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  1. VIDEO: Doug Fister settling in with Nationals

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    In his first spring training with the Nationals, Doug Fister is adjusting to new teammates and new surroundings. Camp is still just getting started, but Fister says he’s already feeling comfortable as a member of the Washington Nationals. In this video he talks about the reception he’s been given in Viera, Fla. by players, coaches…

  2. VIDEO: Matt Williams gets started as Nats manager

    Feb 16, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams is moving through his first spring training as Nationals manager with position battles and training programs just getting started. He has a lot to figure out over the next few weeks, but first he had to get through his first official day on the job. Mark has this report from Viera, Fla. on…

  3. VIDEO: First impressions of Nationals spring training

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

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    Once our camera man arrives this weekend in Viera, Fla., we should have tons of video content to share with you from Nats spring training. A CSN producer told me to expect one-on-one sitdowns with nearly every player on the Nationals’ roster, as well as Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo. We’ll also have updates from…

  4. Beltway Baseball: Projecting the NL East

    Feb 12, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Hello and happy Spring Training Eve, everyone. It’s hard to believe we’re just hours from Nats pitchers and catchers reporting in Viera, Fla. After a long offseason – and despite almost a foot of snow in the forecast – the end of winter is finally near. With that in mind, it’s time for the final…

  5. Beltway Baseball: Did the Nats fix their bullpen?

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ bullpen in 2013 was a bit of a weakness. After ranking seventh in the majors (third in the NL) with a 3.23 bullpen ERA in 2012 , they dropped to 17th last season with a 3.56 mark. This offseason the Nats helped balance out the unit by trading with the Oakland Athletics for…

  6. Beltway Baseball: Projecting the Nats’ 2014 lineup

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Entering his first spring training as manager, Matt Williams has thrown out several possibilities for each key Nats player in terms of where they will slot in the lineup. Basically, he’s going to feel it out through camp before deciding what his Opening Day lineup will look like. We know which players will be on…

  7. Beltway Baseball: How good will Nats’ rotation be?

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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    With pitchers and catchers reporting on Thursday, it’s time to take a look ahead at the 2014 Nationals. Going into spring, how does their roster stack up? Mark and I filmed some spring training preview videos looking around the Nationals roster that we’ll have each of the next few days. The first takes a look…

  8. Roster preview: Taylor Jordan

    Feb 9, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: Drafted 9th round, June 2009 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 9 G, 51.2 IP, 59 H, 27 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 29 K, 1.355 WHIP, 3.66 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2014 storyline: Taylor Jordan enters spring training as one of three candidates competing for the fifth and final rotation spot.…

  9. VIDEO: Do Nats have MLB’s best rotation?

    Feb 9, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Last night’s Geico SportsNet Central featured another segment with Mark looking ahead to Nationals’ spring training. In this clip he takes a look at whether the Nats have the best rotation in baseball. After trading for Doug Fister, the Nationals boosted what was already a strength. On paper they look better than last year as…

  10. Roster preview: Xavier Cedeno

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Selected off waivers from Houston Astros, April 2013 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 16 G, 12.1 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 9 K, 1.865 WHIP, 6.57 ERA, 4.02 FIP, 0.0 WAR 2014 storyline: Xavier Cedeno enters 2014 with a chance to make the roster in spring, but it’s…

  11. VIDEO: The biggest questions heading into Nats spring training

    Feb 8, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT

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    Mark was in studio last night for two segments in Geico SportsNet Central alongside new anchor Keli Fulton. The first is a quick preview of Nationals’ spring training looking at the biggest questions facing the team. Mark covers a variety of subjects including Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg’s health, and Matt Williams’ first spring training…

  12. Roster preview: Tanner Roark

    Feb 7, 2014, 7:21 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Trade with Texas Rangers, July 2010 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 14 G, 5 GS, 53.2 IP, 38 H, 11 R, 9 ER, HR, 11 BB, 40 K, 0.913 WHIP, 7-1, 1.51 ERA, 2.41 FIP, 1.4 WAR 2014 storyline: Tanner Roark was one of the biggest surprises for the Nationals in 2013.…

  13. Roster preview: Ross Ohlendorf

    Feb 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 31 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2013 2014 salary: $1.25 million 2013 stats: 16 G, 7 GS, 60.1 IP, 56 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 8 HR, 14 BB, 45 K, 1.160 WHIP, 4-1, 3.28 ERA, 4.03 FIP, 0.3 WAR 2014 storyline: Ross Ohlendorf heads into 2014 with a chance to earn a…

  14. 2014 Outlook: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 5, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 74-88, 5th place in AL East Manager: John Gibbons, 7th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $135 million Key additions: C Erik Kratz, IF Brent Morel, C Dioner Navarro Key losses: SP Josh Johnson, RP Darren Oliver, OF Rajai Davis, C J.P. Arencibia, IF/OF Mark DeRosa Projected lineup SS Jose Reyes RF Jose Bautista 1B…

  15. VIDEO: Clippard believes Nats bullpen could be best in baseball

    Feb 5, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays

    Tyler Clippard enters 2014 as one of the Nationals’ most tenured veterans. This will be his sixth season with Washington and his eighth in the majors overall. In his time with the Nats, Clippard has seen the team undergo a dramatic change. They are now World Series contenders just three years removed from being a…

  16. Walters on his offseason, getting sick in Venezuela

    Feb 4, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Heading into a year he hopes to make the Nationals’ roster out of spring training, infielder Zach Walters put in extra time this offseason playing winter ball in Venezuela. The experience in the South American country, however, got off to an ominous start. Walters fell ill on the second day there with a virus and…

  17. VIDEO: Storen ready to build off strong finish to last season

    Feb 4, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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    2013 was a long season for Nationals reliever Drew Storen as he posted the worst numbers of his career and was sent down to Triple-A to figure out his problems. But over the final five weeks of the season Storen was excellent, he looked like his old self and closed the year on a positive…

  18. 2014 Outlook: Tampa Bay Rays

    Feb 3, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 87-76, 2nd place in AL East Manager: Joe Maddon, 9th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $72.2 million Key additions: RP Grant Balfour, RP Heath Bell, C Ryan Hanigan Key losses: RP Fernando Rodney, OF Sam Fuld, RP Alex Torres Projected lineup LF David DeJesus 2B Ben Zobrist 3B Evan Longoria RF Wil Myers DH…

  19. Nats pitchers glad to have Steve McCatty back

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

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    With the Nationals bringing in Matt Williams as their new manager this offseason, technically it left up in the air whether the rest of the coaching staff would return. Soon after the hiring, the Nats announced Steve McCatty and Randy Knorr would be back in 2014, among others, much to the delight of players and…

  20. Roster preview: Tyler Clippard

    Feb 3, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

    MLB: Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals

    Age on Opening Day 2014: 29 How acquired: Trade with New York Yankees, Dec. 2007 2014 salary: TBD via arbitration (Clippard is seeking $6.35 million, Nats are offering $4.45 million) 2013 Stats: 72 G, 6 GF, 71.0 IP, 37 H, 19 R, 19 ER, 9 HR, 24 BB, 73 K, 0.859 WHIP, 6-3, 2.41 ERA,…

  21. VIDEO: Span more comfortable heading into second year with Nats

    Feb 3, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    At Nats Fest 2013, outfielder Denard Span met many of his then-new teammates for the first time. He had recently been acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Twins and was switching organizations and leagues. Now with a full year in Washington under his belt, Span is much more comfortable heading into this season with…

  22. Roster preview: Drew Storen

    Feb 2, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Drafted 1st round (10th pick), June 2009 2014 salary: $3.45 million (plus $1M if he finishes 60 games) 2013 Stats: 68 G, 20 GF, 3 SV, 8 SVO, 61.2 IP, 65 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 7 HR, 19 BB, 58 K, 1.362 WHIP, 4-2, 4.52 ERA,…

  23. VIDEO: Werth believes Nats learned a lot in 2013

    Feb 2, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

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    Jayson Werth joined Mark for a one-on-one interview at last weekend’s Nats Fest, and as usual provided a great perspective on the state of the team. He thinks the Nationals underachieved last season, but could be better off now because of their struggles. “We grew a lot as a team, we learned a lot as…

  24. 2014 Outlook: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 1, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 76-86, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bruce Bochy, 8th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $154 million Key additions: OF Michael Morse, SP Tim Hudson Key losses: SP Barry Zito, RP Chad Gaudin, OF Andres Torres Projected lineup CF Angel Pagan 2B Marco Scutaro 1B Brandon Belt C Buster Posey RF Hunter Pence 3B…

  25. Roster preview: Rafael Soriano

    Feb 1, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2013 2014 salary: $11 million 2013 Stats: 68 G, 58 GF, 43 SV, 49 SVO, 66.2 IP, 65 H, 24 R, 23 ER, 7 HR, 17 BB, 51 K, 1.230 WHIP, 3-3, 3.11 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 0.5 WAR 2014 storyline: Rafael Soriano’s…

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NLDS: NATIONALS VS. GIANTS

FRI: Game 1 at Washington, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2 at Washington, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3 at San Francisco, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4 at San Francisco, TBA (FS1)*
THU: Game 5 at Washington, 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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