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  1. Game 18: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 19, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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    With a quick turnaround after their 3-1 win the night before, the Nationals will send Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 5.27) out to the mound on Saturday to face a St. Louis Cardinals team that has given him trouble in the past. Zimmermann is 0-3 with a 8.27 ERA in eight career starts against the Cards. He’s…

  2. Drew Storen comes through in Nats’ 3-1 win over Cardinals

    Apr 19, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Nursing a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals – a team they had not beaten in eight consecutive tries – the Nationals nearly saw it slip away. Struggling relief pitcher Tyler Clippard took over for starter Gio Gonzalez to begin the inning, and needed 26 pitches to…

  3. Nationals respond to Williams’ challenge

    Apr 18, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams wanted his players to be upset at themselves after Thursday night’s debacle of a loss. But the first-year manager also wanted them to forget all about that game the moment they left Nationals Park and return Friday committed to making things better. So what transpired over the course of 2 hours and 31…

  4. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Cardinals 1

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an atrocious performance Thursday night, Matt Williams challenged his players to return to the park Friday with renewed focus and desire. The Nationals responded in kind, delivering the kind of well-played ballgame Williams had been seeking all along. Gio Gonzalez and Michael Wacha matched pitch-for-pitch, with Wacha…

  5. Span to join Nats on Saturday after second rehab game

    Apr 18, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

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    [Updated 10:40 p.m.] Nationals center fielder Denard Span completed his second rehab assignment game with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns on Friday night as he aims for a weekend return from the seven-day disabled list. Span, who is recovering from a concussion sustained on April 11 in Atlanta, went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He…

  6. Ramos takes first swings since hand surgery

    Apr 18, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Wilson Ramos took a key step Friday in his return from a broken bone in his left hand, taking light swings for the first time since suffering the injury on Opening Day and reporting no discomfort. “No pain,” the Nationals catcher said. “Not sore. It just feels a little weak.” Ramos broke the hamate bone…

  7. Nats call up Xavier Cedeno, send Blake Treinen to Syracuse

    Apr 18, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals recalled lefty relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno on Friday afternoon and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen back down to Triple-A Syracuse. Treinen, 25, will return to a starter’s schedule now after serving a week as the Nationals’ long reliever. “The plan for him outside of the major league team is for him to start…

  8. Game 17: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 18, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Matt Williams wanted his players to be upset about last night’s debacle, but he also wanted them to leave it behind when they left the ballpark and return today committed to playing better ball. We’ll find out how they respond in a few hours. Williams is going with the same lineup that managed only two…

  9. The Baseball Show: How can Strasburg turn it around?

    Apr 18, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

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    On Thursday’s ‘The Baseball Show,’ one segment featured a discussion about the early season struggles of Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg through four starts carries a 1-2 record, 6.00 ERA and a WHIP that has soared to 1.571. The Nats’ rotation as a whole, in fact, is now second-to-last in baseball with a 5.21 ERA as a…

  10. First real test for Williams, Nationals

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams knew there would come a time when he would be tested as a big-league manager for the first time. Not for anything he did or said in the dugout during a game. But for what he did or said in the Nationals’ clubhouse after a game. That test came Thursday night when, after…

  11. Nats’ defensive mistakes add up in loss to Cardinals

    Apr 18, 2014, 12:09 AM EDT

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    In what ended up a 8-0 blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, a game in which they mustered only two hits off Adam Wainwright, a lot went wrong for the Nationals besides their play in the field. But after four defensive errors in one game – and an MLB-worst 20 total…

  12. Instant analysis: Cardinals 8, Nats 0

    Apr 17, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How about “Game in a word” instead of a “nutshell?” The word: U-G-L-Y. The Nationals trailed 3-0 in the first inning (yet again). They played some stupendously sloppy defense (yet again). And they let things get out of hand late. Taylor Jordan was roughed up early, with some major assists —…

  13. Span scores three runs for Hagerstown in minor league rehab game

    Apr 17, 2014, 8:43 PM EDT

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    Nationals center fielder Denard Span completed his first minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns, going 1-for-2 with three runs, an RBI and two walks. Span also played five innings in center field before he was removed from the game. He walked in his first at-bat and later scored on a…

  14. Doug Fister pitches in Viera, timetable for return set

    Apr 17, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Nationals starter Doug Fister threw two innings – a total of 28 pitches – on Thursday at extended spring training in Viera, Fl. as he continues his rehab from a right lat strain. Manager Matt Williams expects Fister to make another appearance in Florida before beginning a minor league rehab assignment. “No issues,” Williams said.…

  15. Game 16: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 17, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

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    Coming off a series win over the Miami Marlins, the Nationals now return home for an 11-game homestand beginning with four against the defending NL champion St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.25) will pitch the first game with Michael Wacha set for Game 2. Needless to say, the Nationals’ makeshift lineup will have its…

  16. Better late than never

    Apr 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We begin with a caveat that should be included in just about any analysis written about a major-league ballclub before the calendar shifts to May: It’s early, so it’s entirely possible this trend won’t sustain itself over the full season. But it has become the defining quality of the 2014 Nationals, at least to date:…

  17. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Marlins 3

    Apr 16, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Desperate to close out a rough road trip on a high note, the Nationals found themselves in a familiar position tonight: Trailing early. Derek Dietrich’s fourth-inning homer off Tanner Roark left the Nationals in a 3-0 hole and surely left some wondering whether this would continue to spiral downward as several…

  18. Game 15: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 16, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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    On the heels of a blowout loss last night, which came on the heels of a sweep in Atlanta last weekend, the Nationals wrap up their road trip tonight facing quite a stiff challenge: Jose Fernandez. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is on the mound for the Marlins, having thoroughly dominated the Nats…

  19. Nationals Stock Watch: Harper’s heating up

    Apr 16, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Record: 3-4 Team slash: .289/.358/.489 Team ERA: 5.17 Runs per game: 5.5 STOCK UP  Bryce Harper, LF: 13-24/1 HR/ 5 RBI/.586 OBP/1.426 OPS  Now this is closer to the Bryce Harper everyone expected coming into the season. After a tough first week, the Nationals’ left fielder was able to rebound with a couple breakout games…

  20. Strasburg’s poor outing continues troubling early season trend

    Apr 16, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg took his second loss of the 2014 season on Tuesday night in a game that turned ugly very quickly. Strasburg gave up three earned runs in each of the first two innings against the Marlins, and was removed after four. He now sits 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA on the season and has…

  21. Game 14: Nats at Marlins

    Apr 15, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

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    A day after Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals rebounded with a 9-2 win over the Marlins, Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.24) will take the ball looking to build off his strong outing against Miami just five days ago. Strasburg beat the Marlins at Nationals Park on April 10 after allowing one run and striking out 12…

  22. Around the NL East: Braves rolling, Marlins reeling

    Apr 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves extended their win streak to four games on Monday night with a wild win in Philadelphia, a game that saw them blow a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, then win it on a Dan Uggla grand slam in the ninth. Ervin Santana was excellent in his second start with the…

  23. Nats’ owner Ted Lerner part of DC Sports Hall of Fame 2014 class

    Apr 15, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    On April 27 at Nationals Park before the Nats play the Padres, seven new members of the Washington, DC Sports Hall of Fame will be enshrined. The inductees will receive a commemorative plaque, and their names will be added to the Hall of Fame display right outside the stadium. Here is the 2014 class: Lefty…

  24. Nationals’ bench continues strong start to season in win over Marlins

    Apr 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Last week after the Nationals swept the Marlins before heading to Atlanta, we at CSN pointed out a coincidental parallel between this season and last. The Nats entered their series with the Braves with the exact same record (then 7-2) as they did in 2013 before getting swept by their rivals. And then the Braves…

  25. State of the Nats: Moving on after the sweep

    Apr 14, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Goodbye, Braves – Though the Nationals would have loved to avoid the sweep this weekend, they have to be happy to leave Atlanta. The Braves have continued their dominance over the Nationals, pushing their record against Washington to 18-7 over the last two seasons. This year the Nats are 1-5 against their rivals and have been…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 75 57 --
ATLANTA 70 64 6.0
MIAMI 65 67 10.0
NEW YORK 62 72 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 61 72 14.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
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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