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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Game 101: Nats at Reds

    Jul 26, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

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    If you’re among those skeptics who keeps saying you’re waiting for the Nationals to go on a sustained run … well, perhaps you haven’t been paying very close attention. The Nats enter today’s game in Cincinnati having won 7 of 9 and 15 of 21. Since May 28, they are 31-17, the best record in…

  6. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Brewers 4

    Jul 20, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With a chance to pick up yet another series victory, the Nationals turned to Gio Gonzalez, who had been dominant over the last few weeks. But when Gonzalez struggled to even get through the fourth inning, Matt Williams instead turned to his bullpen to pull this one off. Craig Stammen, Drew…

  7. Game 96: Brewers at Nats

    Jul 20, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have been playing pretty good baseball for awhile now, having lost only one of their last eight series (and that one’s a bit misleading because one of their four games with the Orioles was rained out, so technically they could still salvage a split after they play the makeup game). Today, they have…

  8. Zimmermann on track to start Tuesday

    Jul 18, 2014, 5:04 PM EDT

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    Jordan Zimmermann is on track to start Tuesday night for the Nationals in Colorado after playing catch Thursday and feeling no discomfort in his right arm. Zimmermann, who pulled himself out of his last start in Philadelphia with cramping in his biceps, took time off during the All-Star break to let the muscle rest and…

  9. Nats, Orioles see promise in Beltway Series

    Jul 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Baltimore Orioles

    For much of the 10 seasons since the Nationals moved to Washington, the regional rivalry of the Nats and Orioles has generally featured little more than a short commute between ballparks. As recently as three years ago, both teams were perennially among the worst in baseball. And by the time they faced each other in interleague play,…

  10. Game 90: Nats at Orioles

    Jul 10, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    BALTIMORE – Thanks to a postponement on Tuesday and a 6-2 win on Wednesday, the Nationals now find themselves with an opportunity to take the series against the Orioles in Baltimore. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.52) will make his 14th start of the season looking to secure the rubber game of this interleage matchup and the…

  11. Game 86: Cubs at Nats

    Jul 5, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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    After a tough, win streak-ending loss to the Cubs on the 4th of July, the Nationals got a bit of a break for the second game of this series. Late Friday night the Cubs traded their No. 1 starter, Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics, right before he was set to start against the Nats.…

  12. Nationals Stock Watch: Gio on the rebound?

    Jul 2, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

    MLB: Game One-Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs

    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-2 Team slash: .229/.304/.358 Team ERA:  3.43 Runs per game:  4.83 STOCK UP Gio Gonzalez, SP: 1-0 / 7.0 IP/ 0.00 ERA It might be too early to make any grand proclamations, but perhaps we’re in the midst of witnessing a midseason rebound for Gonzalez. He…

  13. 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…

  14. Game 80: Nats at Cubs

    Jun 28, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    CHICAGO — Ernie Banks, as far as I know, isn’t here today. So I’ll just go ahead and say it: Let’s play two! Yes, the Nationals and Cubs have a day-night doubleheader on the docket, beginning with a 1:05 p.m. EDT opener and concluding with a 7:15 p.m. EDT nightcap (on Fox, FYI). If you…

  15. Gonzalez shines in Nats shutout win

    Jun 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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    For Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, Monday night’s 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers must have brought quite the sigh of relief. The lefty entered the game with a 4.85 ERA after a recent stint on the disabled list. He later left hugging his teammates and pitching coach Steve McCatty in the dugout after throwing six scoreless…

  16. Game 75: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 23, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals left town yesterday evening feeling a whole lot better about themselves than they did after losing Friday night’s heartbreaker in 13 innings, having re-established their 1 1/2-game lead in the NL East. But now comes a new challenge on the road against a Brewers club that currently owns the NL’s best record and…

  17. 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…

  18. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Astros 5

    Jun 18, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a sweltering night on South Capitol Street, the Nationals made everyone sweat a little more with their play on the field. Gio Gonzalez labored through five innings in his return from a month-long stint on the DL. The lineup failed to capitalize on several early opportunities to knock out Scott…

  19. Game 70: Astros at Nats

    Jun 18, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Gio Gonzalez last started a game for the Nationals on May 17, and the results weren’t pretty. On the heels of an even uglier start in Oakland, the left-hander allowed five runs and seven hits in only three innings against the Mets, saw his ERA spike to 4.62 and then admitted afterward he had shoulder…

  20. Cedeno optioned for Gio’s return

    Jun 17, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Needing a roster spot for the return of Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday, the Nationals optioned lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse late Tuesday night. Cedeno, 27, made just one appearance in his recent stint with the big league club, a scoreless inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 14. He was called up…

  21. State of the Nats: Big week at home

    Jun 16, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats return home after long trip – The Nationals just completed their longest West Coast trip of the season, a 10-day gauntlet that ran them through San Diego, San Francisco and St. Louis. It started off well, as the Nats swept the Padres and took three of four against San Francisco. But then came…

  22. Gio much better in second rehab start

    Jun 12, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez completed his second minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night, and this time came away with much better results. The lefty threw four innings for the Single-A Potomac Nationals and allowed one run on two hits and four walks. He faced 18 batters and struck out seven. Gonzalez pitched against the Winston-Salem Dash, an affiliate…

  23. Gio to rehab Friday at Potomac

    Jun 3, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez will make a minor league rehab appearance on Friday in Woodbridge, Va. with the Single-A Potomac Nationals, manager Matt Williams announced on Tuesday. Gonzalez is expected to throw 65 pitches for the P-Nats as he works his way back from left shoulder inflammation. Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list…

  24. State of the Nats: Zim’s return near

    Jun 2, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Zimmerman set to return – Ryan Zimmerman will play nine innings in left field with Single-A Potomac Monday night as he continues his recovery from a fractured right thumb. If all goes well, he should be ready to go for Tuesday’s Nats game in Washington when the Phillies come to town. Having Zimmerman back…

  25. Gio throws sim game; Zim getting closer

    Jun 1, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Both Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Zimmerman took notable steps forward in their recoveries on Sunday as each inch closer to returning to the Nationals. Gonzalez threw a simulated game of 50 pitches before the team’s matchup with the Texas Rangers. Teammates Kevin Frandsen, Greg Dobbs and Tyler Moore stood in to face Gonzalez as pitching…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 48 --
ATLANTA 58 51 1.5
MIAMI 53 55 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.0
PHILADELPHIA 48 61 11.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 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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