May 14, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT
A frustrating road trip for the Nationals ends today in Phoenix with a matinee against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Nats got swept in Oakland and have split the first two games of this series, so even a win today would send them home only 2-4 on the trip. A loss would leave them…
May 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Some ballgames are loaded with twists and turns and enough key decisions to leave armchair managers second-guessing for days. And then there are ballgames like the one played last night at Chase Field, a 3-1 Diamondbacks win over the Nationals that was about as clear-cut as they get. If you missed it, here’s the Cliff…
May 13, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT
The Nationals certainly are capable of coming from behind to win games; they’ve already done it 11 times this season. Which means they’ve only taken a lead and held it through an entire game nine times. In order to add to the total of the second category, they need to start scoring early runs and…
May 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
If you weren’t able to stay awake through the conclusion of the Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks late last night … well, you can be excused. It’s tough to ask anyone to stay up well past midnight for a mid-May ballgame out west. You’re in luck, though, because your humble beat reporter is paid…
May 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT
After a brutal weekend in Oakland, the Nationals limp into Phoenix to face a Diamondbacks club that surprisingly has been among the majors’ worst so far this season (though Arizona has won seven of its last 10 to right the ship somewhat). Matt Williams, who played and coached for the D’backs and who lives in…
May 12, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT
After the Athletics completed their sweep of the Nationals with a 9-1 drubbing on Sunday afternoon, they closed the series with an overall scoring split of 21-4. Through three games, the Nats could only muster four total runs. The weekend was a continuation of what has been a tough month for the Nationals at the…
May 12, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT
The Nationals have signed Greg Dobbs to a minor-league contract, acquiring the veteran pinch-hitting specialist, who was released by the Marlins last week. Dobbs, 35, spent the last four seasons with Miami, where he saw significant playing time and posted a .264 batting average with a .307 on-base percentage and .362 slugging percentage. Re-signed over…
May 12, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT
Top storylines: Nats get swept in Oakland – The Nationals just played a very good team in the Oakland Athletics, the two-time defending AL West champions and current holders of the most wins (23) in the American League. Though the Nats had their chances on Saturday, the A’s outscored the Nats 21-4 over the three games.…
May 11, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT
Saturday night was a tough loss for the Nationals who saw Rafael Soriano and Drew Storen combine to lose a late lead in Oakland. Now the Nationals have lost five of their last seven and will look to salvage the series with Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) on the mound. Gonzalez will face his former team for the…
May 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT
As we noted this morning, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will do a 15-day stint on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a strain in his right quad. The Nats made the announcement officially on Sunday, and revealed Tyler Moore as the corresponding move. Moore will now join the Nats from Triple-A Syracuse after…
May 11, 2014, 9:19 AM EDT
The Nationals will give first baseman Adam LaRoche some time off after an MRI revealed a strain in his right quad muscle. According to the Nats, LaRoche will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. It is likely Tyler Moore will return as the corresponding move. Moore was sent to Triple-A Syracuse on May…
May 10, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
Last night was an ugly one for the Nationals who got blasted 8-0 by the Athletics. Tonight they’ll try and bounce back against one of the best young pitchers in baseball. A’s ace Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91) will take the mound for his eighth start of the season. He is in just his second year…
May 10, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT
On this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ much of the talk was about the Nationals’ staying afloat despite injuries. Even with several regulars landing on the disabled list early in the year, the Nats sit at 19-16 on May 10, just a half-game out of first in the division. One player they had been…
May 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
It may not have felt like it, considering he didn’t make his season debut until May 9, but the Nationals rushed Doug Fister back from the disabled list. After straining his lat muscle on the final day of spring training, Fister was back on the mound making his first rehab start April 17 at extended…
May 9, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT
Mark appeared on Geico SportsNet Central Thursday night to preview Doug Fister’s season debut with the Nationals. Tonight Fister will take the mound for the first time since coming to Washington in an offseason trade. He’ll face off with the Oakland Athletics at 10:05 p.m. Before talking Fister, Mark recapped Stephen Strasburg’s win over the…
May 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have been touting Doug Fister as one of baseball’s most under-appreciated pitchers since the day they acquired him from the Tigers way back in December. Tonight, we finally get a chance to see the right-hander on the mound, wearing a Nationals uniform, starting a big-league game. A pair of spring training injuries —…
May 8, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT
Nationals pitching prospect Danny Rosenbaum had Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament on Thursday, a source told CSNwashington.com. Rosenbaum, 26, will now begin a 12 to 18 month recovery process to return from the procedure. The lefty starter made four appearances this season with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs before suffering the injury.…
May 8, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT
In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests. The first was Syracuse Chiefs play-by-play voice Jason Benetti. Benetti had great insight on Nationals’ prospects currently at Triple-A, and on players who have since been called up to Washington from the Chiefs. Our second guest…
May 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
When Stephen Strasburg struck out Miguel Olivo and Justin Turner in succession to end the top of the seventh inning yesterday afternoon, the crowd of 34,756 at Nationals Park rose and saluted the right-hander as he retreated to the dugout. Everyone in attendance had every reason to believe Strasburg’s afternoon was complete. He had thrown…
May 7, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT
Returning to the Nationals after a five-week absence from a broken hamate bone he suffered on Opening Day, Wilson Ramos didn’t wait long to remind the team of his impact. At the plate against his former battery mate, Dan Haren, in the first inning, Ramos smoked the first pitch he saw off the wall in…
May 7, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT
The Nationals optioned Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse after Wednesday’s win over the Dodgers, paving the way for Doug Fister’s season debut on Friday. Moore was called up on April 6 when outfielder Scott Hairston landed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. In 18 games Moore hit .200 with two home runs…
May 7, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After waiting out a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay — what else is new? — Stephen Strasburg took the mound trying to pitch the Nationals to a series victory over a tough opponent, something they hadn’t yet done this season. The right-hander delivered, though only after another shaky first inning. Strasburg gave…
May 7, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT
The Nationals activated Wilson Ramos off the 15-day disabled list this morning and inserted their starting catcher right back in their starting lineup for today’s series finale against the Dodgers. Ramos had been out since breaking the hamate bone in his left hand on Opening Day, making his return in 32 days, ahead of schedule.…
May 7, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT
[Updated 11:25 a.m.] Matt Williams was driving to Nationals Park on Wednesday morning while doing his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan, when his day took a strange turn. While talking to The Junkies at a traffic light on South Capitol St., he heard a loud sound coming from the side of his Chevy…
May 7, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT
It’s another cloudy day in D.C., and the grounds crew is standing at the ready with the tarp at Nationals Park, with a storm system approaching from the northwest. Looks like it’s going to hit the area before today’s scheduled 1:05 p.m. first pitch. The question is whether it will pass through before then. As…
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.
Full season schedule
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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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