team 10 games over .500, clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East. It ended with this team 19 games over .500, now up 6 games (though that number…

  24. Instant analysis: Mariners 5, Nats 3

    Aug 31, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After beating up on Felix Hernandez on Friday night and then riding Stephen Strasburg’s dominating start Saturday night, the Nationals found themselves in a fortuitous position this afternoon, with an opportunity to sweep the Mariners on the road and fully make up for the sweep they suffered in Philadelphia to begin…

  25. Game 134: Nats at Mariners

    Aug 30, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Though first pitch is an hour earlier than Friday night’s start, Saturday will be another late one for the Nationals. The Nats and Mariners will get started at 9:10 p.m. EDT with Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.59) going up against rookie lefty Roenis Elias (9-11, 4.01). Former National Chris Young was originally scheduled to pitch before a late…

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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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