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  1. Carpenter cleared to throw; Span close to live BP

    Aug 3, 2015, 5:03 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 6:35 p.m.] The Nationals had a few pieces of good news to share on the injury front before Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as their overall health as a team continues to improve. David Carpenter has been cleared to resume his throwing program after seeing a second opinion on his right shoulder. Carpenter…

  2. The Baseball Show: Is NL East up for grabs?

    Aug 3, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT

    USA Today

    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ came at a good time, as it allowed Mark to break down the Nats’ series against the New York Mets with Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak. They made sense of the sweep and also took a look at Matt Williams’ decision-making over the weekend. He has taken a…

  3. State of the Nats: All tied up in the NL East

    Aug 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Mets earn a sweep – The Mets made a statement this weekend with their sweep of the Nationals, a convincing trio of wins capped off by Tyler Clippard getting Jose Lobaton to pop up for the final out on Sunday night. They earned a tie atop the NL East and seem energized by their…

  4. Game 103: Nats at Mets

    Aug 2, 2015, 4:24 PM EDT

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    Following another one-run loss to the Mets, the Nationals now enter Sunday night hoping to avoid a three-game sweep. The game will be on national television – like the first two were – as ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball showcase. Jordan Zimmermann (8-6, 3.36) will square off against talented rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard (5-5, 2.70). The…

  5. Ross continues to impress, but Mets showing their worth

    Aug 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    For the second straight night, the Nationals fell to the division rival New York Mets by just one run thanks to mistakes made late in the game by their bullpen. This time it was Mets first baseman Lucas Duda who had the big swing and Nats reliever Matt Thornton who gave up the decisive score.…

  6. Carpenter to get 2nd opinion, Span to be evaluated soon

    Jul 31, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo provided a pair of injury updates for the Nationals on Friday before the team’s game against the New York Mets, as though they have seen a good group of guys return over the last week, there remain several big names on the disabled list. Reliever David Carpenter,…

  7. Catching up with now-Mets pitcher Tyler Clippard

    Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…

  8. Game 101: Nats at Mets

    Jul 31, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The Nationals roll into New York this weekend fresh off a series win against the Miami Marlins and with a three-game lead in first place in the NL East. The Mets will do their best to try and gain some ground in the division race against a Nats team that looks revitalized…

  9. VIDEO: Papelbon on joining the Nats, playing with Storen

    Jul 30, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon met with reporters before yesterday’s game at Marlins Park on his first day with his new team, the Washington Nationals. The veteran closer addressed several subjects, including why he waived his no-trade clause to join the Nats and what his presence now means for Drew Storen. You can watch the video below to…

  10. Clippard traded to New York Mets

    Jul 27, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Given the rumors linking the Nationals to former fan favorite Tyler Clippard this week, the worst fears of many have perhaps been realized. Clippard is coming back to the NL East, but he won’t be pitching in Washington. The New York Mets have instead traded for the two-time NL All-Star. Clippard, 30, was shipped to…

  11. Strasburg to rehab at Syracuse

    Jul 27, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique. The Nationals’ right-hander threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was placed on the disabled list…

  12. The Baseball Show: A rough start to the second half

    Jul 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

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    There was a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 2015 trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the Nats have stumbled out of the gate in the second half of the season. There is also a…

  13. Brutal stretch for Nats has end in sight; Taylor’s heating up

    Jul 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    With their 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals have now lost six of their 10 games since the All-Star break ended. Max Scherzer has been beaten twice during that stretch. Their offense has averaged 3.8 runs per contest. The Mets have cut the division lead back down to two games.…

  14. Game 97: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 26, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to split their four-game series against the Pirates following their lopsided win the day before. They will send rookie Joe Ross (2-2, 2.70) to the mound opposite former No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole (13-4, 2.31), who is in the middle of a breakout season. Ross has only…

  15. VIDEOS: On Fister, Aroldis Chapman and the trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…

  16. Fister and Roark struggle; Desmond keeps heating up

    Jul 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ starting rotation hasn’t been nearly as good collectively as many predicted it would be this year, and part of the reason has been the disappointing season of Doug Fister. The Nats’ starting staff was one of the best in baseball in 2014 and Fister was their most consistent guy. He went 16-6 with a 2.41…

  17. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman and Dan Zangrilli

    Jul 23, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT

    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN It was a good time to record our latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ with the Nats coming off a big series win against the New York Mets, and with the Pittsburgh Pirates up next. For our guests, we had Mark Zuckerman on to talk about the Mets series and…

  18. Plenty of contributors in Nats’ comeback win

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

    USA Today

    As if it wasn’t clear already, the second-inning departure of Yunel Escobar due to injury gave the Nats yet another reminder that if they are to win games these days, they are going to have to do so without the contributions of some of their biggest names. Escobar exited with a left wrist injury, another…

  19. Updated: Escobar leaves game with wrist injury

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

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    [Updated at 5:16 p.m.] Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the second inning against the New York Mets with a left wrist injury. He underwent an X-ray afterwards that showed no bone fractures. “That X-ray is negative. We’re going to send him in for further tests. That’s all we know at this…

  20. Carpenter has setback; Strasburg ready for sim game

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Nationals reliever David Carpenter has stopped his throwing program as he continues to recover from right shoulder inflammation after feeling discomfort while playing catch off flat ground. The veteran will now take two or three days off after receiving anti-inflammatory injections and undergoing an MRI. The good news is that the MRI showed no structural…

  21. Ross shines, but defense and bullpen contribute to loss

    Jul 21, 2015, 11:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Rookie right-hander Joe Ross had made spot starts for the Nationals before, but this was no ordinary outing. The 22-year-old starter came up to pitch in Stephen Strasburg’s place on Tuesday and faced the New York Mets, the second place team in the NL East. His counterpart? Reigning NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 All-Star…

  22. The Baseball Show: Nats close to getting healthy

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a bunch of stuff on the Nats-Dodgers series, as it was an eventful one. They talked about Bryce Harper’s comments on Zack Greinke and, of course, the infamous power outage. But Mark, Joe Orsulak and Brent Harris also got to the Nats’ long list of injuries and…

  23. Nats finally get to Matt Harvey

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Matt Harvey has dominated his fair share of lineups throughout his brief MLB career and the Nationals are no stranger to what he’s capable of. Entering Monday night Harvey had a 0.68 ERA in six starts against Washington with three earned runs allowed and 47 strikeouts across 40 innings. Harvey had already seen the Nats…

  24. Desmond says encouragement from Cal Ripken has helped

    Jul 20, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond entered Monday’s game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, a streak that dated back to July 10, a span of 10 days. But in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Mets on Monday night, Desmond reached base twice: once on an infield single and then later with a two-run homer, his eighth of…

  25. Latest on Nats’ long list of injuries

    Jul 20, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Matt Williams was asked for the latest on his long list of injured players on Monday and before answering he paused and smiled. “Alright, let me step back,” he said as he motioned with his hands as if he had to count them all up. There wasn’t a ton of new information to share on…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7359
WASHINGTON66656.5
ATLANTA547819.0
MIAMI547919.5
PHILADELPHIA538020.5
*Through Tuesday's games

NL WILD CARD STANDINGS

WLGB
PITTSBURGH7951+4.5
CHICAGO7556
SAN FRANCISCO69636.5
WASHINGTON66659.0
*Through Tuesday's early games

THE BASEBALL SHOW

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to recap everything happening with the Nats and across baseball.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 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: 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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