Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Chien-Ming Wang Returns To New York, Takes On Mets.

• Programming Notes: Chien-Ming Wang's first start this season was against the crosstown rivals of the New York team he began his career pitching for, but it took place in Washington, D.C. Tonight, Wang returns to the city he pitched in for the first five years of his career. When the right-handed sinker-baller returned to the majors earlier this season, he went 4.0 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs, four earned in an 8-5 loss the Mets. Last night, Ross Detwiler got his revenge on New York for what they did to him in his previous start against the Nats' NL East rivals. Now Chien-Ming Wang gets an opportunity to make the Mets pay for ruining his return. Wang's back in NY. Dillon Gee throws for the Mets. MASN HD, SNY, MLB.tv, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 183. Who's Watching The Nationals?

• LINKS AND LINKS AND LINKS...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "Cashman knows the argument against Wang as a No. 1 was always his low strikeout totals. Still, he’s not swayed. 'His power-sinker made him a ground-ball machine. He ate innings for us. A fierce competitor. The total package.'" "Bradley: Former Yankee Chien-Ming Wang has a chance to recapture glory" - Jeff Bradley, Newark Star-Ledger

• "Though Strasburg has returned from the major leagues, he remains in the middle stages of completely overcoming the effects Tommy John surgery." - "Stephen Strasburg looking forward to the ‘grind’, explains his momentary drop in velocity" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "If there was any better way for Detwiler to get over it than what he did Monday night, you'd be hard-pressed to find it. He was effective, efficient and nearly unhittable for 5 2/3 innings of work." - "Detwiler puts 'worst outing' behind him, throws 5 2/3 strong against Mets" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'Since you brought up Washington, it would be kind of cool to play close to home and definitely play with the guy in Ryan Zimmerman that I played with growing up.'" - B.J. Upton to WTOP's Craig Heist - "Upton wants to stay with Rays, but wouldn’t mind playing with Zimmerman" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "With their win against the Mets on Monday night, the Nationals improved to just 27-44 on the road this season. That's the second-worst road record in the National League..." - "To move forward, Nationals need to figure out how to win on the road" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "'He’s in uncharted waters,' one Nationals player said. 'What other utility guy hits 30-40 home runs?'" - "With dollars and Morse, what makes most sense for Nats?" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Lombardozzi was 0-for-15. What a way to get your first big league hit, with a game-winner. It couldn't be any better than that." - "Washington Nationals at New York Mets: Lombardozzi's first hit a big one in Nats' win" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "'I really wanted to get them,' Detwiler said. 'I really wanted to get them back for what they did to me last time.'" - "Ross Detwiler makes his start worth the wait" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• Nats Insider: Beltway Baseball Live - 2 p.m. today

• "Nationals outfielder Corey Brown, called up from Triple-A Syracuse last Tuesday, did not travel with the team to New York because of a knee infection..." - "Brown has knee infection, may rejoin Nats in NY" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "'I thought he had a great sinker, much more so than his last outing,' manager Davey Johnson said after the start. 'His delivery was a lot sounder...'" - Johnson on Chien-Ming Wang - "Washington Nationals at New York Mets: After progress, Nationals' Wang revisits Mets" - Quinn Roberts, MLB.com Preview

• "'Please get by him, please get by him,' he said to himself as the ball bound through the infield and between Jose Reyes and David Wright." - "Lombardozzi's first hit helps Nationals top Mets" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "They've now been in 50 one-run games this year, winning 24 of them. Their 3-2 win over the Mets on Monday night came by the formula they've used all year...." - "Nationals beat Mets 3-2" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Johnson already said Lombardozzi would receive starts at second and short since the team is looking for a top-of-the-order hitter and hoping that Lombardozzi can solve that problem." - "Bixler, Lombardozzi in Nationals' lineup" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "A compassionate motivation is the foundation of spiritual practice, like a seed." 

• NATS MINOR LEAGUES: 

• "There are some big-time prospects on this pitching roster, especially top selections [Matt] Purke, [Kylin] Turnbull and [Alex] Meyer..." - "Nationals' instructional league roster: Pitchers" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• Class-A Auburn: "For a team who was 27-13 at home this year, Monday night was supposed to be Auburn’s night. Apparently, Staten Island didn’t get that memo." - "Defense, Clutch Hits Put Yankees Up 1-0" - Auburn Doubledays News

• Class-A Potomac: "The 2011 Potomac Nationals' season came to an end on Monday night with a 3-2 loss to the Frederick Keys in Game 5 of the Northern Division Series." - "SEASON ENDS WITH 3-2 GAME 5 LOSS" - Potomac Nationals News

• "Trevor Holder, Marcos Frias and Neil Holland held the Keys without a run or a hit for the final 7 1/3 frames, but it was not enough." - "Potomac's season ends in Frederick with 3-2 loss" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• Double-A Harrisburg: via Geoff Morrow (@patriotnews_gmo): "Wanna see Metro Bank Park after the flooding? Click the link. @HbgSenators would NOT have hosted more games this year."

• "Tuesday’s News & Notes – Playoff Edition" - NationalsProspects.com

• NATSTOWN: 

• "On this day in 1945, a large crowd of more than 24,000 fans turned out to Griffith Stadium to watch the visiting Cleveland Indians play the red-hot Washington Senators." - "A game to remember during Washington's last pennant race" - MASNSports.com Nationals Buzz: Mark Hornbaker

• "To finish third the Nats need to catch the Mets.  The Mets have a 2 game lead which normally is nothing. But this late in the year that's nothing to scoff at." - "Catch Those Mets" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Man Celebrates Michael Morse Home Run With Wicked Tongue Action" - Danger Nat, Nationals Inquisition

• "It might not be the worst thing to move Detwiler to the bullpen considering his relative success there.  As a reliever, his stats this season are impressive: a 1.80 ERA, 9K in 10 IP." - "Detwiler's Time As a Starter May Be Over" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "Way back in August after yet another epic performance by Tyler Clippard, I decided to write a sort of ode to the artist formerly known as Peaches." - "Tyler Clippard Isn't Human - Part II" - Mac, Capitol Baseball

• "In the couple of weeks of his call-up, Marrero has gone 15-for-49 (.306) at the plate and driven in five runners in the last three games." - "Marrero Making the Best of His September Call-Up" - Keara Dowd, Win For Teddy

• "That's a game winner, folks; with his dad in the stands watching, no less." - "Sixteenth Time's the Charm for Lombardozzi" - Nats Enquirer

• NL EAST UPDATES: 

Phillies: "In the end, it was more of a housecoming than a homecoming for Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence." - "Oswalt, Pence lose in return to Houston" - David Murphy, Philadelphia Daily News

Marlins"While Cameron didn't have greatest of years, he did do some good while with the team. Providing some good defense and a couple of late game timely hits." - "Marlins Release Mike Cameron" - craig, Fish Stripes

Braves/Marlins: "Marlins starter Brad Hand can't seem to get a win. Braves catcher Brian McCann can't seem to get his groove back." - "Florida Marlins at Atlanta Braves: Marlins' Hand tries to hold McCann, Braves down" - Doug Miller, MLB.com Preview

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