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  1. Instant analysis: Marlins 8, Nats 5 (10)

    May 28, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In the wake of Tuesday’s rainout, Matt Williams decided to alter his pitching rotation, bypassing rookie Blake Treinen and sticking with Jordan Zimmermann on normal rest. The move made sense, especially considering Zimmermann’s past struggles when pitching on extra rest, but then the right-hander took the mound and once again didn’t…

  2. Game 52 (Take 2): Marlins at Nats

    May 28, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    And we’re back at Nationals Park, hoping the weather cooperates tonight and allows the Nationals and Marlins to wrap up their abbreviated, rain-shortened series and at least get two games in. The forecast once again doesn’t look great, with storms expected to roll through here at some point this afternoon/evening. After postponing last night’s game…

  3. Around the NL East: Are the Marlins for real?

    May 28, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    Photo by USA Today

    ATLANTA BRAVES  Superb pitching and just enough hitting. It’s been the Braves’ formula for success this season, and one they continue to ride as they still sit atop the division this week. They may not have the best lineup in the league, but at this rate, they may not have to. They have enough talent…

  4. Nats becoming more efficient on basepaths

    May 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams, from the moment he took over as manager of the Nationals, has preached an aggressive style of baserunning, encouraging his players to make a more concerted effort to take extra bases when given the opportunity. Which isn’t to say he wants his players running at will on the bases, either. In his words,…

  5. Game postponed, no makeup this week

    May 27, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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    Updated at 8:12 p.m. A major thunderstorm that swept through the Washington area forced the postponement of Tuesday night’s game between the Nationals and Marlins, which will not be made up for some time, perhaps not until the final weekend of the season. Rain began falling at Nationals Park shortly after 6 p.m. and became…

  6. Zimmerman ready for BP, grounders but still shagging

    May 27, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT

    AP

    Ryan Zimmerman will take a full round of batting practice and field groundballs at third base Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his right thumb April 12, but the injured Nationals slugger continues to work in left field as the Nationals try to prepare themselves for a variety of scenarios moving forward. After an…

  7. Game 52: Marlins at Nats

    May 27, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals aren’t scoring runs. This probably isn’t news to you. They’ve scored a total of 14 runs over their last six games (five of them losses). In their 26 losses this season, they’ve scored 52 total runs. Yes, that’s an average of 2 runs per game. (FYI: They’ve scored an average of 5.84 runs…

  8. A stopper in mindset, if not words

    May 25, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

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    PITTSBURGH — There are pitchers who will openly say they take the mound with a little extra emotion and motivation when their club is in the midst of a losing streak and desperately needs to put an end to it. Some guys relish the idea of being their team’s stopper. Doug Fister, though, doesn’t buy…

  9. Instant analysis: Nats 5, Pirates 2

    May 25, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They entered today on a four-game losing streak, with a sub-.500 record and mounting concern in the clubhouse. Yet the Nationals had to feel encouraged about their chances in their series finale at PNC Park, for several reasons: 1) They had Adam LaRoche back from the DL, 2) They were facing…

  10. After strong start, Espinosa back in prolonged slump

    May 25, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

    AP

    PITTSBURGH — There was perhaps no more pleasant development for the Washington Nationals in April than the re-emergence of Danny Espinosa after a disastrous 2013 that threatened his future with the organization. And there has been perhaps no more discouraging development for the Nationals in May than the regression of Espinosa back into the form…

  11. Game 50: Nats at Pirates

    May 25, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PITTSBURGH — You may want to avert your eyes for a moment, but I feel compelled to share this fact: If the Nationals lose today, they would suffer their first four-game sweep since July 2009 against the Cubs, their first four-game road sweep since August 2008 in Milwaukee. Yikes. But enough with the negative news.…

  12. Strasburg, Nats can’t finish it off

    May 25, 2014, 12:21 AM EDT

    AP

    PITTSBURGH — Stephen Strasburg wants to be the guy on the mound trying to pitch his way out of jams in huge spots late in ballgames. The Nationals want Strasburg to be the guy on the mound trying to pitch his way out of jams in huge spots late in ballgames. So it was that…

  13. Instant analysis: Pirates 3, Nats 2

    May 24, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A rare showdown between fellow No. 1 overall draft picks played out as most would have hoped, with Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole trading blows for much of the night in a tense, low-scoring ballgame. Strasburg, the top pick in 2009, appeared to have the edge on Cole, the top pick…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Nats’ rotation not living up to reputation

    May 24, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 54 43 --
ATLANTA 54 45 1.0
MIAMI 46 52 8.5
NEW YORK 46 53 9.0
PHILADELPHIA 43 56 12.0
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 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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