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  1. Game 105: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — The end of a long, 3-city, 9-game road trip has come, and in a bit of a surprise, the Nationals need to win today at Marlins Park to finish 5-4. Such is their predicament after losing the first two games of this series to the resurgent Marlins, who have won six in a…

  2. Depleted lineup comes up short in 3-0 loss

    Jul 29, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    AP

    MIAMI — When healthy, the Nationals lineup is something to behold, an 8-deep consortium of power, patience and potency that proved to be as effective an offensive group as there is in baseball. But the moment one key guy goes down — or even worse, when two key guys go down as was the case…

  3. Instant analysis: Marlins 3, Nats 0

    Jul 29, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a gut-punch loss Monday night, the Nationals took the field tonight hoping a big-time performance from Stephen Strasburg would help them put the previous 24 hours well behind them. Strasburg did his part, tossing seven inning of 1-run ball, allowing only Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double in the…

  4. Werth out Tuesday but doesn’t believe sprain is serious

    Jul 29, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Jayson Werth was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday, his sprained right ankle swollen and sore, though still not enough for the veteran right fielder to believe the injury is serious. “I think it’s minor,” he said Tuesday afternoon. Werth hurt himself on an awkward slide into second base during the seventh inning…

  5. Game 104: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 29, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — Was last night’s meltdown a blip on the radar or the beginning of a downward trend? The man who may have the most to say about that is Stephen Strasburg, who tonight gets the ball for the middle game of this series. Strasburg has his own Marlins Park demons to exorcise. In five…

  6. Zimmermann returns to form in dominant start

    Jul 29, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    MIAMI — Lost among the furor over the fateful ninth inning of last night’s 7-6 loss to the Marlins was one particularly encouraging development for the Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann looked like Jordan Zimmermann for the first time in weeks. The right-hander dominated Miami’s lineup, carrying a shutout into the seventh inning and ultimately departing having…

  7. After rare meltdown, Nationals will try to regroup

    Jul 29, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    MIAMI — The 2014 Nationals really haven’t had to deal with losses like this, gut-punch losses in which a 6-run lead somehow turns into a 7-6 loss before anyone has sufficient time to process the carnage. The mood inside the visitors clubhouse at Marlins Park on Monday night was one of disbelief, a group of…

  8. Werth hopes to play Tuesday after spraining ankle

    Jul 28, 2014, 11:44 PM EDT

    AP

    MIAMI — Jayson Werth hopes to return to the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday after departing Monday night’s game with a sprained right ankle, though the veteran right fielder doesn’t expect to know the true severity of the injury until morning. “I won’t know until I wake up tomorrow,” Werth said following Monday’s 7-6 loss to the…

  9. Instant analysis: Marlins 7, Nats 6

    Jul 28, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For six innings, the Nationals were all business, getting a vintage pitching performance from Jordan Zimmermann and an opportunistic rally off the Marlins pitching staff to take a commanding, 6-0 lead and seemingly put themselves in comfortable position to improve to a season-best 13 games over .500. But then the Marlins scored…

  10. Span on another second-half surge

    Jul 28, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    MIAMI — Denard Span has done this before, bounced back from a slow start to a season to finish on a sustained tear at the plate. So even when things weren’t going as well earlier this summer as the hoped they would, prompting some public questioning of his place in the Nationals’ lineup, he used…

  11. Game 103: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — Hello from the one and only (and thank god for that) Marlins Park, where tonight the Nationals open up the final leg of their 3-city road trip, facing a Miami club that has won 7 of its last 8. I have to say I am quite outraged at the moment. Though the accompanying…

  12. State of the Nats: Deal or no deal?

    Jul 28, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

    Photo by The Associated Press

    Top storylines: Trade deadline – Much of the focus this week will be on Thursday’s trade deadline, at least around the league. There are star players such as David Price and Matt Kemp who could be on the move. The Phillies could blow it all up and clubs such as the Mariners could be looking for a…

  13. Consistency propels Nats to NL’s best record

    Jul 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    There seems to be a sense among many that the Nationals haven’t really taken off as a team this season, that there’s a much higher level of success yet to reach for a talented ballclub that hasn’t achieved its full potential. And perhaps that’s true. Maybe the Nationals are still capable of going on some…

  14. Game 102: Nats at Reds

    Jul 27, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    After a frustrating, 1-0 loss yesterday at Great American Ball Park, the Nationals return today needing a win to take the weekend series against the Reds and continue their impressive run. They’ve either won or split nine of their last 10 series. Who better, then, to have on the mound than Doug Fister? The right-hander…

  15. Instant analysis: Reds 1, Nats 0

    Jul 26, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have been on a tear at the plate in recent weeks, beating some decent pitchers along the way. But they hadn’t faced anyone quite like Johnny Cueto, who showed today why he has been among the NL’s most-dominant starters this season. Cueto tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out nine…

  16. Game 101: Nats at Reds

    Jul 26, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    If you’re among those skeptics who keeps saying you’re waiting for the Nationals to go on a sustained run … well, perhaps you haven’t been paying very close attention. The Nats enter today’s game in Cincinnati having won 7 of 9 and 15 of 21. Since May 28, they are 31-17, the best record in…

  17. Span leading the way

    Jul 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    The Nationals offense has been among the best in the majors in the month of July, and lately we’ve seen exactly how integral Denard Span can be in keying their success. The Nats center fielder went 4-for-5 in the team’s 4-1 win over the Reds on Friday night, again setting the table for a lineup…

  18. Game 100: Nats at Reds

    Jul 25, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    It’s hard to believe even while typing this that the Nationals are playing their 100th game of the season tonight. But here we are, as the Nats begin a three-game series with the injury-depleted Cincinnati Reds on Friday. The Reds are a game above .500 at 51-50, but many of their biggest names are currently out due…

  19. The Baseball Show: Should the Nats make a trade?

    Jul 25, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    There was plenty to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show. The Nationals have been playing some of their best baseball of 2014 in recent weeks, the trade deadline coming up, plus Ryan Zimmerman’s latest injury. Could Zim’s absence force the Nats’ hand with the trade deadline approaching? Mark discussed that very…

  20. MLB Power Rankings: Nats trending up

    Jul 25, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Oakland Athletics (LW: 1) – Hughes: It’s hard to find a weakness with this team right now. Maybe their stadium, but that’s it. 2. Los Angeles Angels (LW: 2) – Hughes: L.A. now…

  21. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Bob Nightengale and Matt Skole

    Jul 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    On this week’s episode, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I brought in two excellent guests in USA Today national baseball writer Bob Nightengale and Harrisburg Senators infielder Matt Skole, one of the Nationals’ top prospects. Nightengale gave us a preview of the 2014 trade deadline and what he thinks both the Nationals and their rivals…

  22. Ranking all 30 MLB ballparks

    Jul 24, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins

    You may have noticed last week when I was covering the All-Star Game in Minneapolis that I noted Target Field was the last of the 30 current MLB ballparks I needed to visit. It’s a very cool achievement to be able to cross off my bucket list, and actually the list is even longer than…

  23. Instant analysis: Rockies 6, Nats 4

    Jul 23, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With an opportunity to sweep the foundering Rockies and get their 9-game road off to a stellar start, the Nationals knew they’d need to compensate for the absences of Ryan Zimmerman (who was placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring strain), Jayson Werth (given a day off to rest his…

  24. Game 99: Nats at Rockies

    Jul 23, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    First up, the news we all knew was coming: Ryan Zimmerman is headed to the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The only question at this point is how long the Nationals’ third baseman will be out. It’ll be at least 15 days, obviously, and for now Zimmerman is being replaced on the active…

  25. Nats prepare for loss of Zimmerman to hamstring strain

    Jul 23, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    They managed to keep their healthy lineup intact for 17 games before injury once again befell the Nationals last night. Ryan Zimmerman strained his right hamstring legging out a grounder in the top of the sixth at Coors Field, hustle that allowed a run to score and ultimately helped the Nationals secure a 7-4 victory…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 78 58 -- 19
ATLANTA 72 66 7.0
MIAMI 67 69 11.0
NEW YORK 64 74 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 63 74 15.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
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

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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