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  1. Important offseason dates to keep in mind

    Oct 18, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT

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    While the Giants and Royals get set to play the 2014 World Series, the Nationals and 27 other MLB teams are in the early stages of their offseason. Here is a look at some important dates to keep in mind while you wait the four long months before pitchers and catchers report to spring training…

  2. Offseason storyline No. 2: Lock up Desmond, Zimmermann?

    Oct 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Attempting to sign Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann and/or Doug Fister to long-term extensions…

  3. Nats mum on Game 5 starter, Strasburg available tonight

    Oct 7, 2014, 7:37 PM EDT

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams won’t name his starting pitcher for a potential Game 5 of the NLDS just yet, not with victory in Game 4 tonight still a prerequisite for that scenario to even come to fruition. But one revelation the Nationals manager offered up about his plan for tonight’s do-or-die game — Stephen…

  4. Nats-Giants Game 2 by the numbers

    Oct 5, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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    Though the Nationals came out on the wrong end of Game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants, the night will go down in MLB history as the longest playoff game ever played. The players involved surely won’t appreciate the significance of that until the season is over, but we can. Here is…

  5. Nats suffer crushing loss in 18-inning marathon

    Oct 5, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

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    Updated at 2:40 a.m. The stage was set. Everything was lined up for a perfect October evening at the ballpark. Jordan Zimmermann was about to toss a shutout and give the Nationals a 1-0 victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. And then this story took the first of several stunning turns…

  6. NLDS Game 2: Giants at Nats

    Oct 4, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Some food for thought as we count down to Game 2 later this afternoon: 1) The Nationals haven’t lost two straight games in nearly a month (Sept. 5-6 against the Phillies), 2) They’ve won 3-of-4 (what would be required now to win this series) 21 times this season, and 3) The guy taking the mound…

  7. Zimmermann takes ball in Game 2

    Oct 4, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

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    After a frustrating Game 1 loss that shifted the Giants’ way on minor defensive mistakes and missed opportunities at the plate, the Nationals turn the page on Saturday with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound. Zimmermann (14-5, 2.66) is coming off the best start of his career, and now he arguably enters his most important thus…

  8. Nats yet to name Game 4 starter, playoff roster

    Oct 2, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams began his press conference the day before Game 1 of the NLDS by confirming several pieces of information everyone pretty much already knew. Stephen Strasburg will start Game 1 against the San Francisco Giants, as expected, and Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister will pitch Games 2 and 3. As for his…

  9. Zimmermann named NL Player of the Week

    Sep 29, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

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    One day after throwing the first no-hitter in Nationals history, Jordan Zimmermann has been named the NL Player of the Week. Zimmermann made one start during that stretch, earning the award for the second time this season. He also won it for the first week of June. Zimmermann pitched nine innings against the Marlins on…

  10. Span sets Nats hits record

    Sep 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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    Before Jordan Zimmermann secured the first no-hitter in Nats history and his teammates rushed the field, Sunday afternoon was already a special day for the Washington Nationals. It was the final day of the regular season with the mystery of a playoff run up ahead. Several players were removed from the game after reaching base…

  11. The perfect storm for Zimmermann to make magic

    Sep 29, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    No-hitters usually catch you by surprise. They come out of nowhere. A random Tuesday in May in front of a sparse crowd. A Thursday getaway in July, with an unheralded pitcher putting everything together to author the one shining moment of his career. Shoot, until yesterday afternoon the only guy in Nationals history to take…

  12. Ramos shares moment in no-hitter

    Sep 29, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Besides Jordan Zimmermann himself, nobody had a better view of the best performance by a starting pitcher in Nationals history than catcher Wilson Ramos. And with all he’s been through with this pitching staff and this team, one could argue that’s exactly how it should have been. For an accomplishment as impressive and rare as…

  13. Zimmermann throws Nats’ 1st no-hitter

    Sep 28, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams laid out a plan for his starting rotation before the final week of the regular season, saying he would limit their outings based on pitch count and innings. The thought was to not push them hard before what the team hopes is a long stay in the MLB playoffs. There was…

  14. Zimmermann no-hits Marlins

    Sep 28, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

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    After having his final regular season start pushed back due to a bruised shoulder – an injury suffered on a line drive that bounced off his arm eight days prior – Jordan Zimmermann took the mound Sunday hoping to dispel any doubts about his health before the playoffs. Boy, did he. The Nationals right-hander tossed the…

  15. Nats likely to announce rotation Thursday

    Sep 28, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams said this week he needed to see how Jordan Zimmermann’s bruised shoulder fares on Sunday before determining the team’s postseason rotation. On Saturday, Williams delayed that announcement even more. Williams will likely wait until Thursday now to announce his rotation and roster. He wants to see who the Nationals’ opponent will be…

  16. Game 162: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 28, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Here we are on the final day of the 2014 regular season, the last warmup for the Nationals before they embark on a playoff run in October. It’s Game 162 and it should feature a short day for their regulars. Starting for the Nats will be Jordan Zimmermann (13-5, 2.78), who is pitching for the…

  17. Nats to decide rotation after Sunday’s game

    Sep 25, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Wednesday night’s rainout between the Nationals and Mets gave the Nats a chance to adjust their starting rotation at an opportune time. The playoffs begin in eight days and they shuffled their starters right before the final weekend of the regular season. The result was what now looks like a postseason template: Stephen Strasburg in Game 1, Jordan…

  18. Did rainout help Nats set postseason rotation?

    Sep 24, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

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    Wednesday night’s rainout forced the Nationals to make several pitching adjustments in preparation for the back-to-back doubleheaders they now must play against the Mets and Marlins. But it also may have helped them set up their preferred postseason rotation order, with Stephen Strasburg now lined up to start Game 1 of the NLDS. With day-night…

  19. Nats not ready to name Game 1 starter

    Sep 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    With arguably the best rotation in baseball, but no clear ace, it has been a big debate in Washington over the past few months: who starts the first game of a Nationals playoff series? There is just a week to go in the regular season, but it appears we will all have to wait a…

  20. Zimmermann may be pushed back a day

    Sep 23, 2014, 7:06 PM EDT

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    Jordan Zimmermann is currently sporting a nasty bruise on his right shoulder three days after taking a Casey McGehee line drive off his arm on Saturday. It is not considered serious, as Zimmermann even threw the following day in Miami, but it could convince the Nationals to push his next start back. “I don’t expect him…

  21. As Nats hold breath, Zimmerman passes first test

    Sep 20, 2014, 11:51 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — He hadn’t played in a big-league ballgame in two months, and he was the first to admit earlier Saturday he had no idea what to expect when he stepped onto the field at Marlins Park in his first game back from a major hamstring injury. By the end of the night, after Ryan…

  22. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Marlins 2

    Sep 20, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Boosted by the return of Ryan Zimmerman after a two-month DL stint, the Nationals came out of the gates a bit sluggish tonight. They fell into a 2-0 hole via a Little League home run that featured errors by both Denard Span and Jordan Zimmermann. They also grounded into three straight…

  23. Game 154: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 20, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — The Nationals have played great baseball for the last two months, going 34-21 to win the NL East and assume the top spot in the entire NL heading into the season’s final week. But they have every reason to believe they’re an even better team now that Ryan Zimmerman has returned from a…

  24. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Mets 0

    Sep 14, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Updated at 6:10 p.m. GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals hit the road on Thursday realizing they had a good chance of clinching the NL East title before they return home Sept. 23 for the season’s final week. But the way they played all weekend in New York, combined with the Braves’ surprising struggles in…

  25. Game 148: Nats at Mets

    Sep 14, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

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    Think the Nationals came to play last night? Mercy. They thrashed the Mets, 10-3, behind homers from Bryce Harper and Denard Span, plus five combined RBI from Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth, not to mention four more hits from Anthony Rendon (now 10-for-15 in the series). Doug Fister did his thing to earn his 14th…

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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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