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  1. Instant Analysis: Nats 8, Mariners 3

    Aug 30, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals entered Friday night in a three-game skid going up against the best right-hander of his generation. Few on their roster had ever faced Felix Hernandez, and those who had found no luck. But for some reason, in a development that no one could have predicted, the Nats slapped around King…

  2. Game 133: Nats at Mariners

    Aug 29, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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    On Friday night the Nationals begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners with a 10:10 p.m. start time on the East Coast. With the pitching matchup in store, however, this one will be worth the wait. The Nationals will go up against Mariners superstar Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07) for the very first time. The…

  3. Nats extend contract with Hagerstown

    Aug 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    One day after reaching a contract extension with their New York-Penn League affiliate, the Nationals announced a new deal with Single-A Hagerstown that will maintain the partnership between both clubs through 2016. The Suns became a Nats affiliate in 2007 and have since helped develop MLB stars such as Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan…

  4. The Baseball Show: Williams for Manager of the Year?

    Aug 29, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ covered a lot of subjects including the Nationals’ recent three-game skid, Doug Fister’s struggles this past week and whether Matt Williams deserves any consideration for NL Manager of the Year. In this first clip, Mark talks with Joe Orsulak and host Jill Sorenson about the Nationals’ sweep up…

  5. MLB Power Rankings: Angels flying high

    Aug 29, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: The Garrett Richards injury is big, but not too big to completely derail this very good team. 2. Nationals (LW: 4) –…

  6. Jewett to manage Mariners this weekend

    Aug 28, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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    While the Nationals square off against the Mariners in a rare series at Safeco Field, leading the charge in the Seattle dugout will be a familiar face. Trent Jewett – who spent 2009 through 2013 in the Nationals’ organization – will be standing in to coach the Mariners, as manager Lloyd McClendon will be away…

  7. Nats extend deal with Auburn Doubledays

    Aug 28, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced on Thursday a player development contract extension with their Class A New York-Penn League affiliate, the Auburn Doubledays, a deal that will maintain the partnership between both clubs through 2016. The short season Doubledays have been a part of the Nationals since 2010. “We are proud to continue our association with the…

  8. Baseball in the District – MLB radio’s Casey Stern

    Aug 28, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured two excellent guests. The first was Casey Stern, host of MLB Network Radio’s ‘Inside Pitch.’ The second was new Washington Times columnist Todd Dybas. Stern was great on big picture stuff including how impressive the Nationals’ most recent homestand was and what their World Series chances…

  9. Concern after 3-game sweep in Philly?

    Aug 28, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals arrived here late Sunday night, feeling like they could do no wrong after a 9-1 homestand catapulted them to the top of the NL standings and turned them into the talk of baseball. They left here late Wednesday night, feeling as down in the dumps as they’d been in quite some…

  10. Fister’s surprisingly ineffective week

    Aug 28, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — When it happened over the weekend against the Giants, it felt like one blip on an otherwise stellar summer of pitching dominance. When it happened again Wednesday night against the Phillies, you started to wonder whether this has quickly become more than a mere blip. Doug Fister has been the Nationals’ workhorse this…

  11. Instant analysis: Phillies 8, Nats 4

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After losing the first two games of his series in large part due to lights-out pitching performances by A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels, the Nationals knew they needed a win tonight to avoid a sweep at the hands of the last-place Phillies. They had to feel good about their chances, with…

  12. LaRoche confident back issue won’t be long-term

    Aug 27, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals lineup Wednesday, confident the minor back injury that sidelined him Tuesday won’t be a major long-term problem. “I’ve had it before, and it’s not something where if I go play it can get much worse,” he said. “I know that from experience. I don’t have any fear…

  13. Game 132: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 27, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The last thing the Nationals want, on the heels of a 9-1 homestand, is to open this 9-game road trip by getting swept by the Phillies. But they’ll need a win in tonight’s series finale to prevent that from happening. The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and…

  14. Gonzalez sees progress in latest start

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when a 6-inning, 3-run start would have disappointed Gio Gonzalez. But these days, the Nationals’ erratic left-hander is finding the positives in each of his outings, so his latest one Tuesday night against the Phillies left him more encouraged than discouraged. “It’s progress,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, everyone wants to…

  15. Missed it by that much

    Aug 26, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Off the bat, it looked like a groundout to the shortstop. Not the most routine of groundouts, but a play Ian Desmond figured to make. Leading off the bottom of the eighth of a tie game, Ben Revere rapped a sharp grounder slightly to Desmond’s right. The Nationals shortstop scooped it up and…

  16. Instant analysis: Phillies 4, Nats 3

    Aug 26, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels. And for six innings, the Phillies lefty proved virtually unhittable, carrying a shutout on a scant 59 pitches. Gio Gonzalez wasn’t as effective — he…

  17. LaRoche dealing with tight back

    Aug 26, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night. Not because left-hander Cole Hamels was on he mound for the Phillies, but because of tightness in his back. “He’s been dealing with a tight back for three or four days,” manager Matt Williams said. “Today it’s a little worse. It’s an opportunity…

  18. Game 131: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen. Hairston has feasted…

  19. Syracuse raking in postseason awards

    Aug 26, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT

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    As the Syracuse Chiefs close in on a first place finish in the International League, the awards are starting to roll in for the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate. On Tuesday, outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. was named the IL’s most valuable player and rookie of the year. Manager Billy Gardner, Jr. also took home the award for…

  20. A primer on postseason roster eligibility

    Aug 26, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams is loathe to look ahead, certainly as far ahead as October when the calendar still reads August. We here at the Insider, on the other hand, don’t worry about such things. Especially with a very important date fast approaching. We’re five days away from baseball’s August 31 deadline to set postseason…

  21. No dramatic rally this night for Nationals

    Aug 25, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The way things have been going lately, the Nationals weren’t surprised in the least to mount a last-ditch rally against Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth Monday night. The only surprise was that they couldn’t quite finish it off and wound up losing for only the second time in 14 days.…

  22. Instant analysis: Phillies 3, Nats 2

    Aug 25, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia sky-high after a 9-1 homestand that left them the hottest team in the majors. Now they faced the opener of a tough, 3-city, 9-game road trip, hoping to carry over some of the positive momentum from D.C. That proved more difficult than anticipated tonight, thanks to…

  23. Cabrera out of lineup, but not seriously injured

    Aug 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Though he was out of the Nationals’ lineup Monday night against the Phillies, Asdrubal Cabrera insists the injury he sustained to his right side Sunday isn’t serious and he could play if absolutely needed. Cabrera hurt himself hitting a grounder to short during the sixth inning of Sunday’s win over the Giants, feeling…

  24. Game 130: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 25, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where a red-hot Nationals club coming off a 9-1 homestand now hopes to keep things rolling on one of the longer and tougher road trips of the season. A cross-country trek to Seattle and then Los Angeles looms, but first up are three games against the foundering Phillies,…

  25. State of the Nats: Final week in August

    Aug 25, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nine-game road trip – The Nationals begin a three-game series in Philadelphia Monday night, the first leg of a nine-game road trip that will take them through Seattle and Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. The Phillies have been a mess this season and are in last place. The Nats, however, are only 8-5…

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FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

NLDS
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
OCT. 7: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

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.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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