Wire Taps: Washington Nationals 2011 MLB Draft Reactions, Livan Hernandez In San Diego.

SHARK!!! - Roger Bernadina #2 of the Washington Nationals dives to steal second base during their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 8, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Programming Notes: The Washington Nationals dropped two of three in San Francisco, now they're in San Diego to start a four-game series with the Padres. 10:05 pm EDT tonight, another late night for Nats fans, but Livan Hernandez is on the hill, so who's going to miss a change to see him drop another 57 mph bender on someone? Will Livan abuse Anthony Rizzo, one of the key pieces of the deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, in his MLB debut? MASN HD, MLB.tv, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 187. Who's Watching The Nationals?

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• NATS Draft Notes: 

• "Decision time: Do nothing, blow a kiss or start a brawl. Bryce went lover, not fighter." - "Bryce Harper gives no reason to worry; Nationals draft pick Anthony Rendon hopefully doesn’t, either" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "Pitchers [A.J.] Cole and Robbie Ray are off to tremendous starts after dropping to the fourth and 12th rounds, respectively, due to signability concerns." - "Recent Drafts have Nats well-stocked for future" - Steven Miller, nationals.com

• "The Washington Nationals added to their unbelievable haul by tabbing Purke in the third round after tabbing Anthony Rendon, Alex Meyer and Brian Goodwin on Day 1." - "MLB Draft Blog: Blue Jays and Nationals add upside in Rounds 3 through 5" - Jason A. Churchill, ESPN

• "It's not out of the question that Rendon gets a look-see at Nats Park in September, provided that he signs a contract fairly quickly that gives him a spot on the 40-man roster." - "Fear factor steered Rendon to Nationals" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• "Whether the Texas native [Matt Purke] is willing to sign with the Nationals now -- and whether the Nats are willing to offer him first-round money -- remains to be seen." - "Draft Day 2 recap" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• NATS BEAT: 

• "[Espinosa] has told Manager Jim Riggleman that he’s 'fine' and wants to play tomorrow." - "Danny Espinosa hit in hand in strange Nationals-Giants finish" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'[His debut] was a great day at the ballpark. There were a lot of great days when he pitched.'" - Jim Riggleman on Stephen Strasburg"Strasburg making strides with bullpen sessions" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Although Hernandez has a solid mark against the Padres in his career, he has struggled at PETCO Park, going 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA in eight starts there." - "Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres: Livan seeks first road win a Nats hit San Diego" - Cash Kruth, MLB.com Preview

• "'It probably was a swing. The third base umpire had it as a swing. The home plate umpire had it as a swing,' Riggleman said." - "Danny Espinosa hit in hand at end of Nationals-Giants" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'I’m just not executing when I need to,' Burnett said. 'When I need to make a pitch, it’s just not there. It stinks. I’m giving away games.'" - "Burnett stumbles again as Nationals fall 3-1 to Giants" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals have scored 236 runs and given up 247, and their Pythagorean winning percentage would give them a 30-32 record." - "Could the Nationals be .500 through 62 games?" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "If It hit only Espinosa and he swung, it's a strikeout, but if the ball hit the bat at all, it's a foul ball. He didn't get any clarity." - "Espinosa hit by a pitch while striking out to end the game" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "There was even talk about making [Sean] Burnett the closer this season because of his consistency on the mound. Now one wonders if manager Jim Riggleman will continue to use Burnett in close games." - "Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants: Maya solid but Burnett struggles as Nats fall" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

Class-A Hagerstown: "Outfielder Bryce Harper, infielder Blake Kelso and catcher David Freitas have been selected as starters for the contest." - "Five Suns Selected as 2011 All-Stars" - Hagerstown Suns News

Class-A Potomac: "Zimmerman also made a throwing error, not the most promising sign since he is working on his throwing mechanics and has said throwing is what still makes him most uncomfortable." - "Ryan Zimmerman goes 0 for 3, makes an error in Potomac" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

Class-A Potomac: "[Spin] Williams believes Gorzelanny is good to go for a Monday start for the Potomac Nationals as he rehabilitates from elbow discomfort suffered in Milwaukee back in late May." - "Gorzelanny set for Monday rehab start in Potomac; Gaudin update" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

Class-A Potomac: "Ryan Zimmerman made his second rehab start in Woodbridge, but the P-Nats lost to the Frederick Keys 6-4 Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium." - "Zimmerman Returns to the Pfitz, P-Nats Fall 6-4" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "The story on Wednesday was starting pitching as Erik Davis pitched well for the Sens in taking the loss, going six innings and striking out eight." - "Senators dropped by Binghamton 4-1" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Harrisburg starter Erik Davis notched a quality start but took the loss as he worked six innings, striking out eight and allowing two runs." - "Game 57: Mets 4, Senators 1" - MIck Reinhard, The Sports 'Burger

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Chiefs starter [J.D. Martin] hurled six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, walking two and striking out four batters." - "Martin leads Chiefs to 2-1 win" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "A Jesus Flores solo home run, a double from Corey Brown, and a Fox trot in front of an RBI double from Gregor Blanco was the extent of the Syracuse offense." - "Thursday’s News & Notes" - Sue Dinem, NationalsProspects.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "We have the ability and the responsibility to choose whether our actions follow a virtuous path or not." - 

SHARKNATSTOWN: 

[CHOMP]: "With all due respect, cut all ties to Speed Racer so we can pretend this never happened.  SHARK, SHARK, SHARK, SHARK!" - "A fool and his nickname are soon parted" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

NATSTOWN: 

• "Dylan [Bundy]: 'Well if I was pitching the next game I'd hit him all four at bats.'" - O's 1st Round pick on Harper's "Kiss" - "Orioles top draft pick Dylan Bundy says he would hit Bryce Harper four times for blowing a kiss" - Nats Enquirer

• "Let’s hope he is fine, because Danny Espinosa is not a guy the Nationals can afford to lose right now." - Espinosa Says His Hand Is "Fine" After HBP" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "First day observations: Wow, that’s a lot of pitching.  8 of our first 11 picks are college arms.  Not ONE high school guy." - "Good Lord we’ve drafted a lot of Arms …" - Nationals Arm Race

Nyjer Morgan News: 

• "'Poppin' it back and lettin' it fly. You see it! You see it! I'm throwing up the 'T'!'" - Nyjer Morgan - "Nyjer Morgan doesn’t realize it’s 9th inning until he wins game" - Big League Stew - MLB Blog - Yahoo! Sports


NL EAST UPDATES: 

Mets"Reyes leads the majors with 30 multi-hit games and 11 triples. He leads the National League in batting average, and has gone back and forth with the Red Sox’ Adrian Gonzalez for most hits in the majors all season." - "It's Good To Be Jose Reyes; New York Mets Shortstop Having Crazy Good Season, Headed For Crazy Large Payday" - Ed Coleman, CBS New York

Phillies: "Just as with Jayson Werth last season, speculation and curiosity abounds as to just how much Madson stands to make on the open market." - "Ryan Madson and the Free Agent Closer Class of 2011-12" - Paul Boye, Crashburn Alley

Marlins"This is not the time to make a move, to shake things up, it is time to circle to wagons and try and calmly workout the problems. But apparently, that ship has sailed." - "Marlins fire hitting coach John Mallee; Eduardo Perez replacement" - Craig, Fish Stripes

Braves: "Chipper Jones walked with one out in the 10th against Mike Dunn (4-4), then took second on a single by Brian McCann. Freddie Freeman, who had been 0 for 7 in the series, followed with an RBI single up the middle." -"Freddie Freeman helps Braves beat Marlins 3-2 in 10" - AP/BostonHerald.com

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