Wire Taps: Washington Nationals And San Francisco Giants Series Finale Tonight In Nats Park.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: Drew Storen #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Ivan Rodriguez #7 after a 5-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

• Programming Note: Tom Gorzelanny vs Madison Bumgarner. Washington, D.C. Nationals Park. Military Appreciation night. The finale of the four-game wrap-around starts tonight at 7:05 pm EDT in the nation's capital. The Nats can win the series against the defending World Series champ and head out on the road on a positive note before their nine-game road trip. MASN HD, 106.7 the FAN in DC, 1500 WFED and Sirius/XM ch. 188. The Nationals' veterans came through in the win on Sunday. Who'll come through tonight?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "Asked about Storen pitching the ninth today, Riggleman was careful not to anoint Storen the closer, or apply pressure on him that comes with the job." - "Drew Storen looking like the Nationals’ closer" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• '[Pudge Rodriguez's] arm is still as good as any catcher's in the game, and while he doesn't bring the same kind of offense he once did, he compares favorably to most of the backup catchers in the game." - "Nationals 5, Giants 2: Postgame thoughts" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'That’s like if I hit 4-for-4,' said Rodriguez, who’s now thrown out two of the fastest players in the major leagues in less than a week after gunning down Jose Reyes on Thursday night.'" - "Rodriguez's arm helps Nats beat Giants" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'It's going to be tough to pin these hitters down for nine innings,' Zimmermann said. 'You know they are going to get their runs sooner or later. Pudge did a great job, called a great game all day and it was a good team effort.'" - "San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals: Nationals reward Zimmermann's effort" - Todd Karpovich, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "Morse has played a handful of games over the years at the hot corner in his career, as well as shortstop and first base." - "Morse open to playing third base" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• '[Pudge Rodriguez's] arm is still as good as any catcher's in the game, and while he doesn't bring the same kind of offense he once did, he compares favorably to most of the backup catchers in the game." - "Nationals 5, Giants 2: Postgame thoughts" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'At some point, Zim’s going to walk in the door and it’s going to feel like we made a major trade with this star coming in.'" - Jim RIggleman - "Jordan Zimmermann snaps skid as Nats beat Giants" - Rich Dubroff, CSNWashington.com

• "I wouldn't worry about some fanatic Phillies fan showing up in scrubs that day in the ER; the surgeon who will perform the procedure is considered the best of that ilk, so Ryan will be in capable hands." - "Zimmerman's surgery" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• "'Dusty [Baker] used my athleticism to play a lot of roles, and he told me, 'This is going to prolong your career,' Hairston said. 'It has. I worked extremely hard at it.'" - "Hairston's versatility a boost for Nationals" - Todd Karpovich, MLB.com

• "Plus, history is on his side as Gorzelanny is 3-0 against the Giants with a 2.33 ERA in his career." - "San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals: Gorzelanny a tough test for Giants" - MLB.com Preview

• "'I think everybody in the community wants Drew to be the closer,' Riggleman said, careful not to anoint him so himself. 'And I want that, but he's 23 years old and I don't want him to run out there four days in a row or sometimes even three days in a row.'" - "Bullpen roles becoming more defined" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "To have true friends and be loved by them, we must in turn feel love and sympathy for others." - 

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

Triple-A Syracuse: "Chiefs starter Ross Detwiler (2-1) suffered his first loss of the year, giving up nine hits and seven earned runs without a strikeout through two and two-thirds innings." - "Chiefs rally falls short in ninth" - Syracuse Chiefs News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Harrisburg starter Erik Davis had his first poor outing of the season as he was roughed up for ten hits and six runs (five earned) in only five innings." - "Game 22: Rock Cats 8, Senators 7 (10)" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Class-A Potomac: "Five runs were plenty for Potomac's bullpen. Josh Smoker and Pat Lehman teamed up to allow just one run in four innings of relief. Smoker struck out two in his first inning of work and went one-two-three in the second." - "P-Nats End Road Trip with 5-2 Win" - Potomac Nationals News

• "Bryce Harper - 1 for 4 with an RBI double on Sunday in 4-0 Suns' win." - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard | MiLB.com Scoreboard

• SHARKNatsTown: "In Syracuse today, despite the 9-6 loss, Roger Bernadina went 1 for 5 but gunned a Red Wings player Toby Gardenhire at home." - "SHARK CANNON" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• NatsTown: 

• "Zimmermann (W, 2-4, 4.29) wasn't 'ace' dominant, but he was solid, allowing just two earned runs on six hits and two walks over six innings." - "GAME 27 REVIEW: Nationals Ride "Win Formula" to 5-2 Victory Over Giants" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "Besides Clippard and Storen, the bullpen has been been shaky all season, and Gorzelanny will need to go as far as he can." - "Keys to a Nats Series Win Against Giants" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "It certainly is early, and we have certainly seen out fair share of implosions, but so far it seems to me that this is the mentally strongest team Washington has ever fielded." - "Zimmermann Helps The Nats Cruise To A 5-2 Victory" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "One of the first things I thought about was coming from Walter Reed [Hospital in Washington, D.C.], the emotions that those guys must be going through hearing that same news," Mets third baseman David Wright said." - "Philly fans got it right" - The Nationals Enquirer

• "Ex-Nats In The Indys: Atlantic League Edition" - Sue Dinem, NationalsProspects.com

• 'Before Spring Training I was working a lot with [Nationals hitting coach] Rick Eckstein just with hitting,' says Bixler. 'He's just kind of giving me his thoughts. He knew me a little bit from before and how I hit.'" - "The continuing evolution of Brian Bixler" - Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch, Washington Nationals Daily News

• "Marquis' numbers give us even more reason for optimism. He's getting the 56% groundball rate that has always been his bread-and-butter..." - "Will the Starting Pitching Save the Nationals?" - Steven, FJB

• NL East Updates: 

Mets: "'I was sitting in the dugout and didn't understand what was going on for a minute,' Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee said." - "Phillies Fall Short, Lose 2-1 to Mets in 14" - AP/NYTimes.com

Phillies: "Fourteen innings of baseball yielded just seven hits for the home team. Playing with 22 players (Carlos Ruiz, Ross Gload and Roy Oswalt were unavailable), the Phillies needed Cole Hamels to pinch-hit in the 14th." - "Lumber Slumber" Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer

Marlins"'[Bonifacio] showed another dimension of his game. I heard it was the first home run over the fence in his career. Now, he’s tied with Hanley. He can take that to arbitration.'" - "Florida Marlins flick the power switch with five homers in win over Cincinnati Reds" - Manny Navarro, MiamiHerald.com

Braves: "A lot of extra-inning games, a lot of one-run games, and heartaches and broken hearts at the end," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully it’s our turn to get it going a little bit." - Conrad's hit gives Braves walk-off win over Cardinals  | David O'Brien, ajc.com

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