May 4, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Though they’ve managed to be more productive at the plate than most would have thought given the prolonged absence of three key lineup regulars, the Nationals still aren’t taking full advantage of the mountains of opportunities they keep giving themselves. Take Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Citizens Bank Park, a game in which Gio…
May 4, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: When the Phillies had to scratch Cole Hamels from today’s start due to flu-like symptoms, the Nationals figured they were catching a break. Not exactly. Replacement starter Roberto Hernandez was downright dominant, carrying a shutout into the eighth inning. Gio Gonzalez was equally dominant, but the Nationals left-hander gave up one…
May 4, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Craig Stammen joined one of the rarest of fraternities on Sunday: Major-league ballplayers with college degrees. After passing his final exams from the University of Dayton, where he first enrolled in 2002, Stammen officially was among the Class of 2014 honored at Sunday’s graduation ceremony. The right-hander wasn’t there to receive his diploma…
May 4, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — It’s a cool, windy, cloudy Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, which hosts a rare, 3:05 p.m. Sunday game today. The reason: There was a massive 10-mile race in the area this morning, the traffic from which is only just now starting to dissipate. Once they get going today, it’ll be Gio Gonzalez…
May 3, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals’ coaching staff has analyzed the club’s first-inning woes, a recurring problem for this team through the season’s month-plus, trying to find a common theme or solution to the issue. And in the end, they can’t find anything to explain why they keep digging themselves into these kind of early holes. “No.…
May 3, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have shown an ability to come from behind this season, but they can’t count on doing it every single night. They definitely weren’t up to the task tonight, falling into an early hole and never digging their way out of it. Tanner Roark took the brunt of the punishment,…
May 3, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Doug Fister is healthy and ready to make his Nationals debut Wednesday against the Dodgers, but the club may push the right-hander back to Friday night’s game in Oakland in order to keep Stephen Strasburg on normal rest. “He’s good to go,” manager Matt Williams said. “There’s no issues. He got through his…
May 3, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Though there weren’t any actual fireworks here last night, there were two incidents that clearly didn’t sit well with the Nationals: Cliff Lee’s quick-pitch up-and-in to Denard Span in the fifth, and Carlos Ruiz’s high-and-hard non-slide into Ian Desmond in the ninth. How upset were the Nats with those two events? I guess…
May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — It has happened nine times now, nine times in 29 games. And every time it happens, the Nationals give themselves even more reason to believe they can do it again. Trailing a ballgame late, they rallied to win in dramatic fashion. Friday night’s 5-3 victory over the Phillies was merely the latest example…
May 3, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Benches and bullpens emptied in the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night, and though no punches were thrown between the Nationals and Phillies, Denard Span and Cliff Lee did exchange some verbal barbs about an incident sparked by Lee’s up-and-in quick-pitch to an unsuspecting Span. “I don’t think he was…
May 2, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a stellar pitching matchup between Stephen Strasburg and Cliff Lee, but this game was decided well after both starting hurlers were out of the game. The Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Jayson Werth dropped a foul ball that…
May 2, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Doug Fister threw 76 pitches over 3 2/3 innings Friday night in what is expected to be the right-hander’s final rehab start before joining the Nationals’ rotation next week. Pitching for Class AA Harrisburg at Reading, Fister allowed two runs and two hits, walking three while striking out five. He cruised through three…
May 2, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Wilson Ramos made his return to the field earlier Friday at extended spring training and immediately gave the Nationals reason to believe it won’t be much longer before their starting catcher returns from a broken bone in his left hand. Ramos caught three innings in Viera, getting three at-bats in which he homered…
May 2, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where tonight the Nationals open a three-game weekend series against the Phillies, with a star-studded pitching matchup on tap: Stephen Strasburg vs. Cliff Lee. Strasburg returns to the scene of his worst moment in baseball: The mound where his elbow blew out in 2010, requiring Tommy John surgery.…
May 2, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
We touched on a bunch of Nats-related subjects on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show. Rob Carlin, Joe Orsulak and I looked at just how good Tanner Roark has been since debuting late last summer, comparing his stats to a fellow rotation mate who arrived with just a bit more hype than he did.…
May 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
A hodgepodge of Friday morning thoughts before I hop on I-95 and head up to Philadelphia for the weekend… — The Nationals about to face a major, week-long test going up against six quality, veteran pitchers against the Phillies and Dodgers. It begins tonight with Cliff Lee, whose 40-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio so far this season…
May 1, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Atlanta Braves (LW: 1) – Hughes: After getting shelled by the Marlins on Wednesday, Aaron Harang now sports the worst ERA among Braves starters at 2.97. 2.97! 2. Oakland Athletics (LW:…
May 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
Well, the season’s first month is now complete, and what a tumultuous month it was for the Nationals. Wilson Ramos broke his hand on Opening Day. Ryan Zimmerman couldn’t throw the ball across the diamond, then broke his thumb on a pickoff play at second base. Doug Fister hurt himself on the final day of…
Apr 30, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A tumultuous opening month for the Nationals ended with a couple of much-needed wins in a comfortable place. Taking advantage of Minute Maid Park’s quirky dimensions — not to mention the perpetually struggling Astros — the Nats followed up Tuesday night’s 1-run victory with a blowout in the finale of this…
Apr 30, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT
The Nationals tonight go for a sweep of this brief, 2-game series in Houston, and they’ll do so with a lineup stacked with right-handed hitters against Astros lefty Brett Oberholtzer. Denard Span is the only left-handed bat in Matt Williams’ starting nine, which means the red-hot Adam LaRoche gets a rare day off. (UPDATE: LaRoche…
Apr 30, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
It has been easily forgotten because of everything that has transpired since, but it’s worth a friendly reminder: Adam LaRoche carried an injury-plagued Nationals’ lineup during the first two months of the 2012 season. While Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos all spent time on the disabled list, LaRoche was the one…
Apr 29, 2014, 11:36 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As Bryce Harper was in a hospital bed recuperating from thumb surgery earlier in the day, his Nationals teammates took the field in Houston trying to overcome the latest significant injury to their starting lineup. They jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, getting a towering home run from Jayson Werth…
Apr 29, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT
Bryce Harper had surgery Tuesday to repair the torn ligament in his left thumb, letting the world know all was fine by tweeting a photo of himself post-operation giving a thumbs-up sign. “On the road to recovery..Everything went great and I’ll be back soon! Thank you to all the fans for the support!” Harper posted…
Apr 29, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT
The Nationals know they’re going to be without Bryce Harper — who had surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb — for the next two months or so. Tonight, we begin to find out how they deal with the prolonged loss of one of their key regulars. Who replaces Harper in…
Apr 29, 2014, 6:03 AM EDT
Seeking extra bullpen help for the immediate future while paving the way for Doug Fister’s pending return to their rotation, the Nationals will promote reliever Ryan Mattheus from Class AAA before tonight’s series opener in Houston and send struggling starter Taylor Jordan to Syracuse, a source with knowledge of the roster move confirmed. The transaction…
NL EAST STANDINGS
x-Clinched division title
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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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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