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  1. Nats players respond to an offseason full of rumors

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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    As professional sports continue to adapt to the age of Twitter and social media, one thing is becoming clearer and clearer as each year goes by. Rumors, whether the trade or free agent variety, are becoming more prevalent as media outlets and fans crave content and conversation more and more by the day. The NFL…

  2. VIDEO: Gio Gonzalez excited about Nats’ new-look rotation

    Jan 30, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez has enjoyed an offseason free of drama and distractions, much different than last year. Instead of dealing with rumors surrounding Biogenesis and participating in the World Baseball Classic, Gonzalez has been working out in Florida, eating a lot of Cuban food and playing catch with Jorge Posada. It sounds like the life. But…

  3. Blevins ready for important role in Nats bullpen

    Jan 29, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After their 2013 season uncovered a glaring need for lefty relievers, the Nationals made sure they fixed the problem this offseason. On Dec. 11 they made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time to bring in 30-year-old southpaw Jerry Blevins. A lot is expected of Blevins who will be tasked with retiring lefties…

  4. VIDEO: GM Mike Rizzo on the Nats’ offseason

    Jan 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo stopped by at this past weekend’s Nats Fest to talk with Mark about the event, the team’s offseason and what he expects from Matt Williams’ first spring training. On the topic of their moves this winter, Rizzo had some interesting thoughts on trading for Doug Fister in particular. As you may recall, the…

  5. VIDEO: Strasburg on normal schedule, ready for spring

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg missed last January’s Nats Fest due to a scheduling conflict, but was there this year to greet fans and talk about the new season. He had a lot to update us on given he had surgery this offseason to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. Strasburg said he’s already past the six-week…

  6. VIDEO: Harper still recovering as spring training nears

    Jan 27, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Saturday’s NatsFest didn’t reveal anything shockingly new about the Nationals players, as many of them took time to talk to the media. There were some small revelations, but perhaps the biggest was Bryce Harper saying he may not be 100 percent by the time he reports to spring training. The Nats outfielder is still recovering…

  7. Gio Gonzalez on working out with Yankees great Jorge Posada

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez has spent much of his offseason down in South Florida where he generally trains over the winter. He’s got family, friends, sunshine and workout facilities at the University of Miami, all he needs to get prepared for the new year. This time around, however, he’s had some extra help. Four-time World Series champion…

  8. Espinosa hopes to start for Nats at second base

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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    After a year that saw Danny Espinosa play through a torn rotator cuff, break his wrist, and hit .158 on his way to a demotion to Triple-A, the 26-year-old remains very much optimistic about 2014. He knows it will be an important year in the context of his MLB career, and considers 2013 to be…

  9. Strasburg done rehabbing, expects normal spring training

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Three months after having surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is fully past the rehab process and feeling great. At this point, just weeks before pitchers and catchers report, he’s moving through the final days of winter as if the procedure never even happened. “It’s not considered rehab…

  10. 2014 Outlook: New York Yankees

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 85-77, 3rd place in AL East Manager: Joe Girardi, 7th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $196 million Key additions: OF Jacoby Ellsbury, C Brian McCann, SP Masahiro Tanaka, OF Carlos Beltran Key losses: SP Phil Hughes, OF Vernon Wells, 3B Alex Rodriguez (technically) Projected lineup CF Jacoby Ellsbury SS Derek Jeter RF Carlos Beltran 1B Mark Teixeira C Brian…

  11. VIDEO: Nats manager Matt Williams one-on-one

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams sat down with Brian Mitchell on Thursday night for a one-on-one interview as part of SportsTalk Live’s ‘Open Mic’ segment. Williams looked ahead to this weekend’s NatsFest, as well as the new season, giving a preview of what to expect over the next few weeks as the team reports to spring…

  12. 2014 Outlook: Minnesota Twins

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 66-96, 4th place in AL Central Manager: Ron Gardenhire, 13th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $83 million Key additions: C Kurt Suzuki, SP Ricky Nolasco, SP Phil Hughes Key losses: C/OF Ryan Doumit, SP Liam Hendricks Projected lineup CF Alex Presley 2B Brian Dozier 1B Joe Mauer LF Josh Willingham RF Oswaldo Arcia 3B Trevor Plouffe DH Jason Kubel…

  13. 2014 Outlook: Miami Marlins

    Jan 20, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 62-100, 5th place in NL East Manager: Mike Redmond, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $40 million Key additions: C Jarrod Saltalamaccia, 1B/OF Garrett Jones, IF Rafael Furcal, 3B Casey McGehee Key losses: 1B Logan Morrison, OF Justin Ruggiano, OF Chris Coghlan Projected lineup 2B Rafael Furcal LF Christian Yelich RF Giancarlo Stanton 1B Garrett Jones C Jarrod Saltalamacchia…

  14. Roster preview: Tyler Moore

    Jan 19, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Drafted in the 16th round, June 2008 2014 salary: N/A 2013 Stats: 63 G, 178 PA, 16 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB, 8 BB, 58 SO, .222 AVG, .260 OBP, .347 SLG, .607 OPS, 1 E, -5.3 UZR (at OF), -0.6 UZR (at…

  15. John Lannan signs with New York Mets

    Jan 18, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

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    After leaving the Nats to join the Phillies last season, lefty John Lannan is now headed to another NL East rival. Lannan agreed to a minor league deal with the New York Mets on Saturday with an invitation to spring training. The Long Island native will take a shot at making the Mets roster, and his chances…

  16. 2014 Outlook: Houston Astros

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 51-111, 5th place in AL West Manager: Bo Porter, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $48 million Key additions: SP Scott Feldman, OF Dexter Fowler, RP Jess Crain, RP Matt Albers, RP Chad Qualls Key losses: IF Ryan Jackson, OF Brandon Barnes, SP Jordan Lyles Projected lineup CF Dexter Fowler 2B Jose Altuve C Jason Castro DH Chris…

  17. 2014 Outlook: Chicago Cubs

    Jan 10, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 66-96, 5th place in NL Central Manager: Rick Renteria, 1st season Estimated 2014 payroll: $80 million Key additions: RP Jose Veras, OF Justin Ruggiano, SP/RP Brett Marshall, C George Kottaras, IF Donnie Murphy Key losses: OF Brian Bogusevic, 1B Matt Gamel, RP Daniel Bard Projected lineup SS Starlin Castro 3B Luis Valbuena 1B…

  18. Nationals release list of players expected at NatsFest

    Jan 9, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals have released a list of players they expect to attend Jan. 25’s NatsFest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The appearances are subject to change, but for now it appears Stephen Strasburg will be there after missing the event in 2013. Bryce Harper will be in attendance as well, along…

  19. Nats pitchers and catchers report date released

    Jan 7, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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    It may be one of the coldest days anyone alive can remember – the record low of 5 degrees for Jan. 7 in D.C. was set in 1884 – but here’s something to cheer Nats fans up. Nationals pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Viera, Fl. on Feb. 13. That means there…

  20. 2014 Outlook: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 2013 record: 81-81, 2nd place in NL West Manager: Kirk Gibson, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: 1B Mark Trumbo, CL Addison Reed, RP Brad Ziegler Key losses: SP Tyler Skaggs, RP Heath Bell, SP Daniel Hudson Projected lineup CF Gerardo Parra 2B Aaron Hill 1B Paul Goldschmidt C Miguel Montero LF Mark Trumbo 3B…

  21. Former Nats CF Nyjer Morgan attempting comeback

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Former Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is attempting a comeback to the major leagues. The 33-year-old with the nickname ‘Tony Plush’ spent last season with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan. He last played in the majors for the Brewers in 2012. Morgan put up some decent numbers in his one season overseas, hitting 11 home runs in…

  22. Mets blast Haren, Nats in 11-3 blowout

    Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

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    Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper. Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved…

  23. Game 135: Mets at Nats

    Aug 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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    The Nationals didn’t exactly start this series in the ideal way, taking the loss with some questions about Bryce Harper’s effort coming out on Friday night. Today they try to turn the page and get back to their recent winning ways with Dan Haren on the mound. Haren (8-11, 4.66) is coming off his worst…

  24. The Baseball Show: Werth, Clippard leading the way

    Aug 31, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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    With the Nationals closing the NL Wild Card deficit to 6.5 games this past week, there is a renewed hope that a playoff berth is possible. Mark, Jim Duquette and Chris Miller took stock of the Nats as they move into the month of September on last night’s Baseball Show. In the first video they…

  25. Johnson praises Clippard’s consistency

    Aug 30, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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    In a season that has seen inconsistency up and down the Nationals’ roster, Tyler Clippard has been as steady and reliable as ever. He’s appeared in more games than any other pitcher on the Nats’ staff (61) and holds its lowest ERA (1.94). Relief pitching is usually among the most volatile roles in sports. Success…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins 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.

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