Wire Taps: The Washington Nationals Aren't Satisfied With .500. Good. One More With The Mariners.

• Programming Notes: Michael Pineda stands between the Washington Nationals and a three-game win-streak and an 8-1 homestand. The young Mariners' starter faces Jason Marquis today in D.C. at 1:05 pm EDT!!!! A win puts the Nationals a game over .500. After today's game the Nationals are back on the road, heading out on a six-game trip through Chicago and Anaheim, CA. The Shark's hitting leadoff today. Jayson Werth's back in the two-spot after a short time at the top. MASN HD, MLB.tv, the MLB Network, WHFS 1580 and 1500 WFED, (No 106.7 the FAN in D.C. today, so don't panic, just go AM), Sirius/XM ch. 186...Who's Watching The Nationals?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• Twitter: MASNSports.com's Byron Kerr (@BKerr32): "Bryce Harper decision not happening today or tomm. Could be a week away. Maybe they will wait till Potomac returns fr roadie." 

• "Werth was adamant the idea to swap agents came from him, and not from pressure from Boras." - "Jayson Werth says Scott Boras did not solicit him last summer" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "On the brim of every cap John Lannan wears on the mound are the letters AA." - "One year after demotion, Lannan stronger than ever" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Kimball is still feeling pain in his shoulder after throwing light sessions over the weekend. The medical staff has decided to shut him down for two weeks." - "Kimball shut down; Ankiel may go to Florida to rehab" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "'Desi is having a good year defensively. Espi, of course, being good. That helps a lot. Morse is having a great year. [The Nationals] have a good flow going.'" - Adam Kennedy on Nats"Kennedy sees maturity in ex-teammates" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "After an inconsistent start to his tenure in Washington, Rodriguez appears to be settling in and becoming more comfortable with each successful outing." - "Nats getting contributions from entire bullpen" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington.com

• "'No one here is satisfied with being a .500 ball club. Just push forward and see what our next goal is.'" - John Lannan - "The Nationals are looking past .500" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'We had to do a lot to get back to where we’re at,' rookie second baseman Danny Espinosa said of the Nationals improving to 37-37." - "Lannan's strong start carries Nats to .500 mark" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Riggleman indicated that Matt Stairs most likely will face right-handed pitching." - "Riggleman weighing DH options for AL parks" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "No player in the Nationals organization had endured more losing than Zimmerman." - "Nationals' surge to .500 means little - and that's the point" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'Baseball’s been fun again,' reliever Sean Burnett said. 'We knew what we were capable of, but we had to get back to .500 before we could really see how good we were.'" - "Nationals vs. Mariners: John Lannan leads Washington to .500" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "[Michael] Pineda will be opposed by Jason Marquis, who always takes some major hacks at the plate in Interleague Play." - "Seattle Mariners at Washington Nationals: Pineda to square off against Marquis in matinee" - Quinn Roberts, MLB.com Preview

• "'I think a ton of a teams are .500 in June all the time,' Zimmerman said. 'I think the way we were down a little bit and we battled back, it's a nice two-week span.'" - "Nationals improve to .500 by beating Mariners" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington.com

• "There's a cadre of baseball writers who apparently believe that, unless your team is even money to make the playoffs, you should just keep trading veterans for prospects, year after year." - "Some moves are better forgotten" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• "'The trade was a blessing in disguise,' Morse said." - "Nationals' Morse kept faith during hard times" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'I just try to really lock in,' Espinosa said. 'I don't try to take any breaths or anything. I just lock in, and that's the time to hit.'" - "Seattle Mariners at Washington Nationals: Nats take advantage of miscues, reach .500" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com WSH Recap

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Today, when we face problems or disagreements, we have to arrive at solutions through dialogue."

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

• Class-A Auburn: "Something has clicked for short season Single-A Auburn Doubledays catcher Adrian Nieto in the first week of the 2011 new season." - "Auburn catcher Nieto off to hot start" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "Ryan Demmin improved to 2-0 with five innings of two-hit baseball, and Travis Henke and Ben Grisz combined to pitch four innings, only allowing one hit as the Doubledays' improved to 5-1 on the season." - "Pitching keys Auburn to three-game sweep" - Auburn Doubledays News

Class-A Hagerstown: "'Right now he is a Hagerstown Sun,' Doug Harris, the director of player development for the Nationals, said in a telephone interview from Florida on Tuesday afternoon. 'If something changes we will let you know.'" - "Bryce Harper still a Hagerstown Sun for now" - David Drive, InsideNova.com

Double-A Harrisburg: "[Tanner] Roark pitched 6.1 innings and took the loss even though he allowed just five hits and three runs while striking out five." - "Senators drop second straight to Richmond" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, knocked out season highs with 19 hits and 12 runs in a 12-4 blowout of the Gwinnett Braves on Wednesday night." - "Chiefs crack 19 hits in 12-4 rout" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Thursday’s News & Notes" - NationalsProspects.com

NATSTOWN: 

• "Lannan was sublime, and the four relievers were just as good, allowing just two hits and no walks with five strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.  Just five guys doing their jobs." - "GAME 74 REVIEW: Nationals Reach .500 with 2-1 Win Over Mariners" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "It is hard to believe Rizzo is rope-A-doping us, but the results the team has been recently putting together are reeling. They are leaving NatsTown reeling." - "Reeling from Rizzo's rope-a-dope" - MASNSports.com, Nationals Buzz: Drew Kinback

• "The Nats are 14-6 in June and have won 10 of their last 11 games. They're going for their 3rd sweep in 4 series this afternoon against the Mariners." - "Satisfied with .500? The Nats Aren't." - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "In the top of the first inning of the first game of a scheduled double-header between the Senators and the Red Sox, Babe Ruth gave up a four pitch walk to the Senators’ Ray Morgan." - "This Day in D.C. Baseball History - 1917 and 1933" - Mark Hornbaker, Washington Nationals Daily News

• "3 1/3 scoreless from the 'pen: Rodriguez, Burnett, Clippard, Storen. Admit it: you checked the standings again, didn't you?" - "Fortune .500" - Nats Enquirer

• "The black-clad Samurai tackled Jefferson with ease, then hopped up to pursue and take out George Washington, who’d been following close behind." - "Video: Samurai takes out Washington, Jefferson" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

 Mets: "Reyes told the Mets on Tuesday that he’s unwilling to negotiate a new contract until season’s end." - "Jose Reyes To The Bronx? Yankees GM Brian Cashman Says No Way; Mets Shortstop Not A Fit With Derek Jeter Blocking The Way" - CBS New York

Braves: "The only way the Braves would have had a winning homestand would have been to sweep the Blue Jays. Sure enough, they did..." - "Braves vs. Blue Jays Series Recap" - Tony Almeyda, Talking Chop

• Marlins: "And change is needed, for sure, because Ramirez's stock within the sport has dropped to Enron levels this year." - "Concerns arising over Hanley Ramirez's size, hitting and attitude" - Buster Olney, ESPN.com

Phillies"The Phillie Phanatic was taken to the hospital after being struck by a foul ball at an IronPigs baseball game at Coca-Cola Park here." - "Phillie Phanatic hospitalized after getting hit with foul ball" - meech.one, The Fightins

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