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  1. Williams heads ‘home’ to San Francisco

    Jun 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    For a series in early June, the upcoming four-game bout between the Nationals and Giants has no shortage of storylines. It’s the two hottest teams in the National League squaring off in one of baseball’s most pristine parks. Four days between two heavyweights, hosted in a cathedral of the game. One of those storylines is…

  2. Game 61: Nats at Padres

    Jun 8, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

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    The Nationals took a tough loss in extra innings on Saturday night after a rare meltdown for their bullpen. Today they pick back up with a quick turnaround to go for the series win out in San Diego. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.59) will look to build off his strong outing his last time out against…

  3. Nationals 2014 MLB draft class

    Jun 7, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Here is a look at the Nationals’ full 2014 draft class: 1st round: RHP Erick Fedde – UNLV – A high school teammate of Bryce Harper at Las Vegas High School, the Scott Boras client had Tommy John surgery on June 3. 2nd round: LHP Andrew Suarez – U. of Miami – A 6-foot-2 southpaw,…

  4. Nats take Cal Ripken’s son Ryan in 15th round

    Jun 7, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

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    With their 15th round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Nationals selected a prospect with a familiar name. Indian River State College (Fla.) first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., was taken by Washington with the 454th overall pick. The 6-foot-6 left-handed hitter batted .321 in 42 games last…

  5. The Baseball Show: Zim’s impact

    Jun 6, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

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    On this week’s installment of ‘The Baseball Show,’ there were plenty of positives to discuss, as the Nationals are currently playing their best baseball of the season. In this first segment, Mark, Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak talk about the importance of Ryan Zimmerman’s return. The Nats have won each of their three games since…

  6. Nats complete sweep before big ‘test’

    Jun 5, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT

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    When it comes to this juncture of the 2014 season, the Nationals sure have good timing. Just days before they embark on a 10-game road trip mostly on the West Coast, they’ve put together their best stretch of baseball so far this year. Five wins in six games, all five as convincing as victories come.…

  7. Instant Analysis: Nats 4, Phillies 2

    Jun 5, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon with another impressive showing from their offense. Now healthy, the Nationals are starting to torment opposing pitchers and that continued in their 4-2 win over the Phillies. Ryan Zimmerman knocked in an RBI in the bottom of the first…

  8. Harper not rushing back

    Jun 5, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to work through the slow rehab process after his April 29 surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, still waiting for the day he can resume baseball activities. The two-time All-Star gave an update on his progress Thursday, saying he does not have a timetable to return…

  9. Game 58: Phillies at Nats

    Jun 5, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have put together a nice little run here as of late, winning four of their last five games and scoring a bunch of runs in the process. Tonight they send Doug Fister (3-1, 3.34) to the mound for his sixth start of the season as they look for the sweep against Philly. Having pitched…

  10. 2014 MLB Draft preview

    Jun 5, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT

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    When: June 5-7 Where: Secaucus, NJ TV: MLB Network will carry the first and second rounds live on television Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. Rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday will be broadcast on MLB.com. The second and third days get started at 1 p.m. Draft order: The first 10 picks…

  11. Nats not afraid of ‘risky’ draft prospects

    Jun 4, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

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    In every MLB draft – or any professional sports draft for that matter – there are certain players who present risks. Character concerns are one thing, injuries are another. The Nationals have proven to be a team that is willing to take a risk on an injured player, and they’ve seen it work both ways.…

  12. ‘Baseball in the District’ – BA’s John Manuel talks draft

    Jun 4, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

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    This week on ‘Baseball in the District’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed a very special guest in John Manuel of Baseball America. Manuel is one of the premier MLB Draft experts out there and has an encyclopedic knowledge of draft prospects. On Thursday night he will be on MLB Network’s draft broadcast and…

  13. New position, same Zim

    Jun 3, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

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    Seeing Ryan Zimmerman trot out to left field moments before the Nationals took on the Phillies Tuesday night was certainly an odd sight for those who have watched the two-time Silver Slugger over the years. Playing his first MLB game ever in the outfield – after 1,120 professional games as an infielder – Zimmerman may have…

  14. Zim in LF: The time has come

    Jun 3, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

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    Somewhere along the way during the seven weeks it took for Ryan Zimmerman to return from a fractured right thumb, the idea was proposed to the former Gold Glove third baseman that a position change would be in his best interest. Zimmerman has played shortstop in the majors before for one game, as he did…

  15. Gio to rehab Friday at Potomac

    Jun 3, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez will make a minor league rehab appearance on Friday in Woodbridge, Va. with the Single-A Potomac Nationals, manager Matt Williams announced on Tuesday. Gonzalez is expected to throw 65 pitches for the P-Nats as he works his way back from left shoulder inflammation. Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list…

  16. Zim activated, Moore optioned

    Jun 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

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    The Nationals activated Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Zimmerman is in the starting lineup at left field as the Nats take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the first of a three-game series. Once a Gold Glove third baseman, Zimmerman will be playing in…

  17. For MLB draft, Nats do their homework

    Jun 3, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals will have to wait 17 picks before they are on the clock at No. 18 in this Thursday’s draft, but just about all of the hard work has already been done. Forget just going back to last year’s draft, scouting prospects for the Nationals is a process years in the making. General…

  18. State of the Nats: Zim’s return near

    Jun 2, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Zimmerman set to return – Ryan Zimmerman will play nine innings in left field with Single-A Potomac Monday night as he continues his recovery from a fractured right thumb. If all goes well, he should be ready to go for Tuesday’s Nats game in Washington when the Phillies come to town. Having Zimmerman back…

  19. Nats involved in first double challenge

    Jun 2, 2014, 8:02 AM EDT

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    In the Nationals’ 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday, Major League Baseball’s new system of managers challenges showed us something we had previously yet to see: a double challenge. Both managers – Matt Williams of the Nats and Ron Washington of the Rangers – challenged the same play, thus creating two separate rulings on the…

  20. Nats react to Darvish’s gem

    Jun 1, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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    The excellence of Yu Darvish is not something many fans – or baseball players for that matter –  in Washington, D.C. have been able to appreciate in his two-plus seasons in the majors. Darvish plays in the American League in a division out west where many of the games don’t even start until after 10…

  21. Gio throws sim game; Zim getting closer

    Jun 1, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Both Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Zimmerman took notable steps forward in their recoveries on Sunday as each inch closer to returning to the Nationals. Gonzalez threw a simulated game of 50 pitches before the team’s matchup with the Texas Rangers. Teammates Kevin Frandsen, Greg Dobbs and Tyler Moore stood in to face Gonzalez as pitching…

  22. Instant Analysis: Rangers 2, Nats 0

    Jun 1, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Coming off two blowout wins where they scored a combined 19 runs against the Rangers, one could have probably guessed all that would stop with Yu Darvish on the mound. The Texas ace did not disappoint, tossing a gem of a game to close out this interleague series and prevent a Nationals’…

  23. Nats to send Boone & DiPuglia to draft

    Jun 1, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are sending a pair of front office executives to Secaucus, New Jersey on Thursday to represent the organization in the 2014 MLB Draft. Vice President of player personnel Bob Boone and director of international scouting Johnny DiPuglia will be in attendance with a direct line to the Nationals’ draft room back in Washington.…

  24. Game 55: Rangers at Nats

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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    The Nationals’ offense has enjoyed their best consecutive games of the 2014 season this weekend, combining to score 19 runs in two wins over the Rangers. For the third and final game of this interleague series, they’ll get quite the challenge as they look to keep it up. Rangers ace Yu Darvish (4-2, 2.35) is…

  25. Up next: Yu Darvish

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have had no problem scoring runs against the Texas Rangers so far in their interleague series at Nats Park. Through two games, they’ve scored a combined 19 runs while holding the Rangers to a total of four. With a series win in hand, now comes the hard part: solving Yu Darvish. The Rangers’…

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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.
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