May 31, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Coming off a much-needed laugher of a win on Friday night, the Nationals kept the good fortune going with another blowout victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. This one ended with a score of 10-2, as their offense continued to roll and Doug Fister pitched another gem of a start. The…
May 31, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT
We’ve seen him take fielding practice before games, we’ve talked about it for weeks, but tonight is the night Ryan Zimmerman will actually play left field in a live game. Zimmerman will continue his minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals Saturday night by playing five innings in left field. After having four at-bats as…
May 31, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT
With the NCAA baseball tournament getting started this weekend, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I thought it a good time to bring in an expert on the college game. ESPN’s Kyle Peterson, a studio analyst for the network, called in as a guest to talk the title chances of both Maryland and Virginia. Peterson was great on…
May 31, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT
The Nationals’s offense broke out last night in a 9-2 blowout win over the Texas Rangers, matching their highest run total in a game this month. Today they will look to keep it going and secure a series win in a 12:05 p.m. game. Doug Fister (2-1, 3.42) will make his fifth start of the season…
May 31, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT
The Nationals have had no problem scoring runs against the Texas Rangers so far in their interleague series at Nats Park. Through two games, they’ve scored a combined 19 runs while holding the Rangers to a total of four. With a series win in hand, now comes the hard part: solving Yu Darvish. The Rangers’…
May 31, 2014, 12:21 AM EDT
As Ian Desmond crossed the plate on the heels of the first 3-run homer struck by a Nationals batter in eons, anybody who stood within shouting distance of the fired-up shortstop had to brace himself for what was about to be unleashed. Desmond got Jayson Werth first with an emphatic high-five. Adam LaRoche and Nate…
May 30, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an agonizing loss Wednesday night in which they couldn’t produce the one clutch hit that would’ve won the game — a theme that has been all too familiar this season — the Nationals came back refreshed today hoping for better results in their series opener against the Rangers. Then they…
May 30, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT
Gio Gonzalez’s return from a shoulder inflammation is ramping up, with the left-hander ready to face live hitters again. Gonzalez threw 35 pitches off a bullpen mound on Thursday and reported no problems with his shoulder. “It feels extremely better,” he said. “I might have been a little tick off in my mechanics. But other…
May 30, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT
It’s not their first-ever visit to D.C. — they were here in 2008 — but it’s always notable when the Texas Rangers come to town, given that franchise’s history. For 11 seasons from 1961-71, they were the expansion Washington Senators, the team of Frank Howard and Ted Williams and the original curly W logo. How…
May 30, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT
Updated at 5:51 p.m. Ryan Zimmerman’s long road back from a broken thumb suddenly looks a lot shorter. Zimmerman will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac tonight, batting third and serving as designated hitter at Pfitzner Stadium, his first game appearance in nearly seven weeks. Out since fracturing his right thumb April 12…
May 30, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured a pretty funny segment from spring training. Nationals relief pitchers Drew Storen and Craig Stammen went golfing with former teammate Livan Hernandez down in Viera, Fla., and CSN had a camera there. All three guys were mic’d up as they played the course and it made for…
May 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Quick: Name the Nationals’ most-productive offensive player over the last 2 1/2 weeks. Ian Desmond? Nope. Adam LaRoche? Sorry. Nate McLouth? No chance. Wait, no, actually it is McLouth. Seriously. Over the Nationals’ last 15 games, McLouth leads the club with a .324 batting average, .419 on-base percentage and four stolen bases. OK, so that’s…
May 29, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT
The Nationals and Marlins will play a split doubleheader on Sept. 26 to make up their Tuesday game that was postponed due to rain. The team made the announcement on Thursday, setting the makeup game for 1:05 p.m. that day. The teams will then play their second game at 7:05 p.m., as originally scheduled. The two…
May 29, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
If there was one guy on the roster coming out of spring training that gave the Nationals no cause for concern, it was Jordan Zimmermann. The right-hander had been a model of consistency and success for three seasons, and there was no reason to believe anything would be different this time around. Well, two months…
May 29, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT
After the Nationals’ sixth loss in their last seven games – this an 8-5 defeat against the Marlins in 10 innings – one all too familiar stat jumped out of the boxscore. The Nats’ inability to bring home runners in scoring position has been a problem all season, and it once again proved costly on Wednesday night. Eleven…
May 28, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In the wake of Tuesday’s rainout, Matt Williams decided to alter his pitching rotation, bypassing rookie Blake Treinen and sticking with Jordan Zimmermann on normal rest. The move made sense, especially considering Zimmermann’s past struggles when pitching on extra rest, but then the right-hander took the mound and once again didn’t…
May 28, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT
Nationals minor league pitcher Matt Purke will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, the team announced. The surgery will be performed on Thursday by Dr. James Andrews. Purke, 23, was once considered among the best pitching prospects in the game of baseball. He was drafted 14th overall by…
May 28, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT
Cleared for baseball activities on Monday, Ryan Zimmerman took live batting practice for the first time in over six weeks before the Nationals’ game against the Marlins on Wednesday. Zimmerman took hacks as part of a group for about 20 minutes and also participated in team infield practice at first base. He practiced fielding groundballs, scooping throws…
May 28, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT
And we’re back at Nationals Park, hoping the weather cooperates tonight and allows the Nationals and Marlins to wrap up their abbreviated, rain-shortened series and at least get two games in. The forecast once again doesn’t look great, with storms expected to roll through here at some point this afternoon/evening. After postponing last night’s game…
May 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams, from the moment he took over as manager of the Nationals, has preached an aggressive style of baserunning, encouraging his players to make a more concerted effort to take extra bases when given the opportunity. Which isn’t to say he wants his players running at will on the bases, either. In his words,…
May 27, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT
Updated at 8:12 p.m. A major thunderstorm that swept through the Washington area forced the postponement of Tuesday night’s game between the Nationals and Marlins, which will not be made up for some time, perhaps not until the final weekend of the season. Rain began falling at Nationals Park shortly after 6 p.m. and became…
May 27, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman will take a full round of batting practice and field groundballs at third base Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his right thumb April 12, but the injured Nationals slugger continues to work in left field as the Nationals try to prepare themselves for a variety of scenarios moving forward. After an…
May 27, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT
The Nationals aren’t scoring runs. This probably isn’t news to you. They’ve scored a total of 14 runs over their last six games (five of them losses). In their 26 losses this season, they’ve scored 52 total runs. Yes, that’s an average of 2 runs per game. (FYI: They’ve scored an average of 5.84 runs…
May 27, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT
Top storylines: Espinosa continues to struggle – Much of the reason the Nationals have been so bad offensively in May has been due to injuries. Missing Adam LaRoche, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper is enough to make any team start struggling at the plate. But adding to their troubles have been players slumping who were initially…
May 27, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT
After getting Adam LaRoche back from a quad injury on Sunday, the Nationals are getting increasingly close to full strength. Though Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t have a specific timeline to return, he will begin swinging a bat on Tuesday. Once he takes the field again – as long as no one else goes down in the…
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 p.m.
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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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