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  1. For MLB draft, Nats do their homework

    Jun 3, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals will have to wait 17 picks before they are on the clock at No. 18 in this Thursday’s draft, but just about all of the hard work has already been done. Forget just going back to last year’s draft, scouting prospects for the Nationals is a process years in the making. General…

  2. State of the Nats: Zim’s return near

    Jun 2, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Zimmerman set to return – Ryan Zimmerman will play nine innings in left field with Single-A Potomac Monday night as he continues his recovery from a fractured right thumb. If all goes well, he should be ready to go for Tuesday’s Nats game in Washington when the Phillies come to town. Having Zimmerman back…

  3. Nats involved in first double challenge

    Jun 2, 2014, 8:02 AM EDT

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    In the Nationals’ 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday, Major League Baseball’s new system of managers challenges showed us something we had previously yet to see: a double challenge. Both managers – Matt Williams of the Nats and Ron Washington of the Rangers – challenged the same play, thus creating two separate rulings on the…

  4. Nats react to Darvish’s gem

    Jun 1, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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    The excellence of Yu Darvish is not something many fans – or baseball players for that matter –  in Washington, D.C. have been able to appreciate in his two-plus seasons in the majors. Darvish plays in the American League in a division out west where many of the games don’t even start until after 10…

  5. Gio throws sim game; Zim getting closer

    Jun 1, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Both Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Zimmerman took notable steps forward in their recoveries on Sunday as each inch closer to returning to the Nationals. Gonzalez threw a simulated game of 50 pitches before the team’s matchup with the Texas Rangers. Teammates Kevin Frandsen, Greg Dobbs and Tyler Moore stood in to face Gonzalez as pitching…

  6. Instant Analysis: Rangers 2, Nats 0

    Jun 1, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Coming off two blowout wins where they scored a combined 19 runs against the Rangers, one could have probably guessed all that would stop with Yu Darvish on the mound. The Texas ace did not disappoint, tossing a gem of a game to close out this interleague series and prevent a Nationals’…

  7. Nats to send Boone & DiPuglia to draft

    Jun 1, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are sending a pair of front office executives to Secaucus, New Jersey on Thursday to represent the organization in the 2014 MLB Draft. Vice President of player personnel Bob Boone and director of international scouting Johnny DiPuglia will be in attendance with a direct line to the Nationals’ draft room back in Washington.…

  8. Game 55: Rangers at Nats

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals’ offense has enjoyed their best consecutive games of the 2014 season this weekend, combining to score 19 runs in two wins over the Rangers. For the third and final game of this interleague series, they’ll get quite the challenge as they look to keep it up. Rangers ace Yu Darvish (4-2, 2.35) is…

  9. Up next: Yu Darvish

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have had no problem scoring runs against the Texas Rangers so far in their interleague series at Nats Park. Through two games, they’ve scored a combined 19 runs while holding the Rangers to a total of four. With a series win in hand, now comes the hard part: solving Yu Darvish. The Rangers’…

  10. VIDEO: Zimmerman plays LF at Potomac

    May 31, 2014, 11:23 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman completed the second leg of his minor league rehab assignment on Saturday night, playing five innings in left field for the Single-A Potomac Nationals. Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in the P-Nats’ 8-1 win over the Salem Red Sox. Through two games with Potomac he is 1-for-6 with an RBI. Zimmerman has…

  11. Fister strong again in Nats’ win

    May 31, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Doug Fister’s tenure with the Washington Nationals by no means started off on the right foot. He was injured in spring training and didn’t debut until May 9 in a trainwreck of a start out in Oakland. Since, however, Fister has battled through an inconsistent month overall for his team to put in four consecutive…

  12. Instant Analysis: Nats 10, Rangers 2

    May 31, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Coming off a much-needed laugher of a win on Friday night, the Nationals kept the good fortune going with another blowout victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. This one ended with a score of 10-2, as their offense continued to roll and Doug Fister pitched another gem of a start. The…

  13. Zimmerman to play LF at Potomac

    May 31, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

    Zimmerman on shoulder: "It's nothing"

    We’ve seen him take fielding practice before games, we’ve talked about it for weeks, but tonight is the night Ryan Zimmerman will actually play left field in a live game. Zimmerman will continue his minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals Saturday night by playing five innings in left field. After having four at-bats as…

  14. Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – ESPN’s Kyle Peterson

    May 31, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With the NCAA baseball tournament getting started this weekend, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I thought it a good time to bring in an expert on the college game. ESPN’s Kyle Peterson, a studio analyst for the network, called in as a guest to talk the title chances of both Maryland and Virginia. Peterson was great on…

  15. Game 54: Rangers at Nats

    May 31, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals’s offense broke out last night in a 9-2 blowout win over the Texas Rangers, matching their highest run total in a game this month. Today they will look to keep it going and secure a series win in a 12:05 p.m. game. Doug Fister (2-1, 3.42) will make his fifth start of the season…

  16. Up next: Yu Darvish

    May 31, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    The Nationals have had no problem scoring runs against the Texas Rangers so far in their interleague series at Nats Park. Through two games, they’ve scored a combined 19 runs while holding the Rangers to a total of four. With a series win in hand, now comes the hard part: solving Yu Darvish. The Rangers’…

  17. The Baseball Show: Nats go golfing

    May 30, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

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    This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured a pretty funny segment from spring training. Nationals relief pitchers Drew Storen and Craig Stammen went golfing with former teammate Livan Hernandez down in Viera, Fla., and CSN had a camera there. All three guys were mic’d up as they played the course and it made for…

  18. Nats announce makeup game

    May 29, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and Marlins will play a split doubleheader on Sept. 26 to make up their Tuesday game that was postponed due to rain. The team made the announcement on Thursday, setting the makeup game for 1:05 p.m. that day. The teams will then play their second game at 7:05 p.m., as originally scheduled. The two…

  19. Left on base

    May 29, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT

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    After the Nationals’ sixth loss in their last seven games – this an 8-5 defeat against the Marlins in 10 innings – one all too familiar stat jumped out of the boxscore. The Nats’ inability to bring home runners in scoring position has been a problem all season, and it once again proved costly on Wednesday night. Eleven…

  20. Purke to have Tommy John surgery

    May 28, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

    Purke ready to face Georgetown

    Nationals minor league pitcher Matt Purke will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, the team announced. The surgery will be performed on Thursday by Dr. James Andrews. Purke, 23, was once considered among the best pitching prospects in the game of baseball. He was drafted 14th overall by…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 75 57 --
ATLANTA 69 64 6.5
MIAMI 65 67 10.0
NEW YORK 62 71 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 61 72 14.5
Through Wednesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 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.

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