Wire Taps: Chien-Ming Wang's Return Friday, Jordan Zimmermann Throws For Washington Nationals Tuesday.

• Programming Notes: I'm not going to complain about no baseball in two of the last five days, but seriously, no baseball in two of the last five days? The Washington Nationals return from the road tomorrow night when the Nats welcome the Florida Marlins for the first of three in the nation's capital. Jordan Zimmermann's back on the mound after a rough start the last time out and the Nationals will have to deal with Ricky Nolasco. The Nats dropped two straight in LA, and four of five to end the nine-game road trip 3-6, but now they're back home at Nats Park where they're 28-18 so far in 2011...Who's Watching The Nats...Tomorrow?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "Wang made his last big league start July 4, 2009, finishing a brutal season in which he went 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA." - "Chien-Ming Wang will start Friday against the Mets" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "But after two years, and two contracts totaling $3 million in base salary from the Nationals, Wang will finally pitch in a Washington uniform." - "What can the Nationals expect from Chien-Ming Wang?" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Surely, Vin Scully's is the voice you hear, elegant and neighborly, as you lower yourself into the Great Easy Chair in the Sky and reach for the dial." - "A Legendary Career That Speaks for Itself" - Dave Sheinin, Washington Post

• "Pitchers are allowed only 30 days on rehab assignments before they must either come off the disabled list, establish they've suffered a new injury or otherwise be removed off the franchise's roster." - "Wang to start Friday vs. Mets" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "If his arm feels OK on Monday, Wang more than likely will be taken off the disabled list and is tentatively scheduled to pitch against the Mets on Friday at Nationals Park." - "Wang nears return to Majors" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "'We’re not playing up to our standards, or the standards of the owner, or the GM, the manager or anybody else,' shortstop Ian Desmond said." - "Dodgers vs. Nationals: After first four batters, Washington manages no hits in 3-1 loss" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "Henry Rodriguez's wild pitch ball four to Rafael Furcal. I guess if you're going to be wild, be really wild, be memorably wild." - "Now that's what I call a wild pitch, and good seats still available" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• "Zimmermann (6-8, 3.00 ERA) leads Washington starters in ERA, WHIP, strikeouts per nine innings and walks per nine innings, but he's coming off his worst start of the season." - "Florida Marlins at Washington Nationals: Nolasco, Nationals out to turn things around" - Aaron Taube, MLB.com Preview

• "Just as significant as the games, though, are several decisions general manager Mike Rizzo and his staff must make over the next week..." - "Important week ahead" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider.com

• "'I've been struggling throwing to the bases,' Flores admitted. 'The runners are taking good jumps on me and I think we're not doing a very good job holding the runner.'" - "Flores looking to improve in new role with Nationals" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'They got pretty good jumps,' Manager Davey Johnson said. '[Flores] really didn’t have much chance on those steals.'" - "Jesus Flores is trying to adjust, and the Nationals need him to" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "After getting four hits in the first inning on Sunday - and only scoring one run - the Nationals couldn't manage another hit the rest of the day." - "Nationals end disappointing road trip with loss to Dodgers" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'We should have busted him in that first inning,' said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. 'We didn’t put the ball in play after bases loaded, nobody out. That hurts.'" - "Nationals' fast start brings false hope in L.A." - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'Billingsley reached down deep inside himself, found some guts and battled for seven innings. He had no hits after that first inning,' Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond said." - "Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers: Nats' bats fall silent after loud beginning" - MLB.com WSH Recap

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

Class-A Auburn: "Leading 8-0 through six innings, it looked like the Doubledays had the Lowell Spinners on cruise control." - "Offense Explodes in 8-4 Win"- Auburn Doubledays News

Class-A Hagerstown: "The Nationals prospect took a no-hitter into the seventh en route to his 10th win Sunday as the Class A Hagerstown Suns beat the Drive, 7-2." - "Suns' Grace loses no-hit bid in seventh" - David Schoenholtz, MiLB.com News

Class-A Hagerstown: "LHP Matt Grace (10-5), the winning pitcher, took a no-hitter into the 7th stanza as he did not allow a base hit through 6.1 innings after being perfect into the 5th inning." -  "LHP Grace Spins Gem, Hagerstown Offense Surges" - Hagerstown Suns News

• Class-A Potomac: Destin Hood - 3 for 3, 2 BB, 1 RBI, Cameron Selik - 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's - Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

• Double-A Harrisburg: Tyler Moore - 2 for 3, 1 HR, 3 RBI's - Bryce Harper, 1 for 4, 2B - Harrisburg Senators Scoreboard

• "Bryce Harper went 1-4, with a double and two strikeouts in game two of a doubleheader against the Richmond Flying Squirrels." - "Bryce Harper Gets His First Extra Base Hit In Double-A" - HarperMania.com

Triple-A Syracuse: "In his second rehab start, right-hander Chien-Ming Wang allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings." - "Wang, Chiefs drop second straight to Yankees" - Syracuse Chiefs News

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

• "Sammy Solis: He struggled this week, giving up nine hits and four runs in just four innings." - "Nats Farm Report for Week Ending July 24" - Tyler Radecki, NatsNewsNetwork

• "I have noticed a very steady movement forward for right-hander A.J. Cole with Single-A Hagerstown." - "Rehab completed, Wang to start Friday for Nationals" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "'He is a very smart young man,' Corrales said. 'If you watch [Lombardozzi] for two days, you see other guys you want on your team over him. But then you watch him for two weeks, and he is the one you want.'" - "Corrales impressed with Lombardozzi" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "But if you take a side trip to Prince George's Stadium in Bowie the next three days, you’ll likely get a look at what excites Nationals fans more than anything else." - "Harper at Bowie: Team's future just 20 miles away" - Adam Stern, Washington Times

• "'[Evan] Bronson throws strikes and mixes his pitches well,' Potomac pitching coach Paul Menhart said. 'His changeup keeps hitters off balance and Bronson relies on defense to get him through.'" - "Lefty Bronson will go tonight for Harrisburg following rain out" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "If you use violence, you may get temporary satisfaction. But the nature of violence is unpredictable – it gives rise to unexpected results." - 

• NATSTOWN: 

• "It takes talent to acquire talent, and the Nats finally have a stockpile of prospects to make such a deal. But is it best for the Nats in the short and long term?" - "Nats both buyers and sellers at trade deadline" - MASNSports.com Nationals Buzz: Dave Nichols

• "The Nats are not going to catch the Braves for the NL Wild Card.  Given that situation, I believe the team needs to cash in on its expiring veterans and trade them." - "What I’d like to see the Nats do at the trade deadline" - Nationals Arm Race

• "I suppose there is still technically a chance. If the Nats were to go something like 39-20 (107 win pace) to end the season that could do it. That's not going to happen though." -  "NOW it's over" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Remember the eight game winning streak? Yeah, that was a while ago.  Remember when the team was tearing up the standings and they were a mere four games back from Atlanta?" - "Nats Regressing to the Mean; Johnson’s Doing?" - Keara Dowd, Win for Teddy

• "Next question: will Mike Rizzo deal Jason Marquis by Wednesday to free up a roster spot?" - "Wang to start Friday" - Nats Enquirer

• "You may have seen this on SportsCenter or what have you, but Nyjer Morgan got into it with some Giants fans, because that’s what Nyjer Morgan does." - "Nyjer Morgan Doing Nyjer Morgan Things" - Mr. Irrelevant, a D.C. Sports Blog by the Brothers Mottram

• NL EAST UPDATES: 

Phillies: "With three-fifths of the regular season already over, the potential end of Jimmy Rollins‘ Phillies career is closer than many realize." - "Phillies Should Take Rollins Off the Market" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

Mets: "Alderson told the Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton on Sunday night via email: 'The next outing for Johan will be in a controlled setting in Port St. Lucie.'" - "No midweek minors game for Johan? - Adam Rubin, Mets Blog - ESPN New York

Braves: "Here's to hoping we go with the fallback plan! I was initially hesitant on Bourn as a trade option for the Braves, but my thinking has come around for a couple of reasons." - "Astros' Bourn As Fallback Trade For Braves" - gondeee, Talking Chop

Marlins: "Day baseball is expected to be a big part of the new ballpark experience for the Marlins and their fans in 2012." - "New park's roof to allow more day games" - Joe Fisaro, marlins.com: News

• MLB: 

• "Livan Hernandez and Jason Marquis are starters who could go. There's been word they are shopping hard-throwing reliever Tyler Clippard." - "Assessing all 30 MLB teams as trade deadline week begins" - Jon Heyman, SI.com

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