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  1. Instant analysis: Mets 4, Nats 3

    Sep 12, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Seeking their 13th consecutive victory at Citi Field, the Nationals dug themselves into an early 3-0 hole when Gio Gonzalez once again struggled in the first inning. But as they’ve done so often this season, they clawed their way back, ultimately tying the game in the fifth inning. For that, the…

  2. Game 146: Nats at Mets

    Sep 12, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

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    One of these days, the Nationals likely will lose a ballgame at Citi Field. They just hope it’s not tonight. Having now won 12 consecutive games in Queens, a streak that dates back to June 2013, the Nats would love to make it a baker’s dozen tonight and reduce their magic number to at least…

  3. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Phillies 2

    Sep 7, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Having lost the first two games of this series, not to mention five straight to the Phillies, and now needing to beat Cole Hamels to avoid a sweep, the Nationals weren’t exactly in an ideal situation this afternoon. But they came through with a strong, if not flawless, performance in this…

  4. Game 141: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 7, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

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    They’ve lost five straight games to the last-place Phillies, and if the Nationals are going to stop that surprising streak, they’re going to have to beat Cole Hamels this afternoon. That’s not something they’ve done on a regular basis in the past. The left-hander is 15-7 with a 2.58 ERA in 31 career starts against…

  5. Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Dodgers 4

    Sep 1, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Another day, another barrage of homers from the Nationals lineup. In Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers, the Nats added four more bombs to make it 14 total in their last four games. Seventeen of their last 20 runs overall have been on homers. The first one in their 6-4 win over L.A. was a solo…

  6. Game 136: Nats at Dodgers

    Sep 1, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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    They were swept in Philadelphia. They took 2 of 3 in Seattle. So, what does the final leg of perhaps the Nationals’ toughest road trip of the season have in store? We’ll start to find out tonight when they open a big, 3-game series at Dodger Stadium against the team directly behind them for the…

  7. Gonzalez sees progress in latest start

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when a 6-inning, 3-run start would have disappointed Gio Gonzalez. But these days, the Nationals’ erratic left-hander is finding the positives in each of his outings, so his latest one Tuesday night against the Phillies left him more encouraged than discouraged. “It’s progress,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, everyone wants to…

  8. Instant analysis: Phillies 4, Nats 3

    Aug 26, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels. And for six innings, the Phillies lefty proved virtually unhittable, carrying a shutout on a scant 59 pitches. Gio Gonzalez wasn’t as effective — he…

  9. Game 131: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen. Hairston has feasted…

  10. 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…

  11. As curveball eludes him, Gonzalez’s pitch counts soar

    Aug 17, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez has never been the most efficient pitcher in the league, but his inefficiency has reached new depths this season, especially in the last month. The left-hander’s latest laborious outing: Last night’s 5-inning slog, in which he threw 102 pitches. This, on the heels of a 111-pitch, 4 2/3-inning start in Atlanta. Do the…

  12. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Pirates 3

    Aug 16, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Seeking only their second 5-game winning streak of the season, the Nationals took the field tonight knowing they’d need a quality start from struggling Gio Gonzalez to have a good chance. They got neither that nor much of anything at the plate against lefty Jeff Locke, putting themselves in a 3-0…

  13. Game 121: Pirates at Nats

    Aug 16, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    In their slow, mostly steady march to the top of the NL East, the Nationals have won five straight games only once this season, from June 28-July 2. Tonight they have a chance to match that streak, if they can take down the Pirates once again. They’ll need a better performance from Gio Gonzalez than…

  14. Brain cramp

    Aug 11, 2014, 1:16 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — He had been alternately dominant and maddening, striking out some batters at will yet unable to put away others, fighting for his life to get through the fifth inning with only one run on the scoreboard despite a massively high pitch count. And when he got Jason Heyward to tap a grounder to…

  15. Instant analysis: Braves 3, Nats 1

    Aug 10, 2014, 11:16 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of their marathon, rain-delayed, 11-inning win early Sunday morning, the Nationals were grateful for a nationally televised Sunday night appearance at Turner Field. But they showed up a bit sluggish, especially at the plate against a very tough young Braves left-hander. Alex Wood dominated the Nationals’ lineup, allowing…

  16. Game 116: Nats at Braves

    Aug 10, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Hello once again from Turner Field. Feels like I just left this place. Oh wait, I did! Thank god the Nationals and Braves are on Sunday Night Baseball, though, which afforded everybody the opportunity to sleep in this morning after last night’s rain-delayed, 11-inning affair that ended at 2:29 a.m. There will be…

  17. Next stop: Atlanta

    Aug 8, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT

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    In the seven weeks since the Nats and Braves last squared off on June 22, the two teams have traveled very different paths. The Nationals in that span have gone 23-16. They lost Ryan Zimmerman to a hamstring injury, but now have Bryce Harper, Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt Thornton in store. They have a 4…

  18. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Jason Benetti and Al Galdi

    Aug 7, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ once again featured two guests: voice of the Syracuse Chiefs, Jason Benetti, and host of ‘Chin Music’ and ‘The Drive with Cooley and Czabe’ on ESPN 980, Al Galdi. Benetti was excellent on the development of prospects such as Steven Souza, Jr. – who is now on…

  19. Things still not adding up for Nationals

    Aug 5, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

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    Here is the current state of the Nationals, summed up in one inning of baseball played Tuesday night during a 6-1 loss to the Mets: They scored a run without producing a hit. Then their first hit of the game actually prevented a run from scoring. Something’s just not adding up at the moment for…

  20. Instant analysis: Mets 6, Nats 1

    Aug 5, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stuck in a disappointing stretch of baseball, the Nationals hoped to get back on track against a Mets club they have owned since late last season, winning 10 of their last 11 head-to-head meetings. Instead, they squandered a bunch of early opportunities against right-hander Zack Wheeler and couldn’t overcome Gio Gonzalez’s…

  21. Game 111: Mets at Nats

    Aug 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After a quick, makeup game with the Orioles, the Nationals now wrap up their homestand with a 3-game series against a Mets club they’ve beaten 12 of their last 13 meetings. They’ll be without Wilson Ramos, who was placed on the paternity leave list in anticipation of the birth of his first child. Jose Lobaton…

  22. Gio stumbles again in Nats’ loss

    Aug 1, 2014, 12:13 AM EDT

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    In what has been the most inconsistent season of Gio Gonzalez’ career in Washington – and so far his worst overall since 2009 – the ups and downs have been dramatic and steep. When Gio is on, he’s looked like the two-time All-Star whose career ERA is 3.59. Putting together an extended stretch of strong outings, however,…

  23. Instant analysis: Phillies 10, Nats 4

    Jul 31, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It could’ve been a great pitching showdown between a pair of accomplished lefties. Instead it turned into a laborious battle of bullpens after both Gio Gonzalez and Cliff Lee were knocked out early, for very different reasons. Lee retired eight of the first nine batters he faced, but after throwing only…

  24. Game 106: Phillies at Nats

    Jul 31, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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    One day after the Nats salvaged their road trip with a 4-3 win over the Marlins, they pick right back up to begin a four-game set with the Phillies at Nationals Park. It will be a showdown of lefties as Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56) will go up against Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78). Gonzalez will look…

  25. Instant analysis: Reds 1, Nats 0

    Jul 26, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have been on a tear at the plate in recent weeks, beating some decent pitchers along the way. But they hadn’t faced anyone quite like Johnny Cueto, who showed today why he has been among the NL’s most-dominant starters this season. Cueto tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out nine…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 86 63 -- 2
ATLANTA 75 75 11.5
MIAMI 73 76 13.0
NEW YORK 72 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 81 17.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
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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