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  1. Podcast: Baseball in The District – Mark Zuckerman talks Opening Day

    Apr 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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    After a wild and crazy Opening Day for the Nationals, Tim and I took stock of Monday’s win in the latest episode of Baseball in The District. We welcomed in CSN’s Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman to get his take on the game, as well as what Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper’s injuries could mean moving forward.

    There was lots of talk about Ramos and what the Nats will do if he does indeed miss time, as well as the seriousness of Harper’s collision. Could Harper’s situation be something to watch as well?

  2. Barrett flying high after dream debut

    Apr 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    AP

    Imagine the expression on Aaron Barrett’s face yesterday afternoon, after the rookie reliever not only made his big-league debut on Opening Day, not only retired the side with a pair of strikeouts, not only did all this in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame in front of 42,442 fans at Citi Field and not only did all this with his parents, wife and other family members in attendance, but emerged from it all with his first career win to boot.

  3. Strasburg’s gutty Opening Day start

    Apr 1, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

    AP

    NEW YORK — It got lost in the shuffle amid the injuries to Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper and the late-game heroics by the Nationals, but Stephen Strasburg’s Opening Day start deserves to be revisited.

    Strasburg was anything but crisp in his first outing of the season, especially early on when he allowed four quick runs and put the Nationals in a hole. But by day’s end, the right-hander displayed a trait not frequently associated with him: Guts.

  4. Williams pushes the right buttons during wild win

    Mar 31, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Matt Williams’ first game with the Nationals featured all sorts of twists and turns, forcing the rookie manager to make several tough decisions on the fly that ultimately led to a wild, 9-7 win over the Mets in extra innings.

  5. Ramos leaves game with hand injury, X-rays are negative

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos left Monday’s season opener against the New York Mets in the middle of the seventh inning after feeling pain his left hand.

  6. [Updated] Instant analysis: Nats 9, Mets 7 (10)

    Mar 31, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Despite injuries to Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos and a shaky debut by Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals battled against the Mets and rallied to win in extra innings thanks to clutch hits by Anthony Rendon and Denard Span.

  7. Harper passes 2 concussion tests, has headache

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper took a knee to his head in a scary collision at second base, but the Nationals young star stayed in the game and passed two concussion tests, convincing team officials he could continue to play.

  8. Ramos hitting cleanup, Zimmerman 2nd, Harper 5th

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Matt Williams tinkered with countless different lineup combinations throughout spring training, trying to find a formula he felt would work best once the regular season began. And then the first real lineup card the Nationals’ new manager ever filled out featured a 1-through-9 combo that was never actually used this spring. So,…

  9. Game 1: Nats at Mets

    Mar 31, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — As I write this at 9:30 a.m., the tarp is on the field here. The temperature is 36 degrees. There’s a light rain — and even a couple of icy-looking things — falling from the sky. And yet … let’s play ball! Yes, it’s Opening Day, and they are expected to play…

  10. 2014 Nats media predictions

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The day has arrived at last. In a mere seven hours, Denard Span will step to the plate to face Dillon Gee, and the 10th season in Nationals history will be underway. As was the case last year, the Nationals have lofty expectations. They can only hope to actually live up to those expectations this…

  11. VIDEO: Strasburg talks Opening Day; plus notes on Desmond, Espinosa

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:26 AM EDT

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    The Nationals made Stephen Strasburg available to media on Saturday, despite the team’s exhibition game with the Detroit Tigers being canceled due to rain. Strasburg held court at the podium for about 10 minutes, looking both back and forward on his career. I went in-depth on his expectations for Monday in New York in this…

  12. Nats trade for Poveda, sign Laffey to minor league deal

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

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    On the eve of Opening Day 2014, the Nationals made two small moves to help bolster their minor league pitching depth. The Nats acquired right-hander Omar Poveda from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations, and signed lefty Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal. Poveda spent 2013 with the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate. In…

  13. Nationals Youth Baseball Academy opens with ribbon cutting ceremony

    Mar 30, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    After an eight-year effort led by Washington Nationals Dream Foundation chair Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy officially opened on Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony that featured D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and even Wolf Blitzer. On hand to introduce the new baseball and educational facilities were the entire…

  14. Stephen Strasburg ready for third Opening Day start

    Mar 30, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Strasburg: 'I think our lineup's better'

    Entering his fifth season in Major League Baseball, Stephen Strasburg will take the mound on Monday afternoon in New York to start yet another Opening Day for the Nationals. This will be his third season opener, and having been through it before, he knows exactly what to expect. “You just have to treat it like…

  15. 2014 MLB Predictions

    Mar 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    And so the time is near. Technically, the 2014 Major League Baseball season already began last weekend when the Dodgers twice beat the Diamondbacks in Australia. But the stateside portion of the season begins tonight when the Dodgers and Padres meet and then really kicks off tomorrow with the traditional Opening Day. Which means it’s…

  16. Nationals announce Opening Day roster

    Mar 29, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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    After Saturday’s exhibition game was canceled, the Washington Nationals officially announced their Opening Day roster. There were no surprises this time around, as after Doug Fister was looking primed for a DL stint on Thursday, it became clear the Nats were going to keep both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan. Aaron Barrett has made the…

  17. Roark, Jordan make Nats’ Opening Day roster with Fister out

    Mar 29, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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    After competing with each other for six weeks for the Nationals’ fifth starter job, it turns out both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan have made the team’s Opening Day roster. It happened because of an injury to starter Doug Fister, but both Roark and Jordan are excited for the opportunity no matter the circumstances. “It…

  18. Nationals place Doug Fister on DL, could be out a month

    Mar 29, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

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    [Updated 3:18 p.m.] The Nationals have placed Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain retroactive to March 23, manager Matt Williams announced on Saturday. Fister will now be shut down for five days before throwing again and the total recovery process could take up to a month. Williams says the…

  19. Nats vs. Tigers — 3/29 (canceled)

    Mar 29, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    **Today’s game has been cancelled due to inclement weather at Nationals Park** Checking in here at Nationals Park where the tarp is down and the rain is falling. If you saw my post earlier on the forecast, it is not looking great for the afternoon. There is a lot of precipitation expected. The Nats have…

  20. Will weather allow the Nats to play? Also, Pierre Garçon offers help

    Mar 29, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

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    Here are some notes on the Nationals as they ready for their final exhibition game of 2014, a home matchup with the Detroit Tigers… Rain is in the forecast The Nationals have returned to Washington to play one exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers before they head even further north for Opening Day in New…

  21. Podcast: ‘Baseball in The District’ — Adam Rubin of ESPN New York

    Mar 28, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    In the latest episode of ‘Baseball in The District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed Mets’ beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Rubin gave us an update on Mets spring training and looked forward to Opening Day when the Nationals travel to New York to play at Citi Field. Off the…

  22. VIDEO: Mark Zuckerman talks Doug Fister on STL

    Mar 28, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Mark joined Brian Mitchell on last night’s SportsTalk Live to talk about the Doug Fister news. What does his injury mean for the Nationals? How does their rotation shape up without him in the mix? Mark does not believe there will be a huge drop-off in production out of the Nationals’ staff. How big of…

  23. Looking at early schedules in National League East

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT

    Is it still possible to catch the Braves?

    In examining what went wrong for the Nationals last season, one could argue it all started off on the wrong foot. After beginning 2012 with a winning record after their first month, the Nats finished April of 2013 a game below .500. They posted the best record in baseball from Aug. 9 to Sept. 24 at…

  24. No need for Nats to rush Fister back

    Mar 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    The news that came out of Viera yesterday about Doug Fister could under no circumstances be considered positive. Just when it looked like the right-hander was on track to start the season on time, he was pulled from a minor-league game after only one inning with a strained lat muscle. Fister will be examined today…

  25. Updated: Fister likely to open season on DL with lat strain

    Mar 27, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:02 p.m. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Doug Fister, who already was trying to catch up to the rest of his rotation mates after losing three weeks to elbow inflammation, is now likely to open the season on the disabled list after departing a minor-league start Thursday after only one inning with a…

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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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