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  1. Instant analysis: Brewers 4, Nats 2

    Jul 18, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals entered the All-Star break playing some of their best baseball of the season. They came out of their 4-day vacation a bit on the sluggish side. Stephen Strasburg served up a pair of early homers and despite settling down and churning out seven innings still departed with his team…

  2. Instant analysis: Nats 2, Cubs 1

    Jul 6, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to avoid their first series loss in three weeks, the Nationals looked a big sluggish. Jordan Zimmermann was effective, tossing six scoreless innings, but wasn’t especially sharp and had to be pulled due to a high pitch count. The lineup, meanwhile, scratched out a quick run off Jake…

  3. Harper, Williams give thoughts on lineup

    Jun 30, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

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    Finally having Bryce Harper back in the mix on Monday, Matt Williams’ lineup card looked much like it did on Opening Day, the last time he had a roster at full health to choose from. Harper is back in left field with Ryan Zimmerman at third base, Anthony Rendon is back at second. Denard Span remains…

  4. Decision time

    Jun 30, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT

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    For more than two months, Matt Williams has been waiting to fill out a lineup card that includes Bryce Harper in it. And for several weeks, the Nationals’ first-time manager has been contemplating just how much he wants to shake up the rest of his lineup as a result of Harper’s return. The time has…

  5. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Cubs 0

    Jun 28, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With a long day of baseball staring them in the face, the Nationals knew they needed to pour everything they had into the opener of today’s doubleheader at Wrigley Field, lest they drop their third straight to the Cubs (fourth straight overall) and face the daunting task of needing to beat…

  6. Williams has plan ready for Harper’s return

    Jun 28, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — Matt Williams today acknowledged, for the first time, that he knows what he’s going to do with the Nationals’ starting lineup once Bryce Harper returns. He’s just not ready to tell everyone what exactly that plan is. “Yeah, I’m not going to share it just yet,” the rookie manager said prior to Saturday’s…

  7. Caught in a fog

    Jun 27, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

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    CHICAGO — Denard Span saw the ball go off Luis Valbuena’s bat, looked up to the sky and saw nothing but a cool fog that had enveloped Wrigley Field in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday night. So the Nationals center fielder did the only thing he could in that moment: Throw his arms…

  8. Instant analysis: Cubs 5, Nats 3

    Jun 26, 2014, 10:46 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a strangely fog-filled June evening at Wrigley Field, it wasn’t always easy to see things clearly. This much was clear, though: The Nationals weren’t in top form in their series opener against the last-place Cubs. Doug Fister labored, especially during a 3-run fourth inning, and allowed way more balls to…

  9. ZZZZZZZZZZimmerman saves the day for Nats in 16th

    Jun 25, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If you couldn’t stay up til the final out was recorded at 1:34 a.m. EDT — or if you simply gave up after your TV inexplicably switched to a tummy tuck infomercial in the 14th inning — you missed a heck of a ballgame in Milwaukee last night/this morning. There were highlight-reel catches all over…

  10. Instant Analysis: Nats 4, Braves 1

    Jun 22, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a season of 162 games, it’s not often a team experiences ups and downs as dramatic as the Nats have over the last four days. Entering their four-game series with the rival Braves, the Nationals lost their first two in frustrating fashion, briefly losing their grip on first place in the…

  11. Agressive baserunning pays off in Nats win

    Jun 19, 2014, 12:57 AM EDT

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    From the day he took over as Nationals manager, Matt Williams preached aggression on the bases. But rarely has this team put that philosophy into practice over the season’s first 2 1/2 months. Then came Wednesday night’s series finale against the Astros, a 6-5, come-from-behind victory keyed by an Anthony Rendon homer, a Nate McLouth…

  12. Observations of the Nats’ 4-1 loss in St. Louis

    Jun 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Remember when the Nationals were baseball’s hottest team? Well, that was three whole days ago, and you’d be surprised how much can change in only three days. After a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals last night, the Nats now find themselves in a 3-game funk. And make no mistake, it qualifies as a funk, at…

  13. Nats in midst of historic run of dominance

    Jun 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    When Ian Desmond launched a 3-run homer off Texas’ Colby Lewis in the bottom of the fourth back on May 30, it was immediately wondered whether that sorely needed blast would serve as the catapult that finally got the Nationals going on a prolonged hot streak. But even the most optimistic of Nationals faithful couldn’t…

  14. West Coast can’t slow down red-hot Nationals

    Jun 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There’s nothing like a long, coast-to-coast flight followed by a late-night game on the other side of the country to throw a ballclub out of rhythm. So it wouldn’t have been all that surprising had the Nationals taken the field last night in San Diego and looked a bit sluggish in the opener of their…

  15. Nationals Stock Watch

    Jun 6, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 5-1 Team slash: .303/.367/.498 Team ERA:  1.33 Runs per game: 6.3 STOCK UP  Ryan Zimmerman, LF: .364 AVG/2 XBH in three games (Return from thumb injury) The Nationals got a much needed boost to their lineup this week as Zimmerman made his long awaited return…

  16. Five-game upswing bodes well in bigger picture

    Jun 5, 2014, 1:28 AM EDT

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    It’s only five games. That qualifier needs to be made. Five days from now, the storyline could be completely reversed. But over these last five games — four of them wins, including Wednesday night’s 8-4 victory over the Phillies — the Nationals haven’t merely looked like a team having a nice week. After two months…

  17. Instant analysis: Nats 8, Phillies 4

    Jun 4, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have been waiting for weeks to go on a sustained run, a stretch where they’re firing on all cylinders, at the plate and on the mound. It may be too early to declare this the run they’ve been seeking, but they’re certainly on the right track. With yet another…

  18. New position, same Zim

    Jun 3, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

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    Seeing Ryan Zimmerman trot out to left field moments before the Nationals took on the Phillies Tuesday night was certainly an odd sight for those who have watched the two-time Silver Slugger over the years. Playing his first MLB game ever in the outfield – after 1,120 professional games as an infielder – Zimmerman may have…

  19. Zim in LF: The time has come

    Jun 3, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

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    Somewhere along the way during the seven weeks it took for Ryan Zimmerman to return from a fractured right thumb, the idea was proposed to the former Gold Glove third baseman that a position change would be in his best interest. Zimmerman has played shortstop in the majors before for one game, as he did…

  20. Nats react to Darvish’s gem

    Jun 1, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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    The excellence of Yu Darvish is not something many fans – or baseball players for that matter –  in Washington, D.C. have been able to appreciate in his two-plus seasons in the majors. Darvish plays in the American League in a division out west where many of the games don’t even start until after 10…

  21. Nats becoming more efficient on basepaths

    May 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams, from the moment he took over as manager of the Nationals, has preached an aggressive style of baserunning, encouraging his players to make a more concerted effort to take extra bases when given the opportunity. Which isn’t to say he wants his players running at will on the bases, either. In his words,…

  22. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Pirates 2

    May 25, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They entered today on a four-game losing streak, with a sub-.500 record and mounting concern in the clubhouse. Yet the Nationals had to feel encouraged about their chances in their series finale at PNC Park, for several reasons: 1) They had Adam LaRoche back from the DL, 2) They were facing…

  23. Injured, unproductive and back at .500

    May 24, 2014, 12:06 AM EDT

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    PITTSBURGH — The Washington Nationals, a team that only two months ago headed north from Florida with a loaded roster and the loftiest of expectations, fielded a lineup Friday night that featured one player with a batting average over .277. And that was their pitcher. Their cleanup man was hitting .182. The highest batting average…

  24. Nationals Stock Watch: Fister on the rise

    May 22, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-3 Team slash: .233/.287/.333 Team ERA:  2.61 Runs per game:  5.16 STOCK UP  Doug Fister, SP: 1-0/2.57 ERA/1.00 WHIP  After a tough first start in Oakland, Fister has bounced back and showed the Nationals exactly why they traded for him in the offseason. The…

  25. Span hits first home run as hot streak continues

    May 22, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT

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    After tying a Nationals’ record with a perfect 5-for-5 game on Tuesday night, center fielder Denard Span picked up right where he left off against the Reds on Wednesday. Span took the second pitch from Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon over the right field fence for his first home run of the season. Six plate appearances…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 54 43 --
ATLANTA 54 45 1.0
MIAMI 46 52 8.5
NEW YORK 46 53 9.0
PHILADELPHIA 43 56 12.0
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Rockies, 8:40 p.m.
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 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.

*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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