Sep 18, 2014, 6:40 PM EST
MIAMI — While the rest of the Nationals regulars returned to the lineup Thursday night against the Marlins, Adam LaRoche was given another day off to rest his lower back, which has been tight off and on for several weeks now. LaRoche’s condition actually is better now than it was in the past when he…
Sep 18, 2014, 3:44 PM EST
MIAMI — Hello from Marlins Park … well, actually I’m not at Marlins Park at the moment I type this. I’m at a TV studio in downtown Miami getting ready for today’s Baseball Show on Comcast SportsNet. We’ll be on live at 4 p.m., talking about the Nationals’ division clincher, what they’re going to do…
Sep 18, 2014, 2:33 PM EST
[Updated 4:04 p.m.] The Nationals designated outfield prospect Eury Perez for assignment on Thursday and claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon from the Minnesota Twins off waivers. Florimon was the Twins’ Opening Day shortstop, but hit just .092 in 33 MLB games this season. The 27-year-old holds a .204 average in 214 career games across four seasons. Florimon’s one…
Sep 18, 2014, 11:11 AM EST
30,000 FEET ABOVE GEORGIA — With the NL East title locked up, the focus for the Nationals shifts away from the field and toward the questions this team must answer before its postseason run begins two weeks from Friday. And there is no greater question, as manager Matt Williams admitted yesterday, than Ryan Zimmerman’s status…
Sep 17, 2014, 11:30 PM EST
ATLANTA — On the day after they clinched the NL East title, they rested. Having expended significant amounts of effort both physical and mental over the last six months to win their division — and having celebrated the accomplishment deep into Wednesday morning — members of the Nationals starting lineup were given a collective day…
Sep 17, 2014, 9:52 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They won the NL East title Tuesday and celebrated deep into the night, so Matt Williams decided to give all of his regulars Wednesday night off. Really, all of them. The Nationals fielded a lineup made up entirely of veteran backups and September call-ups, with rookie Blake Treinen getting the ball…
Sep 17, 2014, 6:36 PM EST
ATLANTA — Though the lineup they fielded Wednesday night wouldn’t suggest it, the Nationals say they will play most of their regulars over the final week and a half of the regular season and attempt to secure home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. Manager Matt Williams gave all of his regulars Wednesday’s game off,…
Sep 17, 2014, 3:34 PM EST
ATLANTA — Contrary to what you might think when you look at tonight’s lineup, the Nationals are not playing a split-squad game in Lake Buena Vista. They are indeed playing an actual Major League Baseball game in Atlanta. It counts in the standings and everything. You just won’t find any regulars on the field. Matt…
Sep 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EST
ATLANTA — Nearly every member of the Nationals organization made a point last night, amid the flowing champagne and beer and other chaos that ensued, to say their clinching of the NL East title is only the first step toward what they hope are several more celebrations to come in the next few weeks. Most…
Sep 17, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
ATLANTA — When the Nationals clinched their first-ever NL East title two years ago, the ensuing celebration stayed mostly on the field at Nationals Park, where fans could soak it all in along with the players. This time, the Nats clinched the division on the road, so everything was confined to the visitors’ clubhouse at…
Sep 16, 2014, 9:48 PM EST
Updated at 11:55 p.m. ATLANTA — It wasn’t supposed to be this easy. Sure, the Nationals entered 2014 as consensus favorites to win the NL East on the heels of a disappointing, 86-win season. But most teams don’t just run away with a division title, certainly not when they’re deadlocked with their chief rivals as…
Sep 16, 2014, 6:37 PM EST
ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman played three innings at first base and roped a pair of doubles in five at-bats Tuesday during a simulated game in Viera, Fla., emerging healthy and confident he’ll be able to rejoin the Nationals soon. “Zim did great today,” manager Matt Williams said, based on the reports he got from the…
Sep 16, 2014, 3:25 PM EST
ATLANTA — They gathered in Viera, Fla., seven months ago with this in mind, then survived the grind of spring training and a long baseball season to put themselves on the precipice of a division title. And tonight, the Nationals have a chance to do something they didn’t get to do even when they won…
Sep 16, 2014, 10:14 AM EST
ATLANTA — It unfortunately got overshadowed amid the EKG that was the bottom of the ninth inning last night, but it should not be lost altogether: Stephen Strasburg pitched one of the best games of his life to beat the Braves and put the Nationals on the cusp of the NL East title. And given…
Sep 16, 2014, 12:45 AM EST
ATLANTA — As the ball screamed off B.J. Upton’s bat, made a beeline for Ian Desmond and then ricocheted off the shortstop’s mitt, everybody inside Turner Field had one or two quick thoughts racing through the mind. Perhaps Wilson Ramos’ reaction best summed how anyone affiliated in any way with the Nationals felt at that…
Sep 15, 2014, 10:17 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Atlanta knowing they were on the verge of the NL East title. All they needed to do was exorcise one last demon: A Braves club that has been in a tailspin for the last month. For those who have watched this team stumble and bumble its way…
Sep 15, 2014, 8:27 PM EST
Updated at 11:30 p.m. ATLANTA — The illness that plagued Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and others on the Nationals’ roster the last two weeks apparently has now taken down Bryce Harper as well. Harper had to come out of Monday night’s game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded…
Sep 15, 2014, 6:32 PM EST
ATLANTA — Adam LaRoche has been named one of six finalists to receive the prestigious Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given out annually by fellow MLB players for contributions both on the field and in the community. LaRoche, who has done extensive work with the Wounded Warrior Project for several years, was selected…
Sep 15, 2014, 5:59 PM EST
ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman participated in a full workout Monday at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, and the injured third baseman now will begin playing in simulated games in anticipation of returning from a major hamstring strain for the final week of the regular season. Zimmerman is slated to play three innings at…
Sep 15, 2014, 3:37 PM EST
ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where the Nationals hope to be celebrating something special before they leave town late Wednesday night. They’ll need to take 2 of 3 from the reeling Braves — as MLB.com’s Mark Bowman figured out, Atlanta is only 1/2-game better than Houston since April 29 — to clinch the NL…
Sep 15, 2014, 1:35 PM EST
ATLANTA — They haven’t quite clinched the NL East title yet, but the Nationals are preparing for the likelihood of reaching the postseason, announcing tickets for a potential National League Division Series will go on sale Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. EDT. Fans can purchase as many as four tickets on a first-come, first-serve…
Sep 15, 2014, 1:11 PM EST
Top storylines: Magic number is at 4 - Thanks to a successful weekend in New York for the Nationals and a Texas Rangers’ sweep of the Braves, the Nats have a very good chance to clinch the NL East in Atlanta this week. The magic number is at 4, meaning they would secure the division with…
Sep 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
It seemed like a long shot at best, clinching the NL East title in Atlanta on the turf of the club that wore last year’s division crown and has been a thorn in the side of this franchise for some time. Yet here the Nationals find themselves, opening a 3-game series at Turner Field tonight,…
Sep 14, 2014, 4:04 PM EST
Updated at 6:10 p.m. GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals hit the road on Thursday realizing they had a good chance of clinching the NL East title before they return home Sept. 23 for the season’s final week. But the way they played all weekend in New York, combined with the Braves’ surprising struggles in…
Sep 14, 2014, 10:46 AM EST
Think the Nationals came to play last night? Mercy. They thrashed the Mets, 10-3, behind homers from Bryce Harper and Denard Span, plus five combined RBI from Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth, not to mention four more hits from Anthony Rendon (now 10-for-15 in the series). Doug Fister did his thing to earn his 14th…
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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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