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  1. State of the Nats: Playoff preview?

    Sep 1, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Dodgers up next – Monday night is the start of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers, the final chance to see the Nationals face a team outside of the NL East until October. It is a matchup of the two best teams in the NL based on record and could be a…

  2. August by the numbers

    Sep 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    And so, August has come to an end, and what a month it was for the Nationals. It began with this team 10 games over .500, clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East. It ended with this team 19 games over .500, now up 6 games (though that number…

  3. Instant analysis: Mariners 5, Nats 3

    Aug 31, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After beating up on Felix Hernandez on Friday night and then riding Stephen Strasburg’s dominating start Saturday night, the Nationals found themselves in a fortuitous position this afternoon, with an opportunity to sweep the Mariners on the road and fully make up for the sweep they suffered in Philadelphia to begin…

  4. Game 135: Nats at Mariners

    Aug 31, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

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    When they arrived in Seattle three days ago, reeling from a 3-game sweep in Philadelphia, who would imagined the Nationals would find themselves where they do today: With an opportunity to now sweep the Mariners after taking the first two games of this series in impressive fashion. To pull this off, the Nats will need…

  5. Instant Analysis: Nats 3, Mariners 1

    Aug 31, 2014, 12:06 AM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: One night after the Nationals made Felix Hernandez look human, their own marquee starter lived up to the billing. Stephen Strasburg had arguably his best road outing of 2014 with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball, the only score coming on his final pitch of the night. His final line included eight…

  6. Game 134: Nats at Mariners

    Aug 30, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Though first pitch is an hour earlier than Friday night’s start, Saturday will be another late one for the Nationals. The Nats and Mariners will get started at 9:10 p.m. EDT with Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.59) going up against rookie lefty Roenis Elias (9-11, 4.01). Former National Chris Young was originally scheduled to pitch before a late…

  7. Instant Analysis: Nats 8, Mariners 3

    Aug 30, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals entered Friday night in a three-game skid going up against the best right-hander of his generation. Few on their roster had ever faced Felix Hernandez, and those who had found no luck. But for some reason, in a development that no one could have predicted, the Nats slapped around King…

  8. Game 133: Nats at Mariners

    Aug 29, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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    On Friday night the Nationals begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners with a 10:10 p.m. start time on the East Coast. With the pitching matchup in store, however, this one will be worth the wait. The Nationals will go up against Mariners superstar Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07) for the very first time. The…

  9. Nats extend contract with Hagerstown

    Aug 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    One day after reaching a contract extension with their New York-Penn League affiliate, the Nationals announced a new deal with Single-A Hagerstown that will maintain the partnership between both clubs through 2016. The Suns became a Nats affiliate in 2007 and have since helped develop MLB stars such as Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan…

  10. 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…

  11. MLB Power Rankings: Angels flying high

    Aug 29, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: The Garrett Richards injury is big, but not too big to completely derail this very good team. 2. Nationals (LW: 4) –…

  12. Jewett to manage Mariners this weekend

    Aug 28, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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    While the Nationals square off against the Mariners in a rare series at Safeco Field, leading the charge in the Seattle dugout will be a familiar face. Trent Jewett – who spent 2009 through 2013 in the Nationals’ organization – will be standing in to coach the Mariners, as manager Lloyd McClendon will be away…

  13. Nats extend deal with Auburn Doubledays

    Aug 28, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced on Thursday a player development contract extension with their Class A New York-Penn League affiliate, the Auburn Doubledays, a deal that will maintain the partnership between both clubs through 2016. The short season Doubledays have been a part of the Nationals since 2010. “We are proud to continue our association with the…

  14. Baseball in the District – MLB radio’s Casey Stern

    Aug 28, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured two excellent guests. The first was Casey Stern, host of MLB Network Radio’s ‘Inside Pitch.’ The second was new Washington Times columnist Todd Dybas. Stern was great on big picture stuff including how impressive the Nationals’ most recent homestand was and what their World Series chances…

  15. 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…

  16. Fister’s surprisingly ineffective week

    Aug 28, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — When it happened over the weekend against the Giants, it felt like one blip on an otherwise stellar summer of pitching dominance. When it happened again Wednesday night against the Phillies, you started to wonder whether this has quickly become more than a mere blip. Doug Fister has been the Nationals’ workhorse this…

  17. Instant analysis: Phillies 8, Nats 4

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After losing the first two games of his series in large part due to lights-out pitching performances by A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels, the Nationals knew they needed a win tonight to avoid a sweep at the hands of the last-place Phillies. They had to feel good about their chances, with…

  18. LaRoche confident back issue won’t be long-term

    Aug 27, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals lineup Wednesday, confident the minor back injury that sidelined him Tuesday won’t be a major long-term problem. “I’ve had it before, and it’s not something where if I go play it can get much worse,” he said. “I know that from experience. I don’t have any fear…

  19. Game 132: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 27, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The last thing the Nationals want, on the heels of a 9-1 homestand, is to open this 9-game road trip by getting swept by the Phillies. But they’ll need a win in tonight’s series finale to prevent that from happening. The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and…

  20. Gonzalez sees progress in latest start

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when a 6-inning, 3-run start would have disappointed Gio Gonzalez. But these days, the Nationals’ erratic left-hander is finding the positives in each of his outings, so his latest one Tuesday night against the Phillies left him more encouraged than discouraged. “It’s progress,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, everyone wants to…

  21. Missed it by that much

    Aug 26, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Off the bat, it looked like a groundout to the shortstop. Not the most routine of groundouts, but a play Ian Desmond figured to make. Leading off the bottom of the eighth of a tie game, Ben Revere rapped a sharp grounder slightly to Desmond’s right. The Nationals shortstop scooped it up and…

  22. Instant analysis: Phillies 4, Nats 3

    Aug 26, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels. And for six innings, the Phillies lefty proved virtually unhittable, carrying a shutout on a scant 59 pitches. Gio Gonzalez wasn’t as effective — he…

  23. LaRoche dealing with tight back

    Aug 26, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night. Not because left-hander Cole Hamels was on he mound for the Phillies, but because of tightness in his back. “He’s been dealing with a tight back for three or four days,” manager Matt Williams said. “Today it’s a little worse. It’s an opportunity…

  24. Game 131: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen. Hairston has feasted…

  25. Syracuse raking in postseason awards

    Aug 26, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT

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    As the Syracuse Chiefs close in on a first place finish in the International League, the awards are starting to roll in for the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate. On Tuesday, outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. was named the IL’s most valuable player and rookie of the year. Manager Billy Gardner, Jr. also took home the award for…

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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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