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  1. Zimmerman takes BP, grounders

    May 28, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Cleared for baseball activities on Monday, Ryan Zimmerman took live batting practice for the first time in over six weeks before the Nationals’ game against the Marlins on Wednesday. Zimmerman took hacks as part of a group for about 20 minutes and also participated in team infield practice at first base. He practiced fielding groundballs, scooping throws…

  2. State of the Nats: Positive signs?

    May 27, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Espinosa continues to struggle - Much of the reason the Nationals have been so bad offensively in May has been due to injuries. Missing Adam LaRoche, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper is enough to make any team start struggling at the plate. But adding to their troubles have been players slumping who were initially…

  3. Nats still searching on offense

    May 27, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT

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    After getting Adam LaRoche back from a quad injury on Sunday, the Nationals are getting increasingly close to full strength. Though Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t have a specific timeline to return, he will begin swinging a bat on Tuesday. Once he takes the field again – as long as no one else goes down in the…

  4. Giancarlo Stanton again dominates Nats

    May 26, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Giancarlo Stanton has been in the majors – and in the National League East - for five years now. His power is nothing new, from the moment he stepped on a big league field he presented a home run threat. The problem now, however, is that he has help. Only once before this season had Stanton played on…

  5. Zimmerman cleared to start swinging

    May 26, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    Zimmerman has shoulder surgery

    Moving through the seventh week of his recovery from a fractured right thumb, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was cleared for baseball activities after the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Monday. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement, and though it represents excellent news for the 25-26 club, a timetable for his return still has…

  6. Instant Analysis: Marlins 3, Nats 2

    May 26, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Marlins entered Nationals Park on Monday with the worst road record in the majors, and Tanner Roark took the mound for Washington with a 0.78 ERA across 46 innings at home. Though those numbers would suggest a favorable matchup for the Nats, their Memorial Day bout with Miami didn’t go quite…

  7. Zim to have X-ray, Gio working towards bullpen

    May 26, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

    AP

    Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will undergo an X-ray on his broken right thumb Monday, and could be cleared for baseball activities later in the day. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman is progressing well and should be able to start taking batting practice and infield groundballs very soon. Zimmerman threw from 90 feet before the…

  8. Game 51: Marlins at Nats

    May 26, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Coming off a series loss against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Nationals return home to play the second place Miami Marlins at Nats Park on Memorial Day. The Marlins are a half-game ahead of Washington in the NL East after dropping two of three vs. the Brewers. The Marlins are a much better team than…

  9. VIDEO: The Baseball Show

    May 24, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as you can expect, featured a lot of talk about injuries. The Nationals continue to see their best players head to the disabled list, while those who are left aim to keep the team in the division race. In this first clip from Thursday’s show, Mark Zuckerman talked…

  10. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – ESPN’s Adnan Virk

    May 24, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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    In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests. The first was host of ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight,’ Adnan Virk. Virk gave a national perspective on the Nats and also talked about his favorite baseball movies. The second guest was Dave Nichols of The District Sports Page. Dave…

  11. Detwiler’s struggles continue in Nats’ loss

    May 23, 2014, 7:02 AM EDT

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    In a season filled with inconsistency from night to night, the one relative constant for the Nationals has been their bullpen. Their 2.11 ERA is best among MLB relief units, they are balanced left to right, and they have veteran experience. The one exception, though, has been Ross Detwiler. For whatever reason, the former sixth…

  12. Nationals Stock Watch: Fister on the rise

    May 22, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-3 Team slash: .233/.287/.333 Team ERA:  2.61 Runs per game:  5.16 STOCK UP  Doug Fister, SP: 1-0/2.57 ERA/1.00 WHIP  After a tough first start in Oakland, Fister has bounced back and showed the Nationals exactly why they traded for him in the offseason. The…

  13. Span hits first home run as hot streak continues

    May 22, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT

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    After tying a Nationals’ record with a perfect 5-for-5 game on Tuesday night, center fielder Denard Span picked up right where he left off against the Reds on Wednesday. Span took the second pitch from Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon over the right field fence for his first home run of the season. Six plate appearances…

  14. Roark, Simon both return after long rain delay

    May 21, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and Reds were cruising through their game on Wednesday when the skies opened up with a torrential downpour in the top of the sixth inning. Nationals’ starter Tanner Roark threw a few pitches while getting drenched before a challenge call by Reds’ manager Bryan Price stalled the game, and eventually helped lead to…

  15. Nats call up Treinen, option Mattheus

    May 21, 2014, 9:07 PM EDT

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    Needing a starter for Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh, the Nationals have called up right-hander Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned reliever Ryan Mattheus back down to make room. Treinen will now take Gio Gonzalez’ spot in the Nats’ rotation as the lefty serves a 15-day stint on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. “Ryan…

  16. Instant Analysis: Reds 2, Nats 1

    May 21, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals entered the day with a chance to take the series against the Reds and head to Pittsburgh on a high note, but this time they could not solve Cincinnati’s starting pitcher as they did the night before. Alfredo Simon gave up one run, on a leadoff solo homer by Denard…

  17. LaRoche could join Potomac on Thursday

    May 21, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams gave several injury updates before Wednesday’s game against the Reds, most notably the team’s plans for Adam LaRoche to complete a minor league rehab assignment this week before his return. LaRoche ran the bases on Wednesday and will have his strained right quad evaluated by the team’s training staff before his…

  18. Game 46: Reds at Nats

    May 21, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After beating Johnny Cueto and the Reds on Tuesday night, the Nationals enter Wednesday having won four of their last six games. They now have a chance to take the series against Cincinnati before heading on the road for a four-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.65) will start for Washington as…

  19. Phillips, Hamilton rob Nats in extras

    May 20, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

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    In a game that took four hours, 58 minutes and 15 innings to settle, the Nationals lost to the Reds on Monday night despite twice coming inches away from victory. Twice in extra innings they had would-be walk-off singles snatched out of the air on sensational defensive plays by the Reds. The first was a…

  20. Blake Treinen to start on Thursday

    May 19, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

    AP

    With Gio Gonzalez on the disabled list nursing his left shoulder, right-hander Blake Treinen will be called up to start for the Nationals in his place on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement before Monday’s game. Treinen, 25, is currently in Triple-A with the Syracuse Chiefs, having last pitched on Friday. Pitching…

  21. Game 44: Reds at Nats

    May 19, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Today the Nationals and Reds begin their three-game series in Washington with two top 10 picks from the 2009 MLB Draft on the mound. Stephen Strasburg (3-3, 3.48), the first overall pick, will face off with Mike Leake (2-3, 3.09), picked eighth overall. Strasburg will pitch against the Reds for the third time in his…

  22. State of the Nats: Still staying afloat

    May 19, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Injury updates - This week the Nationals lost yet another man to the disabled list as Gio Gonzalez went down with left shoulder inflammation. The lefty will now be shut down until the second half of this week where he will then begin throwing. If all goes well from there, he could set himself up…

  23. The Baseball Show: How much have Nats missed LaRoche?

    May 16, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT

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    Having already dealt with an unusual amount of injuries this season, the Nats lost another regular to the disabled list in Adam LaRoche this week. On Sunday LaRoche was placed on the 15-day DL with a right quad strain, becoming the fifth member of the Nats’ Opening Day lineup to reach the disabled list already this…

  24. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – @injuryexpert Will Carroll

    May 15, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT

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    In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I once again welcomed two guests. The first was Bleacher Report lead writer for sports medicine, Will Carroll. The former Sports Illustrated columnist gave his insight on the recent crop of Tommy John surgeries in baseball and whether he thinks…

  25. What happened to the offense?

    May 12, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

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    After the Athletics completed their sweep of the Nationals with a 9-1 drubbing on Sunday afternoon, they closed the series with an overall scoring split of 21-4. Through three games, the Nats could only muster four total runs. The weekend was a continuation of what has been a tough month for the Nationals at the…

Archives

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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