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  1. Should struggling Harper actually move up in lineup?

    Aug 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    AP

    Bryce Harper is searching at the plate, this much is obvious. Every time it appears the young slugger is headed on the right track, he falls back into a mini-slump and starts flailing at pitches he has little chance of hitting with authority. Harper now has stepped to the plate 205 times this season, a…

  2. Things still not adding up for Nationals

    Aug 5, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

    AP

    Here is the current state of the Nationals, summed up in one inning of baseball played Tuesday night during a 6-1 loss to the Mets: They scored a run without producing a hit. Then their first hit of the game actually prevented a run from scoring. Something’s just not adding up at the moment for…

  3. Instant analysis: Mets 6, Nats 1

    Aug 5, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stuck in a disappointing stretch of baseball, the Nationals hoped to get back on track against a Mets club they have owned since late last season, winning 10 of their last 11 head-to-head meetings. Instead, they squandered a bunch of early opportunities against right-hander Zack Wheeler and couldn’t overcome Gio Gonzalez’s…

  4. Top draft pick Fedde ready to begin rehab in Viera

    Aug 5, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Erick Fedde heads to Viera, Fla., Wednesday to begin the long, slow rehab from Tommy John surgery, but before embarking on that monotonous journey, the Nationals’ top draft pick got to enjoy a whirlwind day in the District. Fedde, the 16th overall pick in the June draft out of UNLV, toured Washington and then spent…

  5. UPDATED: Nats acquire lefty Thornton off waivers

    Aug 5, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Updated at 5:15 p.m. Trying to bolster a talented bullpen that has appeared worn down in recent weeks, the Nationals acquired veteran left-hander Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yankees. The Nationals aren’t giving up a player in a trade for Thornton; they simply were awarded a waiver claim and thus are responsible only for…

  6. Game 111: Mets at Nats

    Aug 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After a quick, makeup game with the Orioles, the Nationals now wrap up their homestand with a 3-game series against a Mets club they’ve beaten 12 of their last 13 meetings. They’ll be without Wilson Ramos, who was placed on the paternity leave list in anticipation of the birth of his first child. Jose Lobaton…

  7. Ramos goes on paternity leave, Leon recalled

    Aug 5, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

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    The Nationals placed Wilson Ramos on the paternity leave list and recalled fellow catcher Sandy Leon from Class AAA Syracuse to take a roster spot after Ramos’ wife gave birth to the couple’s first child. Ramos’ wife, Yeli, gave birth Tuesday morning to a baby girl in the Washington area. Her husband left Nationals Park…

  8. Nats come up short

    Aug 5, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The night started off well for the Nationals as they struck for three runs in the first four innings, entering the second half of their game with the Orioles holding a 3-1 lead. Against most teams that would be a solid foundation for a win. Tanner Roark rarely gives up more than three runs and…

  9. Pitching decisions come to forefront in loss to Orioles

    Aug 5, 2014, 12:38 AM EDT

    AP

    A manager has a split-second to make an in-game decision, and he must consider all sorts of factors in that split-second afforded him before somebody has to step to the plate or throw a pitch. As soon as Wilson Ramos singled to right-center in the bottom of the sixth Monday night, Matt Williams had a…

  10. Instant analysis: Orioles 7, Nats 3

    Aug 4, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Thanks to a rainout last month, the final chapter of this year’s Battle of the Beltways was bumped to tonight, a 1-game makeup to decide whether this would end up a 4-game split or a 3-1 series victory for the Orioles. By night’s end, this series had turned as orange as…

  11. Update: Taylor promoted to Syracuse

    Aug 4, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

    AP

    [Updated 6:47 p.m.] Nationals minor leaguer Michael A. Taylor – considered the organization’s best position player prospect – has been promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse, Nats general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed on Monday. Taylor, 23, was enjoying a breakout season with the Senators. Through 98 games he hit .313 with 22 home runs, 61 RBI…

  12. Update: McLouth to DL, Souza called up

    Aug 4, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

    AP

    [Updated: 6:34 p.m.] With Nate McLouth battling right shoulder inflammation, the Nationals placed the veteran outfielder on the 15-day disabled list Monday and called up Triple-A standout Steven Souza, Jr. as the corresponding move. McLouth’s disabled list stint is retroactive to Aug. 2. The 32-year-old has struggled this season with a .179 average and .517…

  13. Werth named NL Player of the Month

    Aug 4, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

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    There’s something about July that seems to bring the best out of Jayson Werth. The Nationals right fielder was named NL Player of the Month on Monday, the second consecutive July he has earned the award. Werth hit .337 with 11 doubles, six homers, 24 RBI and a 1.133 OPS while also leading the league…

  14. Game 110: Orioles at Nats

    Aug 4, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Though they faced each other three times last month, the Nationals and Orioles knew their annual Battle of the Beltways wouldn’t be completed until tonight, when the two clubs could play their makeup game required from a rainout at Nationals Park. Baltimore took two of those first three games, so the Nats need a win…

  15. State of the Nats: Movement in the NL East

    Aug 4, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Orioles makeup game – On Monday the Nationals will make up their game with the Orioles that was rained out on July 8. Both teams happen to be 3 1/2 games up in first place in their respective divisions. With the Braves being off, the Nats could have a four-game lead in the NL East by…

  16. Span’s hard work paying off

    Aug 4, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Cole Hamels wasn’t giving up much of anything on Sunday when Denard Span found space between Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. It pushed the center fielder’s streak of reaching base to 29 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He would later add…

  17. Strasburg dominates in Nats’ win

    Aug 3, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

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    Before the Phillies bullpen allowed the Nationals to secure a comfortable lead in the eighth inning on Sunday, much of the afternoon was the Stephen Strasburg vs. Cole Hamels show. Both starters were locked in, neither giving an inch to their opponent. Hamels was the one to blink with a run allowed in the third,…

  18. Instant Analysis: Nats 4, Phillies 0

    Aug 3, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With Stephen Strasburg and Cole Hamels on the mound, this game was billed as a pitchers duel. It did not disappoint. Both starters were sharp all afternoon, briskly mowing down their opposing lineup. The Nationals beat the Phillies 4-0, but neither starting pitcher yielded an earned run. Strasburg began the game by retiring seven…

  19. Game 109: Phillies at Nats

    Aug 3, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Sunday looking to split their four-game series with Philadelphia, thanks to an 11-0 beatdown of the Phillies on Saturday night. Runs, however, could be a little harder to come by on this particular day. It’s a marquee pitching matchup at Nationals Park with Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.55) going up against Cole Hamels…

  20. Early rally sets the tone for an 11-0 rout

    Aug 2, 2014, 11:58 PM EDT

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    By the fourth inning, the Nationals led by 11 runs, turning the Phillies pitching staff into mincemeat and allowing everyone to breathe a sigh of relief and just play out the string under no pressure. But when Saturday night’s game was only two batters into the bottom of the first, when the outcome was still…

  21. Instant analysis: Nats 11, Phillies 0

    Aug 2, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How about we just do “Game in a word” tonight? The answer is: Rout. OK, a few more details than that. The Nationals annihilated the Phillies pitching staff, starting with A.J. Burnett, who let six of the 11 batters he faced reach safely, capped by Anthony Rendon’s 3-run homer in the…

  22. Williams prefers fewer bunt attempts from Harper

    Aug 2, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    AP

    Though he has begun to see success again since the All-Star break, hitting .304 with an .820 OPS over his last 14 games, Bryce Harper’s swing remains something of a work-in-progress. Harper continues to tinker with his batting stance on a nightly basis, often making tweaks from one at-bat to the next. And as he…

  23. Game 108: Phillies at Nats

    Aug 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The bad news: The Nationals have lost six of their last nine. The good news: The Braves also have lost six of their last nine. So the Nats’ lead in the NL East remains 1 1/2 games, despite their recent struggles. They’ll try to get back on track tonight after dropping the first two games…

  24. The Baseball Show: How will Cabrera impact the Nats?

    Aug 2, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was filmed right after the 2014 MLB trade deadline on Thursday, giving Mark a chance to analyze the Nats’ trade for Asdrubal Cabrera, along with other deals made around the league. In this first clip he looks at the potential impact of Cabrera in the Nats’ lineup while…

  25. ‘Baseball in the District’ – MLB.com’s Jim Callis talks deadline

    Aug 2, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    With the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline passing on Thursday, much of the talk on this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ centered on the Nationals’ deal to acquire Asdrubal Cabrera, as well as other moves made around the league. Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in two guests to talk about the…

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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.

*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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