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  1. MLB Power Rankings: Tigers righting the ship

    Sep 19, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and myself, Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: Crazy way to clinch the AL West: Watching on TV as the A’s blow it in the 9th inning. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) –…

  2. Around the NL East: Braves’ season over?

    Sep 16, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  Simply put, it’s not looking good for Atlanta’s postseason chances. In a week in which their season was on the line in each and every game, the Braves dropped five of six and are perilously close to elimination. They’re now 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot and there’s no reason to…

  3. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Mets 0

    Sep 14, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:10 p.m. GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals hit the road on Thursday realizing they had a good chance of clinching the NL East title before they return home Sept. 23 for the season’s final week. But the way they played all weekend in New York, combined with the Braves’ surprising struggles in…

  4. Game 148: Nats at Mets

    Sep 14, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

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    Think the Nationals came to play last night? Mercy. They thrashed the Mets, 10-3, behind homers from Bryce Harper and Denard Span, plus five combined RBI from Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth, not to mention four more hits from Anthony Rendon (now 10-for-15 in the series). Doug Fister did his thing to earn his 14th…

  5. Game 147: Nats at Mets

    Sep 13, 2014, 3:16 PM EDT

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    The forecast isn’t so great in Flushing, so the Nationals and Mets may be looking at a long night at the ballpark. If and when they do play, the Nats will happily welcome Jayson Werth back to their lineup after he missed last night’s game while feeling under the weather. Werth rejoins the lineup, but…

  6. Instant analysis: Mets 4, Nats 3

    Sep 12, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Seeking their 13th consecutive victory at Citi Field, the Nationals dug themselves into an early 3-0 hole when Gio Gonzalez once again struggled in the first inning. But as they’ve done so often this season, they clawed their way back, ultimately tying the game in the fifth inning. For that, the…

  7. Game 146: Nats at Mets

    Sep 12, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

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    One of these days, the Nationals likely will lose a ballgame at Citi Field. They just hope it’s not tonight. Having now won 12 consecutive games in Queens, a streak that dates back to June 2013, the Nats would love to make it a baker’s dozen tonight and reduce their magic number to at least…

  8. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Mets 2

    Sep 11, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Take a Nationals team sensing how close it’s getting to the NL East title, a Mets team playing out the string and the Nats’ favorite home away from home, and what do you get? Another curly W at Citi Field. The Nationals pounced on Bartolo Colon early, getting home runs from…

  9. Game 145: Nats at Mets

    Sep 11, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

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    The Nationals hit the road for 11 games in 11 days in three cities, a lengthy late-season stretch that is very likely to include the NL East clincher somewhere at the tail end. First things first: They’ve got four games against the Mets at Citi Field, which has been very, very kind to this team.…

  10. MLB Power Rankings: Brewers falling hard

    Sep 11, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Hughes: I think it’s clear at this point the Angels are the frontrunners for the World Series. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) – Roney: I…

  11. Around the NL East: Time running out?

    Sep 9, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  With just 18 games left on the schedule, the time is now for Atlanta to make a late-season push to get to the playoffs. Hopes of winning a division title for the second straight year are rapidly fading with the Nationals leading the NL East by eight games, but the wild card is…

  12. Nats open 2015 vs. Mets, face Orioles in September

    Sep 8, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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    The Nationals will open their 2015 season at home against the Mets and will face all AL East teams in interleague play, including a potentially huge late-September showdown with the Orioles on South Capitol Street. Major League Baseball released the entire regular-season schedule this afternoon, one that features plenty of familiar matchups but also includes…

  13. MLB Power Rankings: Cards making a push

    Sep 4, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Roney: It’s great news for baseball that Mike Trout will finally play in October. 2. Orioles (LW: 4) – Zuckerman: On track to clinch…

  14. Around the NL East: Braves hanging around

    Sep 2, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves enter the regular season’s final month very much alive for a chance to play October baseball. Despite the early season injuries, the inconsistency, the losing streaks and all the other turmoil, they’ve weathered the storm with a solid late-August run to keep themselves afloat.  After a 4-3 week that included back-to-back…

  15. MLB Power Rankings: Angels flying high

    Aug 29, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: The Garrett Richards injury is big, but not too big to completely derail this very good team. 2. Nationals (LW: 4) –…

  16. Around the NL East: Giancarlo building MVP case

    Aug 26, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  With the way the Nationals have played the last two weeks, it’s pretty established they’re the cream of the NL East crop. Trailing Washington by 7.5 games, hopes of a division title seem slim if you’re the Braves. However, Atlanta is still in pretty good position for a wild card berth, sitting just…

  17. MLB Power Rankings: Nats on fire

    Aug 22, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and myself, Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 2) – Hughes: My preseason World Series pick of the Angels over the Dodgers never felt so good. Just don’t ask Zuckerman for his… 2. Orioles (LW:…

  18. Around the NL East: Surprise contenders?

    Aug 19, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  The good news for the Braves is that, after suffering through a brutal stretch, they’ve managed to rebound nicely by winning four straight games that included a sweep of the MLB-best Oakland Athletics. The bad news? The Nationals, the team they’re chasing in the division, have been scorching-hot and have won seven in…

  19. Game 118: Nats at Mets

    Aug 13, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Two of the Nationals’ three regular outfielders are not in tonight’s lineup, for very different reasons. Denard Span, who streak of consecutive games reaching base came to an end last night at 36, gets a well-deserved and highly rare day off. How rare? Well, since returning from the 7-day concussion DL in mid-April, Span had…

  20. Taylor shines in MLB debut

    Aug 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The legend of Nats prospect Michael Taylor has developed strongly over the last few months. First it was his defense everyone raved about as the lanky, 6-foot-3 outfielder was a standout during his short time in spring training. Then he hit .319 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI through two months at Double-A Harrisburg. Fast…

  21. Game 117: Nats at Mets

    Aug 12, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

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    Tonight the Nationals pick back up after a day off on Monday to face the Mets at Citi Field in New York. The weather, however, could have something to say about this one, as a sizable rain storm is making its way up the East Coast today. If they are able to get it in,…

  22. Around the NL East: Braves’ woes continue

    Aug 12, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  After coming off a disastrous road trip in which they lost all eight games they played, the Braves briefly staved off more disappointment with a series win against the Nationals over the weekend. But one series win doesn’t mean they’re all of a sudden out of the woods — not even close. Atlanta…

  23. On to New York

    Aug 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    After losing two of three in Atlanta – the final loss among their most frustrating this season – the Nationals now head north to New York for a three-game series against the Mets. Monday was an off-day, Tuesday is a chance to turn the page. The Nationals this year have had little trouble against the…

  24. MLB Power Rankings: Wild wild west

    Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Athletics (LW: 1) – Roney: They’re primed to finish very strong – not just because of their new rotation, but because when rosters expand Sept. 1, their matchup/platoon capabilities explode. 2. Angels…

  25. Harper breaks through with walk-off homer

    Aug 7, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Whether there was any validity to the story or not, Bryce Harper once again found his name carried through the mud in the national media this week. He was slumping, yes, but a stint in the minors? Come on. His manager, Matt Williams, technically the spark that produced the controversy in an interview with 106.7…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.5
NEW YORK 75 80 16.0
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 20.0
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's early games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 3.0
ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.5 +0.5
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 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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