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  1. A reason for fans of each MLB team to be thankful

    Nov 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    From the Kansas City Royals to the Philadelphia Phillies, every team’s fanbase has at least something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here is a glass half-full look around the league… Arizona Diamondbacks – Dansby Swanson The Diamondbacks don’t have much to write home about regarding their farm system, but they do have Dansby Swanson,…

  2. MLB Power Rankings: Playoff bracket nearly set

    Oct 3, 2015, 3:40 PM EST

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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. Reds – Hughes: (LW: 27) Now Bryan Price will return as manager. Like Brad Ausmus, he was hired the same winter as Matt Williams and has had less success. 29. Phillies –…

  3. MLB Power Rankings: AL Wild Card race remains tight

    Sep 26, 2015, 11:12 AM EST

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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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Nice to see Pete Mackanin rewarded with a chance to return as manager in 2016. 29. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Worst season in Atlanta since 1990. 28. Rockies…

  4. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Blue Jays looking scary

    Sep 18, 2015, 12:32 PM EST

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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) The Phillies are setting records for the lowest attendance in Citizens Bank Park’s 11-year history, further proving that few sports fanbases can truly stay loyal when their…

  5. MLB Power Rankings: AL West race heating up

    Sep 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Rotation’s ERA since the All-Star break: 5.55. 29. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Currently featuring nine pitchers with ERAs over 5.00. Good lord. 28. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW:…

  6. MLB Power Rankings: Braves sink to the bottom

    Sep 4, 2015, 1:24 PM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Braves – Hughes: (LW: 25) The Braves are in an absolute freefall, but with 13 combined games against the Nats and Mets, they can be big-time spoilers. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW:…

  7. MLB Power Rankings: More movement in AL East

    Aug 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    USA Today

    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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Twice blew 5-run leads to the Mets this week. That about sums things up. 29. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) In an otherwise dismal year, George Mason’s Justin Bour…

  8. MLB Power Rankings: NL Central continues to lead the pack

    Aug 21, 2015, 11:44 AM EST

    USA Today

    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: 26) Chase Utley was traded and now he’s reunited with Jimmy Rollins. Good for them, but super awkward for Phillies fans. 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 30) As…

  9. Under .500, yet still in the playoff race

    Aug 17, 2015, 9:33 AM EST

    USA Today

    Before Sunday, the Nationals had enjoyed rare success against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. They had beaten him in their previous five matchups, they crushed him on the Fourth of July and they even gave him his only loss in the 2014 postseason. Naturally, that was not to continue forever, and Bumgarner finally broke through at what was…

  10. Nats drop 5th straight in another ugly one

    Aug 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    After Saturday night’s 12-6 loss to San Francisco, the fifth straight defeat for the Nationals overall and their third straight to the Giants, it’s hard to imagine that just over a month ago the Nats swept this very same team in a July 4th series in Washington. But here we are six weeks later with two teams…

  11. Harper leaves game with leg injury

    Aug 16, 2015, 1:12 AM EST

    USA Today

    [Updated] The Nationals were already down big against the Giants on Saturday when their night got even worse. All-Star Bryce Harper left in the seventh inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. Matt Williams told reporters after the game that X-rays were negative. Harper was at the plate facing Giants reliever George Kontos when…

  12. Game 116: Nats at Giants

    Aug 15, 2015, 6:44 PM EST

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    The Nationals continue their series at the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night as they hope to snap a four-game losing streak. Gio Gonzalez (9-4, 3.50) and Jake Peavy (2-5, 3.75) squaring off. The Nationals will also try to avoid dropping to .500 on the season for the first time since May 8. Gonzalez looks…

  13. Squandered opportunity

    Aug 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    AP

    The Mets had already lost in extra innings to the Pirates, cracking open the window ever so slightly for the Nationals to gain a game back in the standings. Max Scherzer was on the mound in San Francisco, handed a 1-0 lead before he ever took the mound. And the Nats would wind up adding…

  14. Game 115: Nats at Giants

    Aug 14, 2015, 6:44 PM EST

    AP

    At this point, there’s not much else to say except for the obvious: The Nationals need to start playing better baseball, and as a result start winning more games, before their deficit to the surging Mets becomes too steep to overcome. They’ll try again tonight in San Francisco, hoping both that Max Scherzer can put…

  15. MLB Power Rankings: AL West, NL Central races heating up

    Aug 14, 2015, 12:04 PM EST

    USA Today

    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: 30) Jose Fernandez’s latest injury just the latest dagger in a season full of them. 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) End of an era with Doug Melvin out as…

  16. Where do Nats turn to solve what ails them?

    Aug 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    This space could be devoted to a breakdown of Thursday night’s 3-1 loss in San Francisco, with mentions of Stephen Strasburg’s rocky first inning but impressive rebound after that, Yunel Escobar’s game-opening homer followed by a complete lack of offense by the Nationals after that and yet another case of this bullpen’s inability to keep…

  17. Game 114: Nats at Giants

    Aug 13, 2015, 6:59 PM EST

    AP

    Stephen Strasburg’s return from the DL five nights ago in D.C. went as well as anyone could have possibly hoped: seven innings of 1-run, 3-hit, 12-strikeout ball to beat the Rockies. Boy, could the Nationals use another start like that tonight in San Francisco from Strasburg. The Mets already trounced Colorado this afternoon to sweep…

  18. MLB Power Rankings: Nats falling, Blue Jays rising

    Aug 8, 2015, 2:09 PM EST

    USA Today

    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 – Hughes: (LW: 28) It has been a trainwreck of a season for the Marlins, but at least Jose Fernandez (2.30 ERA, 53 SO, 43 IP) is back to pitching like…

  19. MLB Power Rankings: Hamels, Price, Tulo all get traded

    Jul 31, 2015, 10:06 AM EST

    USA Today

    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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Kudos to them for finally doing what had to be done and trading Hamels and Papelbon. 29. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) If you’re going to trade away…

  20. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Pirates make moves

    Jul 24, 2015, 12:29 PM EST

    USA Today

    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) Will Ruben Amaro finally bite the bullet and trade somebody? Somebody, anybody?!?! 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 29) Jose Fernandez is back and dominating with a 2.77…

  21. MLB Power Rankings: Buyers or sellers?

    Jul 17, 2015, 11:31 AM EST

    USA Today

    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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) On pace to lose 110 games. And that pace may get worse if they trade guys away. 29. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Second half will be…

  22. MLB Power Rankings: Angels, Pirates trending up

    Jul 9, 2015, 4:00 PM EST

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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) Chase Utley just lost his job and got thrown under the bus by his GM along the way. What once was a great team continues to…

  23. Zimmermann, Ramos lead Nats to San Francisco sweep

    Jul 5, 2015, 11:48 PM EST

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    Jordan Zimmermann’s last three starts have been special, and on Sunday, his excellent outing gave the Nationals a three-game sweep over the defending world champions. Zimmerman pitched seven solid innings, and Wilson Ramos slammed a tie-breaking homer as the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 before 33,157 at Nationals Park on Sunday night. Zimmermann…

  24. Game 82: Giants at Nats

    Jul 5, 2015, 4:48 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The bad news: Stephen Strasburg is back on the DL, this time with a left oblique strain. With the Nationals not needing a fifth starter until after the All-Star break, Taylor Jordan has been recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to serve as a long man in the bullpen for the time being. The good news:…

  25. Nats cruise on the Fourth, but Strasburg injury looms large

    Jul 4, 2015, 2:46 PM EST

    Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) walks off the field with pitching coach Steve McCatty (54) after being removed from the game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent injury during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Buster Posey had just grounded out to second base, and Stephen Strasburg felt tightness in his left side. Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz quickly came to the mound. They talked for a few moments. Strasburg lobbied to stay in the game, but with two outs in the fourth inning, Williams…

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