Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Head To Philly, Jayson Werth Isn't Talking.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: The U.S. Army Color Guard displays the Colors before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals on Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park on May 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Programming Note: The Washington Nationals start a nine-game road trip through three NL East cities with tonight's 7:05 pm EDT game agains the Philadelphia Phillies. MASN HD, MLB Network, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., Sirius/XM channel 185. Livan Hernandez vs Cole Hamels in the Phillies' miniature ballpark. Jayson Werth's heading back to the city he called home for four seasons. And according to reports (more on that later), he isn't talking...Who's Watching the Nationals?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "It’s possible, but not necessarily likely, that one of Ankiel’s plays came at a cost." - "Rick Ankiel likely fine after hurting hand" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The Nationals were still the Montreal Expos when the country was attacked on 9/11, and Nationals Park was still another blighted area of this city." - "Saluting the nation's finest has become a rightful part of the nation's pastime" - Steve Politi, NJ.com

• "Hairston said his talk with Morse between at-bats helped keep both players in a positive frame of mind." - "Hairston helped Morse before go-ahead hit" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "The Nationals won 2-0, shut out the world champions for the second time in four days and won three games in a four-game series where they scored 11 runs." - "Nationals' pitching propels them back to .500 with win over Giants" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "They weren't supposed to pitch like this. The Nationals' rotation was supposed to be this club's weakest link." - "Gorzelanny leads Nats to .500 record" - Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com

• "'I just tried to go out with the same game plan I've had every night, just work quick and try to throw strikes,' Gorzelanny said." - "San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals: Nats a star-spangled winner over Giants" - Todd Karpovich, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "'For at least two hours or three hours, people could get away from real life and have a little joy if there could be at that point,' Marquis said." - "The Nationals' star-spangled salute" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'It’s not just the pitcher making the outs,' Monday winner Tom Gorzelanny said. 'There’s a lot of great plays out there.'" - "The start of a telling Nationals road trip" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The Nationals won 2-0, shut out the world champions for the second time in four days and won three games in a four-game series where they scored 11 runs." - "Nationals' pitching propels them back to .500 with win over Giants" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Fielding percentage: .979 (27th in MLB, 15th in NL) Team UZR: -5.2 (22nd in MLB, 11th in NL)." - "One month down" - Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington/NatsInsider.com

• "'It's a nice gesture on the Nats' part,' [Giants' Manager Bruce] Bochy said. 'Being an Army brat, I traveled quite a bit. But this is where I watched my first game -- in Washington. I watched the Senators at RFK Stadium.'" - "Nationals hold Military Appreciation Night" - Todd Karpovich, MLB.com

• "'Pitching,' Manager Jim Riggleman said, 'is what gives the whole club confidence.'" - "Nationals vs. Giants: Gorzelanny delivers gem, shuts down San Francisco" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "'For us to be .500 the way we’ve started off slow swinging the bats, our pitching staff has kept us right there.'" - Jerry Hairston, Jr. - "Gorzelanny helps Nats top Giants, reach .500" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• NATSTOWN: 

• "'[Gorzelanny] was just outstanding, very similar to [Jason] Marquis the other night,' manager Jim Riggleman said in the post-game. "Really outstanding and good defense behind him. A clean game.'" - "GAME 28 REVIEW: Gorzy Shuts Down Giants; Nats Take Three of Four" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "Hmmm...think he'll get booed a little bit?" - "Hopefully Jayson Werth packed his earplugs" - The Nationals Enquirer

• "The presidents raced single file wire to wire in the order of their presidencies..." - "Presidents debut new uniforms for Military Appreciation Day" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "It's been a while since Washington has seen multiple shutouts in a homestand at Nats Park, at least ones that we have been on the good side..." - "Your Place For Washington Nationals News" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Now 28 games in, the Nats' record is sitting solidly at 14-14, despite some serious hitting issues..." - "The Bright Side of .500" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "Lefty Tom Gorzelanny absolutely shocked the world with an eight-inning, three hit performance for his first win of 2011." - "Nats Slap Around World Champs, Feel Good About Themselves" - DangerNat, Nationals Inquisition

• "Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Washington Nationals principal owner and Washington Nationals Dream Foundation chair, informed Nationals Daily News on Sunday that after years of work and waiting, formal groundbreaking for the long-awaited Fort Dupont baseball academy is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 a.m." - "Fort Dupont academy to break ground on May 31" - Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch | Washington Nationals Daily News

• SHARKNatsTown: 

• "Education Secretary Arne Duncan was kind enough to send us a photo of new curriculum that is being tested out in schools across the country." - "Nats, Chiefs, and AMERICA WIN" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• NATS Minor League Updates: 

• "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - April Whitzman, NationalsProspects.com

• "Since April 21, Harper is hitting .500 (16-for-32) with six doubles, five homers and 13 RBIs. During this recent run, Harper's slugging percentage is 1.156 and his on-base percentage is .600." - "Over last 10 games, Harper dazzling with bat and glove" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• Class-A HagerrpersTown: "Harper raised his average to .355 with a perfect day at the plate Monday, going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored as Class A Hagerstown blanked Rome, 5-0, on the road at State Mutual Stadium." - "Harper reaches five times in victory" - Danny Wild, MiLB.com News

Class-A Potomac: "On a bizarre night where nineteen men were left on base and the two clubs combined for only nine hits, the Nationals delivered when it mattered most..." - "NATS STRAND MANY, NOT DECIDER" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Ryan Tatusko, Cory VanAllen and Ryan Mattheus combined to allow just four hits while striking out 15 Baysox, tying a season-high for the staff." - "Senators shutout the Baysox 2-0" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "Chris Marrero's walk-off RBI single completed the Syracuse Chiefs rally for a 3-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings (10-14) Monday at Alliance Bank Stadium." - "Chiefs steal 3-2 comeback win" - Syracuse Chiefs News

NL EAST Updates: 

• Phillies"While many baseball fans have been focusing on Andre Ethier‘s current 28-game hitting streak, Phillies fans have been bemoaning the current 34 at-bat hitless streak, spanning 11 games, of Raul Ibanez." - "Ibanez Trying to End Offensive Slump" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

• Mets: "David Wright has taken the mantle from Rodriguez to be the new "poster child" for failure in the clutch." - "Clutch Performance Does Exist and is Tangible" - Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest

Marlins"'All in all, I would say it's the best start I could have asked for,' said Berkman, whose three-run homer in the third off Chris Volstad was his first this season at Busch Stadium and gave the Cardinals a 5-4 lead." - "Scoreless streak ends for Lohse as Marlins top Cards" David Wilhelm, bnd.com

Braves: "Checking in on the progress of the organization's top-25 prospects." - "Atlanta Braves Top-25 Prospects: April Update" -Gondee, Talking Chop

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