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  1. State of the Nats: On the road again

    Apr 28, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

    Strasburg's health overshadows loss

    Top storylines: Even more injuries - This week saw Bryce Harper head to the disabled list with a sprained left thumb, and until we hear about the second opinion he is set to have today in Cleveland, his timeline is unclear. Harper believes the injury will not linger beyond his 15 days on the disabled list,…

  2. Detwiler, Barrett take blame for loss

    Apr 28, 2014, 6:04 AM EDT

    Photo by the Associated Press

    After Nationals starter Taylor Jordan left Sunday’s game due to a fever, relievers Ross Detwiler and Aaron Barrett had trouble picking up where he left off. Inheriting a game tied at one, Detwiler and Barrett combined to give up three runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched, the deciding difference in the Nats’ loss to the…

  3. Jordan, Espinosa leave game in fifth inning

    Apr 27, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

    Photo by the Associated Press

    Pitching through one of his best starts of the young 2014 season, Taylor Jordan was unexpectedly removed after just four innings during the Nationals’ loss to the Padres on Sunday afternoon. After the game it was explained Jordan was dealing with a bad fever, and was lucky to even make it as far as he…

  4. Instant Analysis: Padres 4, Nats 2

    Apr 27, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

    Photo by the Associated Press.

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Taylor Jordan was pitching well through four innings for the Nationals, but was removed from the game after only 63 pitches. His velocity appeared down, which is concerning, but there was no immediate announcement as to why he was pulled. Unfortunately for the Nationals, their bullpen could not pick up where Jordan…

  5. Fister pitches four innings in rehab start

    Apr 27, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

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    [Updated 6:02 p.m.] Doug Fister completed his first minor league rehab assignment on Sunday afternoon with the Single-A Potomac Nationals, throwing 58 pitches across four innings. Fister allowed three runs – all of them unearned – on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts. The first two runs came in the first inning and…

  6. Harper to 15-day DL with left thumb sprain

    Apr 27, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain, and will travel to Cleveland on Monday for a second opinion with a hand specialist, manager Matt Williams announced on Sunday. The Nationals are cautious to give a definitive timeline for Harper until after Monday’s examination. Harper had an…

  7. Game 26: Padres at Nats

    Apr 27, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Today the Nationals and Padres close out their four-game series with the Nats looking to win their third in a row. Taylor Jordan (0-3, 6.23) and Ian Kennedy (1-3, 3.60) are your starting pitchers. The Nationals will be without Bryce Harper once again, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game…

  8. Roark proving he’s the real deal

    Apr 26, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

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    On July 30, 2010, Mike Rizzo made a deadline deal with the Rangers that seemed notable at the time only for the fact the Nationals general manager was able to find a taker for under-performing, aging shortstop Cristian Guzman. The two minor-league pitchers the Nationals received in return for Guzman had little pedigree. Ryan Tatusko…

  9. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Padres 0

    Apr 26, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a star-studded Nationals rotation, Tanner Roark can easily be overlooked. That may not be the case much longer. Roark tossed the game of his life this afternoon, carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning and then going the distance for his first career shutout, surrendering only three hits to…

  10. UPDATE: Harper getting MRI on swollen left thumb

    Apr 26, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Updated at 5:01 p.m. Bryce Harper was due to have an MRI performed on his swollen left thumb late Saturday afternoon after the Nationals outfielder was examined by a hand specialist during the club’s 4-0 victory over the Padres. The MRI is standard procedure, and the Nationals remain hopeful that the injury is not serious,…

  11. Game 25: Padres at Nats

    Apr 26, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Let’s get right to the most-significant news of the morning: Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals’ lineup after jamming his left thumb sliding into third base last night. Harper’s thumb remains swollen, and though X-rays were negative, he is scheduled to be examined by a hand specialist today. Manager Matt Williams still doesn’t believe…

  12. The hits finally come, and they come in bunches

    Apr 26, 2014, 12:59 AM EDT

    AP

    Matt Williams only wanted his Nationals to keep giving themselves opportunities to drive in runs, insisting more opportunities would eventually lead to more runs. Little could the rookie manager have realized how dramatically that would prove true only 24 hours after one of the most-frustrating offensive performances in club history. The Nationals torched the Padres…

  13. Harper doesn’t believe left thumb injury is serious

    Apr 26, 2014, 12:25 AM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 12:25 a.m. Bryce Harper’s biggest hit in two weeks may have come at a price, but the Nationals’ young star doesn’t believe the left thumb injury he suffered Friday night sliding into third base on a clutch triple is serious. “I didn’t think so,” Harper said following the Nationals’ 11-1 win over the…

  14. Instant analysis: Nats 11, Padres 1

    Apr 25, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an agonizing, extra-inning loss in which they simply could not buy a clutch hit, the Nationals completely flipped the script. But this lopsided victory may have come at a price, with Bryce Harper leaving early with an apparent left hand injury. Harper appeared to hurt himself sliding…

  15. Nats happy with MLB’s fix of transfer rule

    Apr 25, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

    AP

    After 3 1/2 weeks of controversial calls that left nearly everyone in baseball confused over what constituted a catch and what didn’t, Major League Baseball abruptly changed its interpretation of the so-called “transfer rule” on Friday, and members of the Nationals couldn’t be happier about it. “The longer it went on, and the more occasions…

  16. Game 24: Padres at Nats

    Apr 25, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    One night after stranding 14 men on base and setting a franchise record by going 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position, the Nationals have to hope they’ll be more productive at the plate in the second of their four-game series with the Padres. Matt Williams, showing confidence in a lineup that did rack up 16…

  17. The Baseball Show: How can Nats fix their defense?

    Apr 25, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

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    On Thursday’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ Mark discussed the Nationals’ defensive problems with Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak. The Nats currently lead the majors with 25 errors in 23 games, and it’s continuing to cost them. Also, below is a segment I did on the comparisons between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Though everyone in the…

  18. Lobaton, Stammen lament ‘slow death’ loss

    Apr 25, 2014, 10:29 AM EDT

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    In a marathon game of 12 innings – four hours and 14 minutes of baseball – the Nationals ended up taking their 11th loss of the season at the hands of a former teammate. The Padres have had major troubles scoring runs this season, but they broke through on a Xavier Nady RBI single in…

  19. Record-setting woes with men in scoring position

    Apr 25, 2014, 12:57 AM EDT

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    If the Nationals keep giving themselves opportunities to drive in runs, they will eventually convert at least some of those opportunities, that’s what Matt Williams insists. “It’s part of the game, and it is the game,” the rookie manager said after watching his team go a staggering 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position during Thursday…

  20. Instant analysis: Padres 4, Nats 3 (12)

    Apr 24, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Fresh off a pair of tough series against the Cardinals and Angels, the Nationals now get a chance to close out their season-long homestand with four games against the offensively challenged Padres, who entered the day with the fewest runs in the majors. But a couple of clutch hits off Jordan…

  21. Injury updates on Gio, Fister & Hairston

    Apr 24, 2014, 6:51 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams shared some injury updates on pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister on Thursday, as well as backup outfielder Scott Hairston. Gonzalez, who was pulled from his Wednesday night start with left shoulder tightness, felt normal soreness for the day after a start on Thursday morning. Williams said he is not concerned…

  22. Game 23: Padres at Nats

    Apr 24, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Today the Nationals host the San Diego Padres in the first of a four-game series at Nationals Park, the final series of this season-long homestand. The Nats were victorious last night in a walk-off thriller, and will look to keep it going today. Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.92) is set to pitch for Washington with lefty…

  23. Baseball in the District: Thom Loverro of ESPN 980 talks Nats

    Apr 24, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

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    After a week off of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 have returned with our longest episode yet. Two guests joined us this week: Thom Loverro of ESPN 980, and Jesse Agler of the San Diego Padres to preview the Nats’ upcoming series. Before the guests joined on, Tim and I talked…

  24. Deconstructing the ninth-inning rally

    Apr 24, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have produced enough late rallies already this season — they’ve got seven come-from-behind victories in 22 games — that they don’t ever feel a sense of panic, or feel like all hope is lost. But last night’s bottom-of-the-ninth drama was particularly out-of-the-blue given the situation. Trailing 4-1 and showing little sign of life…

  25. Gonzalez pulled with shoulder tightness

    Apr 23, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT

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    Nationals’ starter Gio Gonzalez was removed from Wednesday night’s game in the sixth inning after complaining of tightness in his left shoulder. The game-time temperature was 54 degrees, a cold night for April 23, and manager Matt Williams described the move as precautionary. Gonzalez is not expected to miss any time at this point. “It’s a…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 45 --
ATLANTA 57 48 1.5
MIAMI 51 53 7.0
NEW YORK 50 55 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 59 12.5
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

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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