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  1. Desmond: “I’m gonna get through it”

    Apr 18, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT

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    If Ian Desmond ever was going to go crawl in a hole and disappear from public view, this might have been the time. If Matt Williams ever was going to bench his starting shortstop after another nightmare defensive inning, this might have been the time. And if ever the crowd of 35,330 at Nationals Park…

  2. Phillies 5, Nats 3: Desmond’s woes open door for Phillies

    Apr 18, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Ian Desmond’s defensive struggles have been painful enough to watch on their own, but the fact several have directly impacted the results of Nationals games has only made this saga all the more painful to experience. That saga hit a low point Saturday afternoon, when a pair of Desmond miscues at…

  3. Game 11: Phillies at Nats

    Apr 17, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The resurgence of the Nationals’ lineup has coincided with a couple of tweaks that — at least based on history — you wouldn’t think would make a positive difference: Ian Desmond batting second and Danny Espinosa batting left-handed. But somehow those two guys have managed to reverse historical trends and be productive. So Matt Williams…

  4. Nats Stock Watch: Defense, bullpen highlight rough week

    Apr 16, 2015, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.  Record: 3-6 Team slash: .212/.281/.368 Team ERA: 3.52 Runs per game: 3.7 STOCK UP Michael Taylor, CF:  .486 SLG/ HR/ 7 RBI There weren’t many positives for the Nats lineup prior to Wednesday’s 10-5 win over the Red…

  5. Relaxed Nats put on offensive show in Fenway finale

    Apr 15, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — Odd as it may sound, Tuesday night’s ghastly 8-7 loss at Fenway Park might have been just what the Nationals needed. Yes, that loss featured a calamitous bottom of the seventh, in which the Red Sox scored three runs via three Nats errors and two hit batters. But it also featured a 6-run…

  6. Nats 10, Red Sox 5: Bats break out to avoid sweep

    Apr 15, 2015, 4:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals took the field on getaway day needing a win to avoid an unsightly series sweep. And for the second time, they came through, pounding the Red Sox with their best offensive barrage of the young season to head home feeling much…

  7. Game 9: Nats at Red Sox

    Apr 15, 2015, 1:06 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    BOSTON — For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals find themselves needing to win on getaway day to avoid a sweep. They managed to do it in Philadelphia on Sunday. Now they’ll try to do it this afternoon in Boston. Encouraging signs: Ian Desmond had three hits last night, by far his…

  8. Bad recipe leaves Nats sick to their stomachs

    Apr 15, 2015, 12:03 AM EDT

    AP

    BOSTON — This was the night. This was the night the Nationals were going to snap out of their early season funk, using a 6-run rally that was as stunning as it was sudden to catapult them back into the team they’re supposed to be and put this awful week of baseball behind them once…

  9. Red Sox 8, Nats 7: Big comeback, then big meltdown

    Apr 14, 2015, 9:33 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This one had it all, some disconcerting moments early, a stunning Nationals rally in the middle and then an epic collapse late entirely of their own making. In a season-opening stretch that has defied logic, this game managed somehow to stand out from the rest. The Nationals fell into an early…

  10. The weight of expectations, and when enough is enough

    Apr 13, 2015, 8:28 PM EDT

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    BOSTON — Matt Williams, perhaps as agitated by his team’s play as he has been since becoming Nationals manager 18 months ago, was asked if Monday’s debacle of a loss to the Red Sox — officially 9-4 but not nearly as competitive as that score would suggest — might serve as a wake-up call to…

  11. The Baseball Show: Making sense of the Nats’ poor start

    Apr 13, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show covered plenty of topics with the Nationals off to a surprising, 2-4 start. Mark, Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak tried to put it all in perspective and examine what fans should worry about and what should not be a concern at this point. In this first clip, they…

  12. Too early to draw any real conclusions

    Apr 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The first series of the baseball season is perhaps the worst of them all, because it lends itself to over-analysis and the drawing of conclusions way before it’s appropriate to do that. Think about it: We don’t make too big a deal out of a 3-game series in mid-June, calling for roster moves or lineup…

  13. Mistakes by Strasburg, Desmond stand out in Nats’ loss

    Apr 9, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

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    It has only been three games, but so far the Nationals find themselves reaffirming many of the suspicions those who watch the team closely held before they opened the 2015 season. With three regulars out, runs may come at a premium, especially until they get Denard Span and Anthony Rendon back in place atop their…

  14. Are Nats sad to see Kimbrel go? Nope

    Apr 7, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT

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    When news broke on Sunday the Atlanta Braves were trading star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, or in other words out of the NL East, Nationals fans celebrated on Twitter. My mentions were filled with people saying ‘amen,’ ‘hallelujah,’ ‘it’s a great day to be an NL East fan,’ and one who…

  15. Depleted lineup squanders rare opportunities in opener

    Apr 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    AP

    As his team gathered in Viera seven long weeks ago, Matt Williams outlined the areas he felt the Nationals most needed to improve upon in 2015. Near the top of the list: Offensive efficiency. “We want to pick up the RBI that are given to us,” Williams said way back on Feb. 21. “For example,…

  16. Desmond’s errors loom large in Nats’ loss

    Apr 6, 2015, 8:42 PM EDT

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    With three regulars out with injuries, three players playing new positions, a rookie in center field and a natural first baseman in left, defense will surely be a big point of focus for the Nationals early in the 2015 season. As they navigate through their current circumstances, mistakes are to be expected and they could at…

  17. The Baseball Show: Season preview

    Apr 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The Baseball Show is back on Comcast SportsNet this season with a new day and time. The show now airs on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. with replays on Monday mornings. Last night was the first episode of the season and a ton of topics were covered. Mark talked with host Rob Carlin and MLB analyst…

  18. Nats at Yankees — 4/3/15

    Apr 3, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals play their final spring training game before heading north for Washington. They face off with the Yankees, whom they will also play in tomorrow’s exhibition at Nationals Park. The pitching matchup today is a good one, as both Stephen Strasburg and C.C. Sabathia are set for their final warmups before the 2015…

  19. 2015 Nats fantasy baseball preview

    Mar 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The 2015 MLB season is just weeks away, which means it’s the time of year for fantasy baseball drafts. Don’t play fantasy baseball? Think that fantasy football is way, way better? Well, I certainly beg to differ. If you love baseball, fantasy can be a load of fun. It’s like fantasy football, but with a…

  20. Nats vs. Astros — 3/16/15

    Mar 16, 2015, 12:27 PM EDT

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    One day after facing the Astros on the road as part of a split-squad matchup, the Nationals will host Houson at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound for the Nats, who will field a lineup featuring Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. Harper, in fact, will be just one…

  21. 10th anniversary: The best players in Nats history

    Mar 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With the Nationals having completed 10 seasons as a franchise since they moved to Washington, D.C. back in 2005, we at CSNwashington.com will roll out a series of articles looking back on the first decade of baseball’s return to the District. We will have periodic installments throughout the season with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark…

  22. Nats vs. Marlins (ss)/Nats at Mets (ss) – 3/14/15

    Mar 14, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT

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    The Nationals play a pair of split-squad games on Saturday afternoon against the two teams who may give them their biggest challenge in repeating as NL East division champs. At home in Viera they will host the Miami Marlins, while on the road in Port St. Lucie they will go up against the New York…

  23. Nats at Yankees – 3/8/15

    Mar 8, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT

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    With wins in their first three spring games, today the Nationals travel to Tampa to face the New York Yankees. Doug Fister will start for a Nats team missing many regulars in their lineup. Of their expected Opening Day lineup, only Ian Desmond is playing. He will bat third. Today will give the Nats a…

  24. VIDEO: Desmond on 2015, his future with Nats

    Mar 4, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT

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    Mark sat down with Ian Desmond on Tuesday in Viera to get his thoughts on rejoining the Nationals after an offseason rife with trade rumors. The three-time Silver Slugger is entering the final year of his contract with the Nats and his future beyond 2015 is unclear. Desmond, though, is ready to go all in…

  25. VIDEO: Zim putting in extra time at 1B

    Mar 3, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Last week we caught up with Ryan Zimmerman in a video from Viera, but in this clip Mark takes a bit of a deeper dive into Zim’s transition to first base. He has reaction from Zimmerman himself, along with infield teammates Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond, who have been working with the Face of the…

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