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  1. Fister earning role as Nationals’ stopper

    Aug 7, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

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    Debate all you want whether he’s the ace of the Nationals’ staff, the stopper, the best starter, whatever designation comes to mind. Doug Fister doesn’t care what title he holds right now. The only thing that matters to the right-hander is that he keeps winning games for his team. And that’s something Fister’s teammates notice,…

  2. Instant analysis: Nats 7, Mets 1

    Aug 6, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a tough loss, who do the Nationals give the ball to? Doug Fister. The formula has worked all season, and it worked again tonight. Fister was dominant yet again, shutting out the Mets into the eighth inning without so much as breaking a sweat before getting charged…

  3. Game 112: Mets at Nationals

    Aug 6, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

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    There’s nobody the Nationals would rather have on the mound right now after a loss than Doug Fister, who has developed into something of their stopper over the course of this season. The big right-hander is 6-2 when starting a game following a Nationals loss, so he’s the right man for the job tonight as…

  4. Things still not adding up for Nationals

    Aug 5, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

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    Here is the current state of the Nationals, summed up in one inning of baseball played Tuesday night during a 6-1 loss to the Mets: They scored a run without producing a hit. Then their first hit of the game actually prevented a run from scoring. Something’s just not adding up at the moment for…

  5. Instant analysis: Mets 6, Nats 1

    Aug 5, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stuck in a disappointing stretch of baseball, the Nationals hoped to get back on track against a Mets club they have owned since late last season, winning 10 of their last 11 head-to-head meetings. Instead, they squandered a bunch of early opportunities against right-hander Zack Wheeler and couldn’t overcome Gio Gonzalez’s…

  6. Game 111: Mets at Nats

    Aug 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After a quick, makeup game with the Orioles, the Nationals now wrap up their homestand with a 3-game series against a Mets club they’ve beaten 12 of their last 13 meetings. They’ll be without Wilson Ramos, who was placed on the paternity leave list in anticipation of the birth of his first child. Jose Lobaton…

  7. Around the NL East: Atlanta stumbling

    Aug 5, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  What has happened to the Braves? After a stretch where it looked like the race for the division title would be neck-and-neck with Washington, Atlanta has suddenly fallen on hard times. The Braves are in the midst of a six-game losing streak and currently sit three games back of first place. Getting swept…

  8. MLB Power Rankings: Deadline shakeup

    Aug 1, 2014, 2:08 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. Oakland Athletics (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: How many other GM’s of first-place teams would be willing to trade their cleanup hitter for a 2-month rental ace? Billy Beane doesn’t think like other…

  9. Around the NL East: Deadline splash?

    Jul 29, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES With the Braves just a half-game out of first place, are they considering making a big splash at the July 31st trade deadline to put them over the top? Well, according to the latest rumor mill, don’t expect Atlanta to be anything other than thrifty. It appears the team’s primary focus is upgrading the…

  10. MLB Power Rankings: Nats trending up

    Jul 25, 2014, 6:00 AM 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. Oakland Athletics (LW: 1) – Hughes: It’s hard to find a weakness with this team right now. Maybe their stadium, but that’s it. 2. Los Angeles Angels (LW: 2) – Hughes: L.A. now…

  11. Around the NL East: Phillies about to sell?

    Jul 22, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  Things are still as tight as ever atop this division, with the Braves tussling with the Nationals for first place. For the moment, Washington has pulled ahead of Atlanta in the standings by one game. But with the way things have been going between these two teams, you know things are always subject…

  12. MLB Power Rankings: A’s the WS favorites

    Jul 17, 2014, 1:53 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. Oakland Athletics (LW: 1) – Roney: I still love the trade for the Shark and Hammel, but you have to wonder if Russell could have been better used to bring in, say,…

  13. Around the NL East: Second-half showdown

    Jul 15, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  At the All-Star Break, this division’s starting to shake out the way most expected it to — with the Braves battling the Nationals down the stretch for the NL East crown. After a nine-game win streak briefly vaulted Atlanta into first place, Washington came right back and both teams enter the break tied…

  14. MLB Power Rankings: Angels soaring

    Jul 9, 2014, 12:04 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) – Zuckerman: Props to Billy Beane, who understands the time is now for Oakland to go all-in. This team is scary-good. 2. Angels (LW: 4) – Zuckerman: They might…

  15. 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…

  16. Around the NL East: Braves rebound

    Jul 1, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago, the Braves looked like they were in a middle of a midseason tailspin, enduring a tough June stretch that saw them relinquish their division lead to the Nationals. But after winning six out of the last seven games — the best mark in the…

  17. Around the NL East: Braves unraveling?

    Jun 24, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  Much to the delight of local fans, the Braves are in the middle of a tough stretch. They went 2-4 against division rivals Philadelphia and Washington this past week, dropping them down to second place in the division. After losing eight out of the last 12 games, you wonder if the wheels are…

  18. Around the NL East: A three team race?

    Jun 17, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves continue to tread water as division leaders, regaining the top spot after wrestling back the lead from the Nationals despite a 3-4 week. They head into Tuesday night’s slate of games with a half game lead over Washington while also being just a game in front of Miami. As we head…

  19. Around the NL East: Braves losing their grip?

    Jun 10, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  It was only a matter of time before the Braves’ inconsistent play caught up with them. We mentioned in this space over the last few weeks that if Atlanta did not take advantage of a mediocre division, that at least one the teams chasing them would eventually close the gap. That finally happened this…

  20. Around the NL East: Phillies slipping

    Jun 3, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves had another up-and-down week, but it ended on the upswing as they completed a three-game sweep of the hard-charging Marlins in Miami. The series win helped give Atlanta some breathing room in the standings, as they head into Tuesday’s action with a 2.5 game lead over the Fish. But once again,…

  21. Around the NL East: Are the Marlins for real?

    May 28, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  Superb pitching and just enough hitting. It’s been the Braves’ formula for success this season, and one they continue to ride as they still sit atop the division this week. They may not have the best lineup in the league, but at this rate, they may not have to. They have enough talent…

  22. Around the NL East: Marlins move on

    May 20, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES At first glance, no team in the division had a standout week. As a result, the Braves able to go 3-3 and still remain atop the standings by 1.5 games heading into Tuesday night’s action. The tale of Atlanta’s season so far might be best seen in the huge chasm between where they…

  23. Ramos heating up just when Nats need him most

    May 18, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

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    Wilson Ramos went 0-for-4 on Saturday and saw his batting average drop to .154. With the Nationals scheduled to wrap up their weekend series against the Mets with a traditional Sunday afternoon game, the recently injured catcher figured to get a standard day off to rest his legs and clear his mind. Ramos, though, went…

  24. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Mets 3

    May 18, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Amid the disheartening news that Gio Gonzalez was heading to the DL with a shoulder inflammation, the Nationals took the field this afternoon trying to overcome yet another injury to a key player, win their weekend series against the Mets and potentially take over first place in the NL East. They…

  25. Game 43: Mets at Nats

    May 18, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    While the Nationals await word of Gio Gonzalez’s enhanced MRI, hoping they aren’t about to lose yet another key player to a long-term injury, they’ve got a chance to win this weekend series against the Mets. They also could move into first place if the Braves lose again in St. Louis. So there’s plenty on…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
x-WASHINGTON 87 63 -- 0
ATLANTA 75 76 12.5
MIAMI 73 77 14.0
NEW YORK 73 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 82 18.5
Through Tuesday's games
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 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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