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  1. Nationals Stock Watch: Roark continues to impress

    Apr 30, 2014, 2:01 PM EST

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    Record: 4-2 Team slash: .277/.335/.398 Team ERA: 2.73 Runs per game: 5.16 STOCK UP  Adam LaRoche, 1B: .360 AVG/.429 OBP/.560 SLG/6 RBI  With the way the Nationals’ lineup has been bit by the injury bug this season, where would the offense be without LaRoche? The veteran first baseman has been a rock through April, leading the team in average,…

  2. Around the NL East: Which teams are for real?

    Apr 29, 2014, 12:45 PM EST

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    ATLANTA BRAVES Winners of four straight, the Braves are now heading to Miami for a three-game set with the Marlins. Atlanta is 17-7 so far after 24 games, which is actually a better record than they had at this juncture last season. Somehow, some way, the Braves’ pitching staff has been even better despite losing…

  3. State of the Nats: On the road again

    Apr 28, 2014, 11:52 AM EST

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    Top storylines: Even more injuries - This week saw Bryce Harper head to the disabled list with a sprained left thumb, and until we hear about the second opinion he is set to have today in Cleveland, his timeline is unclear. Harper believes the injury will not linger beyond his 15 days on the disabled list,…

  4. Detwiler, Barrett take blame for loss

    Apr 28, 2014, 6:04 AM EST

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    After Nationals starter Taylor Jordan left Sunday’s game due to a fever, relievers Ross Detwiler and Aaron Barrett had trouble picking up where he left off. Inheriting a game tied at one, Detwiler and Barrett combined to give up three runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched, the deciding difference in the Nats’ loss to the…

  5. Jordan, Espinosa leave game in fifth inning

    Apr 27, 2014, 6:29 PM EST

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    Pitching through one of his best starts of the young 2014 season, Taylor Jordan was unexpectedly removed after just four innings during the Nationals’ loss to the Padres on Sunday afternoon. After the game it was explained Jordan was dealing with a bad fever, and was lucky to even make it as far as he…

  6. Instant Analysis: Padres 4, Nats 2

    Apr 27, 2014, 4:48 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Taylor Jordan was pitching well through four innings for the Nationals, but was removed from the game after only 63 pitches. His velocity appeared down, which is concerning, but there was no immediate announcement as to why he was pulled. Unfortunately for the Nationals, their bullpen could not pick up where Jordan…

  7. Fister pitches four innings in rehab start

    Apr 27, 2014, 2:17 PM EST

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    [Updated 6:02 p.m.] Doug Fister completed his first minor league rehab assignment on Sunday afternoon with the Single-A Potomac Nationals, throwing 58 pitches across four innings. Fister allowed three runs – all of them unearned – on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts. The first two runs came in the first inning and…

  8. Harper to 15-day DL with left thumb sprain

    Apr 27, 2014, 12:29 PM EST

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    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain, and will travel to Cleveland on Monday for a second opinion with a hand specialist, manager Matt Williams announced on Sunday. The Nationals are cautious to give a definitive timeline for Harper until after Monday’s examination. Harper had an…

  9. Game 26: Padres at Nats

    Apr 27, 2014, 11:46 AM EST

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    Today the Nationals and Padres close out their four-game series with the Nats looking to win their third in a row. Taylor Jordan (0-3, 6.23) and Ian Kennedy (1-3, 3.60) are your starting pitchers. The Nationals will be without Bryce Harper once again, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game…

  10. The Baseball Show: How can Nats fix their defense?

    Apr 25, 2014, 12:38 PM EST

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    On Thursday’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ Mark discussed the Nationals’ defensive problems with Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak. The Nats currently lead the majors with 25 errors in 23 games, and it’s continuing to cost them. Also, below is a segment I did on the comparisons between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Though everyone in the…

  11. Injury updates on Gio, Fister & Hairston

    Apr 24, 2014, 6:51 PM EST

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams shared some injury updates on pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister on Thursday, as well as backup outfielder Scott Hairston. Gonzalez, who was pulled from his Wednesday night start with left shoulder tightness, felt normal soreness for the day after a start on Thursday morning. Williams said he is not concerned…

  12. Game 23: Padres at Nats

    Apr 24, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

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    Today the Nationals host the San Diego Padres in the first of a four-game series at Nationals Park, the final series of this season-long homestand. The Nats were victorious last night in a walk-off thriller, and will look to keep it going today. Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.92) is set to pitch for Washington with lefty…

  13. Gonzalez pulled with shoulder tightness

    Apr 23, 2014, 11:33 PM EST

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    Nationals’ starter Gio Gonzalez was removed from Wednesday night’s game in the sixth inning after complaining of tightness in his left shoulder. The game-time temperature was 54 degrees, a cold night for April 23, and manager Matt Williams described the move as precautionary. Gonzalez is not expected to miss any time at this point. “It’s a…

  14. Desmond, Clippard unravel in eighth inning of Nats’ loss

    Apr 22, 2014, 12:23 AM EST

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    Through the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the only winning campaigns since the Nationals moved to Washington in 2005, one could argue their most consistent position player was Ian Desmond, and their best relief pitcher was Tyler Clippard. Somehow, three weeks into this new season, each has become their own unique liability. Desmond is committing errors…

  15. Harper and Trout on playing each other, comparisons between the two

    Apr 21, 2014, 6:28 PM EST

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    They are linked by Rookie of the Year awards, two All-Star appearances by the age of 22, and a good deal of hype, but Monday will be the first time we see both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout on the same field for a regular season MLB game. They are two young phenoms who could define…

  16. Game 20: Angels at Nats

    Apr 21, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

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    As you may have heard, there are a couple of high-profile young stars here in town tonight meeting for the first time as big leaguers. But there are some storylines beyond Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper as the Nationals host the Angels in the opener of a three-game series. There is, for example, a guy…

  17. State of the Nats: It’s time for Harper vs. Trout

    Apr 21, 2014, 11:01 AM EST

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    Top storylines: Mike Trout and the Angels in town - When the 2014 MLB schedule came out back in September, one early season series for the Nationals stood out immediately. On April 21 (today) the Los Angeles Angels would travel to Washington to play the Nats, finally pitting Bryce Harper and Mike Trout against each other…

  18. VIDEO: Harper, Williams and Werth on benching

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

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    After Bryce Harper was removed from Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the explanation as to why came as quite the surprise. No, it had nothing to do with Harper’s lingering quad tightness, it was for lack of hustle. We at CSN had a camera at Nationals Park for the aftermath, and got reaction…

  19. Bryce Harper benched in Nats’ loss to Cardinals for ‘lack of hustle’

    Apr 19, 2014, 4:21 PM EST

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    [Updated 5:15 p.m.] Just 18 games into the Nationals’ 2014 season, rookie manager Matt Williams has made his first big statement as skipper. Bryce Harper was benched before the beginning of the seventh inning in the Nationals’ loss to the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. Williams said it was because he failed to hustle out a groundball…

  20. Instant Analysis: Cardinals 4, Nats 3

    Apr 19, 2014, 3:50 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Facing a team that has had their way with him in the past, Jordan Zimmermann pitched well enough against St. Louis to give the Nationals a chance to win on Saturday. But again, as they did two nights ago, the Nats committed defensive mistakes early in the game that cost them. This…

  21. Nats activate Denard Span from 7-day DL, option Steven Souza, Jr.

    Apr 19, 2014, 11:56 AM EST

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    The Nationals reinstated center fielder Denard Span off the 7-day disabled list on Saturday, and optioned Steven Souza, Jr. back to Triple-A Syracuse. Span had been out since April 11 after sustaining a concussion in Atlanta in a game against the Braves. He made two rehab appearances with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns before rejoining the…

  22. Game 18: Cardinals at Nats

    Apr 19, 2014, 11:33 AM EST

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    With a quick turnaround after their 3-1 win the night before, the Nationals will send Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 5.27) out to the mound on Saturday to face a St. Louis Cardinals team that has given him trouble in the past. Zimmermann is 0-3 with a 8.27 ERA in eight career starts against the Cards. He’s…

  23. Drew Storen comes through in Nats’ 3-1 win over Cardinals

    Apr 19, 2014, 9:41 AM EST

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    Nursing a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals – a team they had not beaten in eight consecutive tries – the Nationals nearly saw it slip away. Struggling relief pitcher Tyler Clippard took over for starter Gio Gonzalez to begin the inning, and needed 26 pitches to…

  24. Span to join Nats on Saturday after second rehab game

    Apr 18, 2014, 8:42 PM EST

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    [Updated 10:40 p.m.] Nationals center fielder Denard Span completed his second rehab assignment game with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns on Friday night as he aims for a weekend return from the seven-day disabled list. Span, who is recovering from a concussion sustained on April 11 in Atlanta, went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He…

  25. Nats call up Xavier Cedeno, send Blake Treinen to Syracuse

    Apr 18, 2014, 5:38 PM EST

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    The Washington Nationals recalled lefty relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno on Friday afternoon and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen back down to Triple-A Syracuse. Treinen, 25, will return to a starter’s schedule now after serving a week as the Nationals’ long reliever. “The plan for him outside of the major league team is for him to start…

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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.

*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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