Wire Taps: Chien-Ming Wang's 4-Star Reviews, Ross Detwiler Takes Mound For Washington Nationals In Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 09: Marlon Byrd #24 of the Chicago Cubs walks back to the dugout after striking out during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on August 9, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

• Programming Notes: So last night was all about Chien-Ming Wang finally finding his sinker. Is tonight Ross Detwiler's time to shine? The Nats' lefty and '07 1st Round pick takes the mound against the Cubs at 8:05 pm EDT in Wrigley looking for his second win of the year and the first since he beat Chicago in Nats Park back on July 5th. Detwiler's third start of the season gives him yet another chance to show he's going to be part of the future Nationals' rotation. The 25-year-old left-hander faces Cubs' right-hander Rodrigo Lopez tonight in Chicago. Can the Nats win their third straight? MASN HD, MLB.tv, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 187. 8:05 pm EDT. Who's Watching The Nationals?

• CHIEN-MING WANG BEAT: 

• "Sixty-six of his 81 pitches tonight were sinkers - the 81.4 percent ratio was closer to what he used with the Yankees - and he was still averaging 91.8 mph in the sixth inning." - "Chien-Ming Wang has his best outing of the year" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Maybe, just maybe, [Wang] can join Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and John Lannan in a 2012 rotation that might actually catapult the Nationals to heights previously unreached." - "Wang dominates as Nats beat Cubs" - Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com

• "McCatty was so sure that Wang wasn’t being true to himself because he had thrown his sinker only 63 percent of the time in his first two starts." - "Chien-Ming Wang's biting sinker returns as the Nationals top the Cubs 3-1" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Wang no-hit the Cubs through five innings, befuddling them with his patented sinker. Chicago only had two runners reach second base in six innings." - "Wang notches first win with Nationals; Morse and Gomes homer, 3-1 over Cubs" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "While Chien-Ming Wang was rediscovering the pitch that defined his major league career, Nationals closer Drew Storen was sitting in the bullpen at Wrigley Field, watching in awe." - "En route to Chien-Ming Wang's first win in over two years, Drew Storen earned his 30th save" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "GM Mike Rizzo joined us Monday on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Report and confirmed that, barring some kind of setback, Wang would be on the mound every fifth day for the remainder of the season." - "Nothing wrong with Wang's outing" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• "'Wang was good and threw ground ball after ground ball. He did it pretty efficiently,' Cubs manager Mike Quade said." - "Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs: Wang stifles Cubs for first win since 2009" - MLB.com WSH Recap

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "My own experience, and that of others, has shown me the degree to which positive mental attitudes bring happiness to oneself and others." - 

• NATS BEAT: 

• "You know the one – Morse lifts his left knee high as he rotates his torso forward, like he is inventing a yoga pose, or learning karate." - "Michael Morse explains it all" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Laynce Nix's ailing right Achilles tendon has also coincided with his protracted second-half slump; he's hitting .226 in his last 30 games, posting just a .671 OPS." - "Jonny Gomes continues to help Nationals' lineup" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'I started walking people, and I left the ball up a little bit,' said Detwiler, who walked three and struck out one while throwing 66 pitches." - "Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs: Nats, Cubs starts have personal business at hand" - Doug Miller, MLB.com Preview

• "Though they've outlined the throwing program to Strasburg, members of the Nationals coaching staff aren't telling him to exert less than his full effort when he takes the mound." - "Strasburg to pitch Friday at Potomac" - Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com

• "Storen, 23, became just the second pitcher in Nationals history to save that many games. Right-hander Chad Cordero did the trick in 2005 and 2007." - "Storen nails down milestone 30th save" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "'The most important thing is the team’s at home,' Rizzo said. 'Because we need to control the environment, and we have that capability when we’re at home.'" - "Stephen Strasburg pitching at Potomac so Nationals can ‘control the environment’" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Strasburg will throw 50 pitches and/or pitch three innings. The young phenom had his first rehab start Sunday for Class A Hagerstown, pitching 1 2/3 innings while allowing a run with three strikeouts." - "Strasburg throws, ready for next rehab start" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• NATS MINOR LEAGUES: 

Class-A Auburn: "Due to torrential rain at Falcon Park, Tuesday night's game between the Auburn Doubledays and the Vermont Lake Monsters has been postponed until Wednesday." - "Doubledays Postponed, Will Play Doubleheader on Wednesday" - Auburn Doubledays News

• Class-A Potomac: Cameron Selik - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB; Destin Hood - 3 for 4, 2 HR, 2 RBI's - Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

• "Nationals director of player development Doug Harris spoke about it last week, that [Destin] Hood is close to getting that leverage that would make him an every day power hitter." - "Potomac's Destin Hood showcases new found power with two homers" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

Double-A Harrisburg: "Erik Arnesen started and went seven strong innings for the Senators. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs in moving to 7-3 on the season." - "Arnesen Strong in Senators 5-4 Win over Richmond" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

Triple-A Syracuse: "Jhonatan Solano's pinch-hit single in the 11th delivered a 3-2 walkoff win for the Syracuse Chiefs..." - "Solano's pinch-hit single delivers Chiefs walkoff win" - Syracuse Chiefs News

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

• NATSTOWN: 

• "Quietly the Nats have crawled back into 4th place in the NL East (or more accurately the Nats have stood still while the Marlins fell right past them)." - "Wang is totally in my face" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "[Morse is] currently hitting .323/.371/.562 in his first full year of being a starter. This gives him an OPS+ of 155, good enough for best in the history of the Nationals." - "Mike Morse – Historically Good National" - Mac, The Nationals Review

• "But last night, at venerable Wrigley Field, Wang did the unthinkable, holding the Chicago Cubs hitless into his sixth inning of work, leading the Nats to a 3-1 win." - "GAME 115 REVIEW: Wang of Old Resurfaces at Wrigley" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "The only two players in the National League with better averages than Morse's .323 are Jose Reyes (.336; on the DL yet again) and Ryan Braun (.326)." - "Can Michael Morse Win a Batting Title This Year?" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• NL EAST UPDATES: 

Marlins/Braves: "Uggla's streak is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and one short of the Atlanta club record set by Rico Carty, when he hit in 31 straight games in 1970." - "Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins: Uggla can match Braves' record against old teammates" - Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com Preview

Mets"Manager Terry Collins spoke to Johan Santana yesterday, and though the left-hander isn’t back on the mound yet, the discomfort that forced him to come to New York for tests has gone away." - "Mets' Santana says shoulder discomfort has subsided" - Dan Martin, NYPOST.com

Braves: "Arodys Vizcaino has strengthened his position as one of the Braves' top prospects this season and over the remainder of this season he will have the opportunity to strengthen Atlanta's bullpen." - "Braves promote pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino, release veteran Scott Proctor" - Mark Bowman, braves.com: News

Phillies: "Cliff Lee pitched eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and hit his second career home run..." - "Lee does it all in win over Dodgers" - AP/phillyBurbs.com

• SHAKE N BAKE! SHAKE N BAKE!!: 

• "'Everybody’s trying to help, help, help. You appreciate that kind of stuff. But what are you supposed to do? If you’ve got the answer, bring it. Because I don’t.'" - Adam Dunn - "Adam Dunn can’t escape from vicious, season-long slump" - Dave Sheinin, Baseball Insider - The Washington Post

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