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  1. MLB Power Rankings: Marlins falling, Phillies rising

    May 22, 2015, 10:33 AM EDT

    May 15, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) connects for a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Braves won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 18) Name one reason why anyone should trust Loria/Samson on anything. You can’t. 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Starting rotation (4.80 ERA, 1.374 WHIP) is killing them.…

  2. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Royals standing out

    May 15, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT

    May 14, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

    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 – Hughes: (LW: 30) Scooter Gennett looked like a future All-Star last season, his first full year in the bigs. He’s been awful so far in 2015. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW:…

  3. MLB Power Rankings: Nationals, Dodgers climbing

    May 8, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by manager Matt Williams (9) after the game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 7 - 5. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    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: 30) Craig Counsell is a hero in Milwaukee, but not sure he can save this sinking ship. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Chase Utley’s OPS is…

  4. MLB Power Rankings: Cubs, Yankees rising fast

    May 1, 2015, 11:48 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 – Hughes: (LW: 30) Injuries have killed their lineup and their rotation may be the worst in baseball. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Aaron Harang (2-2, 2.51) has been a nice…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Uggla confident as he awaits decision

    Apr 4, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have all but decided their Opening Day roster, though the team plans to make an official announcement on Sunday. And despite their unwillingness to confirm it, veteran Dan Uggla is almost certain to make the team. Uggla himself has not been told either way, but is simply happy with the way the last few…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Barrett intent on moving past playoff loss

    Jan 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Nearly 10 weeks had passed since the Nationals’ loss to the San Francisco Giants – the eventual champions – in the NLDS, when Aaron Barrett stood in front of the media at NatsFest at the Walter E. Covention Center in mid-December. Game 4, however, was still fresh on his mind. The Nationals reliever took the…

  12. Nats recall NLDS, watching Giants win World Series

    Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After narrowly beating the Washington Nationals in four games in the 2014 NLDS, the San Francisco Giants went on to take their third World Series title in the last five years. Madison Bumgarner overcame his Game 3 loss to the Nats to cement himself in MLB postseason history. It earned him Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsman of…

  13. 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…

  14. World Series Game 7: Giants at Royals

    Oct 29, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT

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    WORLD SERIES GAME 7: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at KANSAS CITY ROYALS Series: Series tied at 3-3 Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 52 degrees, wind 3 mph Starting pitchers: SF RHP Tim Hudson (9-13, 3.57) / KC RHP Jeremy Guthrie (13-11, 4.13) The Giants and Royals are close enough of a matchup to warrant…

  15. World Series Game 6: Giants at Royals

    Oct 28, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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    WORLD SERIES GAME 6: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at KANSAS CITY ROYALS Series: Giants lead series 3-2 Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 55 degrees, wind 4 mph Starting pitchers: SF RHP Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73) / KC RHP Yordano Ventura (14-10, 3.20) With two straight wins after falling into a 1-2 deficit in the World Series,…

  16. World Series Game 5: Royals at Giants

    Oct 26, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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    WORLD SERIES GAME 5: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Series: Series tied at 2-2 Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 60 degrees, wind 11 mph Starting pitchers: KC RHP James Shields (14-8, 3.21) / SF LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) For a series that has featured three blowouts in four games, the Giants and Royals…

  17. World Series Game 2: Giants at Royals

    Oct 22, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

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    WORLD SERIES GAME 2: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at KANSAS CITY ROYALS Series: Giants lead series 1-0 Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, wind 7 mph Starting pitchers: SF RHP Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73) / KC RHP Yordano Ventura (14-10, 3.20) Game 1 of the World Series was a bit of a bust, as…

  18. World Series Game 1: Giants at Royals

    Oct 21, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

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    WORLD SERIES GAME 1: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at KANSAS CITY ROYALS Series: Tied at 0-0 Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 68 degrees, wind 5 mph Starting pitchers: SF LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) / KC RHP James Shields (14-8, 3.21) After four long days without baseball, the action finally returns on Tuesday night with…

  19. Previewing and predicting the 2014 World Series

    Oct 20, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

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    The Fall Classic is upon us, and while we don’t know yet whether the 2014 World Series will prove to be a classic, we do know it will provide a most unexpected and interesting matchup. Best as we can tell, nobody correctly predicted a World Series between the Giants and Royals back on Opening Day.…

  20. NLCS Game 5 pits Wainwright vs. Bumgarner

    Oct 16, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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    NLCS GAME 5: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS  Series: Giants lead 3-1 Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 59 degrees, wind 5 mph Starting pitchers: STL RHP Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38) / SF LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) Game 1 of the NLCS was a showdown of aces, as Adam Wainwright and Madison…

  21. NLCS Game 2: Giants at Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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    NLCS GAME 2: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Series: Giants lead series 1-0 Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 60 degrees, wind 3 mph Starting pitchers: SF RHP Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73) / STL RHP Lance Lynn (15-10, 2.74) The Giants took Game 1 of this series on Saturday night thanks to a…

  22. ALCS continues, NLCS starts on Saturday

    Oct 11, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    ALCS GAME 2: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES Series: Royals lead 1-0 Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Gametime: 4:07 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 58 degrees, wind 8 mph Starting pitchers: KC RHP Yordano Ventura (14-10, 3.20) / BAL RHP Bud Norris (15-8, 3.65) Game 1 wasn’t exactly the cleanest game of baseball, but it sure was entertaining.…

  23. Harper has breakout postseason

    Oct 9, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

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    Perhaps the most confounding part of the Nationals’ loss to the Giants in the NL Division Series was the absence of production from the middle of their lineup. Their veterans, the ones who had been there before and helped lead the Nats to the playoffs, simply didn’t show up. Instead it was the youngest players…

  24. Gio turns in another shaky playoff start

    Oct 8, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez’ playoff record now includes three starts to analyze, two in 2012 and one this year, the Nats’ season-ending loss in Game 4 of the NLDS. His 3.21 career ERA in the postseason makes it difficult to draw a true conclusion, but a close look reveals he has been anything but sharp. Gonzalez walked 11…

  25. Zim sees limited action in NLDS

    Oct 8, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

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    After returning from a serious hamstring strain in late September, Ryan Zimmerman was supposed to be worked back into the Nationals lineup right before the postseason. They had two weeks until the playoffs began and what seemed like plenty of time to make the transition. It just didn’t quite work out that way, as Zimmerman…

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