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  1. Soriano returns to pitch vs. Braves

    Sep 11, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Five days after getting temporarily removed from his job as closer, and two days after throwing a bullpen to tweak his mechanics, Rafael Soriano appeared in the Nats’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday in a low-leverage situation to continue searching for a fix. It was the top of the eighth inning and it…

  2. Williams gets creative with Nats’ bullpen

    Sep 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams said before Monday’s game he wouldn’t manage late-inning situations any differently despite a bullpen in flux, extra options due to September roster expansion and the night’s opponent being the Atlanta Braves. But then the game unfolded and, with a two-run lead entering the eighth inning, the circumstances called for a little creativity. Up 2-0…

  3. Williams’ faith in Fister is rewarded

    Sep 9, 2014, 12:27 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams popped out of the dugout and walked toward the mound, which could only mean one thing as far as the crowd of 25,448 was concerned. Doug Fister’s night was done with two outs in the seventh, and the Nationals’ bullpen was going to need to finish off this victory over the Braves. Fans…

  4. Combatting the Sun Monster

    Sep 8, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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    When the MLB calendar reaches its final weeks and the season transitions from summer to fall, Nationals Park can sometimes present a surprise for whoever is playing in the outfield. During day games in September, the sun can make it very difficult to see flyballs, particularly ones that travel low to right and right-center field. Nationals players call it…

  5. Soriano throws bullpen in search of a fix

    Sep 8, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano began the process of fixing his mechanics on Monday with a bullpen session in front of pitching coach Steve McCatty in Washington. Soriano was taken out of the closer spot after blowing a career-high seventh save of the season on Friday night. It is a temporary move to get the 34-year-old back on track…

  6. Nats keeping watchful eye on Roark’s workload

    Sep 7, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Well into spring training, Tanner Roark didn’t know if he’d even be a member of the Nationals’ Opening Day rotation. He might have broken camp as a reliever. He might have begun the season in Syracuse. Roark, of course, did make the rotation and hasn’t ceded his spot since, pitching exceptionally well. But he’s also…

  7. Flustered by the Phillies

    Sep 6, 2014, 8:07 PM EDT

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    The Nationals, by all accounts, have been among baseball’s best teams not only this season but particularly over the last month. The Phillies, by all accounts, have been among baseball’s biggest disappointments, having held a firm grip on last place in the NL East since late June. How, then, to explain what has transpired when…

  8. Explaining the Harper-Span collision

    Sep 6, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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    There were several mistakes made along the way in the Nationals’ 9-8 loss to the Phillies in 11 innings on Friday, one in which the Nats blew a four-run lead overall and a three-run advantage in the ninth alone. The most surprising, however, had to be the collision between Bryce Harper and Denard Span in the…

  9. Time for a change?

    Sep 6, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT

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    It was a crossroads many spotted from a distance. Despite a first place record and a near-lock for an NL East division title, the 79-60 Nationals have a problem brewing in the back of their bullpen. And after Friday’s 9-8 loss in 11 innings to the Phillies, it may finally be coming to a head. Manager…

  10. LaRoche dealing with injury trio; plus a Zim update

    Sep 5, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche’s 5-RBI performance in Wednesday’s 14-inning win over the Dodgers was already impressive at face value, but to hear him talk about what he was going through that day now 48 hours later is pretty extraordinary. LaRoche of course didn’t start the game because of tightness in his back. That, however, was just part of…

  11. Nats call up Kobernus

    Sep 5, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Realizing the 31 players on their roster were nearly not enough in Wednesday’s 14-inning win over the Dodgers, the Nationals made it 32 on Friday by calling up utility man Jeff Kobernus from Triple-A Syracuse. Kobernus, 26, appeared 24 games last year as a rookie before injuries shortened his 2014 season at Syracuse. Manager Matt…

  12. The Baseball Show: Williams for Manager of the Year?

    Aug 29, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ covered a lot of subjects including the Nationals’ recent three-game skid, Doug Fister’s struggles this past week and whether Matt Williams deserves any consideration for NL Manager of the Year. In this first clip, Mark talks with Joe Orsulak and host Jill Sorenson about the Nationals’ sweep up…

  13. Concern after 3-game sweep in Philly?

    Aug 28, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals arrived here late Sunday night, feeling like they could do no wrong after a 9-1 homestand catapulted them to the top of the NL standings and turned them into the talk of baseball. They left here late Wednesday night, feeling as down in the dumps as they’d been in quite some…

  14. Harper continues to heat up

    Aug 25, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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    In what has been the Nationals’ best regular season stretch since they moved to Washington, just about everyone on their roster has contributed in the month of August. Many are playing their best baseball of 2014, and Bryce Harper is no exception. The 21-year-old added a double, two RBI and his seventh home run of…

  15. Cabrera leaves Nats win with injury

    Aug 24, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT

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    Though the Nationals came back against the Giants to end their 10-game homestand with a 14-6 win, they got some potentially bad news in the injury department. Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera left with tightness in his right side after a swing in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old is now day-to-day, as the Nats begin a nine-game…

  16. Williams explains level approach

    Aug 24, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

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    Perhaps it hasn’t quite translated to the Nationals fanbase, or perhaps it has, but from a media perspective, it has been quite rare this season to see manager Matt Williams show much of a reaction whether his team has won or lost. He does not get too high when the Nats are winning, and even…

  17. Williams talks Sept. call-ups, Schierholtz

    Aug 22, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Thursday, effectively ending his 2014 season. Now, with five weeks left to go, the Nationals will look to fill the position he was expected to hold down with the playoffs in mind. Veteran Nate Schierholtz – who was…

  18. Williams takes rain check on Ruth impression

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

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    This week Nationals manager Matt Williams revealed a goal for his team: win 10 straight and he’ll do his impression of Babe Ruth, an act he gained attention for in the early 1990s as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Well, now that the Nats have won 10 straight, will Williams hold up his…

  19. Zim throws for 1st time in recovery

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman is still without a timetable to return, but he did take a step forward on Thursday in throwing for the first time in his recovery from a strained right hamstring. Zimmerman threw lightly on the field at Nationals Park before the team’s game against Arizona. It represented the first baseball activity for the…

  20. Williams expects Zimmerman back in September

    Aug 20, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

    AP

    It’s been one month since Ryan Zimmerman last played for the Nationals. Whether the veteran third baseman will be playing again one month from now still remains a question mark, though manager Matt Williams remains confident Zimmerman will return from his hamstring injury before season’s end. “Sometime in September,” Williams said Wednesday afternoon. “When? I…

  21. Cabrera fitting in with Nats

    Aug 20, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Since Asdrubal Cabrera arrived in Washington on Aug. 1 – a day after he was acquired at the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline – the Nationals have gone 13-5 overall and 11-4 with him in the lineup. He has reached base at a .348 clip since joining the Nationals and has eight RBI and seven runs in…

  22. Werth fights through pain to help Nats win

    Aug 17, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

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    [Updated 11:10 p.m.] Hampered by AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder, Jayson Werth had been out recovering for seven days before coming off the bench in the Nats’ win over the Pirates on Sunday night. He had a cortisone shot three days prior and hadn’t swung a bat against live pitching in a week.…

  23. Williams feels pennant race heating up

    Aug 16, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    With the 64-58 Pittsburgh Pirates – current owners of the final NL Wild Card spot – in town, this weekend’s series for the Nationals perhaps feels different than their previous three games up in New York against the Mets. It’s mid-August and it’s two winning teams who could possibly meet later this year in October. Both are still…

  24. Werth close; 2nd opinion for McLouth

    Aug 15, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ banged up outfield got some good news and some bad news in terms of guys recovering from injuries on Friday. First, the good news: Jayson Werth – who is dealing with AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder – looks on track for a Sunday return when the Nats close out their series against…

  25. 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…

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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.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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