Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Throw John Lannan At Atlanta Braves After Knocking Jair Jurrjens Around.

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 30: Pitcher Livan Hernandez #61 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

• Programming Notes: Jair Jurrjens can't beat the Nats. The Nats have issues with John Lannan. Could make for a frustrating first two games back after Atlanta's Irene-induced vacation gave the Wild Card-leading Braves a brief break. The Washington Nationals had a four-HR game last night, pounding hanging sliders from Jurrjens and backing Livan Hernandez's efforts. Tonight it's Lannan vs Lowe in Turner Field in the second game of the Nats' three-game series in Atlanta. Will Jayson Werth be back? Matt Diaz is back in Atlanta? Isn't he a Nat-killer? MASN HD, MLB.tv, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 184. Who's Watching The Nationals?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• MR. NATIONAL HIMSELF BEAT:  

• "[Livan] Hernandez will be remembered among the pitchers of his era, not for his brilliance but because he kept throwing and throwing." - "Nationals vs. Braves: Livan Hernandez’s 50,000th pitch, four home runs spark 9-2 victory" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "In the bottom of the second inning -- on a pitch his teammates told him simply had to be his trademark slow curveball -- Hernandez got Braves starter Jair Jurrjens to ground out to third base on a 68 mph curve." - "Livan Hernandez reaches milestone, talks about next year (with media and with Nats GM Mike Rizzo)" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "It would be interesting to see how he altered his elaborate warmup routine, which can involve throwing 80 pitches before a start, but Hernandez has the kind of rubber arm essential for long relief work." - "Where does Livan Hernandez fit in the Nationals' future?" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Hernandez lasted seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He also became the 12th pitcher in baseball history to throw 50,000 pitches in his career." - "Livo reaches milestone, wants to stay with Nationals" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• NATS BEAT: 

• "Milone does not possess an overpowering arsenal of pitches, but Nationals officials and former teammates rave about his control..." - "Tom Milone to replace Jordan Zimmermann in Nationals rotation" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Standing on third base Tuesday night, Livan Hernandez was the picture of calm. Two innings before, he’d thrown the 50,000th pitch of his career..." - "Nationals enjoy rare rout, blast Braves" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Looking to squash Atlanta's hopes on Wednesday will be Washington hurler John Lannan. He's 8-5 with a 3.31 ERA in his career against the Braves." - "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves: Chasing NL East leaders, Braves battle Nationals" - Sam Zuba, MLB.com Preview

• "'I was leaving a lot of pitches up and down the middle,' Jurrjens said. 'Those things are excuses. You still need to go out there and perform. I didn't perform today.'" - "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves: Four! Nationals tee off on Braves in blowout" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "'My kind of game there,' Johnson said afterward, a giddy grin plastered on his face." - "In Davey Johnson’s kind of game, the Nationals break out" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "For the fifth consecutive game, the Nationals denied Jurrjens a quality start. He is 0-3 against Washington in his last four games..." - "Nationals romp past Jurrjens, Braves to end losing streak" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "The Washington Nationals will make two additions to their rotation the next time through as they head toward expanded rosters." - "Milone, Strasburg will throw change-up to Nationals' rotation" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "After the week the Nationals' offense had, particularly their struggles driving in runs, it was interesting to see them awaken so mightily against the Braves and Jair Jurrjens." - "A few notes on some of the Nationals offense" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "As General Manager Mike Rizzo has said since spring training, Bryce Harper will continue his first full professional season by playing in the Arizona Fall League..." - "Bryce Harper will play in Arizona Fall League" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Besides Milone and Strasburg, the Nats are expected to call up right-hander Brad Peacock once the Minor League season is over next week." - "Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg slated to make season debut Tuesday against Dodgers" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• NATS MINOR LEAGUES: 

• Class-A Auburn: "With the win, Auburn remained two games up on Williamsport in the Pinckney Division race, as the Crosscutters defeated Mahoning Valley in Pennsylvania." - "Seven-Run Fourth Leads to Blowout" - Auburn Doubledays News

• Class-A Hagerstown: "Suns RHP Matt Swynenberg, came up shy of a quality start after spinning 5.2 innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts." - "Joey Wong Walk-Off Single Seals 11th Inning Tourists' Triumph" - Hagerstown Suns News

• Class-A Potomac: "Tuesday night's game in Lynchburg had a little bit of everything: a benches-clearing fracas; multiple lead changes; third-string catchers driving in important runs; extra innings; and an unimaginable amount of drama." - "BENCHES CLEAR, P-NATS WIN" - Potomac Nationals News

• Double-A Harrisburg: "Oliver Perez took the loss for the Senators, giving up a three-run home run to Reynaldo Rodriguez in the first inning." - "Archie Gilbert Homers in 4-1 Loss to Portland" - Harrisburg Senators News

• "The Nationals have been allotted two more slots on the roster, one pitcher and one infielder who have yet to be named." - "Harper, Solis and Norris head Arizona Fall League roster" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "Nats Name AFL Roster" - NationalsProspects.com

• "With the minor league season drawing to a close, the Potomac Nationals are now just one win away from clinching a playoff berth and a chance to defend their Carolina League championship." - "P-Nats Need One More Win to Clinch Postseason Appearance" - Ballpark Banter

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "When you generate a reasoned desire for others to be happy, your humanity increases in strength." - 

• NATSTOWN: 

• "These days, there appears to be a solid distinction in the way baseball fans - in Washington, D.C., especially - view the game." - "Inflated expectations on home team's new mascot?" - MASNSports.com, Nationals Buzz: Rachel Levitin

• "[Brad] Peacock has risen fast through the ranks of the Nats farm system thanks to a tweak he made in his release at the beginning of this season." - "With 6 Straight Losses, Time for Nats Call-Ups" Keara Dowd, Win for Teddy

• "On the other side of things, "Good Livo" was back.  Veteran hurler Livan Hernandez went seven strong innings, holding the Braves potent attack to two earned runs on just five hits and three walks, striking out one." - "GAME 133 REVIEW: Homers Power Nats Over Braves, 9-2" - Dave Nichols, Nats News Network

• "In 20 of his 26 starts, Zimmermann made it through at least 6 innings; he would have certainly thrown 200 innings this season if it weren't for his inning limit." - "Recapping Jordan Zimmermann's Stellar Season" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "Marrero is here and it's already down that Tom "MayDay" Milone will get some starts. Who else will get the call?" - "Who gets called up?" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• NL EAST UPDATES: 

Mets: "As a second team official observed, moving Bay to center would remove the onus to be a slugging outfielder." - "Mets' Jason Bay could move to center field in 2012, team up with Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda in OF" - Andy Martino, New York Daily News

Phillies: "The Phillies have added another left-handed bat to their roster. The team has acquired John Bowker from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash or a player to be named." - "Phillies acquire extra bat Bowker from Pirates" - Jim Salisburg, CSNPhilly.com

Braves: "Jurrjens was hit hard by the Nationals for the third time in seven starts since the All-Star break, this time despite taking two weeks to rest his sore knee." - "Braves bombarded by Nationals" - Carroll Rogers, ajc.com

Marlins"Hanley's shoulder has been a longtime concern and apparently it isn't healing quickly. He will be evaluated today and we should [know] more afterwards." - "Hanley Ramirez to be shutdown for the season?" - Craig, Fish Stripes

• Franchise History: 

Mr. Robinson: "The wheels of history were turning in September of 1974. All-time hitting great Frank Robinson was purchased from the California Angels by Cleveland Indians General Manager Phil Seghi." - "Blast From The Past: Frank Robinson's Historic Season As Tribe Manager" - Greg Popelka, The Cleveland Fan

Expos: "10,000 days ago, a very rare career achievement occurred – a baseball player recorded his 4,000th hit. Yeah, obviously it was Pete Rose, during his brief sojourn with the Expos..." - "10,000th "day-versary": Pete Rose’s 4,000th hit" - Chris Jaffe, The Hardball Times

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