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  1. Zimmermann on track to start Tuesday

    Jul 18, 2014, 5:04 PM EST

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    Jordan Zimmermann is on track to start Tuesday night for the Nationals in Colorado after playing catch Thursday and feeling no discomfort in his right arm. Zimmermann, who pulled himself out of his last start in Philadelphia with cramping in his biceps, took time off during the All-Star break to let the muscle rest and…

  2. Game 94: Brewers at Nats

    Jul 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After four long days off, the baseball season resumes tonight, with the Nationals opening a brief, 3-game homestand against the Brewers before heading out on the road. Given the opportunity to reset his rotation over the All-Star break, Matt Williams decided to give the ball to Stephen Strasburg for the second-half opener. Strasburg will be…

  3. Second half storylines

    Jul 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    After four long days without baseball (at least, anything other than the exhibition variety) the Nationals are back on the field tonight, hosting the Brewers in a nice weekend showdown between first-place clubs. Thus begins the unofficial second half of the season, the final 70-game stretch that will determine whether this team returns to the…

  4. First-half report card

    Jul 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Yes, I fully understand the first half of the 2014 baseball season ended more than two weeks ago and that at this point the Nationals have played 57 percent of their regular-season schedule. To which I say: So what? There weren’t a bunch of days off following Game 81 that required creative blog post ideas…

  5. Nationals Stock Watch: Werth on fire

    Jul 16, 2014, 1:27 PM EST

    Associated Press

    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance… Record: 3-2 Team slash: .224/.288/.407 Team ERA: 3.76 Runs per game: 5.2 STOCK UP Jayson Werth, OF: .333 AVG/ 4HR/ 10 RBI Like we mentioned last week, Werth reeaaally doesn’t want July to end. In the last few weeks alone, he’s accounted for half of his season home run…

  6. A brief-but-eventful All-Star appearance for Clippard

    Jul 16, 2014, 1:32 AM EST

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    MINNEAPOLIS — Tyler Clippard was minding his own business out in the visitors bullpen at Target Field, chatting with other pitchers on the NL All-Star squad, unsure if he would be appearing in this game at all. And then the call came, and the Nationals right-hander found himself warming up in a hurry, needed to…

  7. Instant analysis: AL 5, NL 3

    Jul 15, 2014, 11:32 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Everyone knew coming in what the 85th Midsummer Classic would be all about: Derek Jeter. And the Yankees shortstop didn’t disappoint in his 14th and final All-Star Game appearance. Afforded no fewer than three standing ovations, he rose to the occasion by going 2-for-2 with a double and a single, also…

  8. 2014 MLB All-Star Game

    Jul 15, 2014, 4:36 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MINNEAPOLIS — It’s another cool, windy day in the Twin Cities, but thankfully there’s no rain in the forecast after last night’s already-tedious Home Run Derby was delayed. It should be a beautiful night as the baseball world converges on Target Field for the 85th All-Star Game. There are no shortage of big-name players to…

  9. In search of a Nationals All-Star

    Jul 15, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    AP

    MINNEAPOLIS — Maybe I’m just a softie, but the All-Star Game has always held a special place in my heart. Where else can you find this kind of assemblage of baseball talent, outside of perhaps Cooperstown for one summer weekend, the sport’s best and brightest stars all gathered together in one place for 48 hours?…

  10. Former Nats catchers blossom into All-Stars

    Jul 14, 2014, 10:04 PM EST

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    MINNEAPOLIS — The Nationals always liked Kurt Suzuki and Derek Norris. They just liked Wilson Ramos better, which is why they were willing to trade away both catchers to the Athletics. Little could the Nationals — or anybody else, for that matter — have foreseen both guys blossoming into All-Stars this season. Yes, stroll through…

  11. 2014 Home Run Derby

    Jul 14, 2014, 7:59 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    MINNEAPOLIS — Hello from Target Field, where the Home Run Derby is about to begin. The weather conditions aren’t ideal; it has been raining on and all since mid-afternoon. But the skies are clear for the moment and they’re ready to get this annual event going. There are some changes from past years. For the…

  12. All-Star lineups announced

    Jul 14, 2014, 1:29 PM EST

    AP

    MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Matheny, as Nationals fans surely know at this point, likes his guys. So it perhaps wasn’t surprising when the Cardinals manager chose one of his own to start Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. Matheny named Adam Wainwright as starting pitcher for the NL squad, selecting the veteran St. Louis ace over Dodgers ace…

  13. Zimmerman delivers when Nats need it most

    Jul 13, 2014, 12:45 AM EST

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    PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Zimmerman has often talked about his ability to stay relaxed in critical moments at the plate, understanding that the pressure in those situations is not on himself but on the opposing pitcher. He’s been able to thrive so many times with the game on the line, though, not only by taking pressure…

  14. Zimmermann likely will avoid DL with biceps strain

    Jul 13, 2014, 12:15 AM EST

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    Updated at 12:15 a.m. PHILADELPHIA —The Nationals don’t believe Jordan Zimmermann will need to spend any time on the disabled list after an MRI of his right arm taken Saturday revealed only a biceps strain, no structural damage. Manager Matt Williams dispersed results of the MRI following the Nationals’ 5-3, 10-inning win over the Phillies,…

  15. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Phillies 3 (10)

    Jul 12, 2014, 11:18 PM EST

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    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…

  16. Game 92: Nats at Phillies

    Jul 12, 2014, 3:33 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  17. Alvarez replaces Zimmermann, leaving Nats without All-Star

    Jul 12, 2014, 3:03 PM EST

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    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…

  18. Harper homers but still battling his way out of slump

    Jul 12, 2014, 11:48 AM EST

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    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…

  19. Zimmermann hopeful biceps cramp isn’t serious

    Jul 12, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

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    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…

  20. Instant analysis: Phillies 6, Nats 2

    Jul 11, 2014, 9:52 PM EST

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    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…

  21. Desmond out tonight but should play Saturday

    Jul 11, 2014, 6:38 PM EST

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    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…

  22. Game 91: Nats at Phillies

    Jul 11, 2014, 3:34 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  23. Nationals Stock Watch: Rendon, Werth surging

    Jul 10, 2014, 1:24 PM EST

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    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…

  24. Fister battles, emerges with 8th win

    Jul 10, 2014, 10:25 AM EST

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    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…

  25. With health comes power

    Jul 10, 2014, 12:10 AM EST

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    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…

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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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