Aug 7, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT
Whether there was any validity to the story or not, Bryce Harper once again found his name carried through the mud in the national media this week. He was slumping, yes, but a stint in the minors? Come on. His manager, Matt Williams, technically the spark that produced the controversy in an interview with 106.7…
Aug 7, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After breaking out of a disappointing stretch with a lopsided win over the Mets on Wednesday night, the Nationals followed up with a second straight victory over New York, setting the stage for a huge series against the Braves in Atlanta this weekend. This one came in extra innings and was punctuated…
Aug 7, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT
Danny Espinosa’s splits as a switch-hitter are no secret at this point, through five years of his MLB career. Espinosa himself is aware he hits better from the right side of the plate. The team’s front office knows, even manager Matt Williams has acknowledged it. So, why doesn’t Espinosa hit exclusively right-handed? It’s not so simple,…
Aug 7, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT
After bouncing back on Wednesday night with a 7-1 win over the Mets, the Nationals have a chance to end their homestand with two straight victories before heading to Atlanta to face the Braves. Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) will take the mound in his 23rd start of the season. The right-hander is coming off one of…
Aug 7, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ once again featured two guests: voice of the Syracuse Chiefs, Jason Benetti, and host of ‘Chin Music’ and ‘The Drive with Cooley and Czabe’ on ESPN 980, Al Galdi. Benetti was excellent on the development of prospects such as Steven Souza, Jr. – who is now on…
Aug 7, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT
Debate all you want whether he’s the ace of the Nationals’ staff, the stopper, the best starter, whatever designation comes to mind. Doug Fister doesn’t care what title he holds right now. The only thing that matters to the right-hander is that he keeps winning games for his team. And that’s something Fister’s teammates notice,…
Aug 6, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a tough loss, who do the Nationals give the ball to? Doug Fister. The formula has worked all season, and it worked again tonight. Fister was dominant yet again, shutting out the Mets into the eighth inning without so much as breaking a sweat before getting charged…
Aug 6, 2014, 6:09 PM EDT
Matt Williams quashed any speculation the Nationals would consider demoting the struggling Bryce Harper to the minors on Wednesday afternoon, criticizing reporters who may have thought his words on the subject during an earlier radio interview suggested it was a possibility. “I will caution everybody in this room: The minute you think you can read…
Aug 6, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT
There’s nobody the Nationals would rather have on the mound right now after a loss than Doug Fister, who has developed into something of their stopper over the course of this season. The big right-hander is 6-2 when starting a game following a Nationals loss, so he’s the right man for the job tonight as…
Aug 6, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 2-4 Team slash: .240/.307/.321 Team ERA: 3.93 Runs per game: 4 STOCK UP Denard Span, CF: .423 AVG/ .467 OBP/ 5 SB Is there anything left to say about what Span’s been doing the last month? He’s giving the Nationals everything they could possibly…
Aug 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
Bryce Harper is searching at the plate, this much is obvious. Every time it appears the young slugger is headed on the right track, he falls back into a mini-slump and starts flailing at pitches he has little chance of hitting with authority. Harper now has stepped to the plate 205 times this season, a…
Aug 5, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT
Here is the current state of the Nationals, summed up in one inning of baseball played Tuesday night during a 6-1 loss to the Mets: They scored a run without producing a hit. Then their first hit of the game actually prevented a run from scoring. Something’s just not adding up at the moment for…
Aug 5, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stuck in a disappointing stretch of baseball, the Nationals hoped to get back on track against a Mets club they have owned since late last season, winning 10 of their last 11 head-to-head meetings. Instead, they squandered a bunch of early opportunities against right-hander Zack Wheeler and couldn’t overcome Gio Gonzalez’s…
Aug 5, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT
Erick Fedde heads to Viera, Fla., Wednesday to begin the long, slow rehab from Tommy John surgery, but before embarking on that monotonous journey, the Nationals’ top draft pick got to enjoy a whirlwind day in the District. Fedde, the 16th overall pick in the June draft out of UNLV, toured Washington and then spent…
Aug 5, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT
Updated at 5:15 p.m. Trying to bolster a talented bullpen that has appeared worn down in recent weeks, the Nationals acquired veteran left-hander Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yankees. The Nationals aren’t giving up a player in a trade for Thornton; they simply were awarded a waiver claim and thus are responsible only for…
Aug 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT
After a quick, makeup game with the Orioles, the Nationals now wrap up their homestand with a 3-game series against a Mets club they’ve beaten 12 of their last 13 meetings. They’ll be without Wilson Ramos, who was placed on the paternity leave list in anticipation of the birth of his first child. Jose Lobaton…
Aug 5, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT
The Nationals placed Wilson Ramos on the paternity leave list and recalled fellow catcher Sandy Leon from Class AAA Syracuse to take a roster spot after Ramos’ wife gave birth to the couple’s first child. Ramos’ wife, Yeli, gave birth Tuesday morning to a baby girl in the Washington area. Her husband left Nationals Park…
Aug 5, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
The night started off well for the Nationals as they struck for three runs in the first four innings, entering the second half of their game with the Orioles holding a 3-1 lead. Against most teams that would be a solid foundation for a win. Tanner Roark rarely gives up more than three runs and…
Aug 5, 2014, 12:38 AM EDT
A manager has a split-second to make an in-game decision, and he must consider all sorts of factors in that split-second afforded him before somebody has to step to the plate or throw a pitch. As soon as Wilson Ramos singled to right-center in the bottom of the sixth Monday night, Matt Williams had a…
Aug 4, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Thanks to a rainout last month, the final chapter of this year’s Battle of the Beltways was bumped to tonight, a 1-game makeup to decide whether this would end up a 4-game split or a 3-1 series victory for the Orioles. By night’s end, this series had turned as orange as…
Aug 4, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT
[Updated 6:47 p.m.] Nationals minor leaguer Michael A. Taylor – considered the organization’s best position player prospect – has been promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse, Nats general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed on Monday. Taylor, 23, was enjoying a breakout season with the Senators. Through 98 games he hit .313 with 22 home runs, 61 RBI…
Aug 4, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
[Updated: 6:34 p.m.] With Nate McLouth battling right shoulder inflammation, the Nationals placed the veteran outfielder on the 15-day disabled list Monday and called up Triple-A standout Steven Souza, Jr. as the corresponding move. McLouth’s disabled list stint is retroactive to Aug. 2. The 32-year-old has struggled this season with a .179 average and .517…
Aug 4, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT
There’s something about July that seems to bring the best out of Jayson Werth. The Nationals right fielder was named NL Player of the Month on Monday, the second consecutive July he has earned the award. Werth hit .337 with 11 doubles, six homers, 24 RBI and a 1.133 OPS while also leading the league…
Aug 4, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT
Though they faced each other three times last month, the Nationals and Orioles knew their annual Battle of the Beltways wouldn’t be completed until tonight, when the two clubs could play their makeup game required from a rainout at Nationals Park. Baltimore took two of those first three games, so the Nats need a win…
Aug 4, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT
Top storylines: Orioles makeup game – On Monday the Nationals will make up their game with the Orioles that was rained out on July 8. Both teams happen to be 3 1/2 games up in first place in their respective divisions. With the Braves being off, the Nats could have a four-game lead in the NL East by…
NL EAST STANDINGS
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Braves at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule
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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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