Jul 12, 2014, 11:18 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A high-profile pitching matchup produced a low-scoring game, though neither Stephen Strasburg nor Cole Hamels would likely have called this one of their best outings of the season. Strasburg carried a shutout into the sixth but couldn’t finish that inning after his pitch count skyrocketed to 117. Hamels, meanwhile, gave up…
Jul 12, 2014, 3:33 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — While we await the update on Jordan Zimmermann’s MRI, and debate his replacement on the All-Star roster, there is in fact another game taking place tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Featuring a star-studded pitching matchup: Stephen Strasburg vs. Cole Hamels. The Nationals will have Ian Desmond back in the lineup after he sat…
Jul 12, 2014, 3:03 PM EST
Updated at 8:13 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — The 102-loss, 2008 Nationals had All-Star Cristian Guzman. The 103-loss, 2009 Nationals had All-Star Ryan Zimmerman. The first-place, 2014 Nationals, however, will have no active players at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game after injured right-hander Jordan Zimmermann was replaced today by Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez. NL manager Mike Matheny of…
Jul 12, 2014, 11:48 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — As the ball rocketed off his bat and soared to right field, well into the bleachers at Citizens Bank Park, Bryce Harper remembered for a moment what it’s like to hit a home run. “It felt really good,” he said. Harper hadn’t had that sensation since returning from the disabled list nearly two…
Jul 12, 2014, 12:00 AM EST
Updated at 12:00 a.m. PHILADELPHIA — Jordan Zimmermann has made 132 starts in the big leagues, several of them as a rookie with a barking elbow that needed Tommy John surgery, but never before had he stood on the mound after throwing a pitch and motioned to the Nationals dugout that he needed to come…
Jul 11, 2014, 9:52 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This game already wasn’t going particularly well for the Nationals when things really turned sour in the bottom of the fourth, for reasons having nothing to do with the scoreboard. Jordan Zimmermann took himself out of the game after throwing a 1-2 slider to Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp, departing with an…
Jul 11, 2014, 6:38 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond was not in the Nationals’ lineup Friday night, but manager Matt Williams expects his shortstop to return Saturday after getting hit by a pitch at the base of his right thumb. “He’s fine,” Williams said prior to Friday’s series opener against the Phillies. “He’s a little sore. He got in, did…
Jul 11, 2014, 3:34 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where a suddenly banged-up Nationals club closes out the first half of the season this weekend before taking a much-needed All-Star break. The two key injury updates you’re waiting for: 1) Ian Desmond is not in tonight’s lineup after taking a pitch off the pad of his right…
Jul 10, 2014, 1:24 PM EST
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-2 Team slash: .265/.317/.451 Team ERA: 3.38 Runs per game: 4.83 STOCK UP Jayson Werth, OF: .389 AVG/ 2 HR/ 6 RBI If Werth keeps hitting like this, he’ll probably never want July to end. After an albatross of a June in which he hit .212…
Jul 10, 2014, 10:25 AM EST
BALTIMORE — Early on a humid night at Camden Yards, it looked like Doug Fister might not have his best stuff. Staked to a 2-0 lead by his Nationals teammates, Fister took the mound for the bottom of the first and delivered a bumpy performance. Perhaps squeezed by a tight strike zone, the right-hander walked…
Jul 10, 2014, 12:10 AM EST
BALTIMORE — The Nationals waited three months to get their entire lineup healthy and together for the first time all season. Then they continued to wait for that healthy lineup to start putting more baseballs into the bleachers. Wednesday night, the Nats got their first glimpse at what exactly this team is capable of doing…
Jul 9, 2014, 6:34 PM EST
BALTIMORE — Ten straight game days, Danny Espinosa walked into the Nationals’ clubhouse, checked the lineup card, didn’t see his name listed among the starters and went about his business as a newly benched player. And then on Wednesday, when he arrived at Camden Yards, Espinosa gave his usual cursory glance at the lineup card…
Jul 9, 2014, 3:14 PM EST
BALTIMORE — Hello from the one and only Camden Yards. It’s pretty amazing to think that this place is already 22 years old. It’s also the ninth-oldest ballpark in the majors. Remarkable. After two days (but only one actual game played) in Washington, the Battle of the Beltways moves up the road to the Inner…
Jul 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
For the last week, Matt Williams has faced a nightly lineup decision, the crux of which has boiled down to the question of who would start at third base. For the next two nights, Williams will face another lineup decision. This time, though, the Nationals manager has another position to consider: designated hitter. With the…
Jul 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EST
[Updated: 10:30 p.m.] Tuesday night’s game between the Nationals and Orioles was postponed due to heavy rain after a delay of approximately 2 1/2 hours. The two teams will now play a makeup game on Aug. 4 at Nationals Park. The tarp rolled out in D.C. about a half-an-hour before game time as a large…
Jul 8, 2014, 3:25 PM EST
Try to forget, if you can, the horrendous 11th inning from last night’s game and appreciate the 10 innings that preceded it. The Nationals and Orioles played one heck of a ballgame, getting great pitching performances, fine defense and a couple of big home runs from star players. The atmosphere inside the park was electric,…
Jul 8, 2014, 11:13 AM EST
Matt Williams can rattle off the names of several former managers who helped him learn how best to deal with a clubhouse full of major leaguers and keep everybody on the same page: Roger Craig, Dusty Baker, Bob Brenly. Ask Williams who most taught him how to prepare himself and his team for a ballgame,…
Jul 8, 2014, 12:45 AM EST
The Nationals, on paper, should be as formidable an extra-inning foe as anyone in baseball. Between a dominant and deep bullpen, a productive and deep lineup and a veteran-laden bench, they appear well-constructed to come up big the later the clock reads. How then to explain their actual results this season? Monday’s 8-2, 11-inning loss…
Jul 7, 2014, 10:48 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If the opener of this 4-game Battle of the Beltways is a sign of things to come, get ready for an entertaining, tense week of baseball between two very good teams in front of rabid fans supporting both clubs. A crowd of 35,126 decked out both in red and orange was…
Jul 7, 2014, 7:47 PM EST
For a guy who looked completely lost at the plate only one week ago, Jayson Werth sure turned it around in a hurry. Enough to be recognized by Major League Baseball. Werth was named NL Player of the Week on Monday, a fitting honor for the Nationals right fielder, who went on a sudden tear…
Jul 7, 2014, 3:18 PM EST
Hello and welcome to the opener of the Battle of the Beltways, the annual showdown between Washington and Baltimore that means very much to the fan bases of both clubs and, quite honestly, means very little to players on both sides. Much as we’d like to believe this is a real rivalry, the players just…
Jul 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Ryan Zimmerman is plenty used to being in the middle of things during the final key moments of a ballgame. This is, after all, a guy with nine career walk-off homers on his ledger. So the fact Zimmerman delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit yesterday for a Nationals club that eked out a…
Jul 6, 2014, 8:00 PM EST
A Nationals club that boasts the NL’s fourth-best record but fewer dominant performances by individuals so far this season received only one All-Star selection Sunday evening: right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. There’s still a chance of more Washington representation at Minnesota’s Target Field on July 15, with infielder Anthony Rendon one of five candidates in the NL’s…
Jul 6, 2014, 4:49 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to avoid their first series loss in three weeks, the Nationals looked a big sluggish. Jordan Zimmermann was effective, tossing six scoreless innings, but wasn’t especially sharp and had to be pulled due to a high pitch count. The lineup, meanwhile, scratched out a quick run off Jake…
Jul 6, 2014, 11:37 AM EST
Matt Williams has had a full, healthy roster for six games now. And aside from one day off for Wilson Ramos, the Nationals manager has used the exact same guys in his lineup for all six games. Hey, there’s something to be said for continuity, especially when your team has won four of the first…
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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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