Wire Taps: Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres, Nats Back In D.C., Bryce Harper Back In Headlines.

• Programming Notes: The Washington Nationals are back in the nation's capital and looking to snap a five-game skid against the visiting San Diego Padres. The longest losing streak this season, and the 1-7 road trip they just concluded, leave the Nats 21-28 before the three-game weekend series with the Padres. Nats' lefty John Lannan's on the mound on Friday night (Saturday and Sunday are day games) against San Diego's Clayton Richard. The Padres snapped a five-game skid in a series-salvaging win over the Cardinals Wednesday night, but they're just 3-7 in their last 10. The last and next-to-last offense's in the National League all weekend in D.C.? Can the Nats turn it around? MASN HD, MLB.tv, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 189. Who's Watching the Nationals?

• NATS BEAT: 

• "Hernandez has said 'there is nothing interesting' to the case and has continued to pitch as scheduled for the Nationals." - "MLB meets with Puerto Rican authorties about Livan Hernandez" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• Class-A HarperHagerstown: "The only certainty is that Harper won't have the luxury of flying beneath the radar, in the Sally League or any other stop in the Nationals' chain." - "Bryce Harper's journey under way at Class A Hagerstown" - Jerry Crasnick ESPN

• "Few franchises are fortuitous enough to ever draft a Stephen Strasburg or a Bryce Harper; snagging both within a 12-month span was like winning the Powerball on consecutive drawings." - "Dark cloud follows Nats after two glorious drafts" - Deron Snyder, Washington Times

• "The Rangers have inquired about Nationals right-hander Todd Coffey, according to a baseball source." - "Rangers have inquired about Nats’ Coffey" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "'I can’t say it enough: We’re better than this,' said Michael Morse." - "Nationals hope for reversal of fortune" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Nationals batters have struck out 399 times (second-worst in the majors). In 29 percent of those cases, they've struck out looking." - "The good, the bad, the ugly" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Speaking of things that are long overdue to heat up, the Nationals' offense seems to be crawling out of hibernation - or, at least, some of the Nationals' hitters are." - "Nationals' skid comes as offense starts to heat up" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "In all honesty, I don't know because the team hasn't had any production at the top spot all year. There is no one in the Minors who can help right now either." - "Nationals Inbox: Who should bat leadoff?" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "Beltway Baseball Live - 5/26/11" - With CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes.

• "To Jim Riggleman's credit, every time someone asks him that kind of hypothetical, he quickly responds with 'I don't play that game...' No manager does." - "Time flies, but results may vary" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "When we wish to help others and try to do so, our attitude is more positive and relationships become easier."

• NATS MINOR LEAGUES: 

• Class-A Hagerstown: Bryce Harper, 0 for 5, 2 K's, .329 AVG; Robbie Ray, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

• Class-A Hagerstown: "Nationals No. 2 prospect, Sammy Solis, has reported to the Single-A Hagerstown Suns. Solis has been in extended spring training recovering from various injuries." - "Solis has reported to Hagerstown" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

Double-A Harrisburg: "Sens pitcher, Brad Peacock (7-1) went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Peacock started the game today in the top of the second." - "Senators Sweep Two from Akron" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "In today's Game 1, Derek Norris poked another home run over the left field wall giving him five on the season and his third in the last three games." - "Game 43: Senators 6, Aeros 1" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

 Triple-A Syracuse: "The Chiefs' righty [Brad Meyers] allowed the one early run and struck out three Knights with no walks in his fourth start of the year to get the win." - "Chiefs ride early surge past Charlotte" - Syracuse Chiefs News

Triple-A Syracuse: "'Where I know a lot of the talk early on in his career was around his bat, everyone was just hoping he was playable at first base. I think he is beyond playable.'" - Nationals infield coordinator Jeff Garber on Chris Marrero"Marrero turning heads with solid defense in Syracuse" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• SHARKNATSTOWN: 

• "The Padres, being a religious team, probably won't be doing anything evil like Goblincinerating or harnessing 'Black Magic.'" - "SHARK VS PADRES" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• NATSTOWN: 

• "I certainly buy the idea that the Giants might be looking for some outside help.  Posey's injury paves the way for Eli Whiteside to become the Giants starter." - "Dealing a Catcher to the Giants?" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "Sure, you’ve probably heard a ton about Bryce Harper’s success and abilities, but what’s wrong with hearing more?" - "Re-Scouting Harper" Charlie, The Nationals Review

• "But now that Buster Posey is likely done for the season with a broken leg, the Giants are going to have to look elsewhere for catchers." - "Pudge as a San Francisco Giant?" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "Nationals fans will remember Jesus Flores being taken out by Chase Utley, who launched himself into Flores's knee in a move more appropriate for a pro wrestler than a baseball player." - "Maybe They'll Finally Protect Catchers" - Steven, FJB

• "Since May 26 Harper has hit just .143/.268/.286 with one home run and three RBI...not quite the massive output we've come accustom to seeing from Harper." - "Bryce Harper Chatter Picks Up Despite His Recent Struggles" - WIll Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "At 21-28, Washington is occupying the all too familiar cellar in the NL East, 9 games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies." - "2011 Washington Nationals 1st Quarter Report: What went right" - Zach Myles, DC Double Play

• NL EAST UPDATES: 

Braves: "Veteran pitcher Rodrigo Lopez will become the Cubs' latest reclamation project after the club acquired him from the Braves in a minor league deal Thursday." - "Rodrigo Lopez: Chicago Cubs acquire Rodrigo Lopez from Atlanta Braves" - Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com

Mets: "R.A. Dickey left the game with what the team described as pain in the bottom of his heel. He will be examined today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York." - "Morning News: Dickey’s heel, Ike & Angel, more Einhorn" - Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com

Marlins: "I'm trying to look the other way. Seeing it, makes my stomach turn." - Scott Cousins on collision with Buster Posey - "Marlins' Cousins talks about collision with Posey" - Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle

• "According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Valdez became the first player to start a game in the field and later earn a victory as a pitcher since Babe Ruth beat the Philadelphia Athletics on Oct. 1, 1921." - "Phillies' Valdez joins the likes of Ruth and Foxx" Bob Brookover, Philadelphia Inquirer

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