Wire Taps: Mr. National And The Washington Nationals Take On The New York Mets.

• Programming Notes: TODAY'S start is Dillon Gee's second career start against the Washington Nationals. The first was his MLB debut last September when he held Nats' bats to two hits, three walks and one earned run over 7.0 innings pitched, inspiring "Gee Whiz!" headlines all around the NY/NJ/CONN tri-state region. It's Livan Hernandez's 39th start against the New York Mets. WFAN 660 AM on the radio and SNY on T.V. in New York, MLB Network nationwide, WHFS 1580 AM, 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 183, en Espanol Sirius/XM ch. 175. Who's Watching The Nationals?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "'I just haven’t figured out how to get out of the gate on the right track,' LaRoche said. 'That’s the frustrating part.'" - Adam LaRoche frustrated with slow start - Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'As I said from spring training, we view Roger Bernadina as an every-day major league player,' Rizzo said.'" - "Bernadina will be focal point when Ankiel returns" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Even when they hit well, their bats don't stay hot long enough to sustain a run." - "Nationals shut out for sixth time this season against Mets" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "No timetable yet for [Chien-Ming Wang] to go on a rehab assignment -- again, he'd only be allowed to do that for 30 days -- but Rizzo said: 'He's getting closer each and every time he goes out to the mound.'" - "Updates on Strasburg, Ankiel, Wang, Perez" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "A pair of former New York starting pitchers are now Washington reclamation projects, with ex-Met Oliver Perez and ex-Yankee Chien-Ming Wang trying to salvage their injury-threatened careers in the Nationals' system." - "Perez, Wang seek redemption" - Brian Lewis, NYPOST.com

• "'For whatever reason, I feel like if I get going, I think other guys fall in and start hitting, too.'" - Adam LaRoche"Washington Nationals at New York Mets: Bats can't find a way as Nats fall to Mets" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "Strasburg will throw off a mound for the first time since his Tommy John surgery last Sept. 3 'any day now,' Rizzo said." - "Stephen Strasburg gets a check-up, and more Nationals injury updates" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'We continue to play good baseball. We’re playing defense, we’re pitching, but we just haven’t got on track. I don’t really have an explanation for it.'" - Jim Riggleman - "Nationals absorb water-logged loss to Mets" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'Obviously, I've learned how to get out of it, because I wind up OK,' [Adam LaRoche] said." - "Niese, Mets blank Nationals" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "'He has a lot of different pitches,' Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said. 'He doesn't want to give you anything to hit. He's going to work both corners of the plate...'" - Reyes on Livan - "Washington Nationals at New York Mets: Livan looking for mastery of Mets to continue" - Quinn Roberts, MLB.com Preview

• "Even when they hit well, their bats don't stay hot long enough to sustain a run." - "Nationals shut out for sixth time this season against Mets" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "A society in which material development co-exists with spiritual progress is one where true happiness is really possible." - 

• More Harmon Killebrew Stories: 

• "Harmon Killebrew was Washington’s original Bryce Harper. Both signed record bonus contracts at age 17. Both had their power compared immediately to Mickey Mantle." - "Harmon Killebrew showed how a bonus baby becomes a Hall of Fame man" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "Harmon Killebrew, in other words, slept here. Yes, he led the American League in home runs as a Senator — with 42 in 1959 — but he played just two full seasons in this fair city..." - "DALY: Too many D.C. icons spent too little time here" - Dan Daly, Washington Times

• "Killebrew wasn't known for hitting for average as much as he was for his raw power, which generated monstrous home runs..." - "Nationals Buzz: Younging/Yoder: Mourning the passing of Harmon Killebrew" - MASNSports.com

• SHARKNATSTOWN: 

• "Usually, water gives The Shark more power, but this was the acidic and polluted rain of New York City and it had the opposite effect on the Mighty Sharkadina." - "Acid Rain Drains Shark Powers" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• NATSTOWN: 

• "But this team is lacking in power and production.  There are no big hits, just strings of little hits, when they score runs." - "GAME 42 REVIEW: "Clutch" Hitting Absent in Shutout Loss to Mets" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "I didn’t get to see Cole Kimball’s major-league debut, but I was at the ballpark the next day to see him pitch and achieve several milestones, including his first blown save, first at-bat, and first vulture win (watch out Tyler Clippard)..." - "Cole Kimball’s 2nd and 3rd major-league games" - Jenn, Nationals Fangirls.

• "The Nationals bullpen was fantastic as Henry Rodriquez, Todd Coffey, and Doug Slaten combined for 2.1 innings of work allowing just one hit." - "Gorzelanny Out Dueled By Niese, Nats Shutout In Rainy Affair" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "...Cole Kimball emphatically announced that the Washington Nationals will not go down as the only team to never produce a major leaguer from the 2006 draft class." - "Nationals finally see a member of the 2006 draft class make MLB debut" - David Lint, For Love of the Nationals

• "Although you can’t tell from the photo Mickey has just tagged out Minnie Minoso of the Chicago White Sox as he tried to get from second to home on a passed ball..." - "D.C. Baseball History - You Make The Call" - Mark Hornbaker, History's Perspective - Washington Nationals Daily News

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

• Class-A HarpersHagerstown: "'It felt good to get out there and get the win,' Harper said. 'It felt good to get that base hit out of the way and get going again.'" - "Harper breaks out of 0-for-11 stretch with double in Suns win" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• Class-A HarpersHagerstown: "In order to get the promotion to the next level, Harper must continue to show that he can make adjustments against left-handed pitching, and improve his defensive and baserunning skills." - "Rizzo: Harper 'not ready to play in big leagues'" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

• Class-A HarpersHagerstown: "'It's not gonna happen, because he's not ready for that to happen. He's got to learn the nuances of the game of baseball,' Rizzo said." - "Rizzo says Bryce Harper won't play in the majors this year" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• Class-A Potomac: "Eury Perez singled home Leon, making the game 2-0 Potomac. The center-fielder continues hit the ball well right now. He's 12-18, five RBI, and three doubles in the past five games, including 2-4 with an RBI tonight." - "Perez and Hood Stay Hot, P-Nats win 6-3" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "The Senators will send LH Oliver Perez to the mound in game one and RH Brad Peacock to the hill in game two." - "Senators and Rock Cats Postponed due to Rain on Wednesday" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "Collin Balester took the mound in the ninth for the Chiefs and striking out two to help end the game." - "Chiefs storm past Tides for 10-4 win" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• NL EAST UPDATES: 

Marlins: "While the Miami Heat took care of business against one Chicago team, the Marlins couldn't hold on to their lead to do the same against another, and they dropped game one of their two-game set with the Cubs." - "Fish Wrap: Marlins 5, Cubs 7" - Craig, Fish Stripes

Braves: "'I went and looked at it [on video afterward],' Kimbrel said. 'If I let that ball go it’s a possible double-play, and I didn’t. I tried to make a play and it hit off my glove.'" - "Kimbrel blows lead in 11th, Braves lose to D-backs" - David O'Brien, ajc.com

Phillies: "As consistently unproductive as the Phillies offense has been so far, it's looking like it'll get a jolt when Chase Utley returns." - "Amaro hopes Utley is answer" - Randy Miller, phillyBurbs.com : Phillies

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