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  1. Williams: Harper making progress

    Jul 8, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Since returning from a nine-week absence in late June, Bryce Harper has yet to find his form on offense. It’s only been seven games, but the guy who hit three home runs in his final rehab outing has yet to show up. After going 0-for-3 with two walks in the Nats’ loss to the Orioles on Monday…

  2. Game 86: Cubs at Nats

    Jul 5, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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    After a tough, win streak-ending loss to the Cubs on the 4th of July, the Nationals got a bit of a break for the second game of this series. Late Friday night the Cubs traded their No. 1 starter, Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics, right before he was set to start against the Nats.…

  3. MLB Power Rankings: A’s leading the way

    Jul 3, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Here are this week’s power rankings with analysis from Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and I: 1. Athletics — Hughes: Scott Kazmir is a legitimate Cy Young candidate right now.2. Brewers – Zuckerman: Peripheral stats still say they’re not quite this good, should come back to earth a bit. 3. Tigers — Zuckerman: Rick Porcello, forgotten man of Detroit’s…

  4. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Mid-season report

    Jul 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ happened to fall right at the halfway point of the 2014 season. With that in mind, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I evaluated where they are right now and made predictions for the second half. We also welcomed in two guests. The first was radio voice of the…

  5. Nats lineup comes together, comes through

    Jul 1, 2014, 12:24 AM EDT

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    It had been 80 games since the Nationals last had their full lineup together and healthy, the group Mike Rizzo assembled for this season before injuries struck almost immediately on Opening Day. Half a season where the Nats patched together lineup cards just hoping to stay afloat in the NL East. On Monday, Bryce Harper…

  6. Harper, Williams give thoughts on lineup

    Jun 30, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

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    Finally having Bryce Harper back in the mix on Monday, Matt Williams’ lineup card looked much like it did on Opening Day, the last time he had a roster at full health to choose from. Harper is back in left field with Ryan Zimmerman at third base, Anthony Rendon is back at second. Denard Span remains…

  7. Nats activate Harper from DL

    Jun 30, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

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    The Nationals made official on Monday the activation of Bryce Harper from the disabled list, setting up his expected return to the lineup after missing more than two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Reliever Xavier Cedeno was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Harper has been out since April…

  8. State of the Nats: Harper set to return

    Jun 30, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Harper’s return - It’s been over two months since Bryce Harper last took the field with the Nationals, but his long recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb is just about over. Barring something unforeseen, Harper is expected to be in the Nats’ lineup to face the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Harper…

  9. A.J. Cole promoted to Syracuse

    Jun 27, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole was promoted from Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, as he continues his development as one of the Nats’ most promising minor leaguers. Cole, 22, is considered the team’s second best prospect after fellow right-hander Lucas Giolito and was ranked 69th among all MLB prospects by Baseball America prior to…

  10. The Baseball Show: How Harper will help

    Jun 27, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT

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    The return of Bryce Harper is getting close, it could happen as soon as Monday, according to Matt Williams. When he gets back the Nationals will have their full Opening Day lineup, a rare luxury for the team this season. Harper has been tearing it up in the minor leagues, but what impact will he…

  11. Up next: the Cubs

    Jun 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Despite a disaster of a series finale - a 9-2 loss to the Brewers that was capped by the benches clearing – the Nationals have to be pretty satisfied with their performance in Milwaukee. They won the first two games against the NL’s best team, including a 16-inning marathon that took just about everything out of them. Now,…

  12. Nats DFA Dobbs, cut Garcia, call up Hill

    Jun 25, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced four roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, including the release of oft-injured pitcher Christian Garcia and the call-up of right-hander Taylor Hill from Syracuse. In order to make room for Hill on the roster, the Nationals designated bench player Greg Dobbs for assignment. Second baseman Jeff Kobernus replaced Hill on the roster at…

  13. Game 77: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 25, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

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    Just over 12 hours after the longest game in Nationals history was completed, the Nats will pick right back up in Milwaukee for the final game of their series with the Brewers. Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.24) will take the mound in a 2:10 p.m. start, as the Nationals look for the three-game sweep. Strasburg will…

  14. Gonzalez shines in Nats shutout win

    Jun 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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    For Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, Monday night’s 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers must have brought quite the sigh of relief. The lefty entered the game with a 4.85 ERA after a recent stint on the disabled list. He later left hugging his teammates and pitching coach Steve McCatty in the dugout after throwing six scoreless…

  15. Nats get well-earned split vs. Braves

    Jun 22, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Winning two games out of a four-game set technically goes down as a split, as both teams leave the park without a series win. But for the Nationals to take two against the Braves this weekend, given the recent history between the two, this one sure feels different for Washington. Before Thursday’s series opener, the Nationals…

  16. Instant Analysis: Nats 4, Braves 1

    Jun 22, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a season of 162 games, it’s not often a team experiences ups and downs as dramatic as the Nats have over the last four days. Entering their four-game series with the rival Braves, the Nationals lost their first two in frustrating fashion, briefly losing their grip on first place in the…

  17. Zim showing signs of life at plate

    Jun 22, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

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    Since his return from a broken right thumb on June 3, Ryan Zimmerman has produced a bit of a mixed bag on offense. At first, he adjusted well with two doubles in his first game back. But then he fell into a slump and, until Saturday night, was hitting just .197 with a .552 OPS…

  18. Game 74: Braves at Nats

    Jun 22, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After a brilliant and much-needed performance by Doug Fister on Saturday night, today the Nationals have a shot at splitting their four-game series with the Braves. In order to do that, however, they’ll likely need another very good outing from their starting pitcher. Today Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85) will be handed that task. Roark has…

  19. The Baseball Show: Which Nats are All-Stars?

    Jun 21, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are currently lagging in All-Star voting with just over two weeks to go until the rosters are announced on July 6. Of course they will get at least one guy on the NL team, but who will it be? In this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, Mark discussed that very topic with…

  20. Nats sign 24 draft picks

    Jun 20, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced on Friday that 24 of their 40 draft picks from the 2014 class have agreed to terms. Among the players include third round catcher Jakson Reetz, fourth round pitcher Robbie Dickey, and 15th round first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. First round pick Erick Fedde, a…

  21. Zim showing he can throw from left

    Jun 20, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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    By all accounts, the experiment of putting Ryan Zimmerman in left field has been a relative success for the Nationals. Though his natural position is third base, he has shown the athletic ability to more than hold his own while working in a larger space. One thing that had eluded Zimmerman for several weeks, however,…

  22. Braves’ Floyd breaks elbow vs. Nats

    Jun 20, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd – an Annapolis, Md. native – was cruising through his start against the Nationals on Thursday night, enjoying his best outing of the season. The 31-year-old was facing Jayson Werth in the first at-bat of the bottom of the seventh inning, having already thrown six scoreless frames with two hits allowed…

  23. Harper puts on show in BP

    Jun 19, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper took the field to take batting practice and catch outfield flyballs before the Nationals game against the Braves on Thursday. Both were firsts in his recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb, and how he feels in the coming days could determine when he begins a minor league rehab assignment. Harper…

  24. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 19, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s been two long months since the Nationals and Braves squared off, as they each played six of their first 12 games of the season against each other. Now they go at it in a midseason, four-game series that could vault either team into a commanding lead in the National League East. Jordan Zimmermann (5-3, 2.98) will…

  25. Matt Williams remembers Tony Gwynn

    Jun 18, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

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    In the outpour of Tony Gwynn remembrances since his untimely death at the age of 54 on Monday, you may have noticed a lot of people mentioning the 5.5 hole, also known as the space between the third baseman and the shortstop on a baseball diamond. As a left-handed hitter who could spray baseballs all over a…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 43 --
ATLANTA 54 46 2.0
MIAMI 47 52 8.5
NEW YORK 47 53 9.0
PHILADELPHIA 43 57 13.0
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
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.
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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