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  1. Zim sits out vs. Mets

    Sep 23, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman returned to the Nats’ lineup on Saturday after a two month absence and played seven innings at left field against the Marlins. That, at least originally, was the Nationals’ way of easing his right hamstring back into the mix. But then the game happened, and of course things didn’t go according to plan.…

  2. Yankees claim Eury Perez

    Sep 22, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Designated for assignment last Thursday by the Nationals, outfielder Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees. The Yankees announced the news through their Twitter account and DFA’d pitcher Josh Outman to make room on their 40-man roster. The Nationals claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon from the Twins after letting go of Perez. It…

  3. State of the Nats: Final week before playoffs

    Sep 22, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Final stretch – The Nationals returned home on Sunday night after an 11-game road trip and will now finish out the regular season at Nats Park. They begin with three games against the New York Mets before four games in three days against the Miami Marlins. Winners of four straight and eight of…

  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. MLB Power Rankings: Tigers righting the ship

    Sep 19, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and myself, Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: Crazy way to clinch the AL West: Watching on TV as the A’s blow it in the 9th inning. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) –…

  6. Nationals DFA Perez, claim Florimon

    Sep 18, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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    [Updated 4:04 p.m.] The Nationals designated outfield prospect Eury Perez for assignment on Thursday and claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon from the Minnesota Twins off waivers. Florimon was the Twins’ Opening Day shortstop, but hit just .092 in 33 MLB games this season. The 27-year-old holds a .204 average in 214 career games across four seasons. Florimon’s one…

  7. 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…

  8. The Baseball Show: Are Nats over the Braves?

    Sep 12, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a brand new set at Comcast SportsNet and a great discussion about the Nationals’ recent series win over the Atlanta Braves. The Nats are still 6-10 against Atlanta this year, but after this week have won five of their last eight. Is the storyline of them struggling against…

  9. MLB Power Rankings: Brewers falling hard

    Sep 11, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Hughes: I think it’s clear at this point the Angels are the frontrunners for the World Series. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) – Roney: I…

  10. Soriano returns to pitch vs. Braves

    Sep 11, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Five days after getting temporarily removed from his job as closer, and two days after throwing a bullpen to tweak his mechanics, Rafael Soriano appeared in the Nats’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday in a low-leverage situation to continue searching for a fix. It was the top of the eighth inning and it…

  11. Rendon, Desmond sit vs. Braves

    Sep 10, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

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    With their series against the Braves in hand, and an 11-game road trip up ahead, the Nationals are resting both Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond on Wednesday with minor ailments. Rendon has flu-like symptoms, similar to what sidelined Adam LaRoche a week prior. Desmond is out with lower back tightness after leaving Tuesday’s game with…

  12. 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…

  13. Williams gets creative with Nats’ bullpen

    Sep 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams said before Monday’s game he wouldn’t manage late-inning situations any differently despite a bullpen in flux, extra options due to September roster expansion and the night’s opponent being the Atlanta Braves. But then the game unfolded and, with a two-run lead entering the eighth inning, the circumstances called for a little creativity. Up 2-0…

  14. Combatting the Sun Monster

    Sep 8, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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    When the MLB calendar reaches its final weeks and the season transitions from summer to fall, Nationals Park can sometimes present a surprise for whoever is playing in the outfield. During day games in September, the sun can make it very difficult to see flyballs, particularly ones that travel low to right and right-center field. Nationals players call it…

  15. Soriano throws bullpen in search of a fix

    Sep 8, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano began the process of fixing his mechanics on Monday with a bullpen session in front of pitching coach Steve McCatty in Washington. Soriano was taken out of the closer spot after blowing a career-high seventh save of the season on Friday night. It is a temporary move to get the 34-year-old back on track…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Taylor, Mattheus called up

    Sep 6, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

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    With the Syracuse Chiefs getting eliminated from the International League playoffs on Friday night, the Nationals called up two more players to expand their roster to 34. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor – 2014 MVP of the Double-A Eastern League – and right-hander Ryan Mattheus – a member of the team’s 2012 NL East division champion…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. Instant Analysis: Phillies 9, Nats 8 (11)

    Sep 5, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals returned home on Friday night to face the Phillies, and in doing so carried over just about everything from their memorable road trip out west. At least at first they did. Stephen Strasburg was brilliant once again, just as he was in his previous outing in Seattle. And Adam LaRoche…

  22. LaRoche dealing with injury trio; plus a Zim update

    Sep 5, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche’s 5-RBI performance in Wednesday’s 14-inning win over the Dodgers was already impressive at face value, but to hear him talk about what he was going through that day now 48 hours later is pretty extraordinary. LaRoche of course didn’t start the game because of tightness in his back. That, however, was just part of…

  23. Nats call up Kobernus

    Sep 5, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Realizing the 31 players on their roster were nearly not enough in Wednesday’s 14-inning win over the Dodgers, the Nationals made it 32 on Friday by calling up utility man Jeff Kobernus from Triple-A Syracuse. Kobernus, 26, appeared 24 games last year as a rookie before injuries shortened his 2014 season at Syracuse. Manager Matt…

  24. Game 139: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 5, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

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    After a nine-game road trip that took them through Philly and out to the West Coast, the Nationals finally return home Friday to begin a three-game series against the Phillies at Nats Park. Their final 24 games this month, and this season in fact, are against NL East opponents. Though the Phillies are in last…

  25. 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…

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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)
OCT. 7: 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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