Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Get Ryan Zimmerman Back, Start Nine-Game Homestand.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 30: Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches to Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

• Programming Notes?: Who's coming back? (TKCHZ!!!) The Washington Nationals welcome their sometimes-rival St. Louis Cardindals to Nationals Park for the first of three in D.C. Yunesky Maya's on the mound for the Nats, who'll be looking for their fourth-straight win after taking the last three of four from San Diego. The Cards send Jaime Garcia to the mound. 7:05 pm EST. MASN HD, MLB.tv, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED and Sirius/XM channel 189. Who's Watching the Nationals?:

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "'It’s going to be huge for us,' Desmond said. 'That’s our three-hole hitter. That’s the face of the franchise.'" - "Ryan Zimmerman will be activated tomorrow and return to the Nationals" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'We know we can hold these guys down. We feel like if we can just put one run across, we’ll win the game.'" - Laynce Nix"Pitching, defense carried Nats; now Zimmerman is back in mix" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The guess here is the Nationals will keep Jayson Werth in the leadoff spot for now, to see how that looks with Zimmerman batting behind him..." - "The impact of Ryan Zimmerman's return to the Nationals" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Remember Wayne Terwilliger, the classic good-field, no-hit second baseman for several teams from 1949-60, including the Senators in 1953-54?" - "The pitcher batting eighth? Old hat" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• "A rash of injuries, including several to key players, has left the Cardinals unable to field their Opening Day lineup for all but four games this season." - "Series preview: Cardinals at Nats" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "Let's not forget that Espinosa is one of the best defensive second basemen in baseball. It seems like he makes a spectacular play at the position on a regular basis." - "Espinosa earning All-Star consideration" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

• "Tyler Clippard stands out for both his dominance and his workload. He has thrown 38 2/3 innings, more than any reliever except the Braves’ amazing Jonny Venters." - "So who’s the Nationals’ pick for the 2011 All-Star Game?" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "If you're trying to figure out what member of the Nationals roster has most consistently performed this season, there's no question it's Tyler Clippard." - "Who should be Nats' All-Star?" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider: Poll

• "'First, I like hitting with men on base,' Morse said. 'I feel I can contribute a lot to this team. It's being comfortable. I'm getting an opportunity to play.'" - "After a slow start Michael Morse has evolved into a consistent slugger for the Nationals" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

• "Yunesky Maya has been taking Gorzelanny's starts in the Nationals rotation and, so far, has produced two lackluster outings and, most recently, the finest of his major league career." - "Off day odds and ends" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'Zim, what he does, he definitely takes the pressure off other hitters,' said Jerry Hairston, Zimmerman’s primary replacement at third base. 'You’d be surprised — having that one guy can make that difference.'" - "Nationals eager to welcome Ryan Zimmerman back from DL" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "'I want to get back and help these guys win. It has been hard for me to sit back, watch and not be able to [play] with these guys. But it was the right thing to do.'" - "Zimmerman aiming for Tuesday return" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

Class-A Hagerstown: "Pitching for Single-A Hagerstown, left-handed prospect Sammy Solis notched his first win as a professional Thursday with an impressive outing over Delmarva." - "Sammy Solis seeking second win in a row tonight for Suns" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• Class-A Hagerstown: David Freitas - 3 for 4, .308 AVG in '11; Taylor Jordan 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

• Double-A Harrisburg: Vote your favorite Senators into the Eastern League All-Star Game HERE.

• Double-A Harrisburg: "Today, we continue the series with Jeremy Plexico who appeared in 77 games for the Senators as a pitcher during the 2006 & 2007 seasons compiling a 4.03 ERA during that time." - "25 Seasons, 25 Players: Jeremy Plexico" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Triple-A Syracuse: "Lefty Tom Gorzelanny and the Syracuse Chiefs (26-36), the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell 8-3 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees..." - "Gorzelanny, Chiefs fall to Yankees 8-3" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Chris Marrero: He went 3-for-4 on Sunday with a double (his 14th) and has four consecutive multi-hit games (three doubles, one home run)." - "Nats Farm Report for Week Ending June 12" - Tyler Radecki, NatsNewsNetwork

• "Tom Gorzelanny was not sharp in his first rehab start back from injury. The big blow was a three-run home run in the third inning that gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 4-0 lead." - "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Sue Dinem, NationalsProspects.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Taking care of our neighbors’ interests is essentially taking care of our own future." - 

NATSTOWN: 

• "The former 1st round pick and top 50 prospect stuck it out through injuries, rehab and being non-tendered by the only team he had ever played for, the Padres. Now, he's killing the ball in AAA Syracuse, hitting .364/.430/.545 in 21 games." - "Interview with Syracuse 2B Matt Antonelli" - Sean Hogan, DC is for Baseball

• "Guess you can now safely scratch 'Leapfrog over a teammate during pregame warmups' off Bryce Harper's Hagerstown Suns to-do list." - "Watch Bryce Harper leapfrog a teammate" - Nats Enquirer

• "Currently, the batters in the middle of the Nationals order, most notably Jason Werth, are not seeing any pitches to hit because they are perceived as the club's only threats." - "Zimmerman likely to return today; what effect will he have?" - MASNSports.com, Nationals Buzz: Will Yoder

• "My Answers to Boswell’s Chat questions 6/13/11" - Nationals Arm Race

• "Due to return Tuesday from a two-month stay on the disabled list with an abdominal tear, Zimmerman finished a farm-system rehabilitation stint this past weekend." - "A peek ahead: Ryan Zimmerman expected back for homestand" - Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch - Washington Nationals Daily News

• "But the 2013 pitching class is as deep as the 2012 one is shallow. The Nats could far more likely pick up an impact arm then, rather than overpay for Marquis now." - "Mar-quis to winning?" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Having good old #11 in the lineup just makes everything feel better. We all know Ryan Zimmerman's value to the Nats, but just in case, let's recap." - "The Z-Man Returns To Washington" - Joe Drugan, Nationals Baseball

NL EAST UPDATES: 

• Phillies: "Ever since Jayson Werth took his talents to D.C., the Phillies have been rumored to be interested in a host of right-handed outfielders." - "Josh Willingham: Proceed With Caution" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

• Marlins: "Marlins Front Office Muzzles Logan Morrison" - craig, Fish Stripes

• Mets: "Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Monday that Santana was feeling soreness in his left shoulder after increasing the intensity of his workouts and had stopped throwing from a mound 10 days ago." - "Sore shoulder sends Johan Santana’s rehab backward" - Ian Casselberry, Big League Stew, Yahoo! Sports

• Braves: "The Braves looked almost entirely to the college ranks this year." - "2011 MLB Draft: Atlanta Braves Review" - John Sickels, Minor League Ball

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