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  1. Consistency propels Nats to NL’s best record

    Jul 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    There seems to be a sense among many that the Nationals haven’t really taken off as a team this season, that there’s a much higher level of success yet to reach for a talented ballclub that hasn’t achieved its full potential. And perhaps that’s true. Maybe the Nationals are still capable of going on some…

  2. Nationals Stock Watch: Strasburg’s road struggles continue

    Jul 24, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-2 Team slash: .318/.361/.444 Team ERA:  3.74 Runs per game: 5.5 STOCK UP Ian Desmond, SS: .440 AVG/ .462 OBP/ .640 SLG This past week was a pretty good reminder that when he’s right, Desmond is one of the best hitting shortstops in the…

  3. Game 98: Nats at Rockies

    Jul 22, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

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    When last we saw Jordan Zimmermann on a mound, he was motioning for a trainer, his right biceps muscle having cramped up. Zimmermann was confident all along he wasn’t seriously injured, and an MRI of his arm revealed no elbow or shoulder issues, only a muscle strain. He skipped the All-Star Game and had his…

  4. State of the Nats: Road tripping

    Jul 21, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: On the road - The Nationals took their first series of the second half with a 5-4 win over the Brewers on Sunday, and now they head out of town. Nine road games await them beginning with the Colorado Rockies on Monday. They then go to Cincinnati for three games before going south to Miami. Both the…

  5. Instant Analysis: Nats 8, Brewers 3

    Jul 19, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The saying ‘it was over before it started’ is an obvious exaggeration, but the Nationals came pretty close in their 8-3 win over the Brewers on Saturday night. Before Milwaukee could even record their second out in the bottom of the first, the Nats were up 5-0 and starter Matt Garza had…

  6. Game 95: Brewers at Nats

    Jul 19, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    The second half of the Nationals 2014 season didn’t get off to a great start with a 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Friday night. On Saturday they’ll look to bounce back with Tanner Roark (8-6, 3.01) on the mound before Austin Mahone takes the stage for a postgame concert. Roark will make his 19th…

  7. Harper debuts new batting stance

    Jul 19, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    In his first game back from the 2014 All-Star break, much was anew for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. He had a new haircut that featured a mohawk in the back. He had a new saxophone-heavy walk-up song. And most notably, he debuted a brand new batting stance. Instead of bending his knees, holding his hands…

  8. Second half storylines

    Jul 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    After four long days without baseball (at least, anything other than the exhibition variety) the Nationals are back on the field tonight, hosting the Brewers in a nice weekend showdown between first-place clubs. Thus begins the unofficial second half of the season, the final 70-game stretch that will determine whether this team returns to the…

  9. Nationals Stock Watch: Werth on fire

    Jul 16, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

    Associated Press

    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance… Record: 3-2 Team slash: .224/.288/.407 Team ERA: 3.76 Runs per game: 5.2 STOCK UP Jayson Werth, OF: .333 AVG/ 4HR/ 10 RBI Like we mentioned last week, Werth reeaaally doesn’t want July to end. In the last few weeks alone, he’s accounted for half of his season home run…

  10. Game 93: Nats at Phillies

    Jul 13, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Today the Nationals play their final game before the All-Star break with a chance to take two of three against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Tanner Roark (7-6, 3.12) will take the mound after skipping his previous start due to last Tuesday’s postponement. Roark last pitched on July 4, a stretch of nine days. He’ll…

  11. Harper homers but still battling his way out of slump

    Jul 12, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — As the ball rocketed off his bat and soared to right field, well into the bleachers at Citizens Bank Park, Bryce Harper remembered for a moment what it’s like to hit a home run. “It felt really good,” he said. Harper hadn’t had that sensation since returning from the disabled list nearly two…

  12. Instant analysis: Phillies 6, Nats 2

    Jul 11, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This game already wasn’t going particularly well for the Nationals when things really turned sour in the bottom of the fourth, for reasons having nothing to do with the scoreboard. Jordan Zimmermann took himself out of the game after throwing a 1-2 slider to Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp, departing with an…

  13. The Baseball Show: Analyzing the first half

    Jul 11, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured an evaluation of the Nationals at the midseason point. In this first clip, Mark talks with Joe Orsulak and guest host Jill Sorenson about the biggest surprises in the first half of 2014. They also discuss who has been the Nats’ most valuable player. Check it out here:…

  14. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – CSNbaltimore’s Rich Dubroff

    Jul 11, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With the Nationals and Orioles squaring off this week, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I figured it was a good time to welcome in an O’s insider. This week for our first guest, we were joined by CSNbaltimore.com Orioles reporter Rich Dubroff. Rich has covered baseball and the Orioles for many years and had…

  15. Instant Analysis: Orioles 4, Nats 3

    Jul 10, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came into Thursday night looking for a series win against the Orioles, but a rocky first three innings by Gio Gonzalez set the tone for what ended up a close loss for Washington. The Nats came back with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to…

  16. Williams tries to keep Nats bench fresh

    Jul 10, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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    With a left-handed pitcher in Wei-Yin Chen on the mound starting for the Orioles, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a bit of a surprise decision to start Kevin Frandsen at second base on Thursday. Danny Espinosa had fared well the night before in his first start since June 27, and he hits .47 points higher…

  17. Williams: Harper making progress

    Jul 8, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Since returning from a nine-week absence in late June, Bryce Harper has yet to find his form on offense. It’s only been seven games, but the guy who hit three home runs in his final rehab outing has yet to show up. After going 0-for-3 with two walks in the Nats’ loss to the Orioles on Monday…

  18. Game 89: Orioles at Nats

    Jul 8, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Try to forget, if you can, the horrendous 11th inning from last night’s game and appreciate the 10 innings that preceded it. The Nationals and Orioles played one heck of a ballgame, getting great pitching performances, fine defense and a couple of big home runs from star players. The atmosphere inside the park was electric,…

  19. Game 88: Orioles at Nats

    Jul 7, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Hello and welcome to the opener of the Battle of the Beltways, the annual showdown between Washington and Baltimore that means very much to the fan bases of both clubs and, quite honestly, means very little to players on both sides. Much as we’d like to believe this is a real rivalry, the players just…

  20. Game 87: Cubs at Nats

    Jul 6, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Matt Williams has had a full, healthy roster for six games now. And aside from one day off for Wilson Ramos, the Nationals manager has used the exact same guys in his lineup for all six games. Hey, there’s something to be said for continuity, especially when your team has won four of the first…

  21. Game 85: Cubs at Nats

    Jul 4, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

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    It’s Independence Day in Washington, which means three things: 1) Fireworks on the National Mall tonight, 2) the Nationals hosting a ballgame at 11:05 a.m. and 3) Terrible heat and humidity for both events. Er, actually, strike that last one, because it’s an unseasonably cool, dry and windy July 4 for a change. No complaints…

  22. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Rockies 3

    Jul 2, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Seeking a 3-game sweep of the Rockies and a 5-game winning streak overall, the Nationals dug themselves into an early hole when Michael McKenry launched a 3-run homer off Doug Fister in the top of the second. Fister, though, settled down after that, and even when the right-hander gave up hard-hit…

  23. Williams: Harper will hit higher in lineup this season

    Jul 2, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Though he’s batting sixth for the third consecutive night since coming off the disabled list, Bryce Harper will move up in the Nationals’ lineup at some point this season, manager Matt Williams insisted today. Still fielding questions in the wake of Harper’s controversial comments Monday in which the 21-year-old outfielder openly disagreed with his manager’s…

  24. Williams: “I’ve got Bryce’s back, in every way”

    Jul 1, 2014, 6:07 PM EDT

    AP

    Matt Williams met with Bryce Harper today and then made a concerted effort to diffuse any notion of perceived animosity between the Nationals manager and his 21-year-old star. “I’ve got to let you guys know something: I’ve got Bryce’s back, in every way,” Williams said prior to the Nationals’ game against the Rockies. “And that…

  25. Game 83: Rockies at Nats

    Jul 1, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Matt Williams could have made changes to his starting lineup tonight, choosing to move guys around the diamond as the Nationals manager has suggested he’ll do now that he has a fully healthy roster again. Or Williams could look at last night’s 7-3 thumping of the Rockies and conclude: Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 45 --
ATLANTA 57 48 1.5
MIAMI 51 53 7.0
NEW YORK 50 55 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 59 12.5
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
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.
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.

*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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