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  1. Nationals: “We felt it was inappropriate to play”

    Sep 16, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Flags at Nationals Park fly at half-staff. (Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER)

    Updated at 5:13 p.m. The Nationals have shared a close relationship with the Navy Yard ever since the two became neighbors in 2008. The ballpark Metro exit remains the “Navy Yard” station. Servicemen and servicewomen from the yard regularly attend games at Nationals Park and are recognized on the scoreboard. When the Nationals record the…

  2. Nats hope to delay Braves’ celebration

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have thrust themselves back into the pennant race thanks to a torrid month-plus of baseball in which they’ve won 25 of 35 games, leaving themselves 4 1/2 games behind the Reds for the NL’s final Wild Card berth with 13 games to go. But it’s been no secret all along that the Nationals…

  3. A dominating win, then a surprise in Milwaukee

    Sep 15, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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    Denard Span was answering a question about his 26-game hitting streak when the first roar came from another corner of the Nationals’ clubhouse. Span looked around as asked what happened, then was informed Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez had just robbed a home run from the Reds’ Jay Bruce in the top of the ninth…

  4. Instant analysis: Nats 11, Phillies 2

    Sep 15, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: The Nationals opened the game hitting several balls hard against Tyler Cloyd but not having much to show for it. That changed in a hurry. The Nats blasted the right-hander for 10 hits in four-plus innings, opening up a comfortable lead. Then they went hog-wild on the Phillies bullpen, particularly during…

  5. Game 149: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 15, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    There’s plenty at stake today in the Nationals’ series finale against the Phillies. Jordan Zimmermann is seeking to become the first 18-game winner in the NL this season. Denard Span is seeking to extend his career-long hitting streak to 26 games. And Wilson Ramos is starting his 23rd straight game, most by any big-league catcher…

  6. Nats fall short of comeback vs. Phillies

    Sep 15, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

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    With the clock ticking down on their 2013 season, the Washington Nationals have put themselves in an unfortunate position where every little mistake and miscue in a nail-biting defeat becomes something much larger than it really is. In the Nats’ 5-4 loss to the Phillies, the players harped back on several minor moments in what…

  7. Instant Analysis: Phillies 5, Nats 4

    Sep 14, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: The Nationals entered Saturday with a significant challenge in Cole Hamels, even with the reeling Phillies playing behind him. They were baffled by the lefty for the better part of six innings, but did manage three runs off of him. He gave up one in the first and two in the seventh,…

  8. Game 148: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 14, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

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    The Nationals enter Saturday’s game winners of seven straight, but it will be quite the challenge to make it eight. Pitching for the Phillies is Cole Hamels (7-13, 3.45) who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last two months. In his last nine starts dating back to July 26 Hamels…

  9. Nats make it seven straight

    Sep 14, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

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    These days just about everything is going the Nationals’ way. Returning home for a ten game homestand, the Nats pulled Stephen Strasburg from his start in a surprise move because of forearm soreness. In came Ross Ohlendorf who had been a disaster since July, and off he went with a 31-pitch inning that saw an…

  10. Burns, Jordan given minor league honors

    Sep 13, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT

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    With most of their minor league seasons wrapped up, the Washington Nationals handed out awards for the 2013 campaign on Friday. Outfielder Billy Burns took minor league player of the year honors while right-hander Taylor Jordan was named the organization’s pitcher of the year. Burns finished with Double-A Harrisburg after spending the better part of…

  11. Game 147: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals return home having won six consecutive games and eight of their last nine. Tonight they try and keep it going with the first of a three-game series against the Phillies. The Nats will open their homestand without Stephen Strasburg who was a late scratch due to forearm tightness. Ross Ohlendorf is starting in…

  12. MLB Power Rankings: Races picking up steam

    Sep 13, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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    My, what a difference a year and a few beards can make. One season after winning just 69 games, the Boston Red Sox have all but locked up the AL East crown, leading the division by 8.5 games with an 89-59 record. The Braves, too, have nailed down a division crown — meaning the real…

  13. Nationals lineup rediscovering power stroke

    Sep 13, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — There have been any number of impressive aspects to the Nationals’ late-season surge, but right near the top of that list has been the rediscovery of power up and down their lineup. This was a lineup that was supposed to produce runs in bunches all season yet struggled mightily for more than…

  14. Instant analysis: Nats 7, Mets 2

    Sep 12, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: With a chance to go for the kill and sweep the four-game series, the Nationals left little to chance. Tanner Roark tossed six more quality innings, overcoming a 54-minute rain delay after the first inning. And the Nats’ power bats showed up once again, launching three more homers, with Ryan Zimmerman,…

  15. Ramos plans to catch 23 straight games

    Sep 12, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — It sounds, at first blush, like a crazy idea: Let a catcher who has battled major leg injuries the last two seasons start more consecutive games than any other major-league catcher has in 2013. Wilson Ramos, though, really wants to do it. And Davey Johnson really wants to give Ramos the opportunity…

  16. Game 146: Nats at Mets

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — Here’s a sentence that features all kinds of outrageous elements: The Washington Nationals today will be trying to sweep a four-game series on the road, earn their sixth straight win and their 23rd in their last 32 games, with Tanner Roark on the mound trying to improve to 6-0 in his career.…

  17. Resurgent Zimmerman leads Nats to 5th straight

    Sep 11, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Ryan Zimmerman likes to point out that over the course of 162 games, established ballplayers will produce their usual offensive numbers. But only a few weeks ago, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to doubt the Nationals third baseman would eventually get there, especially in the power department. When the calendar shifted from…

  18. Instant analysis: Nats 3, Mets 0

    Sep 11, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: For the third straight night, the Nationals got a dominant performance from their starting pitcher early against the depleted Mets lineup, with Dan Haren tossing six scoreless innings of 1-hit ball. But they couldn’t breathe easy, stymied for five innings by rookie Zack Wheeler before Ryan Zimmerman clubbed a solo homer…

  19. Detwiler progressing, still hopes to return

    Sep 11, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Like the Nationals’ hopes of making the playoffs, Ross Detwiler’s hopes of pitching again this season looked bleak a few weeks ago. But just as the Nationals have crept their way back into the fringes of the pennant race, Detwiler has progressed enough in his rehab from a strained back to give…

  20. Game 145: Nats at Mets

    Sep 11, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — The Nationals have won four straight games without Bryce Harper in their lineup, but make no mistake, they’ll be thrilled to welcome him back tonight. After getting his ailing left hip examined Monday and taking a healthy round of batting practice yesterday, Harper has been cleared to play again and will be…

  21. Nats stop the running game at last

    Sep 11, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The two most important moments from Tuesday night’s win weren’t home runs by Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche. They weren’t scoreless innings of relief from Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano. And they weren’t LaRoche and Scott Hairston crossing the plate with insurance runs in the top of the ninth. No, the two…

  22. Still-breathing Nats still believe

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Yes, the Nationals know they have to keep winning ballgames, maybe every single one remaining on their schedule. But they also know they’re going to need some help from somebody ahead of them in the standings, so they fully admit to scoreboard watching even as they’re trying to scratch and claw their…

  23. Instant analysis: Nats 6, Mets 3

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: Just as they did Monday night, the Nationals pounced on Mets pitching for some quick runs, this time getting to notorious Nat-killer Dillon Gee. Jayson Werth continued his torrid season at the plate with a solo homer in the first, then added an RBI double in the third to score Denard…

  24. With 21-game hit streak, Span salvages season

    Sep 10, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — In the past, Denard Span might have shunned any questions about a hot streak of his at the plate. But the way this season has gone for the Nationals center fielder, he figures why not embrace the positive and fully acknowledge the fact he entered Tuesday night’s game on a career-best, 20-game…

  25. Game 144: Nats at Mets

    Sep 10, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — Who’s the toughest pitcher the Nationals have faced this season? Clayton Kershaw? Matt Harvey? Tim Hudson? Well, they all did pitch well against the Nats, but an argument can also be made for … Dillon Gee. Yes, Dillon Gee. In five starts against the Nationals this year, the Mets right-hander is 4-1…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 47 --
ATLANTA 58 49 0.5
MIAMI 53 53 5.0
NEW YORK 51 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 60 11.5
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m. TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 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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