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  1. Concern after 3-game sweep in Philly?

    Aug 28, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals arrived here late Sunday night, feeling like they could do no wrong after a 9-1 homestand catapulted them to the top of the NL standings and turned them into the talk of baseball. They left here late Wednesday night, feeling as down in the dumps as they’d been in quite some…

  2. Fister’s surprisingly ineffective week

    Aug 28, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — When it happened over the weekend against the Giants, it felt like one blip on an otherwise stellar summer of pitching dominance. When it happened again Wednesday night against the Phillies, you started to wonder whether this has quickly become more than a mere blip. Doug Fister has been the Nationals’ workhorse this…

  3. Instant analysis: Phillies 8, Nats 4

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After losing the first two games of his series in large part due to lights-out pitching performances by A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels, the Nationals knew they needed a win tonight to avoid a sweep at the hands of the last-place Phillies. They had to feel good about their chances, with…

  4. LaRoche confident back issue won’t be long-term

    Aug 27, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals lineup Wednesday, confident the minor back injury that sidelined him Tuesday won’t be a major long-term problem. “I’ve had it before, and it’s not something where if I go play it can get much worse,” he said. “I know that from experience. I don’t have any fear…

  5. Game 132: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 27, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — The last thing the Nationals want, on the heels of a 9-1 homestand, is to open this 9-game road trip by getting swept by the Phillies. But they’ll need a win in tonight’s series finale to prevent that from happening. The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and…

  6. Nationals Stock Watch: Cabrera doing his part

    Aug 27, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

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    We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .287/.366/.434 Team ERA:  3.34 Runs per game:  4.57 STOCK UP Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B: .300 AVG/ .417 OBP/ 2 HR How big of a pickup has Cabrera been? Ever since he arrived to Washington at the trade deadline, he’s been everything the…

  7. Gonzalez sees progress in latest start

    Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when a 6-inning, 3-run start would have disappointed Gio Gonzalez. But these days, the Nationals’ erratic left-hander is finding the positives in each of his outings, so his latest one Tuesday night against the Phillies left him more encouraged than discouraged. “It’s progress,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, everyone wants to…

  8. Missed it by that much

    Aug 26, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Off the bat, it looked like a groundout to the shortstop. Not the most routine of groundouts, but a play Ian Desmond figured to make. Leading off the bottom of the eighth of a tie game, Ben Revere rapped a sharp grounder slightly to Desmond’s right. The Nationals shortstop scooped it up and…

  9. Instant analysis: Phillies 4, Nats 3

    Aug 26, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels. And for six innings, the Phillies lefty proved virtually unhittable, carrying a shutout on a scant 59 pitches. Gio Gonzalez wasn’t as effective — he…

  10. LaRoche dealing with tight back

    Aug 26, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night. Not because left-hander Cole Hamels was on he mound for the Phillies, but because of tightness in his back. “He’s been dealing with a tight back for three or four days,” manager Matt Williams said. “Today it’s a little worse. It’s an opportunity…

  11. Game 131: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen. Hairston has feasted…

  12. Around the NL East: Giancarlo building MVP case

    Aug 26, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  With the way the Nationals have played the last two weeks, it’s pretty established they’re the cream of the NL East crop. Trailing Washington by 7.5 games, hopes of a division title seem slim if you’re the Braves. However, Atlanta is still in pretty good position for a wild card berth, sitting just…

  13. A primer on postseason roster eligibility

    Aug 26, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams is loathe to look ahead, certainly as far ahead as October when the calendar still reads August. We here at the Insider, on the other hand, don’t worry about such things. Especially with a very important date fast approaching. We’re five days away from baseball’s August 31 deadline to set postseason…

  14. No dramatic rally this night for Nationals

    Aug 25, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The way things have been going lately, the Nationals weren’t surprised in the least to mount a last-ditch rally against Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth Monday night. The only surprise was that they couldn’t quite finish it off and wound up losing for only the second time in 14 days.…

  15. Instant analysis: Phillies 3, Nats 2

    Aug 25, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia sky-high after a 9-1 homestand that left them the hottest team in the majors. Now they faced the opener of a tough, 3-city, 9-game road trip, hoping to carry over some of the positive momentum from D.C. That proved more difficult than anticipated tonight, thanks to…

  16. Cabrera out of lineup, but not seriously injured

    Aug 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Though he was out of the Nationals’ lineup Monday night against the Phillies, Asdrubal Cabrera insists the injury he sustained to his right side Sunday isn’t serious and he could play if absolutely needed. Cabrera hurt himself hitting a grounder to short during the sixth inning of Sunday’s win over the Giants, feeling…

  17. Game 130: Nats at Phillies

    Aug 25, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where a red-hot Nationals club coming off a 9-1 homestand now hopes to keep things rolling on one of the longer and tougher road trips of the season. A cross-country trek to Seattle and then Los Angeles looms, but first up are three games against the foundering Phillies,…

  18. After crazy homer, Zimmermann churns out a gem

    Aug 23, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Two batters into Saturday evening’s game, Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals already were trailing the Giants 2-0, and a rain-soaked crowd of 34,137 was murmuring, perhaps worried all the good vibes of the 10-game winning streak that ended Friday night were about to disappear into thin air. On the mound, though, Zimmermann barely batted an…

  19. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Giants 2

    Aug 23, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Tim Lincecum has two Cy Young Awards on his mantel, two World Series rings on his fingers and a no-hitter on his resume from earlier this season. The only thing he doesn’t have: Any semblance of recent success against the Nationals, who have flat-out owned the right-hander the last five seasons.…

  20. Schierholtz called up, Taylor sent back to Syracuse

    Aug 23, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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    The Nationals signed Nate Schierholtz to a minor-league deal on Monday, thinking the veteran outfielder wouldn’t need much time in Syracuse before joining the big-league roster. Turns out he only needed four days at Class AAA. Schierholtz had his contract purchased Saturday by the Nationals, who felt the time was right to add an experienced,…

  21. Game 128: Giants at Nats

    Aug 23, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Streak ended last night at an even 10 games. Now the Nationals will try to start another one. They’ll hope to get back on track this afternoon when they again host the Giants, who are scratching and clawing themselves, trying to stay alive both in the NL West and Wild Card races. Jordan Zimmermann…

  22. All good things must come to an end

    Aug 23, 2014, 12:42 AM EDT

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    There was a point late in Friday night’s game on South Capitol Street when the Nationals and a crowd of 33,718 felt like a comeback was possible, maybe even likely. Shoot, that’s all anyone around here had known for the previous week-and-a-half, when the hottest team in the majors kept finding ways to win ballgames,…

  23. Instant analysis: Giants 10, Nats 3

    Aug 22, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If they wanted to become the first Washington baseball club to win 11 games in a row since 1933, the Nationals were going to need to beat Tim Hudson and a very good Giants team. No small task, especially given Hudson’s longstanding dominance of this franchise. Hudson once again proved a…

  24. Remembering the Nats’ last 10-game winning streak

    Aug 22, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    After watching his team get swept by a Nationals club riding a 10-game winning streak, the opposing manager complimented D.C.’s red-hot baseball team. “Everything that goes in a game is bouncing their way,” he said. “And to their credit, they are taking advantage of it.” Sounds about right. Except the opposing manager wasn’t Arizona’s Kirk…

  25. Nine lives

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:57 AM EDT

    AP

    This shouldn’t be happening, not like this. It’s not that the Nationals have won nine straight games. And it’s not that they’ve won in walk-off fashion four of the last five nights. It’s that they’ve won three of the last four nights after blowing a lead in the eighth or ninth inning. Really, who does…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 86 63 -- 2
ATLANTA 75 75 11.5
MIAMI 73 76 13.0
NEW YORK 72 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 81 17.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
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.
MON: OFF
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.

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