May 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
[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 EST
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…
May 7, 2014, 12:32 AM EST
Blake Treinen was summoned into the manager’s office Tuesday night after an 8-3 loss to the Dodgers and told he was being sent back to Class AAA Syracuse after making his first career start for the Nationals. Treinen was down on himself after giving up three runs in the top of the sixth, a rally…
May 6, 2014, 10:21 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Dodgers had Clayton Kershaw on the mound making his first start in more than a month. The Nationals had Blake Treinen on the mound making his first career start. Gross mismatch? Well, not for the first five innings. Kershaw and Treinen traded zeroes, each impressing in his own way as…
May 6, 2014, 6:52 PM EST
Wilson Ramos was back at Nationals Park on Tuesday, his injured left hand feeling so strong, he expects to come off the disabled list and start behind the plate Wednesday afternoon against the Dodgers. “I think so,” he said. “I think that’s the plan for now.” So, no more rehab for Ramos, who has been…
May 6, 2014, 3:26 PM EST
And we’re all back at Nationals Park, a mere 14 hours after the conclusion of last night’s rain-delay-o-rama, which saw the Nats pull off a 4-0 victory over Zack Greinke and the Dodgers and move into first place in the NL East. So, forgive everybody here for being a bit tired and cranky right now.…
May 6, 2014, 12:21 PM EST
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…
May 6, 2014, 3:21 AM EST
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…
May 6, 2014, 1:21 AM EST
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…
May 5, 2014, 5:48 PM EST
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…
May 5, 2014, 3:26 PM EST
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…
May 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
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,…
May 4, 2014, 7:51 PM EST
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…
May 4, 2014, 5:53 PM EST
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…
May 4, 2014, 2:22 PM EST
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…
May 4, 2014, 1:24 PM EST
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…
May 3, 2014, 11:40 PM EST
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.…
May 3, 2014, 10:28 PM EST
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,…
May 3, 2014, 6:19 PM EST
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…
May 3, 2014, 3:31 PM EST
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…
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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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