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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Running Nats' trade deadline eve blog

Good evening from Nationals Park where, yes, there's actually a baseball game. Easy to forget with the flurry of trades and rumors involving the team. Passed general manager Mike Rizzo in the tunnel outside the Nationals' clubhouse. He was pacing back and forth and, of course, on his phone. We'll try something different tonight and update this blog with trade tidbits as they filter in in advance of Sunday's 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline. Check back often.

Updated: Marquis traded to Diamondbacks

Instead of starting tonight's game for the Washington Nationals, Jason Marquis will pack his bags. A trade to send the right-hander to the Arizona Diamondbacks has been agreed upon, according to Fox Sports' baseball writer Jon Morosi.

With trade chatter rampant, the Nationals try to find their way back to winning

The Nationals clubhouse is something of an uncertain place right now -- and not just because the team has lost five straight and nine of 12 since the All-Star break. Make no mistake, the signs of disappointment and frustration over the team's recent slide are everywhere -- along with the idea that an end to it is coming. But the knowledge that the Nationals, as they're currently constructed, may not be the same ones who come out the other side in a week is prevalent as well. Jayson Werth, for one, acknowledged that the constant trade chatter could be having an affect on the team's focus.

Davey talks lineup, rotation shuffles

Nationals manager Davey Johnson returned most of his regulars to the starting lineup Thursday afternoon as the Nationals prepared for a steamy matinee with the Florida Marlins but there were still a few tweaks to that lineup.

Gomes talks Nationals, Davey holds meeting

Jonny Gomes arrived at Nationals Park early Wednesday and settled into his new locker (Matt Stairs' old locker) next to his new teammates and talked about his new team. He discussed his own stat line this season, how he feels about the potential of the Nationals organization, along with whether he'd consider re-signing here in the offseason and his feeling on becoming a six-year free agent this fall. Here's some of what Gomes had to say. Plus, Nationals manager Davey Johnson holds a team meeting.

Rasmus trade takes one name out of Nationals wish list

Colby Rasmus went off the board this afternoon when he was part of a reported three-team trade that sent the St. Louis outfielder to Toronto, brought Edwin Jackson from Chicago to St. Louis (via the Blue Jays) and shuffled the rosters of all three teams. It also took away one of the potential objects of the Nationals' affection at the center field position as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches

Reliever Cole Kimball doing well after shoulder surgery, out until at least 2012 All-Star break

Nationals right-hander Cole Kimball was in the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, his right arm in a sling, but in relatively good spirits after undergoing season-ending rotator cuff surgery over the All-Star break. Kimball is at the start of a very long recovery process -- one that he said won't see him at 100 percent until roughly the 2012 All-Star break. He will not be ready by spring training.