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  1. Break’s over

    Jan 6, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If you’re having a difficult time remembering the Nationals’ most-recent roster transaction, don’t feel bad. It’s been 18 days since the Nats traded Corey Brown to the Athletics for cash considerations, and it’s not like that was an earth-shattering move to begin with. The Nationals, like most MLB clubs, essentially took two weeks off for…

  2. Former Nats CF Nyjer Morgan attempting comeback

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Former Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is attempting a comeback to the major leagues. The 33-year-old with the nickname ‘Tony Plush’ spent last season with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan. He last played in the majors for the Brewers in 2012. Morgan put up some decent numbers in his one season overseas, hitting 11 home runs in…

  3. Point/Counterpoint: Would you give Werth $83 million?

    Jan 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WOULD YOU GIVE JAYSON WERTH A 4-YEAR, $83 MILLION CONTRACT THIS WINTER, IF HE WAS ON THE OPEN MARKET? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Now here’s an interesting subject. If you take Werth’s 7-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals and remove the terms of the first three years of the deal (which he has…

  4. Sizing up the National League

    Jan 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked his top 10 teams in MLB the other day, a list that included the Nationals. Olney had the Nats eighth, but if you break it down to only NL clubs, they’re fourth. The NL teams ahead of the Nationals? The Dodgers (second overall), Cardinals (third) and Braves (seventh). That seems fair.…

  5. Nats New Year’s resolutions

    Jan 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We can now say goodbye to 2013 (something I have a hunch plenty of Nationals fans are happy to do) and say hello to 2014 (something I’m sure plenty of you out there are ready to do). With that in mind, I’ve once again managed to get my hands on all the New Year’s resolutions…

  6. Significant moment No. 1: Harper hits the wall

    Dec 31, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We conclude…

  7. Nats bring back Rhymes on minor-league deal

    Dec 30, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have re-signed Will Rhymes to a minor-league contract, giving the 30-year-old infielder an invitation to big-league spring training, according to his agency. Rhymes, who played at the College of William and Mary, was at Nationals camp last spring and wound up spending the season at Class AAA Syracuse. He hit .274 with a…

  8. Significant moment No. 2: Rizzo hires Williams

    Dec 30, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  9. Significant moment No. 3: Davey’s farewell

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  10. Significant moment No. 4: Eckstein fired

    Dec 28, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  11. Point/Counterpoint: Espinosa as utilityman?

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: SHOULD THE NATIONALS MAKE DANNY ESPINOSA THEIR UTILITY INFIELDER, OR SHOULD THEY LOOK ELSEWHERE TO FILL THAT POSITION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: This may be the unpopular answer, but I say the Nationals absolutely should give Espinosa a shot here. To me, the most important trait for a utility infielder is defense. And you…

  12. Significant moment No. 5: Beanball war with the Braves

    Dec 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  13. Significant moment No. 6: Storen’s demotion

    Dec 26, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  14. Significant moment No. 7: Span’s 29-game streak

    Dec 25, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  15. Significant moment No. 8: Gio and Biogenesis

    Dec 24, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  16. Significant moment No. 9: Harper’s 2 Opening Day homers

    Dec 23, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  17. Significant moment No. 10: Strasburg’s 1st shutout

    Dec 22, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We begin…

  18. Former Nats C Kurt Suzuki joins Twins

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Former Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki has a new home for 2014. The 30-year-old backstop has joined the Twins on a one-year deal, a day after Minnesota traded Ryan Doumit to the Braves. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news. Suzuki will earn $2.75 million next season playing for his third team in two years. Last year…

  19. Nationals fill out 2014 minor league staff

    Dec 20, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals announced on Friday their new minor league coaching staff for 2014, including a large group of promotions from within. Three complete coaching staffs got bumped up a level in the minors. Brian Daubach, Chris Michalak and Mark Harris will move together from Single-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg. Tripp Keister, Franklin Bravo and…

  20. Point/Counterpoint: 20 starts for Detwiler in 2014?

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WILL ROSS DETWILER START MORE THAN 20 GAMES FOR THE NATIONALS IN 2014? MARK ZUCKERMAN: While it’s tempting to say no, I’m going to display a bit of faith in Detwiler … and the Nationals, for that matter. When healthy over the last 2 1/2 seasons, he has been an awfully good…

  21. Nationals send Brown back to A’s for cash

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have traded Corey Brown to the Athletics, sending the outfielder back to the franchise that originally drafted him in the eighth deal struck between Mike Rizzo and Billy Beane in three years. Brown had been designated for assignment last week by the Nationals, who needed to clear a space on their 40-man roster…

  22. Sorting out bullpen roles

    Dec 19, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    One of the toughest tasks for any first-time manager is bullpen usage, and that figures to be among the more intriguing aspects of Matt Williams’ inaugural season as skipper of the Nationals. Williams inherits a Washington bullpen loaded at the back end with three right-handers who have all enjoyed success as a closer in the…

  23. Nats announce 4-year agreement with Syracuse

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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    The Syracuse Chiefs have served as the Nationals’ Class AAA affiliate for the last five years, and the two clubs will continue their partnership for at least five more years after Wednesday’s announcement of a player development contract extension that runs through 2018. This new contract extension, a four-year agreement, is the first long-term deal…

  24. How does Moore fit into Nats’ 2014 plan?

    Dec 18, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If the Nationals make another move before the start of spring training, it most likely would be for another bench player. Which most likely would directly impact Tyler Moore. Which raises the following question: How exactly does Moore fit into the Nationals’ plans, both in 2014 and beyond? The organization continues to praise the young…

  25. Lefties priced themselves out of Nationals’ market

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

    MLB: New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners

    Two more clubs signed free agent left-handers yesterday, and if you’re wondering why the Nationals couldn’t have landed one of these guys, you need only look at the bloated contracts said southpaws were given. Boone Logan, owner of a 4.39 ERA in eight major-league seasons, got a 3-year, $16.5 million deal from the Rockies. Meanwhile,…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 53 43 --
ATLANTA 54 44 --
NEW YORK 46 52 8.0
MIAMI 45 52 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 43 55 11.0
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: Nats at Rockies, 8:40 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Rockies, 8:40 p.m.
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 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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