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  1. Game 162: Nats at Mets

    Oct 4, 2015, 11:56 AM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — And so we have reached final day of what proved to be perhaps the most eventful season in Nationals. Certainly not the most successful, but probably the most eventful. And there’s still more than could happen before this day and this season are officially over. Bryce Harper enters Game 162 in a…

  2. Harper out of lineup after getting hit in shin in opener

    Oct 3, 2015, 5:18 PM EST

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    NEW YORK — Bryce Harper will not be in the Nationals’ lineup for the second half of their day-night doubleheader after taking a 97-mph fastball to his left shin in the opener against the Mets. Harper was struck in his back leg by Noah Syndergaard’s sixth-inning pitch, falling to the ground in pain. He managed…

  3. Nats 3, Mets 1: Gio finishes strong, Harper still going strong

    Oct 3, 2015, 3:56 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a raw, wet, windy Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, the Nationals gathered for the opener of a day-night doubleheader in advance of Sunday’s season finale, with very little still on the line. They still managed to show up and give a strong performance, riding Gio Gonzalez’s six innings of scoreless…

  4. Game 160: Nats at Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — OK, let’s try this again. After nonstop rain pelted the city all day and all night, conditions are supposed to clear up this afternoon before the Nationals and Mets take the field the first half of a day-night doubleheader. Gio Gonzalez and Noah Syndergaard will take the mound as each originally was…

  5. Nats-Mets postponed, day-night doubleheader Saturday

    Oct 2, 2015, 4:36 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — The opener of the Nationals’ final series of the season has been postponed, with heavy rain and strong wind pelting Citi Field all afternoon and not expected to let up all night. The Nats and Mets will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with a makeup game at 1:10 p.m. and the originally…

  6. Nats 3, Braves 0: Strasburg strong in series finale

    Oct 1, 2015, 9:57 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing left to play for on the team level, so attention shifts to individual performance during the season’s final week. And there has been no better individual performing better for the Nationals down the stretch than Stephen Strasburg. Distancing himself even further from his disastrous first half of the season,…

  7. Slump leaves Harper in battle for batting title

    Oct 1, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    ATLANTA — What looked like close to a sure thing only a few days ago — a batting title for Bryce Harper — is now completely up for grabs over the season’s final four days. Harper has seen his lead over the Marlins’ Dee Gordon shrink to a mere two-thousandths of a point during his…

  8. Braves 2, Nats 0: Shut down again by Atlanta pitching

    Sep 30, 2015, 9:22 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals aren’t exactly putting forth their best performance in the waning days of a lost season. For the second straight night, they were shut down by a Braves pitching staff that has ranked among the league’s worst all year. Despite a bunch of golden opportunities early against Williams Perez, they…

  9. ‘Baseball in the District’ – CSN’s Daniel Shiferaw

    Sep 30, 2015, 2:31 PM EST

    Photo by the Associated Press

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN So, there was kind of a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ For our guest, we brought on CSN’s Daniel Shiferaw, who has been doing great work for us all season. He was with me at the game on Sunday, so we got his…

  10. Turner’s 1st homer, Harper’s record and Desmond’s bunt

    Sep 30, 2015, 10:03 AM EST


    ATLANTA — The jokes were flying around the Nationals’ clubhouse Tuesday night, with teammates taking every opportunity they could to turn Trea Turner’s first career homer into an excuse to make fun of his boyish looks and physique. “For 135 pounds soaking wet, he hit that ball a long way,” Ian Desmond cracked. “He might…

  11. Game 157: Nats at Braves

    Sep 29, 2015, 3:30 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — And a good afternoon to you from Turner Field, where the tarp is on the field and the rain has been falling all day. The forecast does appear to improve some as the night progresses, but there’s at least a 50 percent chance of rain each of the next three days here in…

  12. Papelbon’s long-term future after incident is murky

    Sep 29, 2015, 6:06 AM EST

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    The Nationals took swift action Monday to address Jonathan Papelbon’s short-term future with the organization, suspending the volatile closer for the remainder of the season after his dugout attack on Bryce Harper the previous afternoon. The organization’s long-term plan for Papelbon, though, remains quite murky. Papelbon is under contract for another season; that was among…

  13. Harper believes he and Papelbon can move on from fight

    Sep 28, 2015, 9:30 PM EST

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    Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals lineup on Monday as punishment for his involvement in a fight with Jonathan Papelbon in the home dugout at Nats Park the day before. It is generally team policy that players who do not appear in games do not talk after them. But there Harper was, waiting at his…

  14. Rizzo gives his side of Papelbon/Harper punishments

    Sep 28, 2015, 7:44 PM EST

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    Mike Rizzo further justified the Nationals’ decision to suspend Jonathan Papelbon four games and bench Bryce Harper one game Monday evening, citing the disparity in punishments between the two players as “equitable” given their roles in Sunday’s dugout fight. “You could see, by the type of discipline we placed on both players, which we thought…

  15. Why Harper was punished

    Sep 28, 2015, 4:49 PM EST


    Nationals superstar Bryce Harper, the likely NL MVP when the 2015 season is over, took the brunt of an ugly altercation between he and closer Jonathan Papelbon, one in which Harper was grabbed by the throat and forced into the backwall of the team’s dugout on live television. He was physically assaulted, essentially, for all the…

  16. Williams takes responsibility for leaving Papelbon in game

    Sep 28, 2015, 4:25 PM EST

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    Matt Williams admitted fault for not recognizing the severity of Sunday’s dugout fracas between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper and for letting his now-suspended closer re-take the mound after the incident. “I take responsibility for that,” Williams said Monday afternoon. “I could have gotten more information in that regard. I could have gotten more specifics…

  17. Ugly incident speaks to organization-wide problems

    Sep 28, 2015, 1:19 AM EST


    Had Sunday afternoon’s dugout fracas at Nationals Park been a purely isolated incident, it might be easy to shrug it off as one of those unfortunate things that happens every once in awhile in sports. Teammates get into a heated argument, one goes after the other, everybody else rushes in to break it up. This…

  18. The Baseball Show: What should Nats do with Papelbon?

    Sep 28, 2015, 12:01 AM EST

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    It has been hours since the Nationals’ game ended and the media left the clubhouse, and yet it is still hard for me to believe what happened. Who could have predicted the Nats season would take such a turn just one day after they were officially eliminated from the playoff race? There is still so…

  19. Williams explains why he let Papelbon pitch after scuffle with Harper

    Sep 27, 2015, 7:02 PM EST

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon delivers in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Papelbon got into a dugout fight with teammate Bryce Harper during the inning. The Phillies won 12-5. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    By the time the bottom of the eighth inning concluded, images of Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper’s dugout scuffle had just begun to circulate around Nats Park. Given the emotions exerted between the two (Harper was seen charging into the clubhouse in frustration) and the fact that Papelbon had already pitched the previous frame, it…

  20. Papelbon, Harper explain their fight

    Sep 27, 2015, 6:50 PM EST

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    Saturday night was supposed to be rock bottom for the Nationals. They were officially eliminated from playoff contention, thus putting to rest preseason expectations of a dominant team destined to win a World Series. But little did they know, just one day later matters would indeed get much, much worse. Closer Jonathan Papelbon grabbed superstar Bryce…

  21. A lost season made official

    Sep 26, 2015, 10:12 PM EST

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    For weeks, the Nationals knew this day would come. They knew their inevitable fate of being eliminated from the playoff race was going to happen, one way or another. There were nights when it seemed like it was already over, then the window would open and a glimmer of light would shine through. There were many…

  22. Phillies 8, Nats 2: On cusp of elimination after ugly loss

    Sep 25, 2015, 9:35 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals already were moving ever closer to elimination when they took the field for the opener of a weekend series with the Phillies. The crowd of 31,019 that gathered on South Capitol Street did so knowing the outcome of the game would be secondary to the reception the man on…

  23. Harper hitless in 3 straight games for 1st time this year

    Sep 25, 2015, 10:00 AM EST


    There have been no shortage of remarkable Bryce Harper stats this season, but among the more remarkable ones was this little nugget: He hadn’t gone hitless in three straight games at any point in 2015. Until Thursday. Yes, that impressive streak came to an end when Harper grounded out to short to conclude the Nationals’…

  24. Orioles 5, Nats 4: Another late lead blown by bullpen

    Sep 24, 2015, 7:10 PM EST


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing more harrowing for the Nationals these days than a close ballgame in the seventh inning, a frame that more than any other has left this underachieving ballclub on the precipice of elimination. But when they actually strung together a rally in the bottom of the seventh this afternoon, turning…

  25. Game 152: Orioles at Nats

    Sep 24, 2015, 12:31 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    This was supposed to be the Nationals’ final off-day of the season, but that was nixed after Monday’s series opener against the Orioles was rained out. So both clubs are back here at the park for a late-afternoon start, with Baltimore looking for a series sweep and Washington looking for a desperately needed win to…





As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 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: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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