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  1. Game 143: Nats at Mets

    Sep 9, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — Hello from Flushing Meadows, where the biggest sporting event tonight is taking place across the parking lot from Citi Field (the U.S. Open Men’s Final). The Nationals and Mets, meanwhile, open a four-game series with not very much at stake at this point (unless you’re still clinging to the Nats’ hopes of…

  2. Should Harper return to play this season?

    Sep 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    At this point, the question isn’t whether Bryce Harper is injured. It’s how seriously he’s injured. Which leads to the inevitable quandary: Should he play anymore this season for the Nationals? Harper, of course, wouldn’t even dignify that question with a response if presented the opportunity. He always believes he can — and should —…

  3. Game 142: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 8, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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    As they await word from D.C. on Bryce Harper’s hip — which is being examined by team medical director Wiemi Douoguih — the Nationals wrap up their series in Miami, trying to take two of three and improve to four games over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 23-19 way back…

  4. Harper returns to D.C. to have hip examined

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Unable to play for the second time in three games due to an ailing left hip, Bryce Harper has left the Nationals in Miami and is returning to Washington to be examined by the club’s doctor. Harper was a last-minute scratch from Saturday night’s game after he fell to ground trying to take swings in…

  5. Game 141: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 7, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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    As the finish line to this season draws closer — the regular season ends three weeks from tomorrow — and as the Nationals’ already-slim playoff hopes fade even further away — they now trail the Reds by 8 games — there are going to be more opportunities to evaluate younger players with an eye on…

  6. Game 140: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 6, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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    While a weekend series in Miami may sound like a piece of cake for the Nationals, don’t go penciling in three wins just yet. For one thing, they’re going up tonight against the probable NL Rookie of the Year in right-hander Jose Fernandez. The 21-year-old has been dominant, leading the league in fewest hits allowed…

  7. Improved lineup has keyed late-season surge

    Sep 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals spent the better part of four months trying to figure out why they haven’t been as successful a ballclub as they (and everyone else) expected they’d be in 2013, and mostly emerged with no clear-cut answer. Was it the lack of clutch hits? An unproductive bench? An erratic bullpen? Bad defense? All of…

  8. Defensive gems keep Nationals’ hopes alive

    Sep 5, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — If the Nationals’ season ends Sept. 29 in disappointing fashion, they undoubtedly will look back at the countless games they lost because they couldn’t deliver in key situations, whether at the plate, on the mound or especially in the field. If, however, the Nationals somehow are able to extend their season into October…

  9. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Phillies 2

    Sep 4, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: The once-feared Roy Halladay was there for the taking early on, but the Nationals couldn’t take advantage of the former Cy Young Award winner’s wildness. Jordan Zimmermann also got off to a shaky start but rebounded to toss five straight scoreless innings and keep the game close. Ryan Zimmerman’s solo homer…

  10. Roark will start Saturday, Ohlendorf to bullpen

    Sep 4, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Tanner Roark will make his first big-league start Saturday night, selected by Nationals manager Davey Johnson to pitch against the Marlins in place of veteran Ross Ohlendorf, who will move to the bullpen. Johnson had said for a couple of weeks he wanted to give Roark a chance to start at least a…

  11. Harper admits he hasn’t been 100 percent since April

    Sep 4, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper finally admitted Wednesday his ailing left hip is bothering him, so manager Davey Johnson gave his young outfielder the night off. Harper, though, also admitted he hasn’t been close to 100 percent healthy for the vast majority of this season, certainly not since he collided with the right field wall in…

  12. Ramos relishes chance to catch every single day

    Sep 4, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals know Wilson Ramos has the skills to be an everyday catcher in the big leagues. They just don’t know if he has the body to do it. So they’re using this final month of the season to find out once and for all. Ramos on Tuesday started his 12th consecutive game…

  13. Nationals slog their way to ugly victory

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:51 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — They won’t be adding the footage of Tuesday night’s 9-6 Nationals victory over the Phillies to one of those instructional baseball videos that are advertised late at night. Any evidence of this game — which featured a combined 347 pitches, 13 walks, five wild pitches, a hit batter, a balk, four errors, a…

  14. Instant analysis: Nats 9, Phillies 6

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: This won’t go down as the prettiest game the Nationals have played this season. But it’s a win, and at this point that’s the only thing that matters. Gio Gonzalez battled wildness (three walks, two wild pitches) and poor defense behind him (three errors). Wilson Ramos, starting his 12th consecutive game…

  15. Walters among September call-ups, Espinosa not

    Sep 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals made their final round of September call-ups on Tuesday, promoting five more players from Class AAA Syracuse, including infielder Zach Walters. More significant than those were were brought up for the season’s final month, though, was one player who didn’t get the call: Danny Espinosa. The Nationals’ Opening Day second baseman,…

  16. Game 138: Nats at Phillies

    Sep 3, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Despite all the hubbub last night and this morning over Bryce Harper and whether he’s fit to play or not, Davey Johnson was pretty clear all along he planned to keep Harper in his lineup. And sure enough, Bryce is batting third and starting in left field tonight against the Phillies. Obviously, there…

  17. Harper: ‘If I was hurting, I’d come out of the game’

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — Anybody watching Bryce Harper during Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Phillies could tell the Nationals outfielder was less than 100 percent healthy. Harper took awkward swings, he labored to get down the first-base line and he gingerly took his position in the field between innings. In the middle of the third inning,…

  18. Crushing loss leaves Nats in bigger hole

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — If and when the Nationals officially are eliminated from the playoff race later this month — and “when” is looking more and more likely than “if” at the moment — they may be tempted to harken back to their toughest losses of the season, the ones that they just knew would come back…

  19. Instant analysis: Phillies 3, Nats 2

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: A 9-game road trip for the Nationals opened with a big-time pitching showdown between Stephen Strasburg and Cole Hamels, and the matchup lived up to the billing. Each ace allowed only one run on two hits, though neither factored into the decision, departing with the game tied 1-1. The Nationals took…

  20. Bernadina: ‘I didn’t perform like I needed to’

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Roger Bernadina never wanted to leave the Nationals, the organization that signed him as a teenager and retained him for 12 years. But the outfielder understood why Washington released him two weeks ago and has embraced his new affiliation with the Phillies. “Of course you want to be in the organization. Of course…

  21. Game 137: Nats at Phillies

    Sep 2, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where it was raining a short while ago (hence the tarp covering the infield in the accompanying photo) but has since cleared up. There is a slight chance of more rain later tonight, which at this point should come as no surprise because Stephen Strasburg is on the…

  22. Werth delivers in Nats’ comeback win over Mets

    Sep 2, 2013, 1:40 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    You could look at the Nats’ chip-away, comeback win Sunday night against the Mets as their most satisfying victory of the season thus far, or merely an avoidance of disaster. The alternative would have been a sweep to an injury-riddled team just as they head on a pivotal road trip. However you classify it, the…

  23. Mets blast Haren, Nats in 11-3 blowout

    Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper. Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved…

  24. Game 135: Mets at Nats

    Aug 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    The Nationals didn’t exactly start this series in the ideal way, taking the loss with some questions about Bryce Harper’s effort coming out on Friday night. Today they try to turn the page and get back to their recent winning ways with Dan Haren on the mound. Haren (8-11, 4.66) is coming off his worst…

  25. The Baseball Show: Werth, Clippard leading the way

    Aug 31, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    With the Nationals closing the NL Wild Card deficit to 6.5 games this past week, there is a renewed hope that a playoff berth is possible. Mark, Jim Duquette and Chris Miller took stock of the Nats as they move into the month of September on last night’s Baseball Show. In the first video they…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 46 --
ATLANTA 58 48 0.5
MIAMI 52 53 6.0
NEW YORK 51 55 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 46 60 12.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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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