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  1. Game 37: Nats at Athletics

    May 11, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Saturday night was a tough loss for the Nationals who saw Rafael Soriano and Drew Storen combine to lose a late lead in Oakland. Now the Nationals have lost five of their last seven and will look to salvage the series with Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) on the mound. Gonzalez will face his former team for the…

  2. Game 36: Nats at Athletics

    May 10, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Last night was an ugly one for the Nationals who got blasted 8-0 by the Athletics. Tonight they’ll try and bounce back against one of the best young pitchers in baseball. A’s ace Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91) will take the mound for his eighth start of the season. He is in just his second year…

  3. Disappointing debut for Fister

    May 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    It may not have felt like it, considering he didn’t make his season debut until May 9, but the Nationals rushed Doug Fister back from the disabled list. After straining his lat muscle on the final day of spring training, Fister was back on the mound making his first rehab start April 17 at extended…

  4. Fister makes long-awaited debut tonight in Oakland

    May 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have been touting Doug Fister as one of baseball’s most under-appreciated pitchers since the day they acquired him from the Tigers way back in December. Tonight, we finally get a chance to see the right-hander on the mound, wearing a Nationals uniform, starting a big-league game. A pair of spring training injuries —…

  5. Nats players respond to an offseason full of rumors

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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    As professional sports continue to adapt to the age of Twitter and social media, one thing is becoming clearer and clearer as each year goes by. Rumors, whether the trade or free agent variety, are becoming more prevalent as media outlets and fans crave content and conversation more and more by the day. The NFL…

  6. Blevins ready for important role in Nats bullpen

    Jan 29, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After their 2013 season uncovered a glaring need for lefty relievers, the Nationals made sure they fixed the problem this offseason. On Dec. 11 they made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time to bring in 30-year-old southpaw Jerry Blevins. A lot is expected of Blevins who will be tasked with retiring lefties…

  7. 2014 Outlook: Oakland Athletics

    Jan 27, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 96-66, 1st place in AL West Manager: Bob Melvin, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $78 million Key additions: LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Jim Johnson, INF Nick Punto, RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Eric O’Flaherty, LHP Fernando Abad Key losses: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Grant Balfour, OF Chris Young, C Kurt Suzuki, 2B Jemile Weeks,…

  8. Nationals send Brown back to A’s for cash

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have traded Corey Brown to the Athletics, sending the outfielder back to the franchise that originally drafted him in the eighth deal struck between Mike Rizzo and Billy Beane in three years. Brown had been designated for assignment last week by the Nationals, who needed to clear a space on their 40-man roster…

  9. Revisiting all those Nats and Athletics trades

    Dec 17, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

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    Since Mike Rizzo took over as Nationals general manager in 2009, he’s found quite the trade partner in Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics. Since late 2010, the two have orchestrated seven different trades, sometimes sending the same players back and forth in separate deals. Rizzo and Beane clearly enjoy doing business with each other,…

  10. Nats officially announce McLouth signing, DFA Corey Brown

    Dec 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals officially announced the signing of outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal on Thursday, and in doing so designated Corey Brown for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. Brown hit .254 with 19 home runs, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 107 games with Triple-A Syracuse this season before…

  11. Rizzo: Blevins was “our best option”

    Dec 11, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals talked to every left-handed reliever on the open market. And they inquired about potential trades with three or four clubs. In the end, Mike Rizzo decided a Jerry Blevins-for-Billy Burns swap with the Athletics made the most sense in multiple ways. “This was the best option we could…

  12. Nats acquire LHP Blevins for prospect Burns

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals acquired the left-handed reliever they so desired, pulling off a trade with the Athletics on Wednesday that brings veteran Jerry Blevins to Washington in exchange for minor-league outfielder Billy Burns. Blevins, 30, was one of perhaps 10 left-handers the Nationals had expressed interest in at the Winter Meetings…

  13. Nationals trade LHP Abad for OF prospect John Wooten

    Nov 25, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time sending lefty reliever Fernando Abad to the A’s for outfield prospect John Wooten. Wooten is a 22-year-old the Athletics took in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of East Carolina University. He hit .257 through 133 games with 20…

  14. A’s and Tigers meet in do-or-die Game 5

    Oct 10, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    ALDS GAME 5: DETROIT TIGERS at OAKLAND ATHLETICS Series: Tied 2-2 Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland Gametime: 8 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF Starting pitchers: DET RHP Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46) vs. OAK RHP Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67) It would be tough to imagine a more-compelling batch of Division…

  15. Road teams look to clinch in ALDS Game 4’s

    Oct 8, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

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    ALDS GAME 4: OAKLAND ATHLETICS (2-1) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (1-2)  Series: Athletics lead 2-1 Where: Comerica Park, Detrioit, MI Gametime: 5:00 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, wind 7 mph Starting pitchers: OAK – Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96) / DET – Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67) Yesterday I laid out all the reasons the odds were in Detroit’s favor in…

  16. MLB playoffs continue with four Monday games

    Oct 7, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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    ALDS GAME 3: OAKLAND ATHLETICS (1-1) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (1-1)  Series: Tied at 1-1 Where: Comerica Park, Detrioit, MI Gametime: 1:00 p.m. TV: MLBN Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 58 degrees, wind 20 mph Starting pitchers: OAK – Jarrod Parker (12-8, 3.97) / DET – Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57) Game 2 on Saturday featured the best finish of the 2013 playoffs so…

  17. ALDS Game 2s set for Saturday night

    Oct 5, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

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    ALDS: TAMPA BAY RAYS (0-1)  vs. BOSTON RED SOX (1-0) Series: Red Sox lead 1-0 Where: Fenway Park in Boston, MA Gametime: 5:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 65 degrees, wind 5 mph Starting pitchers: TB – David Price (10-8, 3.33) / BOS – John Lackey (10-13 3.52) An early lead for Tampa Bay turned into a complete…

  18. Full slate of MLB playoffs set for Friday

    Oct 4, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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    NLDS: PITTSBURGH PIRATES (94-69) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (98-65) Series: Cardinals lead 1-0 Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO Gametime: 1:00 p.m. TV: MLB Network Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, wind 15 mph Starting pitchers: PIT – Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22) / STL – Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97) Game 1 of the NLDS dealt a crushing blow…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 78 58 -- 19
ATLANTA 72 66 7.0
MIAMI 67 69 11.0
NEW YORK 64 74 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 63 74 15.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Braves 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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