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  1. Game 86: Cubs at Nats

    Jul 5, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Gonzalez throws in bullpen, ready to face live hitters

    May 30, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Gio Gonzalez’s return from a shoulder inflammation is ramping up, with the left-hander ready to face live hitters again. Gonzalez threw 35 pitches off a bullpen mound on Thursday and reported no problems with his shoulder. “It feels extremely better,” he said. “I might have been a little tick off in my mechanics. But other…

  17. State of the Nats: Positive signs?

    May 27, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Espinosa continues to struggle – Much of the reason the Nationals have been so bad offensively in May has been due to injuries. Missing Adam LaRoche, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper is enough to make any team start struggling at the plate. But adding to their troubles have been players slumping who were initially…

  18. Zim to have X-ray, Gio working towards bullpen

    May 26, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

    AP

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will undergo an X-ray on his broken right thumb Monday, and could be cleared for baseball activities later in the day. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman is progressing well and should be able to start taking batting practice and infield groundballs very soon. Zimmerman threw from 90 feet before the…

  19. Nats’ rotation not living up to reputation

    May 24, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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    PITTSBURGH — The Nationals woke up this morning a .500 club, and the majority of the blame for that is being heaped upon a lineup that ranks dead-last in baseball this month in runs (63), batting average (.228) and on-base percentage (.290). And rightfully so. The No. 1 issue facing this club right now is…

  20. Gonzalez throwing session delayed by stiffness

    May 23, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

    AP

    PITTSBURGH — Gio Gonzalez’s planned throwing session Friday — his first since going on the disabled list Sunday — was called off after the Nationals left-hander noted stiffness in his injured shoulder. Manager Matt Williams expressed no concern about the development, referring to it as “normal” and saying Gonzalez simply will be pushed back a…

  21. Nationals Stock Watch: Fister on the rise

    May 22, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    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…

  22. Span hits first home run as hot streak continues

    May 22, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    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…

  23. LaRoche could join Potomac on Thursday

    May 21, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams gave several injury updates before Wednesday’s game against the Reds, most notably the team’s plans for Adam LaRoche to complete a minor league rehab assignment this week before his return. LaRoche ran the bases on Wednesday and will have his strained right quad evaluated by the team’s training staff before his…

  24. Blake Treinen to start on Thursday

    May 19, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

    AP

    With Gio Gonzalez on the disabled list nursing his left shoulder, right-hander Blake Treinen will be called up to start for the Nationals in his place on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement before Monday’s game. Treinen, 25, is currently in Triple-A with the Syracuse Chiefs, having last pitched on Friday. Pitching…

  25. State of the Nats: Still staying afloat

    May 19, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Top storylines: Injury updates – This week the Nationals lost yet another man to the disabled list as Gio Gonzalez went down with left shoulder inflammation. The lefty will now be shut down until the second half of this week where he will then begin throwing. If all goes well from there, he could set himself up…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 75 57 --
ATLANTA 71 64 5.5
MIAMI 65 68 10.5
NEW YORK 63 72 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 61 73 15.0
Through Friday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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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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