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  1. Johnson honored before Nats home finales

    Sep 22, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Associated Press

    Updated at 7:00 p.m. Davey Johnson still has at least eight more ballgames to manage — one of them later tonight — but this is his final day as Nationals skipper at home, so the club took time before the opener of today’s doubleheader to honor the 70-year-old’s career. A touching video tribute featuring highlights…

  2. Game 155: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 22, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Let’s try this again. After last night’s rainout, the Nationals and Marlins will pick back up with a doubleheader today, this the last day the Nats play at home during the 2013 regular season. Because of the postponement, the Nationals adjusted their pitching assignments to have Dan Haren (9-13, 4.88) throw the first game and…

  3. Nats-Marlins game postponed due to rain

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and Marlins game on Saturday night was postponed due to inclement weather, after a three hour and 45 minute rain delay as grounds crew officials looked for a window to play. The teams will make it up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday with the game times set for 1:35 and 7:05…

  4. Davey Johnson wants revenge vs. Cardinals

    Sep 21, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Photo by the Associated Press

    As the Nationals hold on to a slim chance of making the playoffs, they are keeping an eye on the series between the Pirates and Reds up in Pittsburgh. Davey Johnson, however, says he’s just as interested in how the St. Louis Cardinals are doing in Milwaukee. The Nationals travel to St. Louis after this…

  5. Game 155: Marlins at Nats (postponed)

    Sep 21, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    [The game has been postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader Sunday with 1:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. start times] After being scratched before his last two starts, Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) will give it a go tonight in what will likely be his second to last outing of the 2013 season. Rain…

  6. Dominant from pitch No. 1 through No. 107

    Sep 21, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

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    It’s often dangerous trying to read too much into a pitcher’s first inning on the mound. Some guys might retire the side in short order, then get rocked later. Others may struggle to find their rhythm early but then sort things out and cruise. But when Jordan Zimmermann walked back to the Nationals dugout after…

  7. Instant analysis: Nats 8, Marlins 0

    Sep 20, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: Some pitchers’ duel tonight, huh? Well, for five innings, it was. Then the Nationals’ lineup went nuts against Jacob Turner, mashing out seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. That was way more run support than Jordan Zimmermann needed. The right-hander dominated the Marlins’ lineup from the get-go, allowing only…

  8. Strasburg cleared to start Saturday

    Sep 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Associated Press

    After playing catch this afternoon without experiencing any lingering forearm problems, Stephen Strasburg was cleared to start Saturday night for the Nationals against the Marlins. The Nationals were fairly confident Strasburg would be fine to pitch as planned, but team officials needed confirmation he could complete his day-before workout before saying with 100 percent certainly…

  9. Game 154: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 20, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Well, we’ve reached the final stretch, the Nationals’ last hope of pulling off a miraculous, late-season surge into the postseason. There are nine games to go. They trail the Reds by five games in the NL Wild Card standings, the Pirates by six games. Everybody plays the same number of games the rest of the…

  10. MLB Power Rankings: RSVPs to October

    Sep 20, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The drama is over for the Red Sox and Dodgers, who have officially secured playoff spots. The stakes are much higher in the NL Central, which houses three of the top eight teams in baseball, and in Washington, where the Nats are basically teetering on the tiniest of margins in their quest for the second…

  11. Span’s streak snapped at 29

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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    The longest hitting streak in the major leagues has ended, as Nationals center fielder Denard Span failed to collect a hit Thursday night for the first time since August 16. Span’s streak of 29 consecutive games with at least one hit is the longest such streak at the major league level since Atlanta’s Dan Uggla…

  12. Nats beat Marlins to clinch winning season, want more

    Sep 20, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

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    The 2013 season for the Washington Nationals is on track to end without a trip to the postseason, as the playoffs are a longshot with nine games left and a five-game deficit to overcome. But with Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins, the Nats took home win No. 82 and ensured they will at the…

  13. Rizzo on Strasburg, Roark and offseason trades

    Sep 19, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo doesn’t speak with the media often, but when he does it’s always a good opportunity to get a read on the franchise barometer. As the guy who makes roster decisions, he’s always evaluating and always looking ahead to the future. Rizzo has been pleased with the Nationals’ run over the…

  14. Game 153: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 19, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    After losing last night to Atlanta, and watching the Reds pull one out in extra innings over the Astros, the Nationals enter this four-game series against the Marlins with an extra dose of pressure. There are ten games left and they may not be able to afford any more losses, much less one to the…

  15. Nats host WWAST for third year in Washington

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    L to R: Brian Dietzen, Josh Wege and David Van Sleet

    United States Marine Josh Wege was in the middle of physical therapy in 2010, a year after losing both of his legs from the knee down in Afghanistan, when a man walked by handing out information for a softball team. A group of fellow amputees in the military were being assembled for a charity squad,…

  16. One loss makes Nats’ challenge even tougher

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

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    Any other time this season, under any other circumstance, the Nationals would have been perfectly satisfied to take two of three games from the Braves. Not right now. Not under these circumstances. “It’s just not enough,” manager Davey Johnson said. “We just can’t afford to lose. It’s that simple.” The Nationals’ 5-2 loss to Atlanta…

  17. Strasburg scratched again, Gonzalez starting Thursday

    Sep 19, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    For the second time in six days, the Nationals have scratched Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start, concerned enough about lingering forearm tightness to allow him to take the mound. Scheduled to pitch Thursday night against the Marlins, six days after he previously was held out of a start against the Phillies, Strasburg again was…

  18. Instant analysis: Braves 5, Nats 2

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: After taking both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Nationals found themselves in position to go for a rare (but much-needed) series sweep of the Braves. They put themselves in position to pull it off, taking a 2-0 lead in a wild bottom of the fifth that saw Jayson Werth draw a…

  19. Detwiler unlikely to return this season

    Sep 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

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    The hopes of Ross Detwiler returning for the Nationals by the end of this season have grown increasingly slim. It’s not that he’s had a setback in his recovery from a lower back strain, it’s that there just may not be enough games left. The Nats only have 11 games remaining on their schedule and,…

  20. Game 152: Braves at Nats

    Sep 18, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Here’s a fortuitous position the Nationals find themselves in: After taking both games of yesterday’s doubleheader, they now have a chance to sweep the Braves in this three-game series. Who’d have thunk that 48 hours ago? To pull it off, the Nats will need a strong outing from Ross Ohlendorf, making one final start so…

  21. Span extends hit streak to 28 games

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    In many ways, the Nationals’ late-season surge has helped keep Denard Span’s mind where it should be. Right now, he can’t worry about his own individual performance, not when his team needs to win just about every game left on the schedule to reach the postseason. Perhaps that has allowed Span to remain relaxed at…

  22. Nats double up on Braves, take two

    Sep 18, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

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    The Nationals entered Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves with a unique range of potential outcomes. Anytime you play two against a team in one day it’s possible to double up or come away with two quick defeats. But in this particular case, two losses would mean a NL East division crown for the Braves.…

  23. Instant analysis: Nats 4, Braves 0

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    Game in a nutshell: It had already been an emotional day for the Nationals when they took the field at 7:05 p.m., with two pregame ceremonies honoring the victims of yesterday’s Navy Yard shootings and a visit from Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Throw in their come-from-behind, walk-off win…

  24. Game 151: Braves at Nats

    Sep 17, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    Whew, what a game that was this afternoon. After that, are you all ready for another one? The Nats and Braves pick right back up after perhaps the wildest win of the Nationals’ 2013 season. Rookie Tanner Roark (6-0, 1.30) will look to keep the momentum going as Atlanta sends right-hander Freddy Garcia (4-6, 4.86)…

  25. Nats honor victims of Navy Yard shootings

    Sep 17, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    Associated Press

    The Nationals are used to encounters with prominent politicians and other Washington newsmakers, but Tuesday morning’s clubhouse visitor (and his reason for stopping by) was particularly notable. Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, handed out Navy caps for players to wear prior to the Nationals’ doubleheader opener against…

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NLDS: NATIONALS VS. GIANTS

FRI: Game 1 at Washington, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2 at Washington, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3 at San Francisco, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4 at San Francisco, TBA (FS1)*
THU: Game 5 at Washington, TBA (FS1)*
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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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