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  1. VIDEO: Storen ready to build off strong finish to last season

    Feb 4, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

    Storen projects mid-April return

    2013 was a long season for Nationals reliever Drew Storen as he posted the worst numbers of his career and was sent down to Triple-A to figure out his problems. But over the final five weeks of the season Storen was excellent, he looked like his old self and closed the year on a positive…

  2. Roster preview: Jerry Blevins

    Feb 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Traded from Athletics for OF Billy Burns, Dec. 2013 2014 salary: $1.675 million 2013 stats (w/OAK): 67 G, 14 GF, 60 IP, 47 H, 23 R, 21 ER, 7 HR, 17 BB, 52 K, 1.067 WHIP, 5-0, 3.15 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 0.3 WAR 2014 storyline: Recognizing how…

  3. 2014 Outlook: Tampa Bay Rays

    Feb 3, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 87-76, 2nd place in AL East Manager: Joe Maddon, 9th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $72.2 million Key additions: RP Grant Balfour, RP Heath Bell, C Ryan Hanigan Key losses: RP Fernando Rodney, OF Sam Fuld, RP Alex Torres Projected lineup LF David DeJesus 2B Ben Zobrist 3B Evan Longoria RF Wil Myers DH…

  4. Nats pitchers glad to have Steve McCatty back

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

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    With the Nationals bringing in Matt Williams as their new manager this offseason, technically it left up in the air whether the rest of the coaching staff would return. Soon after the hiring, the Nats announced Steve McCatty and Randy Knorr would be back in 2014, among others, much to the delight of players and…

  5. Roster preview: Tyler Clippard

    Feb 3, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 29 How acquired: Trade with New York Yankees, Dec. 2007 2014 salary: TBD via arbitration (Clippard is seeking $6.35 million, Nats are offering $4.45 million) 2013 Stats: 72 G, 6 GF, 71.0 IP, 37 H, 19 R, 19 ER, 9 HR, 24 BB, 73 K, 0.859 WHIP, 6-3, 2.41 ERA,…

  6. VIDEO: Span more comfortable heading into second year with Nats

    Feb 3, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    At Nats Fest 2013, outfielder Denard Span met many of his then-new teammates for the first time. He had recently been acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Twins and was switching organizations and leagues. Now with a full year in Washington under his belt, Span is much more comfortable heading into this season with…

  7. Roster preview: Drew Storen

    Feb 2, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Drafted 1st round (10th pick), June 2009 2014 salary: $3.45 million (plus $1M if he finishes 60 games) 2013 Stats: 68 G, 20 GF, 3 SV, 8 SVO, 61.2 IP, 65 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 7 HR, 19 BB, 58 K, 1.362 WHIP, 4-2, 4.52 ERA,…

  8. 2014 Outlook: Seattle Mariners

    Feb 2, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 71-91, 4th place in AL West Manager: Lloyd McClendon, 1st season Estimated 2014 payroll: $82 million Key additions: 2B Robinson Cano, OF Corey Hart, OF Logan Morrison, RHP Scott Baker, C John Buck Key losses: 1B Kendrys Morales, OF Raul Ibanez, LHP Joe Saunders, LHP Oliver Perez Projected lineup CF Dustin Ackley 3B…

  9. VIDEO: Werth believes Nats learned a lot in 2013

    Feb 2, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

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    Jayson Werth joined Mark for a one-on-one interview at last weekend’s Nats Fest, and as usual provided a great perspective on the state of the team. He thinks the Nationals underachieved last season, but could be better off now because of their struggles. “We grew a lot as a team, we learned a lot as…

  10. 2014 Outlook: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 1, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 76-86, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bruce Bochy, 8th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $154 million Key additions: OF Michael Morse, SP Tim Hudson Key losses: SP Barry Zito, RP Chad Gaudin, OF Andres Torres Projected lineup CF Angel Pagan 2B Marco Scutaro 1B Brandon Belt C Buster Posey RF Hunter Pence 3B…

  11. Roster preview: Rafael Soriano

    Feb 1, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2013 2014 salary: $11 million 2013 Stats: 68 G, 58 GF, 43 SV, 49 SVO, 66.2 IP, 65 H, 24 R, 23 ER, 7 HR, 17 BB, 51 K, 1.230 WHIP, 3-3, 3.11 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 0.5 WAR 2014 storyline: Rafael Soriano’s…

  12. Nationals, Fister avoid arbitration with deal for 2014

    Feb 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    [Updated 12:07 p.m.] The Nationals have agreed to terms with starting pitcher Doug Fister on a contract for 2014 to avoid arbitration, the team announced on Saturday. The deal leaves Tyler Clippard as the only Nats player yet to reach an agreement for this season. Fister and Clippard were among eight different Nationals who filed…

  13. 2014 Outlook: San Diego Padres

    Jan 31, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 76-86, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bud Black, 8th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $81 million Key additions: RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, OF Seth Smith Key losses: SS Ronny Cedeno, RHP Luke Gregerson, 1B/OF Jesus Guzman, IF/OF Logan Forsythe Projected lineup SS Everth Cabrera CF Will Venable 3B Chase Headley LF…

  14. Werth still wonders ‘what if’ about Nats in 2013

    Jan 31, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Before the Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 23 of last season, they nearly completed an incredible comeback to secure a wild card spot. From Aug. 9 to Sept. 22 they went 29-12 and along the way closed the gap to a playoff berth to five games. The late season surge, however, was…

  15. VIDEO: Espinosa motivated to win starting job for Nats

    Jan 31, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

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    Danny Espinosa came to Nats Fest last weekend a motivated man. He’s been told by both Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo he’ll have a chance to win the starting job at second base, and seems both thrilled and re-energized by the opportunity. Espinosa spoke with Mark in a one-on-one interview about his goals for spring,…

  16. Roster preview: Ross Detwiler

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Drafted 1st round (6th pick), June 2007 2014 salary: $3 million 2013 Stats: 13 GS, 71.1 IP, 92 H, 37 R, 32 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 39 K, 1.486 WHIP, 2-7, 4.04 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 0.9 WAR 2014 storyline: For Detwiler it’s a bit difficult to…

  17. 2014 Outlook: St. Louis Cardinals

    Jan 30, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 97-65, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 3rd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $109 million Key additions: OF Peter Bourjos, IF Jhonny Peralta, IF Mark Ellis Key losses: OF Carlos Beltran, SP Chris Carpenter, IF Rafael Furcal, IF David Freese, RP John Axford, RP Edward Mujica Projected lineup 3B Matt Carpenter CF…

  18. Nats players respond to an offseason full of rumors

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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    As professional sports continue to adapt to the age of Twitter and social media, one thing is becoming clearer and clearer as each year goes by. Rumors, whether the trade or free agent variety, are becoming more prevalent as media outlets and fans crave content and conversation more and more by the day. The NFL…

  19. VIDEO: Gio Gonzalez excited about Nats’ new-look rotation

    Jan 30, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez has enjoyed an offseason free of drama and distractions, much different than last year. Instead of dealing with rumors surrounding Biogenesis and participating in the World Baseball Classic, Gonzalez has been working out in Florida, eating a lot of Cuban food and playing catch with Jorge Posada. It sounds like the life. But…

  20. Roster preview: Doug Fister

    Jan 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Traded from Tigers for INF Steve Lombardozzi, LHP Ian Krol and LHP Robbie Ray, Dec. 2013 2014 salary: TBD via arbitration (Fister is seeking $8.5 million, Nats are offering $5.75 million) 2013 Stats: 32 GS, 208.2 IP, 229 H, 91 R, 85 ER, 14 HR, 44 BB,…

  21. 2014 Outlook: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jan 29, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 94-68, 2nd place in NL Central Manager: Clint Hurdle, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $70 million Key additions: RHP Edinson Volquez, C Chris Stewart Key losses: RHP A.J. Burnett, OF Marlon Byrd, 1B Justin Morneau, OF Garrett Jones, C Michael McKenry Projected lineup LF Starling Marte RF Jose Tabata CF Andrew McCutchen 3B…

  22. Blevins ready for important role in Nats bullpen

    Jan 29, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After their 2013 season uncovered a glaring need for lefty relievers, the Nationals made sure they fixed the problem this offseason. On Dec. 11 they made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time to bring in 30-year-old southpaw Jerry Blevins. A lot is expected of Blevins who will be tasked with retiring lefties…

  23. VIDEO: GM Mike Rizzo on the Nats’ offseason

    Jan 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo stopped by at this past weekend’s Nats Fest to talk with Mark about the event, the team’s offseason and what he expects from Matt Williams’ first spring training. On the topic of their moves this winter, Rizzo had some interesting thoughts on trading for Doug Fister in particular. As you may recall, the…

  24. Roster preview: Jordan Zimmermann

    Jan 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft 2014 salary: $7.5 million 2013 Stats: 32 GS, 213.1 IP, 192 H, 81 R, 77 ER, 19 HR, 40 BB, 161 K, 1.088 WHIP, 19-9, 3.25 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 2.4 WAR 2014 storyline: By now, Zimmermann has established what he is: A…

  25. Fister on pitching in a star-studded rotation

    Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Doug Fister pitched in a Mariners rotation that included Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. He pitched in a Tigers rotation that boasted Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. And he thinks his current rotation in Washington — featuring Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann — might just top them all. “I’ve certainly been blessed to…

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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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