Wire Taps: Washington Senators' Harmon Killebrew News, Washington Nationals Links.

Programming Notes: The Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins start a three-game series in Nationals Park tonight with Nats' lefty Tom Gorzelanny on the mound against Fish right-hander Chris Volstad in a rematch of the game last Saturday night which saw Gorzelanny get the win with a 7.0-inning outing in which he surrendered just two hits and two runs both earned on a John Buck HR. MASN 2 HD, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 187, MLB.tv, MLB At Bat 11 app...

Sad News: Washington Post writer Barry Svrluga on Twitter (@barrysvrluga): 

"Hall of Fame issues statement from former Wash Senator Harmon Killebrew: 'My illness has progressed beyond my doctors’ expectation of cure.'" 

• Today's Links After The Jump...

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "There are good, logical reasons for Brian Broderick and Henry Rodriguez sitting in the Nationals’ bullpen every game, each using one of 25 precious roster spots..." - "Unusual roster construction makes for tough decisions" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "To be completely fair, Burnett was the victim of two questionable check-swing calls Thursday night, one to each batter, but either way seemed pretty baffled by his recent struggles." - "The plight of Sean Burnett" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals didn't want to use Henry Rodriguez or Brian Broderick in a tie game, so Doug Slaten was asked to work longer in a game than he'd ever worked before." - "More on the Nationals' bullpen conundrum" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "The next step in Stephen Strasburg's recovery from Tommy John surgery, throwing off a mound, may not be far off..." - "Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg may soon throw off a mound" - Jonathan Cooper, nationals.com: News

• "Hanley Ramirez continues to put up paltry numbers at the plate (.217 average, .611 OPS) but the All-Star shortstop is perhaps showing signs of coming out of his season-long slump." - "Series preview: Marlins at Nats" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "That lack of depth came back to bite the Nationals in the end when Slaten, who had never thrown three innings in a game and had thrown two innings only four times, was asked to pitch the 10th..." - "Nationals' 6-5 loss to Braves a head-scratcher" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Head down, glove in hand, Washington Nationals reliever Sean Burnett walked off the field after the seventh inning a beaten man." - "Zimmermann's 11-strikeout performance wasted as Braves rally in 7th, win in extras" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Claire believes that Volstad has to throw first-pitch strikes and limit his mistakes to get the win this time around." - "Florida Marlins at Washington Nationals: Volstad, Gorzelanny, set for rematch in DC" - Quinn Roberts, MLB.com Preview

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

Class-A HagersHarpersTown: "Harper’s offensive rampage, which includes a 16-game hitting streak that he continued Thursday night with a third-inning single against visiting Delmarva..." - "Bryce Harper’s switch to contact lenses has him laying waste to South Atlantic League pitching" - Dave Sheinin, The Washington Post

 Class-A HagersHarpersTown: "Harper lined a single to right field off Delmarva Shorebirds lefty Cameron Roth as part of the Suns' three-run third inning. The Shorebirds would have the last laugh, however, winning the game, 6-3." - "Sweet! Harper's hitting streak hits 16 games" - Jon Cooper, nationals.com: News

• Class-A HagersHarpersTown: "And if you were looking for another argument for promoting Bryce Harper to the next level immediately...last night was also "Jersey Shore Night" at Municipal Stadium..." - "Bryce Harper extends hitting streak to 16 games despite "Jersey Shore Night" in Hagerstown" - The Nationals Enquirer

 Class-A HagersHarpersTown: "If there is going to be a 'book' on how to pitch to Bryce Harper in professional baseball, Jason Gurka may be one of its authors..." - "How to pitch to Bryce Harper and live to tell about it" - Dave Sheinin, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

Class-A Hagerstown: "[A.J.] Cole says his location is pretty good right now and he is relying on his four pitches: the four-seam and two-seam fastballs, knuckle curve and changeup." - "Suns' Cole ready for second start tonight against Lakewood" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "How about Robbie Ray’s 5/9 Hagerstown Debut?  No-hitter through 4, just one hit (and two batters above the minimum) through 5 complete innings." - Minor League Rotations Cycle #6: good/bad/soso " Nationals Arm Race

• "Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues." - "Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 4" - Sue Dinem, NationalsProspects.com

Double-A Harrisburg: "After a rough first inning that saw him surrender two runs, Tatusko regrouped to hold the Flying Squirrels scoreless the rest of the way as he was pulled after throwing 94 pitches in 4.2 innings..." - "Game 33: Flying Squirrels 6, Senators 3 (11)" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Double-A Harrisburg: "The story of the game was missed opportunities, for both teams. Harrisburg was 1 x 11 with runners in scoring position and Richmond was just 4 x 17 in the same situation." - "Senators fall in 11 innings to Richmond 6-3" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "Maya completed seven and one-third innings, allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned) while walking just one and striking out three." - "Chiefs fall short of sweep in Norfolk" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• Nationals PR (@nationalspr) on Twitter"Down on farm: Syracuse RHP Cole Kimball hasn't allowed a run in 13.2 innings this season...he is a perfect 5-for-5 in saves."

• NATSTOWN: 

• "Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny (2-2, 2.87), will go for the Nationals on Friday evening, fresh off earning his most recent victory with a strong seven-inning start this past Saturday in Florida." - "A peek ahead: Nats return home for rematch with Fish" Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch | Washington Nationals Daily News

• "Instead of fireworks after a home run, ballpark goers now hear a sub horn. And on Friday nights, everyone's just sent home after the games. Where's the fun in that?" - "Horning in on an unsound change of plans" - Rachel Levitin, Nationals Buzz

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Rather than working only to acquire wealth, we need to focus on the welfare of humanity as a whole."

• NL EAST UPDATES: 

Marlins: "Apparently with the return of Logan Morrison to left, Emilio Bonifacio is going to get a new job platooning at third." - "Emilio Bonifacio to see time at third?" - Craig, Fish Stripes

Mets"The Mets are seen more and more as the team likely to be the center of activity at the trade deadline. Arguably their three best players, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez, are high-priced veterans on the verge of free agency." - "Bud Selig talks about Dodgers, Mets ownership issues" - Jon Heyman, SI.com

Phillies"Phillies Prospects Q&A with Kevin Goldstein" Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Braves: "Atlanta came into the series fresh off a series win against the division leading Phillies, and expected to keep the momentum going against the Nationals." - Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves Series Recap - SCrebel10, Talking Chop

And Your Reward For Reading This Far: "This is not EXACTLY about follow-up games to no-hitters … but there will be a lot in here about those. You will get your fill of follow-up games, if that’s the sort of thing that interests you like it interests me." - "Posts No-Hitter Follow-Up Acts" - Joe Posnanski, SI.com

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