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  1. MLB Power Rankings: Nats on fire

    Aug 22, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and myself, Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 2) – Hughes: My preseason World Series pick of the Angels over the Dodgers never felt so good. Just don’t ask Zuckerman for his… 2. Orioles (LW:…

  2. Baseball in the District – Nats prospect Taylor Hill

    Aug 22, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured a lot of positives to talk about regarding the Nationals. After all, they are in the middle of a 10-game winning streak, tied for their best stretch since the franchise moved to Washington. This week Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in two guests: Nationals…

  3. Williams takes rain check on Ruth impression

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

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    This week Nationals manager Matt Williams revealed a goal for his team: win 10 straight and he’ll do his impression of Babe Ruth, an act he gained attention for in the early 1990s as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Well, now that the Nats have won 10 straight, will Williams hold up his…

  4. Span again the spark in Nats’ win

    Aug 21, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT

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    It has become an almost nightly occurrence for the Nationals to find themselves tied late in a game, whether it be the bottom of the ninth or in extra innings. Night after night after night, the Nationals have been put in position to have one pitch decide the outcome of an entire day. On Thursday…

  5. Instant Analysis: Nats 1, Diamondbacks 0

    Aug 21, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Throughout the Nationals’ recent winning streak, they have found a variety of ways to win. Some have been pretty,  some have been ugly. On a soggy Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats perhaps got their ugliest win yet in what is now a 10-game winning streak, tying a team record. Now, make…

  6. Zim throws for 1st time in recovery

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman is still without a timetable to return, but he did take a step forward on Thursday in throwing for the first time in his recovery from a strained right hamstring. Zimmerman threw lightly on the field at Nationals Park before the team’s game against Arizona. It represented the first baseball activity for the…

  7. Cabrera fitting in with Nats

    Aug 20, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Since Asdrubal Cabrera arrived in Washington on Aug. 1 – a day after he was acquired at the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline – the Nationals have gone 13-5 overall and 11-4 with him in the lineup. He has reached base at a .348 clip since joining the Nationals and has eight RBI and seven runs in…

  8. Desmond leads way in Nats’ win

    Aug 20, 2014, 10:23 AM EDT

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    With all the errors Ian Desmond piled up early this season, and for all the trouble he’s found keeping his batting average around or above .250, there have been many moments in 2014 where it looked like the two-time Silver Slugger was having a down year. But perhaps quietly, Desmond has put together a recent stretch that…

  9. McLouth to have surgery, out for year

    Aug 19, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT

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    The 2014 season for Nate McLouth is now over, as the Nationals outfielder is set for surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Thursday. The 32-year-old has been out since Aug. 1 when he initially complained of discomfort. That was four days after the veteran landed on his shoulder while attempting…

  10. Game 124: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 19, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    There have been only three winning streaks of at least eight games in Nationals history (a 10-gamer in June 2005, an 8-gamer in June 2011 and another 8-gamer in August 2012). So tonight, they’ll go for their fourth such streak over the last 10 seasons, trying to beat the Diamondbacks again (though perhaps not in…

  11. State of the Nats: On a roll

    Aug 18, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats on a roll – With two walk-off victories this weekend, the Nationals have now won six straight, their best stretch of the 2014 season. Even with Ryan Zimmerman still out, even with Jayson Werth still technically out, and even with the recent struggles of Gio Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, the Nats are…

  12. Soriano’s blown save raises questions

    Aug 18, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals came through with their sixth consecutive victory in extra innings on Sunday, their second walk-off win in less than 24 hours. This one, though, never should have made it that far. Nationals closer Rafael Soriano had a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning before surrendering three runs for his fifth blown save of…

  13. Werth fights through pain to help Nats win

    Aug 17, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

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    [Updated 11:10 p.m.] Hampered by AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder, Jayson Werth had been out recovering for seven days before coming off the bench in the Nats’ win over the Pirates on Sunday night. He had a cortisone shot three days prior and hadn’t swung a bat against live pitching in a week.…

  14. Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Pirates 5 (11)

    Aug 17, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Pennant races in Major League Baseball are supposed to be thrilling, they are supposed to keep fans at the edge of their seats. Wins often do not come easy, and losses can be tough to swallow. Few games, however, can produce the extreme ups and downs of the Nationals’ 6-5 win over…

  15. Thornton thriving as new face in NL

    Aug 17, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Nationals reliever Matt Thornton is moving through his 11th season in the major leagues, he’s 37-years-old and has 656 MLB games to his name. By now there is plenty of tape and plenty of scouting reports on the 6-foot-6 lefty. Only four of those games, however, have come in the National League, as prior to…

  16. Game 122: Pirates at Nats

    Aug 17, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals look for a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a season-high, 6-game winning streak with Doug Fister (12-3, 2.34) on the mound in a rare 5:05 p.m. game. Fister will make his 18th start of the season looking to lower his 2014 ERA for a fifth consecutive outing. The Nats are 13-4 in…

  17. Williams feels pennant race heating up

    Aug 16, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    With the 64-58 Pittsburgh Pirates – current owners of the final NL Wild Card spot – in town, this weekend’s series for the Nationals perhaps feels different than their previous three games up in New York against the Mets. It’s mid-August and it’s two winning teams who could possibly meet later this year in October. Both are still…

  18. Werth close; 2nd opinion for McLouth

    Aug 15, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ banged up outfield got some good news and some bad news in terms of guys recovering from injuries on Friday. First, the good news: Jayson Werth – who is dealing with AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder – looks on track for a Sunday return when the Nats close out their series against…

  19. Game 120: Pirates at Nats

    Aug 15, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

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    The Nationals showed this week they could have their way with a struggling team like the Mets. Now we’ll find out how they fare against a Pirates club that despite injuries to Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole currently holds one of the NL’s two wild card positions. Jayson Werth is not in the Nats’ lineup…

  20. The Baseball Show: Summer standouts

    Aug 15, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

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    With the Nationals in the middle of a winning streak, there were plenty of positives to discuss on this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The Nationals are six games up in first place in the NL East, and there have been several standout performers who deserve credit. This first segment looks at how good…

  21. Are Marlins the bigger threat?

    Aug 15, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Though the Atlanta Braves have somehow figured out the formula to dominate the Nats in head-to-head matchups, lately they’ve had much bigger things to worry about. Since beginning the season 17-7, Atlanta is 44-53 in the time since. As Mark Zuckerman noted on Thursday, only the Phillies and Rockies have been worse among NL teams.…

  22. Game 119: Nats at Mets

    Aug 14, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Tonight the Nationals close out their three-game series at Citi Field in search of a sweep of the New York Mets. Stephen Strasburg (8-10, 3.68) will look to overcome his road woes against a club he has handled well in the past. Strasburg, oddly enough, is only making his sixth career start vs. the Mets tonight. Compare…

  23. Baseball in the District – Michael Taylor

    Aug 14, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured three different guests for the very first time. The first was Nats outfielder Michael Taylor, the second was Kevin McAlpin from the Braves radio network and the third was WTOP’s Ben Raby. Taylor talked with Tim Murray about his memorable debut on Tuesday night in an…

  24. Sizing up Nats’ chances for NL awards

    Aug 13, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    With the Nationals and Braves locked in a race for the NL East division crown, it’s easy to overlook the individual performances that helped earn Washington a first place standing here in the second week of August. I was asked on the radio last week whether Anthony Rendon deserved any MVP consideration and it got…

  25. Taylor shines in MLB debut

    Aug 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The legend of Nats prospect Michael Taylor has developed strongly over the last few months. First it was his defense everyone raved about as the lanky, 6-foot-3 outfielder was a standout during his short time in spring training. Then he hit .319 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI through two months at Double-A Harrisburg. Fast…

Archives

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)
TUE: 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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