Wire Taps: Washington Nationals vs Seattle Mariners, M's Look For First Win In Teams' Interleague History.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Craig Tatum #15 of the Baltimore Orioles warms up before batting against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Baltimore Orioles won, 7-4. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

• Programming Notes: The Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners haven't played each other since 2008 when the Nats swept three straight on the road at Safeco Field. Before that you have to go back to the Nationals' Inaugural season in the nation's capital in 2005 for the only other series between the two teams, which saw the Nats once again sweep the Mariners, this time in a three-game series at RFK Stadium. That's all the history the two teams share on the field. Off the field? The Mariners traded Michael Morse to the Nationals. Jose Vidro, Chad Cordero, Brad Wilkerson and Endy Chavez among others have left the Nats and played for Seattle. Then-M's skipper Jim Riggleman, now the Nats' manager, of course, led Seattle to a 36-54 record in the second-half of '08. The Mariners finished 61-101 overall, good for 29th overall in the Majors that year, ahead of only the Nationals, who received the no.1 overall pick in that year's draft which they used to select Stephen Strasburg. Livan Hernandez is on the mound for the Nats tonight against Mariners' right-hander Doug Fister. MASN2 HD, MLB.tv, 106.7 The FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 188. Who's Watching The Nationals?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT

• Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore On The Twitter (@AdamKilgoreWP): "Stephen Lombardozzi (Columbia, MD native) promoted to Syracuse. Makes the chances of a Sept. call-up pretty good, it would seem."

• "With his future uncertain, Riggleman has managed the Nationals to their best record at this stage of the season of the season since 2005." - "Nationals haven’t talked extension with Jim Riggleman yet" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'Even before the winning streak, when we were losing, we were playing good baseball,' Rizzo said." - "SNYDER: Winning by accident, just as Nats planned it" - Deron Snyder, Washington Times

• "If the Nationals stay on track with where they've been so far this year (.594 at home and .400 on the road), they'd finish 11-9 to end the first half at .500." - "Win streak has potential to change Nationals' plans" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "The Nationals have signed outfielder/first baseman Shawn Pleffner, their 26th-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft." - "Nationals sign Pleffner to professional contract" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "Here are two very good signs if you're a Nationals fan: Their biggest weakness over the past five years (defense) is now an area of strength, and the franchise player's return is making an impact." - "Alden Gonzalez: Are the Twins, A's and Nationals for real?" - Alden Gonzalez, nationals.com: News

[Video]: "Should we have seen the Nationals' recent winning streak coming? Has Michael Morse been the best hitter in baseball over the last month?" - "The streak, Morse and Trader Jack" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "'I'm disappointed in the way I've played, but it's part of the game,' Werth says. 'I'm not going to grade myself until the season's over.'" - "Nationals exceed expectations, hoping Jayson Werth does his part" - Mel Antonen, SI.com

• "I’m a big believer in guys are going to reach their career norms or their career levels. I think were starting to see that." - Mike Rizzo - "Nats fans taking notice during hot streak" - Paulina Berkovich, Washington Times

• "'We've been playing good ball,' outfielder Jayson Werth said. 'We dropped a game today, but we won the series and we're having a good homestand.'" - "Orioles 7, Nationals 4: Second Look" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa needs the fans' help to get voted into the 2011 All-Star Game, which will take place at Chase Field in July." - "Espinosa earning All-Star consideration" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

• "Rizzo and others in the front office were intrigued by an injury-prone infielder named Michael Morse." - "A minor trade that paid major dividends" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington.com

• "General manager Mike Rizzo would have to be blown away by the chance to acquire a superstar player for Clippard. It's not going to the happen. If the Nats trade Clippard, the bullpen would take a hit." - "Inbox: What's Werth's worth to Washington?" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "Michael Morse is having a Jose-Bautista-like breakout season, and Jordan Zimmermann and Drew Storen should be mainstays in the pitching staff." - "The NL East and Realignment" - Reed McPhail, FanGraphs Baseball

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "When you have moistened your mind with love, you can begin to meditate on compassion." 

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

• Class-A Auburn: "Thanks to a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning by catcher Adrian Nieto, the Auburn Doubledays won their second straight game and improved to 3-0 on the road in a 7-6 win..." - "Nieto, Doubledays remain perfect on the road" - Auburn Doubledays News

Class-A Hagerstown: "Harper has been nursing a sore left thumb that he jammed during a game on Sunday, June 12. It caused him to miss four games." - "Harper out of home run derby, will start All-Star Game" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

Triple-A Syracuse: "Detwiler tossed another strong start despite the loss. The Syracuse lefthander allowed just three hits and four walks in six and two-thirds innings of two-run ball, throwing 114 pitches." - "Chiefs' late lead erased in 8-2 loss" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Michael Morse is playing fantastic first base in Washington, but you have to love what Marrero is doing in Syracuse, as his overall line is up to .287/.345/.431 with 14 doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI." - "Nats Farm Report for Week Ending June 19" - Tyler Radecki, NatsNewsNetwork.com

• SHARKNATSTOWN: 

• "The Shark has never faced the Mariners in his career, but Mariners are sea-faring men and should know what to do when pitted against a Shark." - "SHARK VS. MARINERS" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

• "In truth, Bernadina is emerging as a popular Nats’ player. There’s an entire blog dedicated to him, and he has support in the stands." - "Is Roger Bernadina Underappreciated?" - Mark, Centerfield Gate 

• NATSTOWN: 

• "With his signature flat-brimmed-cap and three-pitch mix, The Chief recorded 47 saves that year, a total amassed by only fourteen others at the time." - "Former Nats closer Cordero calls it quits" - Zack Myles, DC Double Play

• "Off The Field: Hail To The Chief - Cordero Retires" - Cheryl Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "Video of Todd Coffey sprinting in a tuxedo" - Nats Enquirer

• "What followed was a series of disappointments, from the rain that dampened the stands, to uncharacteristic lapses in pitching and defense, to yet another Fathers Day no-show by George Washington." - "George Washington fails to deliver again on Fathers Day" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "In fact, for the first time in a long time, maybe even ever, the Nats have a decent case to get two players in." - "Which Nats Will Get the Call to Arizona?" - Keara Dowd, Win for Teddy

• "It's kind of a sad day in Nats Town as Nationals Daily News founding editor Ian Koski moves on to pursue personal and professional interests." - (ed. note - "Congrats, Mike and thanks for all your help in the past and and best of luck in the future, Ian." - Patrick.)"Just another manic Monday" - Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch | Washington Nationals Daily News

NL EAST UPDATES: 

Mets: "'I never like to play GM, but Reyes is a good player. He's a game-changer. It's not my checkbook. I'm not making the decisions. But if I had a team, I'd pick Reyes.'" - "Former New York Met Carlos Delgado: 'It's not my checkbook,' but Jose Reyes is a 'game-changer'" - Christian Red, New York Daily News

Mets: "The Mets' financial woes aren't over, but if they stay competitive over the next few weeks, general manager Sandy Alderson's hands won't be tied when it comes to adding players." - "Wilpon won't hold Alderson hostage to $ woes" - Dan Martin, NYPOST.com

Phillies"With Michael's help, the presence of Phillies fans at parks around the country has drawn the attention of the national media, the fans and the coaches and players." - "Phillies fan connects other fans with his site" - Joey Nowak, phillies.com: News

Marlins: "Jack McKeon, 80, took over the Marlins replacing Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned. Scouts say McKeon will be a caretaker until the Marlins find a name manager to run the club when it moves into it’s new park." - "Braves' Hudson owns Blue Jays" - Bob Elliot, Toronto Sun

Braves: "[Tim] Hudson pitched eight scoreless innings and hit his second career home run in the Atlanta Braves' 2-0 victory Monday night." - "Hudson Pitches, Hits Braves to 2-0 Win Over Jays" - AP/NYTimes.com

• MLB NEWS: 

• "Commissioner Bud Selig informed Dodgers owner Frank McCourt on Monday that he would not approve a lengthy extension to a media rights deal between the ballclub and FOX, placing his ownership of the historic franchise in jeopardy." - "Commissioner Selig: FOX television deal not in Dodgers' best interests" - Ken Gurnick and Barry M. Bloom, MLB.com

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