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  1. Rick Eckstein takes position with Angels

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

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    Fired on July 22 from his job as hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, Rick Eckstein has finally landed on his feet, taking a position with the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. Eckstein will help the Angels as an assistant hitting coach, but will also have advance scouting duties. FoxSports.com first reported the news. Eckstein was…

  2. VIDEO: Players excited about Williams hire

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    At Friday’s press conference CSN caught up with a few Nats players who were in attendance. Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond and Tanner Roark were there in the first row to welcome their new manager, alongside bench coach Randy Knorr who will remain as the team’s bench coach. Some of those players had voiced their support…

  3. Solis, Purke standing out in Arizona Fall League

    Oct 22, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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    A new wave of young Nats pitching prospects is on display in the Arizona Fall League, and the early returns from two players in particular are very good. Sammy Solis and Matt Purke, both left-handers drafted recently by the Nats, are off to strong starts with the Mesa Solar Sox. Solis is 3-0 through three…

  4. Beltway Baseball: How to fix Nats for 2014

    Oct 8, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

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    Yesterday Mark and I looked at what went wrong with the Nationals, so now it’s time to look forward to next year. How can the Nats make sure what happened this season doesn’t happen again? We each have our own theories with what they will do, what areas they will try and improve, etc. And…

  5. Beltway Baseball: What went wrong in 2013?

    Oct 7, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

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    It’s been a week since the Nationals’ season ended, giving Mark and I some time to think about the year that was. 86 wins was not enough for the Nats to make the playoffs, and was nowhere near what many expected this team to accomplish in 2013. So, why exactly did they underachieve? In this…

  6. Harper: ‘I wanna win for the rest of my career’

    Sep 28, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Mark caught up with Bryce Harper on Friday at Chase Field in Arizona, and took stock of the 2013 season. Harper is of course disappointed with how this year has played out, particularly with the Nats not making the playoffs. Harper says this season was enough frustration for him, that he wants to make sure…

  7. 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”…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. ‘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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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 —…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 47 --
ATLANTA 58 49 0.5
MIAMI 53 53 5.0
NEW YORK 51 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 60 11.5
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m. TUE: Mets 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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