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  1. Who’s hot, who’s not: Werth up, LaRoche down

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-5 Team slash: .213/.278/.277 Team ERA: 3.26 Runs per game: 3.0 Opponent runs per game: 3.1 Opponent slash: .241/.282/.377 HOT Jayson Werth, OF: 7-28/1 HR/4 R/5 RBI/.364 OBP/.792 OPS Just as the term “cold” was applied in a relative sense over the past few weeks, the “hot”…

  2. MLB Power Rankings: Down to the wire

    Sep 26, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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    The Tigers have clinched a spot in the Division Series, but the AL Wild Card chase couldn’t be much closer, with the Rays, Rangers, and Indians all locked in a dogfight. On the flip side, recently eliminated teams like the Yankees and Nationals are left to ponder their offseason moves in an attempt to get…

  3. Nats beat Marlins to clinch winning season, want more

    Sep 20, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

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    The 2013 season for the Washington Nationals is on track to end without a trip to the postseason, as the playoffs are a longshot with nine games left and a five-game deficit to overcome. But with Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins, the Nats took home win No. 82 and ensured they will at the…

  4. State of the Nats: Braves come to town

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Braves come to town - Winners of eight of their last nine, the Nationals now welcome the big, bad Braves to Washington for their final series of the season. The Braves have had their way with the Nats this year, going 12-4 up until this point in the season series. It should be the…

  5. Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Phillies 1

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: Ross Ohlendorf was thrown in to start after Stephen Strasburg was a late scratch on Friday night, and the veteran delivered. He threw 31 pitches in the first inning and allowed an early run, but settled in and worked five innings with the help of a large lead provided by his…

  6. Nats who’s hot, who’s not – 9/11

    Sep 11, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Zim throwing, Lidge has surgery

    The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 5-1 Team slash: .264/.335/.529 Team ERA: 3.06 Runs per game: 5.5 Opponent runs per game: 3.0 Opponent slash: .235/.281/.286 HOT Ryan Zimmerman, 3B: 5-25/5 HR/6 RBI/.286 OBP/1.086 OPS What an odd line — just five hits and three walks, but all three hits left the park, giving…

  7. The Baseball Show: Harper playing through injury

    Sep 6, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

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    In his weekly sitdown with Mark on Wednesday, Bryce Harper gave a bit more detail as to the pain he’s been playing through over the course of this season. He’s hinted at the fact he hasn’t been the same since April, but now the revelation of a hip injury has surfaced and it’s become clear…

  8. Nats 2013 minor league awards

    Sep 5, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

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    Syracuse Chiefs (66-78, 11th in International League) Best Hitter: SS Zach Walters (.253 BA, 29 HR, 77 RBI, 69 R) Best Pitcher: RHP Tanner Roark (9-3, 3.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 105.2 IP) Biggest Surprise: RHP Caleb Clay (5-2, 2.49 ERA, 51 SO, 83.0 IP) Zach Walters could double as the biggest surprise out of the…

  9. ‘You gotta have heart’ – Q&A with Frederic J. Frommer

    Sep 5, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Though the Nationals have only been here for nine seasons since moving in 2005, baseball and Washington, D.C. go much further back. The history between the sport and city traces to the 1800s, with teams and generations of fans coming and going. Frederic J. Frommer has documented the history of Washington baseball back to 1859…

  10. State of the Nats: Momentum kept?

    Sep 2, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Can they hold on to momentum? - After losing two straight to the Mets, it appeared all the momentum the Nationals had built over the month of August was lost. They were blown out in ugly fashion on Saturday night and were facing the sweep on national television Sunday night. But not only did…

  11. Harper’s decision to bunt pays off

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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    With two men on and no outs in the eighth inning on Sunday night, and the Nats down by two runs, Bryce Harper didn’t take a swing for the fences, or even swing at all. He instead took a 0-1 fastball from Mets reliever Scott Rice and laid down a sacrifice bunt to simply move…

  12. Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Mets 5

    Sep 1, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: Ross Ohlendorf got the Nationals off to a poor start against the Mets with three runs allowed through the first three innings. It seemed everything he tossed found the barrel of a bat as even pitcher Jonathon Niese got in on the fun. One of the hits allowed included a solo…

  13. Game 136: Mets at Nats

    Sep 1, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

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    After losing the first two of this weekend series with the New York Mets, the Nationals will send Ross Ohlendorf to the mound looking to avoid the sweep. They sit 7 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card with 27 games remaining on their schedule, this the first of their final month of the…

  14. Nats begin September call-ups

    Sep 1, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

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    [Updated 6:35 p.m.] The Washington Nationals began expanding their roster with September call-ups on Sunday, promoting pitchers Erik Davis and Ian Krol from Triple-A Syracuse, as well as catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats are expected to call up more players in the coming days as both the Chiefs’ and Senators’ schedules end…

  15. Mets blast Haren, Nats in 11-3 blowout

    Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

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    Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper. Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved…

  16. Davey happy for Morse; Walters on the way?

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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    After claiming Michael Morse off waivers on Thursday, the Orioles spent the next 24 hours completing the trade with Seattle. Davey Johnson had actually heard from bench coach Randy Knorr during the game Thursday night it was going to fall through. He heard because Nats players were following the situation during their game against the…

  17. Johnson praises Clippard’s consistency

    Aug 30, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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    In a season that has seen inconsistency up and down the Nationals’ roster, Tyler Clippard has been as steady and reliable as ever. He’s appeared in more games than any other pitcher on the Nats’ staff (61) and holds its lowest ERA (1.94). Relief pitching is usually among the most volatile roles in sports. Success…

  18. MLB Power Rankings: Nats climbing

    Aug 29, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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    The top teams in the league have plenty of stars, but at this time of the year, some of the most important players on contending teams are the ones flying under the radar. The Braves, Dodgers, and Cardinals are riding players like these straight to the postseason. Here’s how Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Nats writer…

  19. Nats who’s hot/who’s not – 8/28

    Aug 28, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 5-1 Team slash: .296/.360/.473 Team ERA: 4.58 Runs per game: 6.7 Opponent runs per game: 4.8 Opponent slash: .273/.327/.429 HOT Bryce Harper, OF: 9-25/1 HR/6 RBI/.467 OBP/1.067 OPS  There he is. Riding a 10-game hitting streak — and with multiple hits in six of those games —…

  20. 8 Nats selected for Arizona Fall League

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals will have eight representatives in the 2013 Arizona Fall League, all playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. Outfielder Brian Goodwin, catcher Adrian Nieto, first baseman Matt Skole and outfielder Steven Souza are the position players the Nats are sending. Sammy Solis, Matt Purke, Robert Benincasa and Richie Mirowski are the pitching prospects.…

  21. Around the NL East: Seasons ending

    Aug 27, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

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    Devastating injuries, to Jason Heyward and Matt Harvey, as well as a managerial change in Philly, have made this a particularly interesting week in the NL East — despite the lack of any postseason drama at all. Atlanta Braves (78-52) There’s bad news in Atlanta, and there’s good news in Atlanta. The bad news is…

  22. Game 130: Nats at Royals

    Aug 25, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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    After a 7-2 victory over the Royals last night, the Nationals have now won five straight games, all on the road, and 11 of their last 15 overall. They stand above .500 for the first time since July 14 and are 12 games back in the division after the Braves’ third straight loss on Saturday.…

  23. Who will get the call in September?

    Aug 25, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are about to enter September under much different circumstances than they did last season, with different priorities as they get set to expand their roster. Instead of looking for specialists to use sparingly during a pennant race, the Nats can see what a few players have at the big league level and maybe…

  24. Game 129: Nats at Royals

    Aug 24, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Instant analysis: Cubs 11, Nats 1

    The Nats won their fourth straight game last night despite another near-collapse by their bullpen, as we once again saw Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano make matters way more interesting than they needed to be. They are now back at the .500 mark with a chance to win their fifth consecutive game for the second…

  25. Harper deals with losing: ‘I’ve never lost’

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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    At 64-64 through 128 games, and with over a month left in the season, the Nationals have plenty of time to make a run and finish with a winning record. But just topping the .500 mark isn’t enough to call this year a success, especially given preseason expectations to win a World Series. As a…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 46 1.0
NEW YORK 48 53 8.0
MIAMI 47 52 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 43 57 12.5
Through Wednesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 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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