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  1. LaRoche rejoins Nats, will be activated Sunday

    May 24, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    AP

    PITTSBURGH — Adam LaRoche walked into the visitors clubhouse at PNC Park this afternoon, found a locker waiting with his equipment and uniform already in place and made it clear he will be in the Nationals’ lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the the Pirates. “Yeah,” he said. “Otherwise I wouldn’t be here.” Having emerged…

  2. Game 49: Nats at Pirates

    May 24, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PITTSBURGH — There have been 49 Major League Baseball amateur drafts, and of the 49 players selected with the No. 1 overall pick, only 16 have been pitchers. And two of those 16 pitchers (Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole) will be on the mound tonight at PNC Park, squaring off against each other. It’s only…

  3. Nats’ rotation not living up to reputation

    May 24, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    PITTSBURGH — The Nationals woke up this morning a .500 club, and the majority of the blame for that is being heaped upon a lineup that ranks dead-last in baseball this month in runs (63), batting average (.228) and on-base percentage (.290). And rightfully so. The No. 1 issue facing this club right now is…

  4. Injured, unproductive and back at .500

    May 24, 2014, 12:06 AM EDT

    AP

    PITTSBURGH — The Washington Nationals, a team that only two months ago headed north from Florida with a loaded roster and the loftiest of expectations, fielded a lineup Friday night that featured one player with a batting average over .277. And that was their pitcher. Their cleanup man was hitting .182. The highest batting average…

  5. Instant analysis: Pirates 4, Nats 3

    May 23, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s a struggle for the Nationals to score runs these days, with a lineup lacking Adam LaRoche, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper. But these guys seem to be finding new ways every night to drive themselves (and their fans) crazy when it comes to clutch situations at the plate. Despite a…

  6. Gonzalez throwing session delayed by stiffness

    May 23, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

    AP

    PITTSBURGH — Gio Gonzalez’s planned throwing session Friday — his first since going on the disabled list Sunday — was called off after the Nationals left-hander noted stiffness in his injured shoulder. Manager Matt Williams expressed no concern about the development, referring to it as “normal” and saying Gonzalez simply will be pushed back a…

  7. Game 48: Nats at Pirates

    May 23, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PITTSBURGH — Hello from beautiful PNC Park, which looks spectacular as always. After staying back in D.C. last night to appear on CSN’s Baseball Show, I made the easy drive up here this morning and will be on-site the rest of the weekend. The Nationals are trying to bounce back from a tough 3-1 loss…

  8. MLB Power Rankings: Athletics on top

    May 23, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: 1. Oakland Athletics (LW: 3) – Zuckerman: It took a couple of years, but ex-Nats prospect Derek Norris is living up to the billing at last. 2. Detroit Tigers (LW: 1) — Roney: Really encouraging work…

  9. Game 47: Nats at Pirates

    May 22, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

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    Blake Treinen impressed in his first career start 16 days ago against the Dodgers. Tonight, the right-hander gets a chance to make a second impression, rejoining the Nationals rotation to replace the injured Gio Gonzalez. Treinen was very good in two starts with Class AAA Syracuse since we last saw him (three runs allowed in…

  10. Nats Park “feels like home” to Fister in D.C. debut

    May 21, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

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    It’s been something of an odd, nomadic existence so far for Doug Fister. He was traded to the Nationals five months ago, but all of his time to date had been spent away from his new home. Fister spent the spring in Viera, Fla., with the rest of his teammates, then stayed there after landing…

  11. Span’s career night leads Nats’ takedown of Cueto

    May 21, 2014, 12:28 AM EDT

    AP

    What’s a good leadoff man worth? How much difference does it make if the guy atop a team’s lineup is productive or not? For the Nationals, it appears to mean everything. Put simply: When Denard Span does well, the Nats do well. When he doesn’t, they don’t. “It sets up everything,” teammate Jayson Werth said.…

  12. Instant analysis: Nats 9, Reds 4

    May 20, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Talk about an imposing matchup: The Nationals, who have scored the fewest runs in the majors in May and have struggled all season against right-handers, had to go up against the best pitcher in baseball to date. Johnny Cueto entered with a 1.25 ERA, the first pitcher modern baseball history to…

  13. Zimmerman still not cleared hit start hitting

    May 20, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

    AP

    The latest X-ray of Ryan Zimmerman’s right thumb showed the fracture that has sidelined him more than five weeks has not fully healed, preventing the Nationals third baseman from being able to start hitting and delaying his eventual return from the disabled list. Zimmerman, out since fracturing the thumb on an April 12 pickoff play…

  14. Game 45: Reds at Nats

    May 20, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals’ lineup — in its current, injury-plagued form — is not particularly effective against right-handed pitching. Their .236 team batting average against righties ranks 23rd in the majors this season. (As opposed to their .284 batting average against left-handers, third-best in baseball.) So tonight’s matchup against Johnny Cueto does not particularly favor the Nats.…

  15. Bullpen scoreless streak ends at 27 2/3 innings

    May 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    AP

    When Ross Detwiler got Devin Mesoraco to popup to the third baseman in the top of the 15th inning late Monday night, the left-hander extended a streak of dominance by the Nationals bullpen to new, hard-to-fathom lengths. At that moment, the Nats relief corps had tossed 27 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. That’s more than three…

  16. Instant analysis: Reds 4, Nats 3 (15)

    May 20, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: You never know what kind of ballgame you might see on a random Monday night in May. The 24,505 who came to Nationals Park tonight — or, at least, those who made it all the way to the end — were treated to one of the best-played, back-and-forth, dramatic, random Monday…

  17. Williams explains why Zim is working out in left field

    May 19, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT

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    While Ryan Zimmerman waits to be cleared to resume full baseball activities, the Nationals are trying to find ways for their injured third baseman to get some work in without risking any further damage to his healing right thumb. That has included, for the last several days, significant time spent in left field shagging fly…

  18. Dominant bullpen has been biggest key to Nats’ success

    May 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    They’ve lost more than half their starting lineup to injuries at various points over the last two months. Their star-studded rotation has been decidedly average to date. And they’ve been among the worst defensive clubs in baseball. So how have the Nationals managed to go 23-20 over the season’s first seven weeks, leaving themselves a…

  19. Ramos heating up just when Nats need him most

    May 18, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

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    Wilson Ramos went 0-for-4 on Saturday and saw his batting average drop to .154. With the Nationals scheduled to wrap up their weekend series against the Mets with a traditional Sunday afternoon game, the recently injured catcher figured to get a standard day off to rest his legs and clear his mind. Ramos, though, went…

  20. UPDATE: Gonzalez MRI shows only shoulder inflammation

    May 18, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:43 p.m. An enhanced MRI test of Gio Gonzalez’s injured shoulder showed no structural damage, only inflammation, giving the Nationals reason to believe the left-hander’s first career stint on the disabled list will be a short one. Gonzalez, who was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday morning, was examined by an orthopedist and…

  21. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Mets 3

    May 18, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Amid the disheartening news that Gio Gonzalez was heading to the DL with a shoulder inflammation, the Nationals took the field this afternoon trying to overcome yet another injury to a key player, win their weekend series against the Mets and potentially take over first place in the NL East. They…

  22. Game 43: Mets at Nats

    May 18, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    While the Nationals await word of Gio Gonzalez’s enhanced MRI, hoping they aren’t about to lose yet another key player to a long-term injury, they’ve got a chance to win this weekend series against the Mets. They also could move into first place if the Braves lose again in St. Louis. So there’s plenty on…

  23. Another rough start raises questions about Gio’s arm

    May 17, 2014, 8:54 PM EDT

    AP

    Since joining the Nationals 2 1/2 years ago, Gio Gonzalez has been prone to the occasional ragged start, sometimes the downright ugly start. But it has never happened to him twice in a row, and that’s why alarm bells are now ringing in the wake of the left-hander’s poor performance Saturday during a 5-2 loss…

  24. Instant analysis: Mets 5, Nats 2

    May 17, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With an opportunity to beat the Mets for the 10th consecutive time, the Nationals had to like their chances this afternoon. Gio Gonzalez had a track record of dominance against New York’s lineup, and the Nats have beaten up on the Mets’ pitching staff so far this season. Then the game…

  25. LaRoche “shocked” how much strained quad has improved

    May 17, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT

    AP

    Adam LaRoche stretched out his strained right quad muscle on Friday for the first time since landing on the disabled list and was stunned that he felt no evidence of the injury that had been hampering him for several weeks, giving the veteran first baseman reason to believe he’ll be able to return when eligible…

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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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