Wire Taps: Jayson Werth's Return Over, Now Washington Nationals Turn To Jason Marquis vs Phillies.

• The big story last night, which obscured some the fact that the Nationals' offense continued to falter, was Washington's right fielder's return to the city he called home for four seasons. The only run support the Nats provided Livan Hernandez came on a solo HR by Michael Morse. While Morse's opposite field HR was a possible sign that he's finally getting it together at the plate after scuffling through the first month, the Nats' offense continues to struggle to support the strong starting pitching they've been getting since the 2011 campaign began. Jason Marquis takes the hill tonight in Citizens Bank against Phillies' right-hander Vance Worley. Support your starters! MASN HD, 106.7 the FAN in DC, Sirius/XM ch. 185. Who's Watching The Nationals take on the Phillies tonight?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "After the initial onslaught of boos, a few cheers pierced the din while Werth strode into the batter’s box." - "Nationals vs. Phillies: Jayson Werth’s old team, fans make it a rough night in 4-1 loss" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "'We want what they have,' he says. 'I don't think there is any doubt about that. That was one of the things about going to Washington, I was very adamant about.'" - "Werth working hard to bring Philly pulse to D.C." - Craig Heist, WTOP.com

• "'It was a lot of fun,' Werth said, talking more about his return than the game’s outcome. 'Obviously, the atmosphere is great. Packed house. Passionate fans. This is a very fun place to play...'" - "Werth's return to Philadelphia foiled by Hamels' gem in Nats' 4-1 loss to Phillies" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• Q: "'In your perfect world, where would you like to be playing baseball?'" Werth: "'There are a lot of considerations that have to be met before I can comment on that,' he finally said, before adding: 'That's a pretty loaded question.'" -"Jayson Werth enjoys return to Philadelphia, but focus is on Nationals" - Hal Bodley, Nationals.com

• "'I know he rolled on it pretty good a couple times,' Riggleman said. 'He's playable but we're going to give him one day and see if we can get him back in there tomorrow.'" - Riggleman on Ankiel - "With Rick Ankiel nursing sore hand, Jerry Hairston Jr. starts in center for Nationals" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "The seemingly never-ending stretch of five-plus-inning starts by members of the Nationals' rotation is worthy of a lot more attention than it's actually getting." - "Worthy of some attention" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• "'After the four seasons I spent here and what was accomplished while I was here, to welcome me back like that, it means a lot. It really does,'" - Jayson Werth"Phillies take down Nationals in Werth's return" - Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com

• "Since beginning play in Washington in '05, the Nationals are 40-74 overall versus Philadelphia, and just 10-30 since the start of the '09 season." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: Nationals rely on Marquis to quell rival Phils" - Jon Star, MLB.com Preview

• "After the initial onslaught of boos, a few cheers pierced the din while Werth strode into the batter’s box." - "Nationals vs. Phillies: Jayson Werth’s old team, fans make it a rough night in 4-1 loss" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "As the Nationals’ starting rotation continues to thrive — and work deeper into games - one of the unintended drawbacks to their success is the possible rust gathering on the arms of relievers...'" - "Starters are solid, so some Nationals relievers watch and wait" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "In the past, the Phillies have beaten the Nationals by bludgeoning them to death with the NL's best lineup. They didn't, and couldn't, do that on Tuesday..." - "Phillies transforming on the fly, but still ahead of Nationals" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'It was a lot of fun,' Werth said, talking more about his return than the game’s outcome. 'Obviously, the atmosphere is great. Packed house. Passionate fans. This is a very fun place to play...'" - "Werth's return to Philadelphia foiled by Hamels' gem in Nats' 4-1 loss to Phillies" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'It's a good park to hit in, but when the pitching is as good as what [the Phillies] have to put out there, it's going to be a challenge,' said Riggleman. 'And it's supposed to be a challenge.'" - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies: Nats can't back Livan, Fall to Hamels, Phillies" - Jay Greenberg, MLB.com

• ZIMMERMAN LINKS: 

• "'It was better than the surgeon thought when he got in there,' Rizzo said. 'He said the surgery went very well. It was as least invasive as it could be for that type of surgery.'" - Rizzo on Zimmerman - "Zimmerman has surgery, rehab begins Wednesday" - Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com

• "After talking to sources this weekend, it seems like the latter is the closest to the truth, as the team hoped that Zimmerman would be able to play through it, though there's some obvious frustration in the organization that Zimmerman wasn't clear about what he was feeling back in spring training." - "Ryan Zimmerman, Pablo Sandoval injuries to cost six weeks or more" - Will Carroll, SI.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "The ultimate source of a happy life is the attention we pay to our inner values."

• NATSTOWN: 

• "I'm not a sports medicine expert, but the question has to be asked: why didn't Zimmerman get surgery immediately after the ab tear on April 9, which may have saved four weeks of missed time?" -"Zimmerman's Surgery: Why Now?" - Steven, FJB

• "(Jayson Werth provided drama, soundbites Tuesday night in Philly, but he's not about to carry the offense on his back.)" - "Nats' offense "at the hotel here in town resting comfortably" - The Nationals Enquirer

• "Quibbles about Riggleman’s moves in the Gorzelanny game" - Nationals Arm Race

• "The New York Mets have announced that Jenrry Mejia has a complete tear of the MCL in his right elbow that may require Tommy John Surgery." - "NL East Update: The one where Philly fans are front and center during historic ESPN broadcast" - Ted Youngling, The Nats Blog

• "Tyler, Tyler, Tyler. You've taken the hearts from all us "Peaches" fans and stomped on them. You ripped them from our chests, crystallized them, and shattered them into millions of itty-bitty pieces with a Daniel-Son style crane kick." "The day that Tyler Clippard stomped on my heart." - Nats Nation (as viewed from Section 138 and beyond)

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

• Class-A Hagerstown: Bryce Harper - 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 R, .358 AVG - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

Class-A Potomac: "Potomac Nationals center fielder Eury Perez will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans after being placed on the disabled list with a rib injury." - "Prospect Perez set to return to Potomac lineup" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

Class-A Potomac: "Potomac stumbled early and lost to Myrtle Beach 20-6 on Tuesday afternoon at the Pfitz." - "Potomac Stumbles 20-6 to Myrtle Beach" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "[Brad] Peacock (4-1) struck out eight and held the Bowie Baysox to a pair of hits over seven innings in Double-A Harrisburg's 3-0 win, the Senators' second straight shutout." - "Peacock fans eight in latest gem" - Danny Wild, MiLB.com News

Triple-A Syracuse: "Syracuse lefthander Tommy Milone was scheduled to take the mound against Rochester righty Andy Baldwin." -  "Chiefs and Red Wings rained out" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• NL EAST Updates: 

Phillies: "'It might be time to let him go somewhere, like Clearwater or something, and start getting into a broader, bigger routine,' Manuel said after watching Utley participate in another simulated game on Tuesday afternoon." - "Manuel almost ready to send Utley south" - Kevin Cooney, phillyBurbs.com : Phillies

Mets: "Bay is in a 1-for-17 slump. He began the season on the disabled list with a strained left rib cage after missing the final two months last year because of a concussion." - "NY Mets' Jason Bay On Paternity Leave; Lucas Duda Recalled To Play Left Field Against San Francisco Giants" - CBS New York

Braves: "[Zack] Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young winner, will start for the Brewers in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves." - "Brewers: Postponement means doubleheader; Greinke's debut in second game" - SportsMadison.com

Marlins: "A day after hitting his first career grand slam, Gaby Sanchez had a pair of infield hits and matched his career best with four hits. The Florida Marlins' cleanup man is finding his stroke." - "Sanchez Finding Stroke but Marlins Fall to Cards" - AP/NYTimes.com

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