Wire Taps: Washington Nationals In San Francisco, 2011 MLB Draft Tonight...

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 05: Catcher Miguel Montero #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks argues with Danny Espinosa #18 after Espinosa was hit by a pitch during the eighth inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on June 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 9-4 in eleven innings. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

• Programming Notes: Rest up, D.C. Faithful, it's going to be a long day...The Washington Nationals are in San Francisco tonight for the start of a three-game series with the Giants. Nats' lefty John Lannan takes on the so-called "Freak" Tim Lincecum tonight. By the time the game starts the Nationals could have drafted their own "Freak" if Federal Baseball gets what they want. (ed. note - "FBb wants Trevor Bauer, there we said it.") 10:00 pm EDT tonight in San Francisco. MASN2 HD, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 188...Who's Watching The Nationals?



• "'Their catchers are probably the best we’ve seen,' Gibson said.'Probably the best in the major leagues.'" - "Wilson Ramos, Ivan Rodriguez gain notice with their defense" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "By the way, A.J. Cole picked up his first professional victory in the game, throwing five innings, allowing two earned runs off four hits, striking out eight and walking no one." - "A few notes as the Nationals head to San Fran" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'The arm strength and the power repertoire is much deeper this year than I've seen in the last five or six years,' Rizzo said." - "Who will Nats get with 6th pick?" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington.com

• "But sometimes in baseball, you get away with things because you're able to get men on base and hit homers." - "Morse's grand slam lifts Nationals to 9-4 win over Diamondbacks" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'Publicly,' Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said, 'it’ll absolutely come down to 2 minutes before the draft.'" - "Pirates' No. 1 pick isn't clear-cut" - Dennis Waszak, Jr. AP/Washington Times

• Q: What do you think of Jim Riggleman as a manager? A: "I think he is an excellent manager. I'm not going to blame the current record on him. He doesn't have a leadoff hitter and, overall, he doesn't have good hitters on the current roster." - "Nationals Inbox: Who would be backup if Pudge leaves?" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

• "'Sometimes, [the umpires] could read the situation a little bit and read the situation better,' Marquis said." - "Wrapping up the wild Nationals win" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Pitcher Jason Marquis hadn't hit anybody in the game, but when he drilled Justin Upton in the back in the sixth inning, Drake decided he'd seen enough." - "Jason Marquis, Jim Riggleman ejected after hit-by-pitch" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'I battled today and I never gave up,' Morse said. 'Coming off yesterday's game, I wanted to slow myself down and get a pitch to hit...'" - "Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks: Nationals take highly-charged affair in 11th" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "'You’ve got to overcome difficult situations,' Riggleman said. 'Great at-bat by Ankiel, that was the key.'" - "Morse's slam caps Nats' wild win" - AP/Washington Times

• "As crew chief Gary Darling explained to a pool reporter: 'Once we give warnings, if we deem it's intentional, then there are ejections.'" - "Nationals win wild 11-inning game in Arizona" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington.com

• "While Lincecum is regularly spectacular on the mound, something about the Nationals has been a kryptonite to him..." - "Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants: Nationals historicall a nemesis to Lincecum" - Louie Horvath, MLB.com Preview

• "They've got three picks in the first 34, though, and it's not at all a bad year to have extra choices. This is seen as a relatively deep draft, at least at the top of the board, with the strongest class of college pitchers in years." - "Nationals draft thoughts, from Dulles" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• SI.com's Joe Posnanski On Twitter (@JPosnanski): "Rick Ankiel today's Intentional Walk MVP."


• ZIM!!!HarperHagerstown: "'Everything felt great,' Zimmerman said. 'I think obviously throwing was the thing that hurt the most and that's the last thing that's coming back.'" - "Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was sharp in his first rehab start in Class A" - Avi Zaleon, nationals.com: News

• ZIM!!!HarperHagerstown:  "Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back in Hagerstown's lineup Sunday, a first glimpse at what could become a daily occurrence in Washington at some point." - "Zim's rehab, Harper's early exit" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• ZIM!!!HarperHagerstown: "'It must have really hurt for him to pull himself out of the game,' [Principal Owner Mark] Lerner said during the game." - "Bryce Harper suffers bruised left knee after being hit by pitch" - James Wagner, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• ZIM!!!HarperHagerstown: Q: 'Is returning for the Nats next homestand realistic?'  Zimmerman: 'Anything's realistic, I think. There's really no way to put a timetable on it because everyone's different and I've never had this injury before.'" - "Zimmerman Aces First Test in Rehab Stint in Hagerstown" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network w/ photos by Cheryl Nichols

• ZIM!!!HarperHagerstown: "Video of Ryan Zimmerman's triple for Hagerstown on Sunday" - Nats Enquirer

• ZIM!!!HarperHagerstown: "When the Suns' trainer came over, Harper initially had difficulty standing up, but did so with assistance and hobbled off the field." - "Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper leaves early with lower leg bruise" Avi Zaleon, nationals.com: News

Class-A Potomac: "Danny Rosenbaum tossed a complete game shutout Saturday night in Wilmington and the Potomac Nationals won their third straight, 3-0." - "ROSENBAUM GOES DISTANCE IN 3-0 WIN" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "After reeling off ten wins in a row, the Harrisburg Senators found themselves staring directly at a possible four-game losing streak for the first time all season." - "Game 54: Senators 7, SeaWolves 4" - Mick Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Double-A Harrisburg: "Tanner Roark pitched into the 8th inning to earn his third win with the Sens against just one loss. Tyler Moore started the scoring with a two-run home run in the fourth, his 11th homer on the season." - "Sens salvage final game in Erie with 7-4 win" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "Saturday's game was tied 2-2 with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh inning. When play resumed, Chris Marrero crushed a grand slam as the first batter to give Syracuse (23-31) a 6-2 lead." - "Chiefs split with Indians on Sunday" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "By extending our ordinary feelings of love and concern beyond their usual biased limits, love is freed from the restrictions of attachment." 


• Go Speed Racer Guh..--[CHOMP!!!]: "@washingnats wants Bernadina's nickname to be 'Speed Racer.'  Here is what the Shark thinks about that..." - "SHARK VS SPEED RACER" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog


• "Marquis argued that the beaning wasn’t intentional because he wouldn’t want to put the go ahead runner on, although it looked pretty intentional to me..." - "Trying To Figure Out What Arizona Was Thinking In The Battle Of The Hit Batters" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "It will come as no surprise to faithful readers that it's taken me even longer than usual to get around to casting my All-Star ballots this year." - "Hutch 2011 All-Stars" - Mike Henderson, Hendo's Hutch, Washington Nationals Daily News

• "The consensus view on the draft and the Nationals Mike Rizzo’s draft proclivities seems to fall along two lines of thought: The 2011 draft is heavy on good college arms.  And… Rizzo likes college arms." - "Nats at #6 take … Alex Meyer? Or Trevor Bauer?" - Nationals Arm Race


Mets: "[Paul] DePodesta is a scout with a background steeped in the methodology of statistical analysis. He is a sabermetric icon who spent the past year roaming the country and watching players." - "As mind behind Mets' future, Paul DePodesta tasked with replenishing farm system" - Andy McCullough, NJ.com

Phillies: "Neil Walker homered off Roy Halladay in the first inning, but the Phillies scored in six different innings after that to beat the Bucs 7-3 on Sunday." - "James McDonald, Pirates' Awful Sunday Lineup Lose To Roy Halladay" - Charlie, Bucs Dugout

Marlins: "'Even if [ Josh Johnson is] back, we’re still going to need another pitcher. And if J.J.’s not back by then, we’re going to need two more pitchers. We’re planning for that too.'" - "Minor-league starter coming up imminently for Florida Marlins" -Manny Navarro, MiamiHerald.com

Braves: "Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and second baseman Dan Uggla are going back to the Sunshine State." - "Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins: Uggla, Fredi set for first return to Florida" - Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com Preview

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