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  1. As October approaches, Strasburg and Nats are peaking

    Sep 21, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — There was a point — honestly, not all that long ago in the grand scheme of things — when Stephen Strasburg’s standing within the Nationals’ pitching staff was up for debate. And the debate wasn’t whether he deserved to be considered the Nats’ No. 1 starter. It was whether he deserved to be…

  2. Instant analysis: Nats 2, Marlins 1

    Sep 21, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Playing their 17th consecutive game and wrapping up an 11-game road trip, the Nationals rested several key regulars, including Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth. And given Stephen Strasburg’s longstanding struggles at Marlins Park, there had to be some concern heading in about this group’s odds of winning. But Strasburg…

  3. Barrett’s role expanding during September surge

    Sep 21, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Ballplayers excel at blocking out the big picture and focusing on the here-and-now, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. As Aaron Barrett’s first season in the big leagues winds down, with his first postseason appearance awaiting, the Nationals’ young reliever admits he has taken a moment or two recently to…

  4. Game 155: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 21, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — Stephen Strasburg has pitched very well lately — he has a 1.69 ERA, 28 strikeouts and zero walks over his last four starts — and the Nationals would love for him to continue his winning ways this afternoon at Marlins Park (where he owns a 6.90 ERA in six career starts). But Strasburg…

  5. As Nats hold breath, Zimmerman passes first test

    Sep 20, 2014, 11:51 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — He hadn’t played in a big-league ballgame in two months, and he was the first to admit earlier Saturday he had no idea what to expect when he stepped onto the field at Marlins Park in his first game back from a major hamstring injury. By the end of the night, after Ryan…

  6. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Marlins 2

    Sep 20, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Boosted by the return of Ryan Zimmerman after a two-month DL stint, the Nationals came out of the gates a bit sluggish tonight. They fell into a 2-0 hole via a Little League home run that featured errors by both Denard Span and Jordan Zimmermann. They also grounded into three straight…

  7. Zimmerman begins race to get ready for postseason

    Sep 20, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Ryan Zimmerman is back in the Nationals’ lineup, that much he knows. What the veteran slugger doesn’t know is how much of a factor he’ll be in the Nats’ upcoming postseason run after missing the last two months with a major hamstring injury that still hasn’t completely healed. “I won’t be 100 percent…

  8. Game 154: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 20, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — The Nationals have played great baseball for the last two months, going 34-21 to win the NL East and assume the top spot in the entire NL heading into the season’s final week. But they have every reason to believe they’re an even better team now that Ryan Zimmerman has returned from a…

  9. Rolling Nats about to be complete again

    Sep 19, 2014, 11:39 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — They’ve got the National League’s best record. They’ve been on a tear this month, going 12-6 in September. They’ve been even better on this final road trip of the regular season, winning 7 of 9 after Friday night’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins. And now the Nationals are about to be completely healthy…

  10. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Brewers 2

    Sep 19, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT

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    GAME IN NUTSHELL: With Adam LaRoche back in the lineup and Ryan Zimmerman back in the dugout, the Nationals looked complete as a ballclub for this game. And though they didn’t necessarily play their best game of the last week, they still managed to do enough right to improve to 7-2 on this final road…

  11. Zimmerman rejoining Nats, likely to play Saturday

    Sep 19, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Ryan Zimmerman has completed his rehab stint in Viera, Fla., will rejoin the Nationals tonight at Marlins Park and is likely to be activated off the disabled list in time for Saturday night’s game. Manager Matt Williams said the injured slugger passed his final test in Viera — seven innings in left field…

  12. Game 153: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 19, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — Matt Williams, as promised, will keep playing all his regulars down the stretch. And tonight, that really means all his regulars. Adam LaRoche returns after sitting out last night’s game to nurse his ailing back. Everybody else remains. (And Ryan Zimmerman could rejoin the group tomorrow, by the way). Meantime, Doug Fister is…

  13. As thumb heals, Harper begins to rake

    Sep 19, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — We’ve seen several moments in the last few weeks that have suggested Bryce Harper has finally turned a big corner at the plate, and we saw another one Thursday night late in the Nationals’ 6-2 win over the Marlins. Facing left-hander Dan Jennings out of the bullpen, Harper mashed a double off the…

  14. Gonzalez comes home and finds his groove again

    Sep 18, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — A month ago, when he was laboring through the toughest stretch of his Nationals career, Gio Gonzalez noted that he felt like he was still trying to catch up to the rest of his rotation mates after missing a month with shoulder inflammation. Perhaps that was Gonzalez’s biggest problem all along: He was…

  15. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Marlins 2

    Sep 18, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals put most of their regulars — all but Adam LaRoche, still nursing a sore back — in the lineup Thursday, but for three innings you would’ve thought the backups were again. Miami left-hander Brad Hand retired the first 10 batters he faced, causing perhaps a mild stir among the…

  16. LaRoche gets another day to rest back

    Sep 18, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — While the rest of the Nationals regulars returned to the lineup Thursday night against the Marlins, Adam LaRoche was given another day off to rest his lower back, which has been tight off and on for several weeks now. LaRoche’s condition actually is better now than it was in the past when he…

  17. Game 152: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 18, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MIAMI — Hello from Marlins Park … well, actually I’m not at Marlins Park at the moment I type this. I’m at a TV studio in downtown Miami getting ready for today’s Baseball Show on Comcast SportsNet. We’ll be on live at 4 p.m., talking about the Nationals’ division clincher, what they’re going to do…

  18. If healthy, Zimmerman should be in postseason lineup

    Sep 18, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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    30,000 FEET ABOVE GEORGIA — With the NL East title locked up, the focus for the Nationals shifts away from the field and toward the questions this team must answer before its postseason run begins two weeks from Friday. And there is no greater question, as manager Matt Williams admitted yesterday, than Ryan Zimmerman’s status…

  19. For one night, rookies take center stage

    Sep 17, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — On the day after they clinched the NL East title, they rested. Having expended significant amounts of effort both physical and mental over the last six months to win their division — and having celebrated the accomplishment deep into Wednesday morning — members of the Nationals starting lineup were given a collective day…

  20. Instant analysis: Braves 3, Nats 1

    Sep 17, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They won the NL East title Tuesday and celebrated deep into the night, so Matt Williams decided to give all of his regulars Wednesday night off. Really, all of them. The Nationals fielded a lineup made up entirely of veteran backups and September call-ups, with rookie Blake Treinen getting the ball…

  21. Nats will play out season, try for home-field advantage

    Sep 17, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Though the lineup they fielded Wednesday night wouldn’t suggest it, the Nationals say they will play most of their regulars over the final week and a half of the regular season and attempt to secure home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. Manager Matt Williams gave all of his regulars Wednesday’s game off,…

  22. Game 151: Nats at Braves

    Sep 17, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — Contrary to what you might think when you look at tonight’s lineup, the Nationals are not playing a split-squad game in Lake Buena Vista. They are indeed playing an actual Major League Baseball game in Atlanta. It counts in the standings and everything. You just won’t find any regulars on the field. Matt…

  23. Nats’ division titles are no small accomplishment

    Sep 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Nearly every member of the Nationals organization made a point last night, amid the flowing champagne and beer and other chaos that ensued, to say their clinching of the NL East title is only the first step toward what they hope are several more celebrations to come in the next few weeks. Most…

  24. Nationals Stock Watch: Plenty on the rise

    Sep 17, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance… Record: 5-2 Team slash: .253/.333/.407 Team ERA: 2.18 Runs per game: 4.42 STOCK UP Matt Williams, Manager This is a little unorthodox of a selection, but since the Nationals clinched the NL East Tuesday night you almost have to take a step back and credit the manager.…

  25. Scenes from a jubilant clinching clubhouse

    Sep 17, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — When the Nationals clinched their first-ever NL East title two years ago, the ensuing celebration stayed mostly on the field at Nationals Park, where fans could soak it all in along with the players. This time, the Nats clinched the division on the road, so everything was confined to the visitors’ clubhouse at…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 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.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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