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  1. Regular-season success, postseason heartache

    Oct 8, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

    AP

    SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Zimmerman, even-keeled to the end, tried to put into perspective what has happened to the Nationals the last three seasons. “I think winning the division two out of three years is pretty good,” the veteran third baseman said late Tuesday night inside the losing clubhouse at AT&T Park. “I think people…

  2. Williams: “I kicked myself all night” over 9th inning

    Oct 5, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    AP

    SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams had plenty of time during an overnight, cross-country flight to replay the decision he made in the top of the ninth Saturday at Nationals Park. Most outside observers were criticizing the rookie manager for pulling Jordan Zimmermann one out away from a shutout win in Game 2 of the NLCS…

  3. Cabrera, Williams ejected in Game 2

    Oct 5, 2014, 3:08 AM EDT

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    Frustrated with what they viewed as an inconsistent strike zone from home plate umpire Vic Carapazza, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and Asdrubal Cabrera allowed it to all boil over and result in ejections from Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday night. Both got the hook in the bottom of the 10th inning, though…

  4. Updated: Desmond could miss game for birth of child

    Oct 4, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and his wife, Chelsey, are expecting their third child this month, and it could cause the two-time Silver Slugger to miss a playoff game. Manager Matt Williams gave an update on the situation Saturday, saying Chelsey is “very close” and is expected to give birth any day now. Whether it could…

  5. Strasburg’s playoff debut produces mixed bag

    Oct 3, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg was probably looking forward to pitching in the postseason for much longer than just the last two years. But given he was shut down towards the end of 2012 as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery – taken out of the equation just weeks before his teammates entered the playoffs – Friday’s…

  6. Homecoming for both Williams & Bochy

    Oct 3, 2014, 9:06 AM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams has done plenty to prove his abilities as a rookie skipper this season. Yes, his team is among the most talented in baseball, but guiding a club to the best record in your league is no easy task. Take into account all the injuries they endured early this season and Williams did…

  7. Updated: Zim’s playoff role still unclear

    Oct 2, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT

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    [Updated: 5:55 p.m.] The Nationals held a simulated game at Nats Park on Wednesday with the hopes of getting Doug Fister some action against live hitters during a long layoff between starts and for Ryan Zimmerman to further test his sore right hamstring. Zimmerman, though, was unable to play third base in the game and…

  8. ‘Now the fun begins’

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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    All throughout the 2014 season, the Washington Nationals and in particular their veteran leaders have talked about winning the NL East as step one in their long list of goals. Win the division, make the playoffs and give themselves an opportunity to play for a championship, a chance they did not get one year ago.…

  9. Nats’ plan leading up to Game 1

    Sep 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    After winning their division and locking up the No. 1 seed in the NL, the Washington Nationals now have no choice but to wait four whole days before Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. It’s not ideal to finish the regular season on a roll, looking like a World Series favorite, then just stop…

  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. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Zim sits again to begin final weekend

    Sep 27, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT

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    With time running out to get Ryan Zimmerman playing time before the postseason, the Nationals again held him out of the lineup for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Marlins. Zimmerman returned a week prior from a right hamstring strain and he still has not felt up to playing third base. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman…

  14. Nationals secure home-field advantage through NLCS

    Sep 26, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

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    For the second time in three years, no team in the National League will finish with a better record than the Nationals. Thanks to Doug Fister’s 4-0 shutout victory over the Marlins in the first half of Friday’s day-night doubleheader, the Nationals locked up home-field advantage through the NLCS, duplicating their feat from 2012. “If…

  15. Gio makes final case for playoff role

    Sep 25, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

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    With tough decisions to make before October, particularly regarding his starting rotation, Nationals manager Matt Williams has joked recently about long nights for his coaching staff. “We might all sleep here,” he said on Thursday. That is, if they sleep at all. It was one thing to have to pick their starter for Game 1 of…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Zim sits out vs. Mets

    Sep 23, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman returned to the Nats’ lineup on Saturday after a two month absence and played seven innings at left field against the Marlins. That, at least originally, was the Nationals’ way of easing his right hamstring back into the mix. But then the game happened, and of course things didn’t go according to plan.…

  20. Nats will play out season, try for home-field advantage

    Sep 17, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Though the lineup they fielded Wednesday night wouldn’t suggest it, the Nationals say they will play most of their regulars over the final week and a half of the regular season and attempt to secure home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. Manager Matt Williams gave all of his regulars Wednesday’s game off,…

  21. Nationals Stock Watch: Plenty on the rise

    Sep 17, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance… Record: 5-2 Team slash: .253/.333/.407 Team ERA: 2.18 Runs per game: 4.42 STOCK UP Matt Williams, Manager This is a little unorthodox of a selection, but since the Nationals clinched the NL East Tuesday night you almost have to take a step back and credit the manager.…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. Williams’ faith in Fister is rewarded

    Sep 9, 2014, 12:27 AM EDT

    AP

    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…

  25. 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…

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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.
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THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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