Wire Taps: Friday Washington Nationals Links, Tweets, Quotes, Etc. Bryce Harper Walk-Off.

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 08: T-shits for Bryce Harper are sold at MLB Fan Fest at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 8, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The 2011 MLB All-Star game will be held on July 12, at Chase Field. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

• So, Bryce Harper hit a 3-run walk-off HR Thursday to lift the Scottsdale Scorpions to an 8-7 win over the Mesa Solar Sox. Harper's 2 for 5 Thursday gave the left-handed hitting Nats' prospect hits in eight-straight games and nine of his last 10. The just-turned-19-year-old outfielder now has a .260/.333/.520 slash through 13 games and 50 at bats in which he's hit two doubles and three HR's. Five innings before Harper won the game for Scottsdale, the Nationals' 2011 3rd Round pick Matt Purke pitched for the third time this Fall, and gave up 4 hits and 3 runs, all earned in 1.0 IP. All the hits and runs came with two outs. Purke threw 24 pitches, 14 of them strikes, gave up two two-out singles, a two-run double and an RBI single that gave the Mesa Solar Sox a 7-5 lead which held up until Harper came through in the home-half of the ninth. Here's the Gameday Box Score. Here are Friday's links and stuff...

• THE BIG STORY: "Video: Harper's AFL walk-off" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com


• "A player’s hot and cold streaks in the fall really aren’t what the Nationals evaluate, though." - "Nationals prospects Bryce Harper, Derek Norris coming on in Arizona Fall League" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "As far as their respective service time counts go, Bernadina just squeaks in with two years, 146 days of service. Clippard has racked up two years, 148 days and Zimmermann two years, 154 days." - "Zimmermann, Clippard, Bernadina all expected to reach Super Two status -- and what that means" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The consensus best pitcher in Japan right now is Yu Darvish, the Iranian-Japanese right-hander who has a career ERA of 2.12 in Nippon Professional Baseball." - "Nats may seek Japanese player Darvish" - Brian McNally, Washington Examiner

• SI.com's Jon Heyman On The Twitter (@SI_JonHeyman): "folks seem to think the nationals are going to make big play for cj wilson. $75-80M is best guess." 

• "Twenty years ago on Wednesday, Kirby Puckett delivered the greatest moment of my life as a baseball fan." - "Joe Buck's call of Freese's homer a nice homage to history" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "When he first got to Arizona, Bryce Harper was one of the coldest hitters in the fall league. Now, he couldn't be much hotter." - "Harper smacks walk-off homer for Scottsdale" - David Heck, nationals.com: News

• "[Pitching Coach Paul] Menhart, the pitching coach for the Single-A Potomac Nationals, thinks a mechanical issue in [Pat] Lehman's delivery is to blame for the right-hander's recent struggles." - "Nationals adjust Lehman's mechanics in effort to break slump" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "There are going to be some high-priced free agent first basemen on the market this offseason in Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder but I wouldn't expect the Nationals to be first in line for either." - "Rounding up the rest of Rizzo's conference call tidbits" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

 Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional: Seth Bynum - 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K's; Josh Wilkie - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K - Leones del Caracas 6, Aguilas del Zulia 3.

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "It is totally illogical to seek happiness if we do nothing to restrain angry, spiteful, and malicious thoughts and emotions." - 


• "The Nationals went out and signed Adam LaRoche this past off season looking for a run producing first baseman. About all Adam did was play first base." - "A Few Good Men: 14 - Adam LaRoche" - Sean, Capitol Baseball

• "Oh, and he's got his average up to .260 - there may be hope for him yet!" - "Here's video of Bryce Harper's monster walk-off home run for Scottsdale" - Nats Enquirer

• "The bidding for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish will be steep.  That is about the only thing that is certain when it comes to Darvish and his situation." - "Nationals Have Interest in Yu Darvish, But Enough?" - Keara Dowd, Win for Teddy

• "The start to this stellar postseason actually began on September 28, 2011, the last day of the regular season. " - "Recapping the Last Month Of Incredible Baseball" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "AFL Update: October 28, 2011" - NationalsProspects.com


• Phillies: "Rollins is not sure if he will hit the free-agent market" - CSNPhilly.com

Braves: "The more I go over this year's farm system the more I like our depth in the position prospects." - "Atlanta Braves 2012 Top Five Outfield Prospects" - yondaime4, Talking Chop

• Mets: "According to the New York Daily News, New York won’t ink Reyes during their exclusive five-day negotiating window after the World Series ends." - "Report: New York Mets Likely To Take Wait-And-See Approach On Re-Signing Jose Reyes" - CBS New York

• Marlins: "DirecTV has threatened to drop several prominent Fox cable networks and 19 regional sports channels if an agreement isn't reached by Nov. 1... that includes Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports, which broadcast Marlins..." - "Television: DirecTV may drop Fox channels, regional sports in carriage fee dispute" - Craig Davis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

• Your Daily Message From SI.com's Joe Posnanski: "The 10-year-old in me loves comebacks. Maybe that’s true of the 10-year-old in all of us, I don’t know, but for as far back as I can remember, I have loved two kinds of teams more than any other." - "Game Six" - Joe Posnanski, SI.com

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