Wire Taps: Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates POSTPONED.

Programming Notes: Today's game starts at 1:05 pm EDT. Today's Game starts at 1:05 pm EDT. Today's Game Has Been Postponed. Today's Game Has Been Postponed. What time does today's game start? You've been warned. Jordan Zimmermann on the hill this afternoon against the Pirates' Charlie Morton as the Nats look to take both games of the two-game series with the visiting Pittsburgh squad. Danny Espinosa's HR to right last night gave the Nats the W. Who'll come through for the Nats today? Today's game starts at 1:05 pm EDT. Today's Game Has Been Postponed. MASN 2 HD, WHFS 1580 and 1500 WFED for Charlie and Dave. Sirius/XM channel ch. 189 for subscribers.

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "'That was a great play,' Riggleman said. 'The velocity that Bernie threw the ball with, and the hop that Jerry had to pick there and a put a tag on at the same time.'" - "Nationals take advantage of their good breaks" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Riggleman said he wants his opening day left fielder in the lineup when a lefty's on the mound, and will continue to use Laynce Nix in left when there's a righty pitching." - "At catcher and in left field, Nationals try to find a balance" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "[Cole] Kimball’s locker at Nationals Park still doesn’t have a nameplate. The bullpen’s elder stateman, Todd Coffey, jokes that interview requests for Kimball need to go through him." - "Call to the majors a relief for Kimball" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "The Pirates have scored the sixth-fewest amount of runs in the Majors with 147, while the Nationals are not far behind, with their 157 runs the ninth-lowest output." - "Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals: Morton, Zimmermann to battle in series finale" - Avi Zaleon, MLB.com Preview

• "'Everybody goes through it. But at some point, you go: 'Well, how long does everybody go through this?' Espinosa said." - "Espinosa's HR lifts Nationals over Pirates" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "'Everything went well, I felt good. I like the way it went,' Ankiel said. 'I want to come back and help the team and compete. I want to keep that competitive fire out there.'" - "Ankiel feels good after taking batting practice" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "'That was a great play,' Riggleman said. 'The velocity that Bernie threw the ball with, and the hop that Jerry had to pick there and a put a tag on at the same time.'" - "Nationals take advantage of their good breaks" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Their defensive numbers are still in the bottom third of the National League because of their 22-error start in March and April. But the Nationals have made just two errors this month..." - "Opportunities fall into Nationals' hands in win over Pirates" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "The calmer approach comes after Lannan observed veteran teammates Livan Hernandez and Jason Marquis making changes as the game progresses." - "Behind John Lannan, Nationals hand Pirates 4-2 defeat" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "'We've played really good baseball whether we've hit or not,' said manager Jim Riggleman. 'Sometimes you have to get a break, and we got a couple tonight.'" - "Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals: Espinosa's blast sends Nats past Pirates" - Steven Miller, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "'I was ready,' Espinosa said. 'I know they are going to bring a righty in because of my struggles left-handed. That put some fuel in me. I was just happy to come through.'" - "Espinosa makes Pirates "right move" look so wrong" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "'I was surprised when I saw my name in the cleanup spot,' Ramos said. 'A couple days ago, I was struggling. For me today, it’s the start of a new season.'" - "Wilson Ramos batting cleanup, trying to snap slump" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• SHARKNATSTOWN:

• "Official Major League Rules: 7.01 Never, ever, EVER run on the Shark." - "DON'T RUN ON SHARK" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• "Since replacing the injured Rick Ankiel in CF, Bernadina is hitting .306 and is getting on base at a .405 clip. He's successfully stolen 4 bases without being caught." - "Roger Bernadina: The Lead-Off Man of Our Dreams?" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• NATSTOWN: 

• "Given the plethora of Twitter accounts dedicated to the facial hair and body parts of pro athletes, it seemed like only a matter of time before Bryce Harper's mustache got one." - "Bryce Harper's mustache has its own Twitter account" - The Nationals Enquirer

• "'Sometimes that's the way it's gonna be,' manager Jim Riggleman said about Lannan's performance. 'You're not gonna have your good stuff, you're not gonna be sharp, but you've just got to battle through it and that's what he did.'" - "GAME 41 REVIEW: Espinosa's Homer Downs Pirates 4-2" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "Jim Riggleman isn’t the only manager shaking up his lineup as Edwin Rodriquez decided to move Hanley Ramirez up to the second spot in the order, this marks the first time Hanley will bat second in five years." - "NL East Update: The one where Hanley continues to struggle, hopes shakeup in lineup is solution" - Ted Youngling, The Nats Blog

• "The cheap treats were such an attraction that Teddy Roosevelt managed to miss the 4th inning presidents race." - "Teddy waits in line for $1 hot dog, misses presidents race" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "Washington Nationals baseball + macros. What more could you ask for?" - "It’s you." - Washington NationLOLs

• "Whatever the reason, one person that hasn’t gotten alot of credit so far this year is Tom Gorzellany." - "The Unnoticed Starter" - Charlie, The Nationals Review

• "Here’s Henry Rodriguez’s outing on Sunday 5/8: 6 batters faced, 3 walks, 2 wild pitches, one weak grounder and two strike outs." - "Nats Rotation Cycle #8: good/bad/inconclusive" - Nationals Arm Race

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

• "'I am pretty sure that was my best outing of my career,' Peacock said. 'I was definitely in a zone. Derek Norris did a great job behind the plate. It was a good time.'" - "Peacock garners Eastern League Player of Week honors" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "After a rocky first AAA start, Maya has been very impressive this year, throwing five consecutive quality starts." - "Nats Farm Report Week Ending May 15" - Tyler Radecki, Nats News Network

• "After shutting out the Keys on 73 pitches through seven innings, Trevor Holder appeared poised for a complete game, perhaps even a shutout." - "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Sue Dinem, Nationals Prospects.com

Class-A Hagerstown: "[Robbie] Ray holds a 1-0 record in two starts and has yet to surrender a run. The lefty allowed three hits in 11 innings and struck out 13 while walking just one." - "Ray Earns Pitcher of the Week Honors" - Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "Trevor Holder overpowered the Frederick Keys for seven and two thirds innings on Monday night at Harry Grove Stadium." - "THREE-RUN EIGHTH SPOILS HOLDER GEM" - Potomac Nationals News

Triple-A Syracuse: "[Michael] Aubrey is the second member of the Chiefs to win an IL weekly award this season, following pitcher Cole Kimball (April 7-10)..." - "Aubrey named IL Batter of the Week" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Reliable and genuine discipline comes not from repression, but from an understanding of all the whys and wherefores of our actions."

• NL EAST UPDATES: 

Phillies: "Cliff Lee threw 122 pitches, marking the 11th time a Phillies starter has thrown 110 or more pitches in a game thus far in 2011..." - "Charlie Manuel Unnecessarily Taxing His Pitchers’ Arms" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Mets: Hu? "The Mets outrighted shortstop Chin-lung Hu to Triple-A, reports MLB.com's Anthony DiComo." - "Mets Outright Chin-lung Hu: MLB Rumors" - Tim Dierkes, MLBTradeRumors.com

Braves: "Tommy Hanson has established himself as the ace of the Atlanta Braves' pitching staff, and now we're all seeing why scouts drooled over him as a 21-year old while he made his way through the Minor League system." - "Tommy Hanson, The Ace" - mvhsbball, Talking Chop

Marlins: "On a night the Marlins struggled for offense, they got their game-winning hit from a most unusual source - relief pitcher Burke Badenhop." - "Badenhop's bat delivers in 11th" - Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post

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