Jul 10, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT
[Updated 11:49 p.m.] As Ian Desmond grimaced and slowly walked down the first base line in the eighth inningThursday night, it seemed for an instant as if the Nationals were on the verge of losing their shortstop for the foreseeable future. Desmond’s injury came as a result of a hit-by-pitch from Orioles reliever Darren O’Day, whose…
Jul 10, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came into Thursday night looking for a series win against the Orioles, but a rocky first three innings by Gio Gonzalez set the tone for what ended up a close loss for Washington. The Nats came back with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to…
Jul 10, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT
With a left-handed pitcher in Wei-Yin Chen on the mound starting for the Orioles, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a bit of a surprise decision to start Kevin Frandsen at second base on Thursday. Danny Espinosa had fared well the night before in his first start since June 27, and he hits .47 points higher…
Jul 10, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT
BALTIMORE – Thanks to a postponement on Tuesday and a 6-2 win on Wednesday, the Nationals now find themselves with an opportunity to take the series against the Orioles in Baltimore. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.52) will make his 14th start of the season looking to secure the rubber game of this interleage matchup and the…
Jul 10, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT
BALTIMORE — Early on a humid night at Camden Yards, it looked like Doug Fister might not have his best stuff. Staked to a 2-0 lead by his Nationals teammates, Fister took the mound for the bottom of the first and delivered a bumpy performance. Perhaps squeezed by a tight strike zone, the right-hander walked…
Jul 10, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT
BALTIMORE — The Nationals waited three months to get their entire lineup healthy and together for the first time all season. Then they continued to wait for that healthy lineup to start putting more baseballs into the bleachers. Wednesday night, the Nats got their first glimpse at what exactly this team is capable of doing…
Jul 9, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Playing their first game in an AL park with a healthy lineup, the Nationals had an opportunity to field a lineup built both with offense and defense in mind for a change. And both aspects of Matt Williams’ starting nine played roles in this convincing victory at Camden Yards. A lineup…
Jul 9, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Ten straight game days, Danny Espinosa walked into the Nationals’ clubhouse, checked the lineup card, didn’t see his name listed among the starters and went about his business as a newly benched player. And then on Wednesday, when he arrived at Camden Yards, Espinosa gave his usual cursory glance at the lineup card…
Jul 9, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Hello from the one and only Camden Yards. It’s pretty amazing to think that this place is already 22 years old. It’s also the ninth-oldest ballpark in the majors. Remarkable. After two days (but only one actual game played) in Washington, the Battle of the Beltways moves up the road to the Inner…
Jul 9, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Athletics (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: Props to Billy Beane, who understands the time is now for Oakland to go all-in. This team is scary-good. 2. Angels (LW: 4) – Zuckerman: They might…
Jul 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
For the last week, Matt Williams has faced a nightly lineup decision, the crux of which has boiled down to the question of who would start at third base. For the next two nights, Williams will face another lineup decision. This time, though, the Nationals manager has another position to consider: designated hitter. With the…
Jul 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT
[Updated: 10:30 p.m.] Tuesday night’s game between the Nationals and Orioles was postponed due to heavy rain after a delay of approximately 2 1/2 hours. The two teams will now play a makeup game on Aug. 4 at Nationals Park. The tarp rolled out in D.C. about a half-an-hour before game time as a large…
Jul 8, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
Since returning from a nine-week absence in late June, Bryce Harper has yet to find his form on offense. It’s only been seven games, but the guy who hit three home runs in his final rehab outing has yet to show up. After going 0-for-3 with two walks in the Nats’ loss to the Orioles on Monday…
Jul 8, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
Try to forget, if you can, the horrendous 11th inning from last night’s game and appreciate the 10 innings that preceded it. The Nationals and Orioles played one heck of a ballgame, getting great pitching performances, fine defense and a couple of big home runs from star players. The atmosphere inside the park was electric,…
Jul 8, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT
Matt Williams can rattle off the names of several former managers who helped him learn how best to deal with a clubhouse full of major leaguers and keep everybody on the same page: Roger Craig, Dusty Baker, Bob Brenly. Ask Williams who most taught him how to prepare himself and his team for a ballgame,…
Jul 8, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT
The Nationals, on paper, should be as formidable an extra-inning foe as anyone in baseball. Between a dominant and deep bullpen, a productive and deep lineup and a veteran-laden bench, they appear well-constructed to come up big the later the clock reads. How then to explain their actual results this season? Monday’s 8-2, 11-inning loss…
Jul 7, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If the opener of this 4-game Battle of the Beltways is a sign of things to come, get ready for an entertaining, tense week of baseball between two very good teams in front of rabid fans supporting both clubs. A crowd of 35,126 decked out both in red and orange was…
Jul 7, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT
For a guy who looked completely lost at the plate only one week ago, Jayson Werth sure turned it around in a hurry. Enough to be recognized by Major League Baseball. Werth was named NL Player of the Week on Monday, a fitting honor for the Nationals right fielder, who went on a sudden tear…
Jul 7, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT
Hello and welcome to the opener of the Battle of the Beltways, the annual showdown between Washington and Baltimore that means very much to the fan bases of both clubs and, quite honestly, means very little to players on both sides. Much as we’d like to believe this is a real rivalry, the players just…
Jul 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman is plenty used to being in the middle of things during the final key moments of a ballgame. This is, after all, a guy with nine career walk-off homers on his ledger. So the fact Zimmerman delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit yesterday for a Nationals club that eked out a…
Jul 6, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
A Nationals club that boasts the NL’s fourth-best record but fewer dominant performances by individuals so far this season received only one All-Star selection Sunday evening: right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. There’s still a chance of more Washington representation at Minnesota’s Target Field on July 15, with infielder Anthony Rendon one of five candidates in the NL’s…
Jul 6, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to avoid their first series loss in three weeks, the Nationals looked a big sluggish. Jordan Zimmermann was effective, tossing six scoreless innings, but wasn’t especially sharp and had to be pulled due to a high pitch count. The lineup, meanwhile, scratched out a quick run off Jake…
Jul 6, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT
Matt Williams has had a full, healthy roster for six games now. And aside from one day off for Wilson Ramos, the Nationals manager has used the exact same guys in his lineup for all six games. Hey, there’s something to be said for continuity, especially when your team has won four of the first…
Jul 5, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT
After a tough, win streak-ending loss to the Cubs on the 4th of July, the Nationals got a bit of a break for the second game of this series. Late Friday night the Cubs traded their No. 1 starter, Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics, right before he was set to start against the Nats.…
Jul 4, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT
It’s Independence Day in Washington, which means three things: 1) Fireworks on the National Mall tonight, 2) the Nationals hosting a ballgame at 11:05 a.m. and 3) Terrible heat and humidity for both events. Er, actually, strike that last one, because it’s an unseasonably cool, dry and windy July 4 for a change. No complaints…
NL EAST STANDINGS
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Braves at Nats, 7:05 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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