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  1. Around the NL East: Braves keep sliding

    May 6, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES It was just a week ago the Braves were riding high with the second-best record in baseball at 17-7 and the best starting rotation in the majors. Since Atlanta has dropped seven consecutive games, including sweeps at Miami and against San Francisco. Last year, when they won the NL East, they’re longest losing streak…

  2. Nats’ bullpen sets up Treinen to start

    May 6, 2014, 3:21 AM EDT

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    With a 3-hour, 17-minute rain delay taking starter Jordan Zimmermann out of the game, the Nationals laid out a plan for their bullpen on Monday that could have very easily come back to bite them. Instead of going with one of his long relievers, Matt Williams opted to instead patch together the final five innings of…

  3. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Dodgers 0

    May 6, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This was supposed to be a big-time pitchers’ duel between two of the NL’s best right-handers: Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann. Mother Nature, though, had something very different in mind. A 3-hour, 17-minute rain delay in the middle of the fourth inning prevented two starting pitchers from going deep into the…

  4. Hairston returns from DL; Ramos getting close

    May 5, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

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    The Nationals activated outfielder Scott Hairston off the 15-day disabled list on Monday in the first move of what should be a week full of getting players back from injury. Hairston was sidelined by a left oblique strain and is now ready to step in, while in the coming days both catcher Wilson Ramos (broken…

  5. Game 32: Dodgers at Nats

    May 5, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After a bit of a frustrating weekend in Philadelphia, the Nationals are back home ever so briefly this week for a three-game series with the Dodgers, who are sending their best to the mound each day. It begins tonight with Zack Greinke, who has opened the season 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA. The right-hander has…

  6. Help is on the way

    May 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Despite injuries to three key members of their lineup, their biggest offseason acquisition and a trusted veteran off the bench, the Nationals have managed to keep their heads above water through the season’s first five weeks. So even though the mood inside the visitors’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park yesterday was down following a frustrating,…

  7. Missed opportunity

    May 4, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Though they’ve managed to be more productive at the plate than most would have thought given the prolonged absence of three key lineup regulars, the Nationals still aren’t taking full advantage of the mountains of opportunities they keep giving themselves. Take Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Citizens Bank Park, a game in which Gio…

  8. Instant analysis: Phillies 1, Nats 0

    May 4, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: When the Phillies had to scratch Cole Hamels from today’s start due to flu-like symptoms, the Nationals figured they were catching a break. Not exactly. Replacement starter Roberto Hernandez was downright dominant, carrying a shutout into the eighth inning. Gio Gonzalez was equally dominant, but the Nationals left-hander gave up one…

  9. Stammen joins rare fraternity of ballplayers with degrees

    May 4, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Craig Stammen joined one of the rarest of fraternities on Sunday: Major-league ballplayers with college degrees. After passing his final exams from the University of Dayton, where he first enrolled in 2002, Stammen officially was among the Class of 2014 honored at Sunday’s graduation ceremony. The right-hander wasn’t there to receive his diploma…

  10. Game 31: Nats at Phillies

    May 4, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — It’s a cool, windy, cloudy Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, which hosts a rare, 3:05 p.m. Sunday game today. The reason: There was a massive 10-mile race in the area this morning, the traffic from which is only just now starting to dissipate. Once they get going today, it’ll be Gio Gonzalez…

  11. Nats can’t overcome latest case of first-inning woes

    May 3, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals’ coaching staff has analyzed the club’s first-inning woes, a recurring problem for this team through the season’s month-plus, trying to find a common theme or solution to the issue. And in the end, they can’t find anything to explain why they keep digging themselves into these kind of early holes. “No.…

  12. Instant analysis: Phillies 7, Nats 2

    May 3, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have shown an ability to come from behind this season, but they can’t count on doing it every single night. They definitely weren’t up to the task tonight, falling into an early hole and never digging their way out of it. Tanner Roark took the brunt of the punishment,…

  13. Fister good to go Wednesday but may be pushed to Friday

    May 3, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Doug Fister is healthy and ready to make his Nationals debut Wednesday against the Dodgers, but the club may push the right-hander back to Friday night’s game in Oakland in order to keep Stephen Strasburg on normal rest. “He’s good to go,” manager Matt Williams said. “There’s no issues. He got through his…

  14. Game 30: Nats at Phillies

    May 3, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Though there weren’t any actual fireworks here last night, there were two incidents that clearly didn’t sit well with the Nationals: Cliff Lee’s quick-pitch up-and-in to Denard Span in the fifth, and Carlos Ruiz’s high-and-hard non-slide into Ian Desmond in the ninth. How upset were the Nats with those two events? I guess…

  15. Nats beat up on yet another bullpen

    May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — It has happened nine times now, nine times in 29 games. And every time it happens, the Nationals give themselves even more reason to believe they can do it again. Trailing a ballgame late, they rallied to win in dramatic fashion. Friday night’s 5-3 victory over the Phillies was merely the latest example…

  16. Span upset at Lee for up-and-in quick-pitch

    May 3, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Benches and bullpens emptied in the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night, and though no punches were thrown between the Nationals and Phillies, Denard Span and Cliff Lee did exchange some verbal barbs about an incident sparked by Lee’s up-and-in quick-pitch to an unsuspecting Span. “I don’t think he was…

  17. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Phillies 3

    May 2, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a stellar pitching matchup between Stephen Strasburg and Cliff Lee, but this game was decided well after both starting hurlers were out of the game. The Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Jayson Werth dropped a foul ball that…

  18. Fister throws 76 pitches in final rehab start

    May 2, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Doug Fister threw 76 pitches over 3 2/3 innings Friday night in what is expected to be the right-hander’s final rehab start before joining the Nationals’ rotation next week. Pitching for Class AA Harrisburg at Reading, Fister allowed two runs and two hits, walking three while striking out five. He cruised through three…

  19. Ramos homers twice at extended spring training

    May 2, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Wilson Ramos made his return to the field earlier Friday at extended spring training and immediately gave the Nationals reason to believe it won’t be much longer before their starting catcher returns from a broken bone in his left hand. Ramos caught three innings in Viera, getting three at-bats in which he homered…

  20. Game 29: Nats at Phillies

    May 2, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where tonight the Nationals open a three-game weekend series against the Phillies, with a star-studded pitching matchup on tap: Stephen Strasburg vs. Cliff Lee. Strasburg returns to the scene of his worst moment in baseball: The mound where his elbow blew out in 2010, requiring Tommy John surgery.…

  21. The Baseball Show: On Roark, Harper and Jordan

    May 2, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    We touched on a bunch of Nats-related subjects on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show. Rob Carlin, Joe Orsulak and I looked at just how good Tanner Roark has been since debuting late last summer, comparing his stats to a fellow rotation mate who arrived with just a bit more hype than he did.…

  22. Tough week ahead for Nats

    May 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    A hodgepodge of Friday morning thoughts before I hop on I-95 and head up to Philadelphia for the weekend… — The Nationals about to face a major, week-long test going up against six quality, veteran pitchers against the Phillies and Dodgers. It begins tonight with Cliff Lee, whose 40-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio so far this season…

  23. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian

    May 1, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    This week Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed a very special guest to ‘Baseball in the District.’ ESPN national baseball writer and Bethesda, Md.-native Tim Kurkjian called in to discuss a variety of topics regarding the Nationals. We asked Kurkjian about his thoughts on Bryce Harper’s durability, Matt Williams’ first month as manager,…

  24. Despite turmoil, a successful April for Nats

    May 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Well, the season’s first month is now complete, and what a tumultuous month it was for the Nationals. Wilson Ramos broke his hand on Opening Day. Ryan Zimmerman couldn’t throw the ball across the diamond, then broke his thumb on a pickoff play at second base. Doug Fister hurt himself on the final day of…

  25. Instant analysis: Nats 7, Astros 0

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A tumultuous opening month for the Nationals ended with a couple of much-needed wins in a comfortable place. Taking advantage of Minute Maid Park’s quirky dimensions — not to mention the perpetually struggling Astros — the Nats followed up Tuesday night’s 1-run victory with a blowout in the finale of this…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Monday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 +0.5
SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
(End of regular season)
MON: 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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