Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Have Another Monday Off Before Series With Atlanta Braves.

• Programming Note: Don't worry, don't worry, this is the last Monday this month with no Washington Nationals baseball. The early season scheduling and the rainouts have led to a choppy start to the Nats' 2011 campaign. The Nats had no chance against Anibal Sanchez yesterday, who credits his success to the pancake breakfast his mother made him. Pudge Rodriguez donned the pink attire which apparently distracted Henry Rodriguez, who scared a few Marlins and frustrated others with a slider that worked when his fastball wouldn't...Enjoy your Monday off, Braves vs Nats for three games starting tomorrow night...

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "In the eighth inning, Rodriguez walked three batters, nearly beheaded two Marlins and reduced poor Ivan Rodriguez to a hockey goalie..." - "Henry Rodriguez’s difficult day ‘part of the package’" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The Nationals expect Espinosa to come around at the plate at some point, and they love his gritty approach to the game..." - "Danny Espinosa shows his value on defense" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Eleven struck out, 10 swinging, and none was able to get a hit through the first six innings." - "Nationals' bats go on strike in 8-0 loss" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'We were aware of it,' Nix said of the no-hit bid. 'He had really good stuff today. All of his pitches were working, he had really good command and he was a good competitor.'" - "Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins: Nats' bats held in check by Marlins" - David Villavicencio, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "The Nationals are hitting .220 as a team, and entered the day with the third-worst strikeout rate in the major leagues, at 24.1 percent of their at-bats." - "Nationals' offense goes back into hibernation in 8-0 loss to Marlins" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "After whiffing 13 times yesterday against Anibal Sanchez, the Nationals have struck out 270 times through 34 games." - "On the Nationals’ many strikeouts and home run shortage" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "His best year was 2008 when, as a rookie, he played in 144 games for the Atlanta Braves and hit .251 with a .366 on-base percentage." - "Nationals pick up outfielder Blanco" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'I've never seen the shoes and stuff, so that's new to me,' Espinosa said. 'It's just another game where I'll go out there and make mom proud.'" - "Nats embrace chance to honor mothers" - David Villavicencio, nationals.com: News

• "It's still an eye-opener to see that the Nats are essentially breaking even through the first fifth of the season without Ryan Zimmerman or any semblance of a sustained offense." - "Optimism gauge inching north" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

•"While Hairston Sr. balanced major league travel with fatherhood, Esperanza made sure sure her children finished their homework and made it to Little League games or basketball practice." -  "Esperanza Hairston, the heart of baseball's storied family" - Kristen Hudak, MASNSports.com's Nationals Buzz

 Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "A holistic view brings realistic action." 

• SHARKNatsTown: 

• "The rest of the Nats, inspired by the Shark's return, helped out as well, with Daddy Desmond and  Jerry Hairston each contributing 2 hits." - "SHARK IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• NATSTOWN: 

• "You saw the stories around three weeks ago. The future right-fielder was over-matched by the older pitchers, struggling to hit the breaking balls, and seeming to be lost at Low-A Hagerstown..." - "Harper-Watch" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "Blanco is no star, and not quite a prospect anymore, but he is a good young player who had been boxed out by a bad situation in Kansas City..." - "Nationals Trade For Speedy Minor Leaguer Gregor Blanco" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "The wins improves the Nats record to 16-18, keeping them ahead of the New York Mets in fourth place in the N.L. East." - "WEEKEND REVIEW: Nats Take Two of Three in South Florida" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "Bryce Harper Is The Dread Pirate Roberts" - DangerNat, Nationals Inquisition

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

• Class-A Hagerstown: • Your Daily Message From Bryce Harper On Twitter (@BHarp34): Little angry a couple weeks ago!hah sorry marucci! yfrog.com/gzfinvsj

• Class-A Hagerstown: Bryce Harper 2 for 5 with a doubles, RBI in a 12-11 win - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

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

Double-A Harrisburg: "Tyler Moore also homered for the Senators and Stephen King had hit first two-hit game with the Senators." - "Reading finishes sweep of the Sens with 15-6 win" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Tyler Moore kept his hot bat going as he has now hit safely in the last 7 straight games and has raised his average to .281 on the season." - "Game 29: Phillies 15, Senators 6" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger 

Double-A Harrisburg: "Metro Bank Park is very beautiful and has an extremely unique setting. It is located on the 62 acre City Island in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Yes, on an island!" - "Metro Bank Park, Home of the Harrisburg Senators" - Stadium Reviews and Sports Travel Community at stadiumjourney.com

Triple-A Syracuse: "A three-run seventh for the Bulls broke the game open and ended an otherwise solid start for Chiefs lefty Ross Detwiler." - "Chiefs shut out in Durham" - Syracuse Chiefs News

NL EAST UPDATES: 

Mets: "And when there is news, I like to think about Gary Cohen as our Cronkite. It's up to him to really give the facts because any editorializing by us on someone's personal finances is in bad form. I think it's rude, personally." - Ron Darling - "Baseball Prospectus | The Week In Quotes: May 2-8" - Alex Carnevale, Baseball Prospectus

Braves: "When the Braves needed a spot starter on Saturday, they turned to 20-year-old rookie Julio Teheran." - "Prospect of the Day: Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves" - John Sickels, Minor League Ball

Marlins: "Sanchez credited the home cooking of his mother, Evelia, who has been visiting from Venezuela and made him pancakes." - "The Juice: Mom’s pancakes fuel no-hit bid by Anibal Sanchez" - David Brown, Big League Stew - MLB Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Phillies"While the Braves have the Phillies beat in ERA by 12 points as of this writing (prior to the Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN), the Phillies lead in the "performance" categories..." - "Better Starting Rotation: Phillies or Braves?" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

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