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  1. MLB Power Rankings: Mets, Padres surprising early

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Combined with last September’s collapse, Milwaukee has turned into a disaster zone. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Ruiz, Howard, Utley all have OPS under .600.…

  2. MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox, Dodgers flying high

    Apr 17, 2015, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) They have Jeff Francoeur batting cleanup. Jeff Francoeur. Cleanup. 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 27) This may be a tough year for Milwaukee fans after seeing…

  3. MLB Power Rankings: Royals, Tigers on a roll

    Apr 10, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Philadelphia Phillies – Zuckerman (LW: 29): It’s not going to be a fun year on Broad Street. Unless you’re a fan of the visiting team. 29. Minnesota Twins – Hughes (LW: 28): Ervin…

  4. Fister sharp in Nats’ loss to Yankees

    Apr 4, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals closed their 2015 exhibition schedule with a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday, a sunny but windy afternoon in Washington. Doug Fister closed the books on an inconsistent spring training with a strong outing and the Nats’ lineup looked sharp against New York starter Nathan Eovaldi. But…

  5. Nats vs. Yankees — 4/4/15

    Apr 4, 2015, 9:23 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are finally back in Washington to kick off their 2015 season, but before they take on the Mets on Opening Day, they have an exhibition game set against the New York Yankees this afternoon. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. and Doug Fister will take the mound. The Nats have most of their expected…

  6. Nats at Yankees — 4/3/15

    Apr 3, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals play their final spring training game before heading north for Washington. They face off with the Yankees, whom they will also play in tomorrow’s exhibition at Nationals Park. The pitching matchup today is a good one, as both Stephen Strasburg and C.C. Sabathia are set for their final warmups before the 2015…

  7. Nats vs. Yankees — 3/23/15

    Mar 23, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT

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    The news out of Viera today that will draw the most attention, of course, is the naming of Max Scherzer as Opening Day starter. But the more important development down there today might well be the fact Yunel Escobar is making his long-awaited spring training debut this afternoon. Sidelined the last three weeks with an…

  8. MLB Power Rankings: Preseason outlook

    Mar 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With Opening Day of the 2015 season just weeks away, it seems like a good time to take stock of the teams around Major League Baseball. Just about all of the offseason moves have been made and it’s about time to get started on the road to the World Series. Here are my power rankings for…

  9. Nats at Yankees – 3/8/15

    Mar 8, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT

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    With wins in their first three spring games, today the Nationals travel to Tampa to face the New York Yankees. Doug Fister will start for a Nats team missing many regulars in their lineup. Of their expected Opening Day lineup, only Ian Desmond is playing. He will bat third. Today will give the Nats a…

  10. Report: Marlins get ’17 All-Star game

    Feb 10, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

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    The hopes of Washington landing the 2017 MLB All-Star Game appear to have vanished, as The Miami Herald has reported the ’17 Midsummer Classic will take place at Marlins Park. Marlins’ beat writer Clark Spencer says the team and Major League Baseball are expected to make an announcement before the end of the week. The…

  11. Looking at the biggest contracts for pitchers

    Jan 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Though Max Scherzer’s contract includes a signing bonus and deferred money, the final total counting against the Nats’ payroll comes in at seven years and $210 million. Not only is that the biggest contract ever handed out in Nationals history, it’s the second largest ever for a starting pitcher, both in total money and average annual…

  12. A reason for each MLB team to be thankful this Thanksgiving

    Nov 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Last year we at CSN went through all 30 MLB teams and cited one reason for each why their fans should be thankful. Well, one year later as we all celebrate Thanksgiving, here is another stab at that idea. Some teams have more to be thankful for than others, of course, but each team in baseball…

  13. Nats sign RHP Billings

    Nov 21, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT

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    In a move to boost their bullpen depth, the Nationals signed relief pitcher Bruce Billings to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training on Friday. Billings, a 29-year-old right-hander, made one appearance for the Yankees last season. He pitched for both the Rockies and Athletics in 2011. Billings has a 9.82…

  14. MLB Power Rankings: Pirates heating up

    Sep 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Roney: Took the season series from the A’s (10-9) for the first time in four years, and never lost to Jon Lester in 2014. 2.…

  15. Yankees claim Eury Perez

    Sep 22, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Designated for assignment last Thursday by the Nationals, outfielder Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees. The Yankees announced the news through their Twitter account and DFA’d pitcher Josh Outman to make room on their 40-man roster. The Nationals claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon from the Twins after letting go of Perez. It…

  16. 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) –…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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) –…

  20. 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:…

  21. 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…

  22. UPDATED: Nats acquire lefty Thornton off waivers

    Aug 5, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Updated at 5:15 p.m. Trying to bolster a talented bullpen that has appeared worn down in recent weeks, the Nationals acquired veteran left-hander Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yankees. The Nationals aren’t giving up a player in a trade for Thornton; they simply were awarded a waiver claim and thus are responsible only for…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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,…

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